@batwatch: I liked reading your theories of who the Prankster might be, but I'm leaning toward it just being a character we haven't seen before. One thing I did notice was how quickly the word spread about Nighwing working with Spades to find Zucco. I was thinking that Spades was a likely double agent for the Mayor & Zucco.
As far as Stephanie Brown goes, she's Carrie Kelly's roommate that we saw in Batman & (red)Robin 19 right?
I don't know how Slott did it, but he had me both hating and loving Doc Ock in this issue. When the girl gave him Mr. Pinkie the Penguin, all I could think of was the melting of the Grinch's cold evil heart. But then... there was the ending.
It seemed like they were improving Starfire's costume awhile back, but now she's pretty much naked. And WHAT is up with those Eyebrows? They just like red check marks on her forehead. I understand there will be folks who like Starfire's look in this comic, but I'm not one of them. Give the lady a robe or something. She a few pasties away from being the female Dr. Manhattan.
I think the masked thief is either Tim or Bruce. The retinal scan makes me lean heavily toward it being a batfamily member. Dick is Chi town, Alf and Jason are knocked out, Damian is gone, so that really just leaves Tim & Bruce, IMO, and we know something's up with Tim lately.
@g_man: There have been so many origin stories in DC52 that have been changed, there is no reason that Stephanie Brown's character needs to stick to what we saw before. I would love to see her work her way into Tim's life and help bring the best pre-52 DC character (in my opinion) back to his original quality. Right now, I cannot stand Tim Drake/Red Robin. The dude is insufferable. Usually, I'd shrug that off, but as an original reader of his run on "Robin," from beginning to end, they've ruined my favorite character. If bringing in Steph could change that, they can make her the daughter of Riddler for all I care.