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A few words on Batman: Shaman
on April 10, 2011
This story takes place in the beginning of Batman's career. I would say it is a bit of an alternative story to Frank Miller's, Batman: Year One. You first find Bruce Wayne in Alaska, trying to find a man who goes by Whooley, for reasons unknown. Bruce is accompanied by a bounty hunter, they are attacked by the Whooley and the bounty hunter is killed, Bruce and Whooley get into a tussle and Bruce emerges victorious. Though with his victory, Bruce loses his survival items, leaving him stranded on top of a mountain in the cold winter Alaska. He passes out and is later saved by an old Shaman, who tells him a story of a Bat and a Raven. Bruce gets better and goes home, there are a few frames that look familiar from Batman: Year One (Where Bruce goes to the east-side of Gotham and fights a pimp and the early Selina Kyle.) The story quickly shows Bruce's epiphany of what he should become, when a bat crashes through his window. Immediately onto the next page he becomes Batman...To not ruin the full story I will give word on what I thought of the story.
The narration is done in third-person which I did not prefer. The storyline felt cheap, as if it was a more "physical" Scooby-Doo mystery. In my opinion it comes no where in comparison to Frank Miller's, Batman: Year One. To say the least, I was disappointed. It was a story that I Wanted to end. For me, this Trade Paperback will only make for a great collectors item, the story I don't believe I will read again. So if you are looking to have a story filled with suspense and emotion, I would not recommend this story in particular. But, I do see this as a must, for any serious collectors!