"Year One (Part IV of IV): Friend in Need": James Gordon and Sarah Essen have dinner together. Jim feels guilty over their recent affair, but doesn't have the will to call it off. He even gives Sarah a bracelet – a pre
- You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I know pain. Sometimes I share it. With someone like you.
- -- Batman
Appearing in "Year One (Part IV of IV): Friend in Need"
- Barbara Eileen Gordon
- James Gordon, Jr.
- Norton (Single appearance)
- Tom (Single appearance)
- Trish (Single appearance)
- Otto the Cat
Synopsis for "Year One (Part IV of IV): Friend in Need"
James Gordon and Sarah Essen have dinner together. Jim feels guilty over their recent affair, but doesn't have the will to call it off. He even gives Sarah a bracelet – a present that should have gone to his pregnant wife. Finally, Sarah makes the decision to break it off. She puts in a transfer to New York City.
A few days later, Gordon arrests noted drug dealer Jefferson Skeevers. Skeevers is a key figure that can link Detective Flass to organized crime, but he’s not revealing any information. Assistant district attorney Harvey Dent allows the court to grant him bail.
Batman sneaks into Skeevers' hotel room and accosts him. That same night, Skeevers approaches Lt. Gordon offering to reveal everything he knows concerning Detective Flass and his illegal conduct. After taking Jefferson's statement, Gordon bypasses Commissioner Loeb and goes straight to Internal Affairs.
Loeb does not appreciate Gordon going over his head. To further illustrate his displeasure, he shows him a surveillance photo of Jim and Sarah kissing one another. Loeb is more than ready to expose Gordon’s tryst if he continues pursuing an indictment against Flass.
Later, Gordon and his wife Barbara visit Wayne Manor. Jim interviews Bruce Wayne concerning his suspicious actions, but Bruce dismisses all notions that he could possibly be Batman. As the two leave the estate, Jim confides in Barbara and tells her of the affair.
A few nights later, Gordon and a few loyal officers interrogate Flass at length. At first, he refuses to cooperate, but before long, he agrees to detail everything he knows – including dirt on Commissioner Loeb.
Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon gives birth to her son – James Gordon, Jr.
A few nights later, the Catwoman raids the home of Carmine Falcone. She believes that making a strike against Falcone will help to forge her own legendary status. The Batman arrives and attacks Falcone's men. The Catwoman escapes capture, but not before raking her claws across Falcone’s face. The media learns of the incident and reports that the Batman and this mysterious new Catwoman are working in collusion with one another.
Commissioner Loeb makes a telephone call to Falcone. He instructs him to take measures against Gordon. Falcone sends his men to Gordon’s apartment where they abduct his wife and infant son. Jim manages to shoot a few of the kidnappers, but Johnny Viti takes off in his car with the baby.
Fortunately for Gordon, Bruce Wayne is present incognito. He follows Jim who takes off after Falcone on a motorcycle. While Gordon deals with Johnny, Bruce rescues baby Jim Gordon.
Days later, news of Commissioner Loeb's corrupt regime hits the media wire. Loeb announces his possible resignation. The incident places Gordon back into the spotlight and he is soon promoted to the rank of Captain.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: Year One trade paperback.
- The events from this issue take place in both Post-Crisis New Earth continuity as well as Earth-31 continuity.
- Batman chronologically appears next in Catwoman (Volume 1) #3.
- Reference is made to the Joker in this issue.
- Jefferson Skeevers appeared last in Batman #406.
- Tom the news reporter appeared last in Batman #404. Final appearance to date.
- Detective Arnold Flass can also be seen in the four-issue limited series Gordon of Gotham.
- Catwoman chronologically appears next in Detective Comics #569.
- Holly Robinson appears next in Catwoman (Volume 1) #1.
- James Gordon is promoted to the rank of Captain in this issue.
- The tagline to this issue is "He's out to clean up a city that likes being dirty. He can't do it alone."
- The final scene of the movie Batman Begins, when Joker is mentioned, is based on the last panels of this issue.
- There are is a Donald Duck toy and a Mickey Mouse telephone featured in this issue.
- There is a reference to the theatrical genre Vaudeville.
- Write your own review of this comic!
- Discuss Batman Vol 1 407 on the forums
- Cover gallery for the Batman series
- Images from Batman Vol 1 407
- Batgirl: Year One
- Batman: Year One
- Batman Annual #19
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #5
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3
- Catwoman (Volume 1)
- Catwoman (Volume 2) Annual #2
- Detective Comics Annual #8
- Robin: Year One
Links and References
- Batman: Year One article at Wikipedia
- Batman article at Wikipedia
- Batman article at Toonopedia
- Batman article at Supermanica
- Batman article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Batman page at DC Comics
- Batman: Yesterday, Today and Beyond
- Batman: The Dark Knight
- Alfred Pennyworth article at Wikipedia
- Alfred Pennyworth article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Catwoman article at Wikipedia
- Catwoman article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- James Gordon article at Wikipedia
- James Gordon article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Two-Face article at Wikipedia
- Two-Face article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
|Crisis Reboot |
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a 1985-1986 maxiseries which completely reset the continuity of the entire DC Universe, all of DC's major characters and franchises needed to be updated to reflect the changes in the events of their lives. Multiple story arcs were put out to explain these rebooted versions of popular characters.
|Part 1: Batman #404||Part 2: Batman #405||Part 3: Batman #406||Part 4: Batman #407|