The artists used a black and white template for the flashbacks, which helped the issue repeatedly flashback during the course of the issue without confusion. Emphasis was also made on the death of Bruce's parents by using a "red and black" template for those flashbacks. It was excellently done because his memories were not shown in a clear conscious style, but broken up into single frames (such as the mugger's gun going off), along with frames that were obviously not real, but a byproduct of a broken memory (such as the frame of the gun that killed his parents being pulled apart and also the frame of young bruce shattering like a broken mirror).
The story highlights Bruce's detective abilities as he uses his alter ego, Matches Malone, to find a killer. He saves a father and a son from being shot by the mugger (the killer he was hunting), thereby coming in full circle by "redeeming" his parents deaths. Batman then asks himself if he "can do what he must...and walk away from it all."