Posts Tagged ‘commissioner gordon’

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The View from One Police Plaza

July 2, 2019

“We got our wedding bells. Now we have to pay for them…
the universe bites back.”

“The Wedding happened. Everyone rejoice. But this is the Bat+Cat wedding.
All hell has to break loose somewhere…”

“Turning a Chaos God sane for the duration was going to have consequences.”

Bruce and Selina began their married life together in chapter 1 of Mrs. Wayne in a uniquely Bat-honeymoon contrived to protect Batman’s identity.  Remaining in Gotham undercover as the jetsetting thieves Tommy Pearl and Colette while Bruce and Selina are off the grid in some remote Scottish castle, Batman is still able to patrol–which is lucky, for in the last moments of the chapter, a dead body appeared and the killings are only beginning.

In Chapter 2, the focus shifts to the 14th Floor of One Police Plaza–i.e. Commissioner Gordon’s office–as we begin a day in the life of Gotham’s Finest which is about to become a lot more.

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Mrs. Wayne Chapter 2: One-PP is now available on the Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi.

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Hey, the Bat Signal is Lit!

October 24, 2013
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Yeah, it took me to Chapter 2 of Cat-Tales #68 to figure out I could FLASH A BAT SIGNAL to announce a new chapter.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Bat Signal is finally lit in Cat-Tales with Commissioner James Gordon standing there beside it.  It’s a big deal to Batman and Jim as much as it is to us readers, but unlike us – well unlike me who went and made a special graphic just to celebrate – they’re not going to spend a lot of time on it.  Expect a small gift and a manly exchange of grunts, then on to the business of the night.  More than a few plot points were dropped in the last chapter, one was bald.

president-lex-luthor-resigns-gotham-post-covers-it-asFor those who’ve forgotten, Lex Luthor was President when Cat-Tales began, just as he was in DC Comics.  His resignation as reported in Strange Bedfellows and credible papers like Gotham Times didn’t quite jibe with the Gotham Post’s more sensational coverage.  What both accounts agree on, however, is that after Luthor was elected, he turned LexCorp over to Talia Head (aka Talia al Ghul) to run in his stead, which ended in the end of LexCorp.

You can’t keep a Luthor down for long, however, and when magic failed him in String Theory he set about building his empire – both financial and criminal – the old-fashioned way.  The way he’d done it before.  The way that worked the first time.

In War of the Poses, he was plotting against the League again with all the ingenuity and scientific knowledge we’ve come to expect from a Luthor, but he was reduced to using chartered planes, rented limos, and a moth-balled government installation as a base rather than his former Lex-Branded Everything.  By Comedy of Errors, Superman reported that Luthor’s resources were back to  pre-Headache levels, lacking only the trappings.  There was no longer a corporate HQ that was the iconic silhouette on the Metropolis skyline.  There wasn’t a fleet of LexCorp-manufactured jets, and so on.  Clark said it like it was unimportant, as the lack of ‘trappings’ would be to him.  To Lex, however, we knew he would not be content until he has his status back as well as the money that buys it and the power it represents.

Which brings us to NMK Inc.  Chapter 2: Positive Carry

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Flash the Bat-Signal, Jim Gordon is back in Cat-Tales

October 8, 2013
Catwoman depicting shooting Commissioner Gordon on the cover of The Gotham Post

Cat-Tales began with this whopper in The Gotham Post

I’m often asked what I would do differently if I was starting Cat-Tales today. I tell them honestly: Not much, but the big difference is that James Gordon would be police commissioner.   Cat-Tales began when he had resigned after being shot in the ill-conceived Officer Down storyline, an event that was instrumental to getting that Runaway Snowball of WTFTM rolling that sparked A Girl’s Gotta Protect Her Reputation in the first place.

It was right for the time.  It was right for the Catwoman story being told, and it was right for the meta commentary on DC Comics that is the series’s raison d’etre.   But it’s not quite right for an ongoing Batman series.  For years, I’ve planted my flag on the principle that stories have certain elements that are not negotiable, and where Batman is concerned Jim Gordon is one of them.  That’s his chair.

He has been present in the series, as Barbara’s father and retired commissioner.  It’s been wonderful, because the decision and his status as a retiree brought a depth to his relationship with Bruce.  Still, I’ve missed him on that roof.  Four stories ago in The Gotham Rogues the first clue dropped:

The man who had served as police commissioner since Jim Gordon retired wanted Batman to know he was being vetted for a Presidential Appointment to the Department of Justice… In all probability, Gotham would have a new police commissioner by the end of the year.

From the beginning, Commissioner Muskelli was established as a political animal.  The change was easy to set in motion, and with so much drama in that tale, I trusted that the significance would be missed, or if noticed it would be quickly forgotten.  Things have developed slowly, through Wayne Rises and Inside an Enigma.  Now, at last, in the new story that begins today, Jim Gordon is back on the job.

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Jim Gordon is back. When he resigned, Catwoman was an anonymous cat burglar. Now she’s Selina Kyle, living with Bruce Wayne, and running this company that’s messing with Ra’s al Ghul. There might be a learning curve.

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