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1958: Suspicious Minds (Part 6)

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  • HarveyKent
    Batman handed the mock-up back to Superman. �����You approved this,����� he said simply. It wasn�����t a question. �����Barnett�����s a gossip hack,�����
    Message 1 of 8023 , Dec 1, 2001
      Batman handed the mock-up back to Superman. �You
      approved this,� he said simply. It wasn�t a
      question.<br>�Barnett�s a gossip hack,� Superman said, not at all
      defensively. �Everyone from President Eisenhower to Inspector
      Henderson has been a target of hers. She even attacked
      Wonder Woman in a column, once. I don�t like it, but it
      does sell newspapers. I didn�t care for the tone of
      her article, but to reject it because of my
      friendship with you would compromise my journalistic
      ethic.�<br>�So it would,� Batman said. If he took notice of how
      Superman did not speak of his friendship with Selina, he
      did not mention it. �But you can�t seriously be
      suggesting that Selina did this.�<br>�I don�t like it any
      better than you, old friend,� Superman said. �But you
      have to admit, she had means, motive, and
      opportunity.�<br>�Nothing of the sort!� Batman snapped. �First of all,
      you�re suggesting she faked her headache to separate
      herself from us and commit the arson. Her headaches are
      real, I vouch for that. Second, she didn�t even know
      about this hack article.�<br>�So you say,� Superman
      interrupted. �Perhaps she knew without you knowing about
      it.�<br>�And third,� Batman plunged on, ignoring Superman�s
      comment, �she had no motive for trying to kill that story.
      Her past is an open book. This wouldn�t be the first
      time anyone made snide comments about her marrying
      above her station, and I�m sure it won�t be the last.
      Why would she take action now?�<br>�Perhaps because
      this would jeopardize her shelter project,� Superman
      offered.<br>�Than she would have called you on the phone and asked
      that the article be killed, or at least toned down,�
      Batman insisted. �Use your super-brain for a minute,
      Clark, and you�ll see that there�s no way Selina could
      have done this.�<br>�All I see,� Superman said
      carefully, �is an old friend letting his personal
      attachments cloud his judgment.�<br>A heavy, oppressive
      silence hung in the air between the two friends.
    • the_time_trust_2000
      Here s what I said about it at the time: The Reaper s appearance in this story is meant to be a prequel , sort-of, to his reappearance on the Earth-2 scene in
      Message 8023 of 8023 , Sep 22, 2016
        Here's what I said about it at the time:

        The Reaper's appearance in this story is meant to be a "prequel", sort-of, to his reappearance on the Earth-2 scene in the present. I thought that would make a nifty Red Robin/Batwing story, if someone was interested in doing a take on the Batman: Year Two storyline...
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