As usual, the city lives and breathes in Snyder's work. I should have read this one before starting his Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls series. This volume is a nice transition between the Grayson era and the return of Bruce Wayne to Gotham to resume being Batman. Well-written, but less emphasis is given to character development and more to the set-up of Gotham's history as a precursor to the Court of Owls saga. Still good stuff and the last time for the foreseeable future we'll see Dick Grayson wearing the mantle. Sad face.