- Partners are equals, Batman! When have you ever treated me like your equal? Partners, for example, thell you their plans! They keep you informed! And they sure as hell don't walk out on you in the middle of a sentence!-- If I wanted to know who you were, I could have discovered it ten years ago. And for all you know, maybe I did. Maybe I do.
- -- James Gordon
Appearing in "Falling Back"
Synopsis for "Falling Back"
Robin and Oracle are waiting at Oracle's Watchtower for Batman and James Gordon to discuss the future of their alliance. Meanwhile they try to discover who was responsible for the construction supplies that have been getting into Gotham City.
At Gordon's place, Batman and Jim are staring at each other without saying a word. They keep moving around the garden but for a while, none of them say anything. Batman begun speaking and Jim tried to reply as best as he could. Then, Gordon speaked out his mind and told Batman all the reasons why he didn't trust in the dark knight anymore. Jim felt abandoned when No Man's Land was declared and Batman was gone. He also told Batman that he didn't like the lack of respect towards him as he never told him about his plans, about the time when he was gone and left others to replace him and Gordon also let him know how he feel about Batman's making his disappearing act on him.
Batman was feeling bad for Jim and wanted to give him something in return. Batman took off his cowl and wanted to reveal his true identity to Gordon, but the former commissioner closed his eyes and refused to see the man behind the mask. Gordon told him that if he wanted to know his identity he would already have discovered and also hinted that perhaps he already knew it.
Bruce put his cowl back and they talked about their next move. They agreed to work together and in order to arrange the plans, they set the time and place for their next meeting. Without saying anything else, they parted.
- The events of this issue take place after Detective Comics #739. No Man's Land continues in Robin #71.
- James Gordon states that it's been 10 years since he began working with Batman and that he probably knows Batman's secret identity.
- Gordon also makes a reference to the Batman: Knightfall storyline, when he mentions the "pretenders" working as Batman.
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|No Man's Land Crossover|
This issue is a part of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover that swept through all Batman Family Titles during 1999. Gotham City was declared by the President to be no longer a part of the United States after the combined disasters of Contagion, Legacy and Cataclysm.