I'm thinking I should REALLY pick this up cos Iive completely lost my place with the current Batman storyline.
Awhile back we had his big fight with Hush and Catwomans Heart, I was uptospeed with that. Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, he's dead.
Where did THAT come from I wondered. Turns out (iiuc) his death occurred in one of the minor Batman titles, I only follow Batman & Detective. So I missed this big happening in the Batman Universe. Boy was I miffed.
So now we're getting Battle for the Cowl storylines and I'm still confused. I wasn't sure which titles I needed to get to follow the Batman-Dies storyline, iirc it wasn't advertised before hand as a storyline worth following - unlike the Cowl one that came with a helpful list of 16 issues over various titles.
Thus methinks I should pick this collection/bigbook up. That, or use this as a way of giving up me comics and saving some money that'd probably be better spent on food. Damn credit crunch.
BTW I'm in England so a little behind you Americans with the B4tC story.
 just seem your recommendations of (1) Batman and Son (2) The Black Glove
Batman having a son, hmmmm. An almost jumped-the-shark event for me. One of my real bugbears(?) with movies/tv-shows/comics is when we have a decent man informed that they are infact a father, and that the child isn't a baby but a 10year old, and this man is expected to be immediately ok with this fact and not angry in the slightest at being denied the experience of fatherhood for those past 10years, and having missed out on all the wonderessness that knowing you're a father and being involved with the upbringing of a new life.
( I'd really like to see a David Kelley Lawyer show episode where the man sues the woman for keeping his fatherhood a secret - well he had a football (aka soccer) coach being sued for not making his team where crash helmets to protect them from heading the ball - but I might be getting off the subject a little )