I'll agree with you with the quieter moments. But seriously will anyone remember his villains or the stories? They'll be as forgettable as this story was. If they'll remember anything of his run will be the character moments between Damian and Bruce. They'll remember "the whole family".
That what gets me irks me. The "whole" family angle that's cemented in his run from Nightwing to now. He understood what he was doing when he did that. You don't forget everyone even if you hate them. You just write them horribly. Be a David Finch, that Gotham Knights writer who killed that book with Hush Knights, or Tony Daniels so to speak. Then you move on and you forget it. But not Tomasi.
Tomasi has a serious problem one worse than dare I say any fanboy on this board harbors. He flat out pretends said character doesn't exist in his pretty "little" world (even when the writer originally under him makes fun of this fact) or ruins said character by allowing said writer to do whatever the heck he wishes. To that end, he'll never get a cent from me when he's on a Bat book.
To put it bluntly chappy, he's my Devin Grayson. I see Pete Tomasi I think fantastic GLC writer, but horrible Bat-Family editor and one of the head enablers to the problem we have now with the female side of the Bat.
I'll be honest, hell YES I'll remember his first story arc/villain. Ducard's kid was awesome, and the ending of that arc was brutal and awesome. And like I said earlier, the Annual was hands down one of the best single Bat-issues in my recent memory. At least since Dini's sleigh ride.
And regardless, even if you were right, which you're not, I wouldn't care b/c like I said, and you mention above, this is the "character" book of the Bat-titles, and Tomasi nails it for all three characters (it really should be called Batman & Robin & Alfred). I don't care what his feelings on Cass are because this ain't her book. And it ain't like he's the only one not writing her...nobody else is either. It's clearly an editorial mandate across the board. I read this book for Bruce and Damian and Alfred, and he flat out writes their relationships better than ANYBODY. He's making Damian a better character with every issue, and reminding readers that Bruce Wayne actually is human, not just an asshole robot crime fighter. If you're boycotting this book because of Cass, well, I don't know what to tell you other than you're wrong-headedly missing a great book.