CAVEAT: I write this review not so much as a hardcore Bat-Addict, but a casual Bat-User; though I love the character, I spent many years not really reading his monthly comics ( the only time I can remember following Batman prior to Morrison was during Loeb/Lee; not particularly impressed by their Bat stories ), even as I followed the trade paperback classics, the cartoons, and to a point the movies. And I haven't read much of the 70's stuff, the O'Neil/Adams and Englehart/Rogers works that Morrison is such a fan of. I like Batman, but I've been burned by his comics before.
Anyway, I'm elated that Morrison and Kubert have returned to Batman after their hiatus, and this issue is proof of why. After a long hiatus ( the Ostrander/Mandrake run and that weird prose story ), the two have returned to their collaboration, and the results are quite good. Kubert is an excellent dynamic artist, while Morrison is an incredibly layered writer. Though Morrison often gets paired up with artists who can't match his vision, it's not the case here, and the art is as wonderfully mad as the writing.
Two storylines are set up here; one, Bruce Wayne's attempt to re-establish himself as a human being, and two, Batman's crusade against corruption in the GCPD. The former is particularly interesting, as Bruce works to seperate himself from the Bat, with dubious success ( attacking the Paparazzi and all ). The last line of the scene, where Bruce tells Jezebel Jet that he " got over it" in regards to his parents' death, is particularly jarring in light of this scene; is Bruce lying to protect his identity, lying to try to assert a new persona, or telling the truth? ( Any of those is applicable ).
Following that, Bruce goes back to Gotham in his Bat-suit to discover the GCPD ( literally ) in bed with DeShawn the Pimp's girls, and ending up saving several prostitutes from a gigantic steroid freak who looks like Bane but dressed like Batman. The internal monologue is used in an interesting fashion, random snippets of deduction that don't even need to be complete sentences, the way you'd expect Batman to think. Moreover, when Batman goes into override detective mode, it proves his undoing; he's so busy deducing the case that he gets stomped flat.
Can't wait for what happens next.