What's more, the new villain has great promise, introducing themselves with a flourish worthy of the Sixties Avengers TV series.
Helping the story along greatly is the artwork of Scott McDaniel and Rob Hunter. Of all the art jobs I've seen from the former, this is my favourite - his trademark dynamism is present and correct, but the layouts are more pleasingly playful than previously. Hunter is sympathetic to McDaniel's feisty style, while adding a depth of his own. I like this pairing a lot, whether they're giving us moody shots of the Dynamite Duo by a grave, or Damian showing that he's fallen under the spell of Alfred's Earl Grey. Letterer Patrick Brosseau and colourist Alex Sinclair add their own storytelling skills to the mix, helping to create a Batman book that recalls the glory days of Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle.
Well done to editors Janelle Siegel and Mike Marts for assembling such a stellar team - not forgetting Guillem March, who provides a cracking, vibrant cover illo.
With issue #20, new regular writer Peter Tomasi and penciller Patrick Gleason should be in situ. I expect I'll enjoy their work, but meanwhile, I hope DC is busy finding more Gotham assignments for this issue's terrific team.