Gotham City - A policeman's life is never easy. However,
if any cop has seen and survived it all, it's Jim Gordon, who served
as police commissioner of Gotham City for the last ten years.
Gordon announced his retirement from the Gotham City police force
yesterday. This announcement follows his recovery from a shooting
a few weeks ago. He will be succeeded by Michael Akins, a veteran
of the force who will become Gotham City's first ever African-American
He has stated that the shooting is not the sole cause of his retirement.
Instead, he focused on the memory of his late wife, fellow police
officer Sarah Essen, who was killed by the Joker at the end of Gotham's
"No-Man's Land" period. "I am no longer able to face the ghost of
my wife, which hangs heavily in the air whenever I engage in police
work," he has said. "The shooting was merely the catalyst, not the
The Joker is foremost amongst the costumed villains who bear malice
toward Gordon, as he is responsible not only for his wife's death,
but also for the crippling of his niece, Barbara. However, he does
not appear to be responsible for the Gordon shooting. Neither does
Catwoman, the master burglar whose Capture Gordon made a priority
shortly after the restoration of order that followed No-Man's Land.
However, it is ironically believed that none of these are responsible
for Gordon's shooting. Instead, investigations have focused on Jordan
Rich, a one-time criminal who Gordon had once collared and who,
after serving his time, became a policeman by using an assumed name.
Rich was held for questioning, but the Gotham police have issued
a statement that there is insufficient evidence to link him to the
shooting. He has, however, been relieved of his position with the
police department, which he had acquired when Gotham was rapidly,
and apparently sloppily, rebuilding its ranks following No-Man's
Gordon's immediate plans, in his own words, are "rest and relaxation."
It is expected that at some time in the near future, he will very
likely run for mayor of Gotham City. His accomplishments and his
unwillingness to ever give up on Gotham City, even during No-Man's
Land, make him the surest political bet since the mob-corrupt Gotham
party bosses were deposed
by Gordon himself, in one of his earliest
Gordon's most notable innovation in police work was his close association
with the legendary Batman, and his use of Batman as a figure to
induce fear into the hearts of Gotham's criminal element. While
super-heroes have acted in concert with local police since their
advent in the late 1930's, Gordon was the first commissioner to
offically make exploitation of this resource part of his crime-fighting
"Jim Gordon showed me what being a cop really means," said Captain
Margaret Sawyer, head of the Metropolis Police Department's Special
Crimes Unit. "Our unit's strategies and strong integration with
Superman's abilities is strongly based on his work in Gotham."
"Jim Gordon's work with Batman pretty much created my position
which led to my appointment as commissioner," said Clarence
O'Dare, police commissioner in Opal City and close personal friend
San Francisco, CA - The Justice League of America, with
help from about two dozen other heroes, have reportedly thwarted
an alien takeover of Earth.
In an incident that is not widely understood, several groups claiming
to be the Justice League, each containing actual members of the
JLA, coalesced to battle several otherworldly threats. What emerged
from all those threats was a plan by a wheeling-and-dealing being
known only as "Advance Man" to allow an alien race to take over
suitable human bodies so that they could make use of Earth's resources.
Apparently, these aliens have problems with resource management
and deplete planetary resources after several generations, rendering
Earth was saved from this fate when these various JLA groups worked
together to battle the alien queen, who had already arrived on Earth
and was about to discharge the life-forces of the rest of her race
into suitable human vessels. The destruction of odd power stations
that had been recently erected along the Pacific coast disabled
her connection to the humans in question, and she was forced to
discharge those life-forces into the Advance Man himself, who was
then force dto abandon Earth.
Still not fully understood is the role that Hector Hammond, a foe
of the JLA and specifically of Green Lantern, whose mental state
has been unstable since the beginning of this incident. There are
suggestions that the Advance Man had been incontact with him, but
it is unclear whether Hammond cooperated with the alien or whether
he fought him and led to Earth's salvation.
The other super-heroes involved in these JLA teams were mostly
former members of the Justice League in some previous incarnation,
and remain on reserve status with the current team.
a.k.a. Scarab, Dies
The world today mourns the loss of Louis Sendak, once known as
the super-hero Scarab. The mystical hero, who operated during World
War II, was reported by the Justice Society of America to have been
killed by the super-villain Johnny Sorrow during the incident which
led to an insect invasion of New York City.
Congress considers bill to increase access
to Brainiac 13 technology
Threatening sounds from Modoran government
Talia Head, new CEO of Lexcorp.
Gotham City sells out new arena for XFL
Plans for "Survivor III" to involve deserted
island, archery skills
Linda Danvers traveling exhibit coming into