Riddler may have given the big bad away in this issue, in true Riddler fashion. Shouldn't come as a surprise if it is who I think it is, simply because at a point, logical process of elimination only points to like one guy who'd make any sense in the context of current continuity, barring someone who has never been used before, which is probably highly unlikely.
So, there's that Riddler code from WAAAAAY back, Tim figures out what it says, Bruce figures out what it means, no point in explaining it, but Bruce finds Riddler in an abandoned ski resort outside of Gotham.
In Gotham, Vicki is talking to the Gazette Crime Editor, Warren, about her story on Bard, and how conflicted she is with it. Despite the GCPD probably intending to cite conflict of interests with Vicki and Bard's previous relationship, he urges her to go through with the story anyways, as he's started to connect a few points with all the infrastructure interference that's been going on to agitate Gotham.
Then elsewhere in Gotham, someone intercepts the caravan carrying many of Gotham's worst criminals, including the group just captured, and even invites Catwoman to the fun, handing over all of Batman's tech to them, on one condition: That they go wild with it.
Back in the mountains, Bruce eventually finds Riddler, who claims the scheme playing out now is messy and beneath him, and tells Batman a story about a monk and an echo or something, which ends with the line "You are echo." Bruce isn't in the mood for games, and demands Riddler just to tell him, which isn't going to work out, but nevertheless, Riddler claims he already has told him. Bruce gets a bit violent, and when he tells Riddler he's coming back to Gotham, Riddler takes issue with that, sets off some bombs and causes an avalanche.
Back in Gotham, Warren is closer to putting the pieces together, until he's randomly shot in front of Vicki by some intern who was working for him, who says she wasn't supposed to be there, but oh well.
If you've read any of my thoughts on this series for the past... I don't know, two months, you'll be sure to know that my number one complaint current is how much this book is dragging its feet, accomplishing nothing. This issue, not so much... but the problem is that what this issue (possibly) reveals is in the form of Riddler dialogue, so there's a chance that the revelation I think it made is completely wrong and I got nothing out of this issue... But for the sake of argument, let's say I'm right, and this issue actually progressed things a bit forward.
The key to the Riddler's story is the phrase "You are echo," which can be shorted to "You're echo," which sounds exactly like "Your echo." Whose the number one logical choice for big bad in this story? Lincoln March. Bruce's echo, or dark reflection. Riddler also says something about the answer being right in front of Batman, what's right in front of you when you look in the mirror? Uh-huh... Then of course there's a fucking owl on the cover of this issue, and that's an animal that isn't used lightly in Bat books nowadays. We've also got the owl on the teaser from Thanksgiving, and the book's been taking place at Willowood these past few issues. So yeah, probably Lincoln March.
So, if all that is true, HEY! The book progressed things just a bit, in the Riddler's own way. So that's good. That said, I thought the ending was kind of lame. Some nameless intern just shoots the editor... Alright. No attention was paid to the intern at all past one panel earlier in the issue where he's just told to go home, so the last page just comes off as completely random instead of shocking... and if last week's Batman Annual is anything to go by, Warren's fine. I'm just guessing the intern is wearing the EMP mask which pops up in Snyder connected books every now and then.
SO... Better issue than what we've gotten recently, hopefully things continue to pick up from here to the conclusion.