I never would have guessed that the most competitive comic book to come along and compete with that statement would be another issue of Batman and Robin/Nightwing, only five months later.
Since I started writing reviews two years ago I have sung the praises of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's work on Batman and Robin, both in the old DCU and in the New 52, and they continue to prove it month after month after month.
Following the death of Damian Wayne in March, this book has focused on how Bruce has dealt with the loss of Damian, and it has incorporated a different member of the Batfamily each month.
This month was Dick Grayson's turn, and although his role in this issue was masterfully executed, it was the role of Alfred that left me in tears at the end. That's twice this year that this title has made me misty-eyed and emotional, and Tomasi and Gleason never cease to amaze me.
The greatest tragedy of Grant Morrison killing off Damian Wayne was that this team doesn't get to work with Damian anymore, but somehow, they have found a way around that, and their stories continue to resonate with me like few other teams working in comics today.
Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have, by far, done more important and better work on the character of Damian Wayne than any other creator(s) in comics, and they continue to do so, posthumously as it may be.
Do not miss this issue for any reason. Even if you don't read this book, or you don't even read DC comics, you need to make an exception. The silent issue of Batman and Robin (#18) in March was the best book I've read this year, and honestly, it's hard to say that this issue isn't its equal in every way.
Come January, I'm not sure which I'll look back on more fondly, it's likely that they'll be equally regarded as two of the greatest single issues in comic books released all year.