After a first shock to the system of seeing Batman and Joker battling alongside one another, Snyder turns the attention to the task at hand.
I couldn't put this graphic novel down. I thought the illustrations by Greg Capullo were excellent.
The only negative I have is once Batman discovers, or is discovered by, the Court of Owls things get very weird. The surreal aspects of that story development took me out of the story Snyder can built to that point.
This negative will not keep me from reading volume 2. I have to see what happens as they left volume 1 on a wide-eyed inducing cliff hanger.