Well, as someone who has loved and grown up with Paul Dini's work (all the DC animated shows) this was a big letdown. I loved Dini's previous two installments of this series, Streets of Gotham, and loved his run on Detective comics (please re-release the first two trades!) but this third and final volume was a big letdown.
This volume starts off with a two part story about The Carpenter, for those of you who remember the girl who was, well, the carpenter, in Mad Hatter's wonderland gang back in his run of Detective comics. It's about her being hired by some creepy director who wants to build a deathtrap house to use in a snuff film finishing off Batman. The premise itself is lame and it doesn't really go anywhere.
The meat of this collection then follows with another showdown with Hush. An old gangster, Judson Pierce gets out of prison and has a vendetta to settle with the Wayne family. He has never met Bruce but wants him to pay for what his parents did to him. Pierce goes after Bruce, who is actually Tommy Elliot, Hush, set to be Bruce by Dick Grayson (acting Batman) and Alfred, while the real Bruce is out. Needless to say, things go wrong, Pierce and Elliot team up and Bruce is back.
The problem with this story is that it didn't focus on the main conflict at hand, Bruce vs. Tommy, at least not in the present. This story is loaded with flashbacks that bloat and muddle the Batman mythos. We are overloaded with a how Bruce's parents met, with more in depth looks at them, Bruce's dad knowing Zatanna's dad, a character Dini overuses, and even a possible Joker origin story, or at least a look at his childhood. Too much. And then in the present, a new themed supervilian comes out of nowhere for little purpose. And despite this being a Hush revenge story, the only active ally Bruce has is Catwoman! Dick (after Bruce's return), Robin, and the rest of the Bat-family are void of the story.
The artwork is good. Dustin Nguyen's covers are awesome! His work in the actual comic is decent. He becomes lazy with backgrounds at some points, almost drawing stick figures at times. Plus, he uses the same design for almost everyone's head.
This could have been a lot better but it is what it is and at 9 issues for the price plus a table of contents with cover art placed before each chapter the price isn't too bad. 9 issues! Haha. But this only for diehard fans of Paul Dini and or those who have to have everything Batman.