The most complete volume in the rebirth continuity so far. Stylistically it’s distinctive in both writing and art, and thematically its strong and remarkable for its focus on the non-Batman characters (indeed, most of Batman’s presence is felt through narration and flashbacks rather than action/adventure sequences). The weakest parts are the framing sequences that utilize some decidedly out-of-character ideas that undermine the Batman most have come to know and love with juvenile romance.

written by Robert N