I'm just going to get out ahead of what I'm sure is going to piss off some less patient fans and say "let's just wait and see, and take note what what Superman says, okay?"
Alfred goes on to explain what happened to Bruce, who indeed did die that night where the cave collapsed on him and the Joker, but like the Joker, Bruce was healed by that substance, and his brain was essentially rebuilt… Only without all the darkness that came with Batman. So essentially, Batman died and Bruce Wayne was born… You know what, go read one of the interviews from last week a whole bunch of sites who read the issue early straight up spoiled this themselves without warning. (Bitter). ANYWAYS. Alfred had to try and remind Bruce of everything that had happened, and stopped just short of reminding him who he was as Batman. Bruce had a hard time dealing with all the darkness, but came back wanting to still help Gotham in a way that would honor his parents. So he'd reconnect with Julie Madison, help at the community center, and here we are.
Superman remains unconvinced. Batman always had a plan, to which Alfred confirms he did, and shows Superman Bruce's last invention as Batman… The cloning machine we learned about in Snyder and Murphy's Detective Comics 27 story. Unfortunately, as Alfred explains it, with all his genius, Bruce was never able to complete it. Still, Superman can't accept this, and wonders if they should just tell Bruce about Batman. Alfred points out that even if Bruce was to accept it and take up the cowl, he's now without his years of training and experience, and him putting on the cowl would be a death sentence. So for now, Batman remains dead.
Speaking of Batman, Gordon is investigating the Devil Pig's hideout for signs of Mr. Bloom, but turns out that's an ambush, and despite a valiant fight, he ends up in an incinerator, seconds away from getting burned to nothing but ash.
Elsewhere, Bruce wakes up in his office at the community center, after having looked over Duke Thomas' file for some reason, before Julie has him come home with her. Following that, Duke sneaks into the office and begins to look through some files, finding one of Mr. Bloom's seeds.
Speaking of Mr. Bloom, he meets with Penguin, who isn't about to let some new guy walk into Gotham, and long story short, has Mr. Bloom shot in the fucking face… But then Mr. Bloom impales. everyone including Penguin, and comes back even more monstrous looking.
The Opinion:This is definitely a Bruce issue, more than a Gordon issue, who honestly barely was in this one at all. I don't know what to think, honestly. I mean, say whatever you want, but we all know that eventually Bruce Wayne will be back under the cowl, it's just a question of how at this point… or maybe when. So while I had the same "WTF" sort of reaction I did when we learned Gordon was going to be Batman, I know it'll all eventually come around to be a pretty good story, so I'm not going to even bother thinking about it too much and will let whatever is going to come happen on its own terms.
That said, one random element I really like is the introduction of Julie Madison. I really like the idea of Bruce having a love interest that is in no way attached to his being Batman. I kind of would like to see how that would work out if he does take up the cowl again, as long as it's not the typical "I CAN'T LOVE YOU AND BE BATMAN" bullshit or whatever. If that'd be the case, then never mind, seen it.
Duke snooping around is pretty intriguing as well.
Overall, real good issue which was pretty much 90% Bruce, barely any Gordon. Real interested to see what comes of this in the coming months.