With the death of their son, both Bruce and Talia have left Gotham to meet with some particularly interesting people. Bruce manages to find where Michael Lane, Azreal has been hiding, as the Suit of Sorrows will come in handy for his upcoming war on the devil he's waging. Meanwhile, Talia meets with her father Ra's, who despite being locked away, seems to be impressed with the lengths her daughter has gone to. But, with an ominous laugh, he points out to his daughter that she may have overlooked a very important detail with her former beloved, the Detective. Frustrated, Talia leaves with no answer from her father.
Back in Gotham, the full "no more Batman" effort has gone into effect, with Gordon watching the Bat-Signal be destroyed, while Lucius Fox tries to give statements to the press, informing them that Bruce will give a statement eventually. Later, Fox meets with Bruce, as they go through many of the decommissioned Robats. The crystal Bruce got in vol. 1 is still being worked on, but Bruce's attention gets drawn to an experimental exoskeleton that was never put into operation.
Talia also returns to Gotham, where she punishes the men who aided in killer her son. Their punishment? The Heretic gets let loose on them. Talia then calls Mayor Hady to give yet another demand, Batman is to be brought to her by 11pm that night. It is soon revealed that Leviathan has also crippled the city's fuel, by contaminating it, leaving it useless, and essentially keeping Gotham under even more of her control.
Elsewhere, Nightwing and Red Robin interrogate a Leviathan thug to find out about the 11pm plan, while Knight (Squire) and Dark Ranger track down Jason Todd, to find him surrounded by the Hood, the headmaster of that school (Kathy Kane) and all her assassin agents. They fight a bit, but Jason eventually confirms that they're both on the same side, after Hood had pointed it out just prior.
Elsewhere in Gotham, police bust down the door to Kirk and Francine Langstrom's apartment, to find the bewildered Kirk unaware as to what's going on, or the fact that Batman was in his apartment, swiping the formula.
Back to Talia, the Heretic demands to know when he'll inherit Gotham, and why can't he do what he would like (mind you, Morrison has stated that the Heretic is basically a three year old). He tries to raise a hand to his "mother," but Talia played the old spine trick again, and electrocutes him via an implant she placed in him, and corrects him to call her "Lady Talia" not "Mother."
With her monster back in control, Talia takes him to wait on the roof of Wayne Enterprises, as 11pm draws near. Just prior, Bruce sat alone in the cave, wearing the suit of sorrows, in a familiar pose, reciting a few familiar lines about becoming a bat, then injects himself with a vial.
As the clock strikes 11pm, Talia's men sees something flying towards them in the distance. Talia looks for herself and puts the binoculars down in disbelief, saying "No... he wouldn't." But he would! Bruce, armed with the Suit of Sorrows and exoskeleton, and injected with Man-Bat serum, flies directly towards them, with not the sunniest of dispositions.