@longbowhunter: Yeah I agree that the mini was better up to this point, but my rule is to give a new monthly I'm interested in 6 issues before I stop or keep picking it up. That's a half year. And I'm liking how this new three part arc has started. Mind you, it could take a nose dive, but I like the setup here.
@blur1528: I think the Batman of Africa, which bothers me a little that's his title right now because here you have all these Batmen in individual countries and here this guy gets an entire continent, anyway, I think it is a tease for the next issue. Think of it as what they used to do in the 3rd season of the Adam West Batman TV show instead of the first two which were "same bat-time, same bat-channel".
Nolan could also take a page out of B: TAS and play Bane off as a world-class assassin and have him used either by Talia or, since we still don't know the role of Joseph Gordon-Levitt officially but the odds-on favorite rumor is he'll be Falcone's son, a hired gun by Alberto.