Gordon of Gotham

There’s a lot of stories in Gotham City, sure, most of them feature The Dark Knight himself – but there are other, perhaps more interesting characters in the city.

Jim Gordon has been there since the beginning , he’s been there before Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the living nightmare of the criminal underworld, he’s been Gotham’s top cop, a tough grizzled veteran of campaigns against the scum of the City for a long time.  Before he came to Gotham (and before the new 52 reboot) he was a cop in Chicago learning his craft but apart from these tantalising elements of his history, most of his personal life and history is generally unexplored.

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Gordon of Gotham unveils more of the character’s history, set two months before he comes to the city of Gotham, this shows the reader a very plausible, human character and I think that’s Gordon’s strength.  In a universe of the outlandish, of the costumed madmen, Gordon has always been the ‘straight’ figure in batman lore.

We see Gordon endure a difficult marriage, arguments over the difficulties of conceiving a child, the pressures of being a cop while studying criminology at the local university – so Gordon is seen here as a cop, husband and student.  His life becomes even more complicated when he becomes a minor celebrity after foiling a bank robbery and attempts to investigate a corrupt fellow police officer.

During the course of this Gordon finds himself assaulted and framed and then saved by a mysterious figure who seems to operate outside the law.  This is a story of Gordon changing from a young idealistic police officer becoming hardened by the world in which he walks in.

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