"Shaman (Book III of V)": Bruce Wayne watches as Bennet Young dies in front of him and is unable to help him. He starts looking around the crime scene and discovered that some of the tribal artifacts in the exhibition had been taken. Suddenly, Bruce is attacked with a
- A man simply isn't safe anywhere these days.
- -- Bruce Wayne
Appearing in "Shaman (Book III of V)"
- Cult of Chubala
- Grandy Jimenez
- Thomas Woodley
- Gotham City Police Department
- Bennett Young (Appears only as a corpse)
- Madison Spurlock (Dies)
- Carl Fisk
Synopsis for "Shaman (Book III of V)"
Bruce Wayne watches as Bennet Young dies in front of him and is unable to help him. He starts looking around the crime scene and discovered that some of the tribal artifacts in the exhibition had been taken. Suddenly, Bruce is attacked with an arrow that he manages to catch before it reaches him but he is unable to find the man who used it. The Gotham City Police Department arrive in time and ask Bruce for a statement.
Later that night, Batman follows a man that he believes is involved with the murder of Young. Batman discovers that the man is also part of a drug dealing group and he descended on all the evil doers and knocked them all down. Batman questions the last man standing and before he could give any answers, Batman is attacked from behind by a mysterious figure. The criminals recover and beat Batman while he is on the ground. They drag Batman to the eight floor of a building in construction and are ready to throw him down, but he recovers just in time to prevent it. The mysterious man appears again and attacks Batman, forcing him to drop down to the ground using a steel rope from the construction.
The next day, Bruce visits Spurlock at the Gotham University and they discuss about the Alaskan tribes and about the deity Chubala. Spurlock does his best to explain Bruce all about the cult of Chubala, but just before he is done, Spurlock is killed with an arrow in the back. Bruce dodges a second arrow coming from a nearby tree and he finally sees the murderer, a man dressed in native Alaskan clothes and wearing a tribal bat mask.
That night, Bruce questions himself and his inability to catch the killer. He thinks about dropping the Batman business, but Alfred talks him and makes him realize that he is giving up too easily. Alfred suggests Bruce to follow his instincts and Bruce realizes that there must be a connection between the killer and the tribes in Otter Ridge. Alfred prepares all the necessary equipment for Bruce's travel to Alaska and Bruce swears that if he fails to find the answer, he would stop his crime fighting career.
Upon arriving at Alaska, Bruce notices how the whole place has changed. Where there was only a small town with some natives, now is a big city full of tourists. Bruce spotted the shaman that saved him from a certain death. The old man is performing a sacred dance in front of a crowd that would spare him some coins that the old man would spend in alcohol. Bruce follows the shaman and finds his grandaughter as well. She is extremely mad at Bruce as she blames him for all the damage done by Spurlock and his supposed "investigations". She takes Bruce to a lodge for him to stay at and in their way, she tells Bruce all the atrocities that Spurlock did to them and how he stole the sacred artifacts from the shaman and also forced him to reveal the secret stories of their tribes. Bruce is very concerned about the situation and wants to repair the damage done but it is too late. While they are driving to the lodge, a car appears out of nowhere in front of them and crashes against their car. The car falls off the road with Bruce, the girl and the shaman inside, into the freezing waters of a lake.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Shaman trade paperback.
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