I think the stories are told very well and it helps you understand batman abit more and what he's thinking. Basically makes his personality more realistic. The art work is amazing too, the action are drawn brilliantly so you get the jest of what's going on. The joker storyline is amazing, Death of a family. Read it if you can and let me know what you think, the storyline is spread across 5 comics (issue 8-12).