It's been over two weeks since James Gordon was shot by Jordan Rich, and the man
responsible has walked away scot-free and is suing the city for wrongful arrest. Gordon
is slowly on the mend, but has nevertheless made the decision to retire from the police
force - a decision that saddens the major crimes unit and angers Bullock. Mike Akins is
to take over permanently as Commissioner, with Bock receiving the promotion to Chief of
Police. Detective Montoya blames herself for what happened - she and Allen had the
opportunity to get Rich convicted and let the opportunity slip through their fingers.
On the roof of the GCPD building, Gordon introduces Batman to the new Commissioner.
Batman does not take the news of Gordon's retirement well. The next day, Montoya calls in
sick...and Bullock gets a bad feeling about it. His feeling is deserved, as Montoya makes
her way determinedly to Rich's apartment. She bursts in, gun in hand, willing Rich to
attack her so that she can kill him in self-defence. However, Bullock arrives and talks
her out of wasting her career on a nothing like Jordan Rich, reminding her of what Gordon
told them the night he was shot...that a police officer's greatest power is to deprive
someone of freedom, not of life.
That night, Batman and Gordon meet at Gordon's house, coming to an understanding
about what has happened. Their working relationship is over, but the two men will remain friends.
Elsewhere, Jordan Rich's apartment is empty, with splashes of what looks suspiciously
like blood on the floor. Unaware of this, Bullock and Montoya meet in Kelly's Plough. She
complains that there is no justice, but is consoled by Bullock.
Second Story: "Funny Money" (8 Pages)
Harlan Ellison (plot, script)
Gene Ha (pencils, inks)
Ken Lopez (letters)
Mark Chiarello (edits)
Kielczewski (first appearance of both; treasury agents)
Kaes Poppinger (first appearance; a master engraver)
This story takes place at an unspecified point in Batman's career.
Batman is asked by Commissioner Gordon to have a few words in his office. Here he
meets US treasury agents who inform him that not only has a consignment of "the paper from
Dalton" (used to manufacture US currency) been stolen, but a master engraver from
Switzerland has just been arrested at Gotham airport. Batman pays the engraver, Kaes
Poppinger, a visit in his cell, and persuades him to tell all. Some time later, Batman,
disguised as engraver's assistant Dirks Baekert, accompanies Poppinger and the plates
necessary to create money to the arranged meeting point, and from here watches the
progress of the plates until they have been used to print the money. He, the police and
the treasury crash the scene, but it looks like the money printers are going to get away
with what they've done. However, Batman directs them to a specific spot on the plates, and
in one of the windows depicted on the notes, they discover a miniature Batman waving at
them...they've printed 'funny money' and the law has them.