One of the reviews on the back of this graphic novel says it perfect. This is pretty much just a long love-letter to the Batman character and franchise as a whole. It's very self-aware and prods at itself while priding itself for what it is, and what it has become over the years. As a Batman fan I could appreciate most of what it was trying to accomplish, but I could see as a stand-alone comic it's not necessarily the best. Definitely for hardcore Batman fans only. I was impressed with about half of this volume, and the other half I could have done without.