Officer David James Gordon
Name: David James Gordon
Relatives: Roger C. Gordon (Grandfather, deceased), Thelma A. Gordon (Grandmother, deceased), James W. Gordon (Great Uncle, deseased), James Gordon Jr. (Cousin), Ted Knight (Grandfather, deceased), Sandra Knight (Great-aunt, deceased), David Knight (Uncle, deseased), Jack Knight (Father), Barbara Gordon (Mother), Ted Knight II (Half Brother), Wilma Payton (half-sister), Clarence O’dare (God Father)
Group Affliation: Opal City Police Department: SCU; JLA
Base of Operations: Opal City
2000 was a very hard year for David’s mother, Barbara Gordon. After she got back the use of her legs, a minor miracle preformed by Impulse, she had to mobilize the Hero community to deal with the nuclear disaster in NYC. She then found out one of her best friends, Dinah Lance, was actually a durlan spy. In a holiday funk because all her other friends were married, and having kids, she was further shocked when her Uncle/Adoptive Father James Gordon was gunned down in the line of duty. She felt that she had had enough of Gotham and that with the ever-expanding Batfamily, they could take care of things. Looking for a new city, she realized that Opal City after the take over by Shade... and their hero, Starman, going into semi retirement that the police would need her help.
So she moved to Opal City, hoping for a new beginning...
Most of the calls for her first month were from Jack Knight. After
realizing that Oracle was a woman, he constantly called her in the
middle of the night to ask for help for the care of baby Ted. After two
months of this, Barbara bought a load of baby self-help books and went
to the Knight residence to ask Jack to stop calling her. She however
struck dumb when Jack answered the door while feeding baby Ted. She
an instant attraction to Jack, and he to her.
Over the next year Barbara visted the two Knights more and more,
the Knights and falling in love with them. When Jack proposed- she
instantly said yes. For their wedding they both got tattoos- symbols of
each other. For Jack it was a bat in a heart, for Babs it was the
sign that Jack wore as Starman.
A year after that David was born. Jack named the kid- and pointed out
that David’s red hair clearly marked him a Gordon and that he
that Babs wanted the Gordon name to live on. Babs knew that she had
the best choice in Jack.
By age 6, David was made an unoffical O’dare as he played with the next
generation of O’dare. With his red hair and bugging his God father at
the police station, many rookies assumed that David was just one of the
O’dare brood. Jack however was proud that David started taking things
apart by age 7, and was very happy that at 9 he was helping his mom
her Oracle equipment.
Jack had hopes that David would take after Ted Sr. and become a great
scientest. Jack got a tad worried when David started helping his mother
on-line by becoming Hermes. However, Jack just chalked it up to a
youthful desire to help and it meant that it was easier to have a night
out with Babs, while David as Hermes helped the JL fight this villan or
Both of David’s parents knew at age 14 that David was going to be a boy
in blue. All of his his freinds were police brats- or the YJ members he
talked on the computer to. While that caused some parental friction- as
David always got A’s in school (and ate his green beans) it wasn’t too
major. Though Jack wished, that as Ted Jr was clearly going to be a
superhero, that David would be a scientest or an astronaut.
Things came to a head on David’s 16th birthday, after coming home from
day with the O’dares and ‘Auntie’ Hope, David had dinner with his
parents and Ted. When asked what he did with the O’dares- David
the target he was shooting at. He pointed out that he spent the day at
the shooting range- and Hope said he was a natural. He was sent to
his room- and grounded for 2 months... and not allowed to hang
with ‘those gun nuts’.
While Babs knew that James Gordon had a gun as long as he was on the
force, and after she was shot, the pain of being shot and
having her ‘father’ killed by a gun, made her lay down the law- that
David was never to use a gun. Privately, Jack was happy- hoping that
this would get David on track.
David got very angry. The next day he went to his Godfather,
Clarence O’Dare. Clarence pointed out that Jack was a dear friend- so
felt that David should follow his parent's wishes. But, he said, you’re a
smart kid- figure out a way to get his parents to approve David getting
into the police academy and Clarence would make it happen.
For the next 5 months, after school David would come right home and go
to his lab. His parents both had high hopes for whatever he was doing
there. David then came out one night with what appeared to be a silver
gun and asked Ted to shoot him. Not needing to be asked twice, Ted
to shoot his brother. Needless to say, the gun didn’t work. David
explained that he used Ted Sr.’s cosmic rod to make a gun. It would not
kill a person. It could not be used against David, as it had a DNA scan
in the grip. And, he was sure that it would fulfill the Academy’s
After a long talk, David was allowed to apply for Police Acadamy after
graduating High School.
Training: David has a brown belt in most forms of martial arts. He was
trained mainly by his mother. His mother has has taught him how to be
information specialist, and properly sift through information for clues
and the truly important and relevent information.
Weapons: The most important device David has is his Gravity Gun. This
gun was created by David with his Grandfather Knight’s technology. It
has 3 settings: a cosmic blast, a increase gravity( making something
weigh much more) and a decrease gravity setting. David also has made
gun ‘smart’ so it will only shoot when he has it in his hand. Also
Ted Knight Sr’s inventions- David wears a stripped down Gravity Belt,
which simply allows him to fly. From his mother Barbara ‘Oracle’
he has a modified badge. This lets her keep track of his vital signs (unknown to David) and allows her to keep in touch and offer advice,
she thinks David needs it.