A deadly game of assassination is wrapped up as Tim looks forward to the future. Will he leave Paris with his life?
I love when the Bat Family outsmarts people. Having them work around the Assassination game that's been going on in recent issues instead of actually causing death is classic.
I really liked the immortal that Tim/Cass got to match wits with; the fact that he/she referred to Vandal Savage as "a bit neolithic" was a highlight.
I like the fact that Tim's become less broody and more independent. When this series started, I was worried it was going to turn into a constant weepfest. I like Tim because even though he has his share of baggage (which will be explored in coming issues), he still manages to be personable and an actual person.
Marcus To's artwork has been a constant highlight of this book, and it continues in this issue. Seeing his take on Tim as Batman Beyond (in a great "considering his future" sequence) was a treat.
The only real complaint I had was that the "fake execution" stunt was a little hokey - I mean, really? A collapsible blade?
Also, the way the issue ended left a little to be desired: certain events were just crunched into the last few pages, including a sequence when Tim reveals his new lair. I love those big unveiling scenes, and not giving it its proper space just seemed like a bit of a waste.
It's a pity that this title is going to be gone after the reboot, as I really was a fan. Red Robin, Robin and Nightwing always were enjoyable to me because they took characters that had to live under Bruce's shadow and gave them the room to breathe.
I really hope both Tim and Dick avoid getting lost in the shuffle with the new DCU, and hopefully the spirit of the books will remain.