Once again we see nothing happen. We are told that Catwoman has to deal with her enemies, that Lucius has Bruce's money and Bruce will have it back if he wants, but eyes will be on him so he can't spend it.
Bruce never asks for the money back and says he'll move into a brownstone in the city that he didn't even know he owned. We're told that the city changed and all the Joker goons just took off their masks so no one knows who they are but apparently Clownkiller is tracking them down.
Again, that's not how money works. If Joker paid the goons, then there is a money trail. The Board pays off Bruce, but he owns the stock. Stock deals can be nullified when fraud is proven. Lucius says he has tens of billions of dollars in cash, but Bruce didn't have a Scrooge McDuck money bin. His assets were stock, real estate, etc. These aren't liquid assets. Converting them to cash would be impossible even if a whiff of fraud were suspected.
So what assets does Bruce have? We don't know. We are told that he can't spend what money he has without receiving attention, so if he breaks the batmobile, he'll have to fix it without using Wayne Enterprises resources. I don't think he ever did that because employees would have had to do the work and why would they keep their mouths shut?
Bruce living in the city. Already been done. This whole slimmed down Batman goes back to the VIP concept launched when Robin went to college. There is nothing new under the sun with Tynion. Keeping Catwoman and Batman apart is just annoying. We still really haven't dealt with Alfred's death.
All this is a rehash of stuff that's been done before and the fear of actually going forward with the character development that people actually like - Bat/Cat - built on a foundation of unbelievable financial structure. What will happen to all the charities Bruce supports? We don't know. He used his fortune to help a lot of people, is that money gone. The way foundations work doesn't even seem to have a play in this world.
Also, what about the rest of the Bat-family. What are their feelings, what are their roles in the new world order. We aren't even told this, let alone shown.
I am not impressed, but I could be wrong.
I didn't mind it too bad. To me there's nothing wrong with some concepts coming back around again, like Bruce living in a city apartment once again. I've never been thrilled about Catwoman being his main love interest, so I'd like to see that go.
The whole thing with Bruce and his money is quite silly since the next writer will either restore the Wayne fortune or take it further by having Bruce on skid row or something. Eventually it will be like this whole thing never happened.
To me the best part of this book was seeing Grifter. I never really knew much about the character but I think he always had a cool look. The artwork during the fight sequence was great. It will be interesting to see Grifter involved in the Bat-universe, but my fear is that he will end up being part of the "Bat family," which is another thing I wouldn't mind seeing disappear. Or he will experience a new level of popularity and become another Harley Quinn, obnoxious and overused.