|Real name:||Sarah Essen Gordon|
|First Appearance:||Batman #405|
|Created by:||Frank Miller|
|Affiliations:||Gotham City Police Department|
|Abilities:||A skilled detective|
History EditBorn in Chicago, Sarah Essen endeavored to become a police officer. After achieving the rank of sergeant, she transferred to Gotham City where she became romantically involved with Lt. James Gordon. Sarah knew that James was married with a son on the way, and she soon brought the affair to a close. Unable to work with Jim any longer, she put in a transfer to New York City.
Years later, Sarah returned to Gotham and resumed her romance with the now-divorced Jim Gordon. By this point, Jim had become Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and the two were eventually wed. Jim temporarily resigned his position so that he could pursue a career in local politics. To fill the vaccuum, Sarah took his place and operated as the city's newest Commissioner Gordon.
During a chain of events that has come to be known as No Mans Land, the Joker shoots Essen in her temple after she saves the babies from his plan to attract the attention of The Batman. Devastated by her death, Commissioner Gordon apprehended the Joker by shooting him in the leg.
It is mentioned in Batgirl #5 that Jim Gordon never remarried after his divorce, suggesting that either Sarah does not exist as of the reboot or simply never had a relationship with Gordon, serious or otherwise.
- Sarah Essen was a highly trained vice and homicide detective. She was also an expert in every facet of police procedure.
- Strength Level: Sarah Essen possessed the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engaged in moderate regular exercise.
- Equipment: Aside from standard police issue utilities, Sarah briefly had access to the Bat-signal during her tenure as Commissioner.
- Weapons: As a detective, Sarah carried police issue firearms.
- Sarah Essen was a former smoker.
- Though Sarah doesn't appear in Batman: Arkham City, Gordon has his men use her name as a code to prove they are GCPD when they rendevous with Batman.