Unlike some people, I have no problem with crossovers per se. With the right talent, a work of epic length, scope, and quality can be produced in a relatively short period of time, which would not have been possible with the use of just one creative team. On the surface, the melding of a large group of writers and artists sounds like a recipe for failure, hence the saying "Too many cooks..." Certainly there are inherent problems that need to be overcome, but when this is accomplished, the final result can be quite impressive. One major obstacle that confronts the writers is the overall editorial direction of the project, which requires cohesion of thought and may not allow them the freedom to stretch their creative wings and produce their best work. In this particular case throw in a hodgepodge of different artists, whose output ranges from acceptable to downright awful, and we get a story that quickly collapses under the strain. The cast of characters, many with larger parts than warranted due to the inexplicable reduction of Batman's role, are not shown in the best of light, and some, even unfortunately what little we see of the main man himself, are flat out unlikable. The whodunit aspect is also a letdown and poorly presented, with the big reveal of the culprit appearing much too early, eliminating any possible suspense and rendering the last third or so of the story into a disappointing anticlimax. It's at this point that you realize this falls more under the heading of a Gotham Central banner than a Batman tale. Blame this one on poor execution, not the format.