Anarky, as depicted on promotional art for Anarky (Vol.
Art by Norm Breyfogle.
Detective Comics #608
Advanced grey hat hacker;
Hybrid martial artist;
Access to gadgets and
Anarky (Lonnie Machin) is a fictional char-
acter in the DC Comics Universe. Co-created
by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle, he first
appeared in Detective Comics #608 (Novem-
ber 1989) as an adversary of Batman. Origin-
ally intended to only be used in the debut
story in which he appeared, Anarky was cre-
ated to be a violent but highly intelligent
youth who rationalized murder in the name
of a higher cause. At the request of Dennis
O’Neil, this early interpretation was altered
before publication, and Anarky was instead
portrayed as violent but non-lethal – a char-
acterization that has remained consistent
ever since. Following positive reception by
readers, Grant briefly considered, in secret,
transforming Anarky into a new Robin, to re-
place the then recently deceased Jason Todd.
However, this was soon abandoned when he
was informed that Tim Drake had already
been created to do so.
Stories revolving around Anarky often fo-
cus on political and philosophical themes.
Named after the philosophy of anarchism, his
creation was partially influenced by Alan
Moore’s character "V" from V for Vendetta.
With Grant’s transition to the philosophy of
Neo-Tech, Anarky was transformed from a
vehicle for socialist and populist philosophy,
to rationalist, atheist, and free market based
The character experienced a brief surge in
media exposure during the late ’90s, begin-
ning when Norm Breyfogle convinced Alan
Grant to produce a limited series based on
the character. The 1997 spin-off series, An-
arky, was received with positive reviews and
sales, and later declared by