Two months ago, Dr. Leslie Thompkins was volunteering in the Congo (maybe Stephanie Brown should give her a call? Dumb plot point callbacks, HEEEEYOOOOO) when her medical aid camp is attacked by a cult of murderers known as Die Fasut Der Kain, "The First of Cain" in German. Die Faust are some crazy fuckers, as they follow the teachings of a depopulationist philosopher, and seemingly kill for fun, believing their victims have point values, and Leslie Thompkins is the key to a high score.
Leslie escapes the chaos, but is met by a member of Die Faust in the jungle. Before any harm can come Leslie's way, her attacker is killed by a crossbow arrow to the neck, fired by a dark skinned woman who looks to be another member of the cult, ridiculous costume and all... but that's not the case, as instead of killing Leslie, this woman rescues her, and brings her to safety in a room of red and black paneling, where she's asked questions of how she came to be. She remembers telling them the story of the night she cared for Bruce Wayne, but everything after that is shaky. The next thing she remembers was waking up in a hospital, unable to get the image of a spider web out of her mind. As she tells this story to Batman, she fears she may have gone on to tell them everything.
A month later, at Wayne Manor, a somber Alfred attempts to enter the cave, but the elevator system is locked up. Altering Bruce to the issue, he responds from the cave that he's aware of it, and declines to speak of anything else, such as the "loss" of Dick Grayson. But as we've all seen in the preview, Dick is inside the cave, being tested by Bruce in combat.
Bruce is trying to figure out if Dick is still there so to speak, if he's "alive" in a metaphorical sense, if he's got fight left in him, because he's got a difficult thing to ask of Dick, and that's to stay dead. Dick flat out refuses Bruce's request, citing what this would do to everyone, but Bruce points out his request is an attempt to save everyone. Spyral is out for masks, and Bruce wants a man on the inside, and Dick is his only choice, because he knows Dick would see the mission through, where the others wouldn't. Bruce also believes Spyral will seek Dick out in an attempt to use him against the family, so it's a perfect way in. After a long discussion/fight, the two seem to come to an understanding, Dick Grayson is dead.
Dick spends the next couple of weeks traveling the world incognito, and coming across members of Die Faust, and doing what he does best against them, Dick finally grabs Spyral's attention, as during an escape form an exploding car, he's rescued by a helicopter piloted by the same woman who rescued Leslie a couple of months earlier, and this woman, who has a fondness for crossbows, and a top that looks like a cross has got an invitation for Dick, with nothing but a spider web on it.
NOTE: I did ask Tim Seeley on twitter if there was any clarification on Helena's ethnicity, and both he and Tom King said her background would be explored in upcoming issues of Grayson. Got a feeling my theory on the Mediterranean complexion might be correct, but again... not a big deal that sways the quality of the issue.