Armand Krol was the mayor of Gotham City. A hard-line politician, Krol often criticized Commissioner James Gordon for his leniency against using lethal force and also when it came to vigilantism - particularly, his reluctance to bring down the cowled crusader known as Batman. Kroll always suggested that the GCPD needed a new Commissioner, but restrained from removing Gordon.
As a result of Batman's efforts to save his life, Krol started a campaign that would facilitate Batman's work outside of the law, unaware that by the time he changed his attitude towards Batman, there was another man wearing the cape and cowl. Krol commanded officer Kitch to not interfere whenever Batman was working on a case. Shortly after this, Batman started using extreme violence against criminals and Krol urged Commissioner Gordon to adopt such methods within the GCPD and to turn a blind eye on Batman's brutal methods.
Eventually, James Gordon, who was once the Batman's largest supporter, now decried the actions of this new Batman and the bitterness between Krol and he intensified as the Mayor publicly endorsed Batman's methods. Armand Krol soon removed Gordon from his position as Gotham's police commissioner and replaced him with Gordon's wife, Sarah Essen.
During the Contagion event, the Order of St. Dumas released a terrible Apocalypse Virus in Gotham. Krol's replacement Commissioner, the incompetent Andy Howe, ignored Batman's warnings of the plague. The virus leads to rioting and death in the streets. Krol is infected with the disease, and the governor puts Gotham under martial law. He was saved when Azrael figured out a cure and delivered it to hospitals across the city. Marion Grange has Krol forcibly removed from office for incompetence, and becomes his replacement. Krol is dragged screaming from his desk, insisting that she will regret this. Grange's first act was to fire Howe and reinstate Jim Gordon as Police Commissioner for the GCPD.
Eventually Krol succumbed to the virus that everyone believed had been cured. His death revealed that the "Apocalypse Virus" had not truly been wiped out. Instead, it simply mutated into a new dormant strain. This warning alerted Batman that he needed to find a new cure.
- Leadership: As Mayor of Gotham, Armand Krol administered the city during some of it's most chaotic times, without losing complete control of the situation.
- Armand Krol had ophidiophobia, the irrational fear of snakes.
- 32 Appearances of Armand Krol (New Earth)
- 5 Images featuring Armand Krol (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Armand Krol (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Armand Krol (New Earth)
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Batman #494
- ↑ Detective Comics #661
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- ↑ Detective Comics #663
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- ↑ Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48
- ↑ Detective Comics #696
- ↑ Azrael #16
- ↑ Robin (Volume 4) #28
- ↑ Detective Comics #699
- ↑ Batman: Shadow of the Bat #53