Batman: Officer Down

Batman 587

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: These are Your Rights - Officer Down part one
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Commissioner James Gordon met with his friends on the force for a birthday celebration they were throwing for him. He reminded them of their responsibilities as officers of the law. As he left the bar, he saw Catwoman and attempted to arrest her. He was shot three times in the back, his gun went off and he accidentally shot Catwoman.

Robin 86

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Behind the Lines (Officer Down part two)
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Artists(s): the Pander brothers
Storyline: The GCPD went full out looking for Catwoman, believing she either shot Gordon or saw who did. Barbara was picked up and taken to the hospital to be with her father as he underwent surgery. Batman and Nightwing heard about the shooting while taking down some of Joker's gang at an electronics store break-in. Nightwing had to restrain his partner from going too far after hearing the news. Azrael, Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing met Barbara on a rooftop. Allen and Montoya began going over the facts and pretty much ruled out Catwoman as the shooter. The BatSquad visited Gordon after his surgery.

Birds of Prey 27

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Armed and Dangerous (Office Down part three)
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Steven Harris, John Nyberg
Storyline: Batman sent the team out to find Catwoman. Oracle handed out the assignments: Batgirl shook down Tony Sparkles, Robin got Eddie Plenty, Nightwing and Azrael got Anthony Hastings. All of them pointed to some emeralds being shown at a local museum. They waited for her to strike. When she arrived, they realized it was the wrong "she" - Harley Quinn. Quinn gave them a clue to Catwoman's location.

Catwoman 90

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Smoking Gun (Officer Down part four)
Writer(s): Bronwyn Carlton
Artists(s): Mike Lilly, Wayne Faucher
Storyline: Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Azrael teamed up and caught Catwoman. She fingered another cop as the gunman who shot Commissioner Gordon. She was able to produce the weapon, and they let her go. Gordon went into surgery again.

Nightwing 53

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Inculpatory - Officer Down part five
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Nightwing took Barbara the gun that shot her father. She tracked it down to the officers that were in on a weapons sting - the gun was never logged as evidence. One of the cops was a new (post NML) recruit; a little digging revealed that he was arrested once by James Gordon, Chicago PD. Alfred chastised Batman for not doing anything - the Dark Knight had been standing beside Gordon's bed, not helping in the investigation. Alfred got fed up with Bruce and again resigned his employ. Barbara was taken to the hospital when she heard her father was conscious. Nightwing delivered the gun to Bullock and gave him the run-down.

Detective 754

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: Monster in a Box: Officer Down part six
Writer(s): Nunzio Defilippis
Artists(s): Mike Collins, Jesse Delperdang, Steve Bird
Storyline: Officer Jordan Rich (aka Jordan Reynolds) was grilled by Allen and Montoya. Gordon couldn't finger Rich as the shooter, and the detectives could not get a confession from him - he knew too much about police procedure to give in. He chose to take his chances on the outside against Batman rather than be a sitting duck in prison waiting for him.

Gotham Knights 13

Cover Date: March 2001
Subtitle: The End - Officer Down part seven
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Two weeks after being shot, Gordon returned to the scene of the crime. Afterwards, he announced his retirement to his crew. Michael Akins would be appointed his replacement; "Hardback" Bock would replace Akins as Chief of Police. Gordon took Akins to the roof to introduce him to Batman, who did not take the news well. Bullock had to stop Montoya from killing Rich at his own apartment. Batman later visited Gordon at his home. Rich disappeared.
includes the Black and White story Funny Money by Harlan Ellison and Gene Ha.

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