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Michael Akins

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Michael Akins originally served the citizens of Gateway City as a police officer before relocating to Gotham City. As a member of the Gotham City Police Department, Akins achieved a sterling record and was eventually named as Commissioner James Gordon's replacement. Gordon retired after Gotham City was reopened in the wake of No Man's Land. The African American officer bravely endured all of Gotham's relentless problems, which gradually diminished optimistic Akins's belief in human nature. This was exacerbated when he asked Internal Affairs to investigate detective Harvey Bullock. At the time, Bullock was suspected of shooting a man who had tried to kill Gordon. Bullock retired from the force under a cloud of controversy, and Akins found himself mistrusted by the officers for going after one of their own.

Unlike Gordon, Akins disliked the reliance the G.C.P.D. placed on its costumed protector, Batman. The reticence began during his Gateway days, when Akins had first encountered a vigilante and had approved of his efforts until a hostage situation went bad, leaving both the vigilante and the kidnapped victim-a child-dead. However, constant exposure to the psychotic and costumed criminals preying on Gotham's citizens eventually made Akins recognize that there was a place for Batman and those like him.

That changed during the events known as War Games, when Batman usurped Akins's command and started issuing orders to Gotham's police forces. The officers charged into a volatile gunfight between criminal gangs, which resulted in heavy casualties among the uniforms. There was a major loss of trust on both sides, and Akins ordered the Bat-Signal removed from the G.C.PD.'s rooftop, declaring that all costumed vigilantes were to be considered in violation of the law.

Shortly after these events, Batman, Robin, and Nightwing left Gotham City for six months, and Akins subsequently tendered his resignation, clearing the way for Gordon to come out of retirement. Rumors of fresh police corruption had circulated, and there was speculation that Akins resigned under pressure, given that the rumors stretched all the way to the commissioner's office. Since his resignation, Akins has not been seen in Gotham.


First Appearance: Batman: Turning Points (2001) #5

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Issue Appearances:
Batman (1940)
Batman [BRA] (2002)
Batman Allies Secret Files and Origins 2005 (2005)
Batman Arkham: Clayface (2017)
Batman War Drums (2004)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (2002)
Batman: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (2003)
Batman: City of Light (2003)
Batman: Dark Detective (2005)
Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Batman: Officer Down (2001)
Batman: Orpheus Rising (2001)
Batman: Our Worlds at War (2001)
Batman: Tales of the Man-Bat (2018)
Batman: Turning Points (2001)
Batman: War Crimes (2006)
Batman: War Games (2005)
Batman: War Games (2015)
Birds of Prey (1999)
Catwoman (1993)
Catwoman (2002)
DC Comics Presents: Batman (2010)
Detective Comics (1937)
Gotham Central (2003)
Joker: Last Laugh (2001)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers (2011)
Man-Bat (2006)
Robin (1993)

Group Affiliation(s):
G.C.P.D. (DC)(Post Crisis)
Gateway City Police Department

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