Tony Daniel works solely on the writing for this issue, leaving the pencils to artist Guillem March. The fact that the last two issues in this series have been more organized and more eloquently structured further reinforces what I have been saying all along: Tony Daniel works better when he is either writing or drawing, but not when he is pulling double duty.
The GoodFirefly has been a more prominent villain in the Batman universe, appearing first in Batman: Streets of Gotham, and now again in Batman #699. Daniel writes a great Firefly and transitions well from the present to a flashback and again to the present storyline rather effortlessly through the use of some really strong dialogue. The story moves with a lot of fluidity, and is aided well by March's pencils. I am not sure whether these two work well with one another, but it seems that way. Firefly's emotions are relayed distinctly through March's art and is often really beautiful. One scene in particular that stood out to me was the flashback where we see Firefly in his apartment, sitting on the couch. March captured the overall dark, depressing tone in this sequence really well and Tomeu Morey's colors compliment March's inks perfectly. I much prefer March's pencils in this issue to his art in Gotham City Sirens. I think his art is more organized and tells a better story in these last two issues of Batman than they had in GCS with the exception of the issue that focused on The Riddler. Maybe I'm just not crazy about the way he draws his women?
The story is written in a way that will leave the reader wondering The Riddler's true motives. A lot of the events that take place imply that The Riddler has not entirely turned a new leaf; something that has often been hinted at in the past. I am still waiting for the moment where we see his true colors. Daniel did a good job making me (as a reader) really get into Dick's brain, and while it is stated that this is the end of the two part story line, it feels really open ended. In other words, I wouldn't be surprised if Daniel elaborates on a lot of what we saw in this issue later on.