DETECTIVE COMICS #25 Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
November 8, 2013
SYNOPSIS: A BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in! James Gordon confronts the corrupt elements in the G.C.P.D.—and the vigilante known as The Batman! - DCCOMICS.COM
“ZERO YEAR” comes to DETECTIVE COMICS in issue #25. Minus a brief cameo, there’s no Batman in this issue – but there is plenty of Jim Gordon! Basically, what we’ve got here is Jim Gordon’s origin in the New 52.
In short, the story consists of GCPD detective Jim Gordon – apparently the only good and honest cop on the force – trying to take down the “Black Mask” gang without any help from his brother police officers.
The new backstory for Jim Gordon is both similar to and different from the events of BATMAN: YEAR ONE almost 30 years ago (Wow – I can’t believe that YEAR ONE is nearly three decades old!) Just like B:YO, Gordon’s the one good cop amongst a ton of sea of bad ones. Gillian Loeb is also Gotham’s police commissioner, but he’s not really a bad guy – he’s simply a broke man who has given up. There’s no Detective Flass this time around, although there are a couple of characters who basically serve the same purpose as Flass in Miller's classic Bat-tale.
The best part of this story for me is writer John Layman allowing us to get inside Gordon’s head. We learn exactly way Gordon does what he does; despite the fact it seems to be a winless endeavor. Frankly, the New 52 Gordon is an even better person and badass here than he was pre-DCU reboot.
DETECTIVE COMICS #25 Cover
Overall, even though there was really no Batman in this issue, DC #25 is one of my favorite stories from this title since the reboot. If you’re a fan of Jim Gordon, I think you’re really going to dig this issue. Oh yeah, if you ever wanted to know how Gordon got the idea for The Batsignal (other than a pinned up Carmine Falcone on a lighted spotlight in BATMAN BEGINS), the answer to your question is found in this story. - "Jett"
A life-long Batman fan, "Jett" is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM. He resides in the great state of Texas with his wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.