We are back for the DC Comics News Spinner Rack

Once a week, your host, Seth Singleton, that’s me, pulls 5 books from the Spinner Rack floating in interdimensional space-time, 5 books published this week by DC Comics and gives you the why about what’s worth reading and why. 

Without any further ado let’s give the spinner rack a twirl and pull our first book.

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Detective Comics #1000

A collection of short stories about The World’s Greatest Detective

Batman’s Longest Case

By Scott Snyder

A case that reveals more clues. It all leads to the Guild of Detection.

“Because every answer, in the end, leads to another question. And that’s the real joy.” – Slam Bradley

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This was a nice story from Kevin Smith about turning a weapon of terror into a shield, but it felt like the hand moving the pen was heavier than it needed to be. 

Legend of Knute Brody

By Paul Dini 

This a fun and lighthearted story about the worst henchman to ever be a criminal.

Warning… Spoilers

This was actually a disguise worn by members of the bat family as a ruse. 

The Batman’s Design

By Warren Ellis

A nice story about the Dark Knight’s penchant for predicting and planning and his ability to make chess moves that outthink his opponents by ten steps. 

Return to Crime Alley

By Denny O’Neil

An old caretaker from Bruce’s past confront’s the Batman  about his violent ways and then defends 4 muggers who tried to attack them. 

Heretic 

By Christopher Priest

The Heretic was a strange story about the death of former member of the League of Assassins who was helping others escape from the yoke of Ra’s Al Ghul’s rule. 

I Know

By Brian Michael Bendis

Penguin is an old man who says he knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

Why doesn’t he tell?

Because at the moment he could have destroyed Wayne and the manor, he realizes that if Wayne dies and Batman lives, that Batman would lose his only tether to his humanity and descend into madness. 

The Last Crime in Gotham

By Geoff Johns

A final crime. 12 dead and all wearing holiday sweaters Joker is dead and his son is among the dead. And it’s Batman’s birthday. 

The Precedent

By James Tynion IV

I’ve seen what it has done for you. He could make you better. “A Hero forged in the light.”

Batman’s Greatest Case

By Tony S. Daniel & Joelle Jones

It’s all about a family photo.

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Martian Manhunter #4

By Stephen Orlando 

I love Martian Manhunter.

So, I’m willing to admit that this review may be biased. 

The layers of red and green and the fluid lines around the characters are captivating. Riley Rossmo is a master.

The style brings me back to Green Lantern Mosaic and the art of Cully Hammer and the storytelling of Gerard Jones. 

Maybe that’s why I love that J’onn becomes so primitive in order to communicate with the only witness to a murder, an iguana.

Shazam #4

By Geoff Johns 

The door to the Magic Lands is open and Freddy and Darla are in a Jungle.

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Freedom Fighters  #4

By Robert Venditti 

I love the art by Eddy Barrows, Ever Ferreira and Adriano Lucas

There is a great sense of history here. Starting with the destruction of Mount Rushmore.

Cool concept of the Human Bomb using his cells to make dermis charges.

I also love The Heartland in the Extradimensional Realm of Ideas.

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Dial H for Hero #1  

By Sam Humphries

The story of Miguel saved by Superman but growing up with his Uncle Brant working in a Mayo food truck and Summer the girl who keeps running away, 

Which is when the red phone appears. 

I admit I never read the original series, but more recent versions have felt darker and morose. 

About the voice behind the Podcast 

Seth Singleton is a storyteller. 

He is the author of This is a Language of Fists and the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and for its upcoming release, Planet Rise.

Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell. 

To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com 

Seth Singleton is a Storyteller. Storytelling is his favorite form of writing.

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