I’d already decided that the Legend of Knute Brody (Dini) was my favorite story by the time I was finished with the first page. I was promptly completely unsurprised to discover that Paul Dini wrote it. I’d say they sort of frontloaded the best stories, but most of them were pretty good. I really enjoyed Batman’s Longest Case (Snyder), Manufacture for Use (Smith), I Know (Bendis), and The Precedent (Tynion), and found The Batman’s Design (Ellis), Return to Crime Alley (O’Neil), and Heretic (Priest) a little weak. The Batman’s Design is just Batman beating some dudes up. I can get that in literally any other issue of Batman or Detective Comics. Return to Crime Alley is pretty much the same thing as every other preachy lecture from Leslie Thompkins, and is honestly a little disappointing from Denny O’Neil. Heretic felt like it didn’t end, just kind of stop mid-scene. The Last Crime in Gotham (Johns) was kind of weird, but was a decent idea. Batman’s Greatest Case (King) was a nice idea, but infuriating because I couldn’t tell who was talking in half the panels, because if it’s not a royal pain to read, it’s not Tom King. Get it? ROYAL pain? King? Never mind.
I also didn’t much care for the game Arkhan Knight, and didn’t really think the identity deserved adapting into the comics, but I suppose the story could be interesting.
All things considered, it was a satisfactory thousandth-issue milestone, but nothing groundbreaking. The one thing I’ll say I really appreciated was that the writers all clearly have a strong love and understanding for the character, even the ones whose stories were weaker. The first three were definitely my favorites, though.