A love letter to the character of Batman is how Neil Gaiman opens this book. I associated with one point at that stage when Gaiman says that even after he has been reading,writing and creating comic book characters, he always has Batman as numero uno. While I have never written a word for comics nor even drawn a straight line for that matter, I follow the same principle : Batman is THE hero for me even after coming across so many other characters. This book specifically was a spinoff from the Batman mythos and I suppose this is a button that DC pressed before another reboot.
When we begin, the various characters ( friends & foes alike) come to pay their last respects to the Dark Knight. Some of the characters offer their own versions of his death while others remember him in a word or two. I was amused by Alfred's version of the tale which was a total riot ! The others are just so-so and to me as a reader was not much of an attention grabber. There is set of sketches by Andy Kubert in here which were truly excellent. Versions of Batman right from Bob Kane days to his present day avatar, rough sketches and fully pencilled versions and so on. It maybe that I am back to comics after a long time but I simply adored the artwork. There is a black & white story where Batman & Joker appear as actors waiting for their screen time in the green room. They chat amiably and even solve cross words together ! The last part with the Riddler was not much to talk about either.
In all a decent read but I for one expect more from Gaiman.