Quote1 I do believe you've splashed Sulfuric acid on the Chippendale table. Personally, I prefer to use Lemon Pledge. Ah, well, what's a priceless antique in the pursuit of science? Quote2
-- Alfred Pennyworth

Appearing in "Shaman (Book II of V)"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • None

Other Characters:

  • Al Kelly
  • Bennet Young
  • Elizabeth Ransom
  • Grandy Jimenez
  • Jimmy Fong
  • Lukas Wilson
  • Madison Spurlock
  • Theodora Hackley
  • Tobias Micah



  • None


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Synopsis for "Shaman (Book II of V)"Edit

Two Gotham City police officers Al Kelly and Jimmy Fong stumble upon the Chubala Cult in the middle of a human sacrifice. Kelly is killed and Fong barely escapes with his life. Captain James Gordon arrives on the scene, but the cult members have long since fled. Bruce Wayne arrives at the crime scene, and Gordon summarizes the recent events.

Bruce recalls the name "Chubala". It was the last word spoken by Tina Wilson shortly before she took her own life. He decides to investigate further to see what the connection is.

Bruce later meets Dr. Madison Spurlock, an anthropologist at Gotham University. He tells Madison the Native American folk tale that he learned while visiting Alaska. Also present is Spurlock's assistant Bennet Young.

That night, Bruce changes into Batman and tracks down several of the Chubala cultists. The cultists are on the rooftop of Gotham Central Hospital with the intent of finishing off officer Fong. Batman quickly apprehends them and leaves them bound to a streetlamp for the police.

Later, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth explore the caverns beneath Wayne Manor. Bruce decides that this spacious cavern will make an ideal base of operations. Moments later, he receives a phone call from Bennet Young. Bennet is urgent to meet with him.

When he arrives at the Gotham Arms Hotel, he finds Bennet Young with a spear sticking out of his chest. His dying words are "Baat... Man..."


  • The events from this issue are said to take place six months after Bruce Wayne first becomes Batman, which would place it in October. However, this is impossible, as James Gordon is a Captain in this issue. Gordon doesn't achieve a Captain's rank until after the events of Batman: Year One. Chronologically, this issue likely takes place in either November or December.
  • Tobias Micah's real name is Toby Michaels, a former pickpocket.
  • Behind the scenes appearance by Thomas Woodley.
  • Reference is made to Tina Wilson, the woman who committed suicide in issue #1.

First Appearances: Al Kelly (a police officer); Bennet Young (a graduate student); Elizabeth Ransom (talk-show host); Grandy Jimenez (a cultist); Jimmy Fong (a police officer); Lukas Wilson (a cultist); Madison Spurlock (an anthropologist); Theodora Hackley (Bruce Wayne's date); Tobias Micah (a street preacher)

Final Appearances: Al Kelly (dies in this issue); Elizabeth Ransom; Jimmy Fong; Lukas Wilson; Theodora Hackley; Tobias Micah


  • This issue makes the first reference to the Caribbean Island of Santa Prisca. Santa Prisca is the place of birth of the super-villain known as Bane.
  • Alfred Pennyworth refers to Bruce's great-grandfather building Wayne Manor. Bruce's great-grandfather was Charles Wayne, who was not born until well after final construction on Wayne Manor. Family progenitor Darius Wayne is responsible for securing the land and building the house (although he would pass away before completing the project).[1]

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