I dunno, McDaniel was on the art.
Everyone except Alex Ross and Johns hate Hal
I think the first 39 issues are some of the best Bat-related issues ever. Dixon nailed what makes Nightwing cool right on the head. It really reads well from the first trade to the 4th (after the 4th, I got kinda bored with how things went).
Hal is...I dunno. There are a few brief moments when I have really liked him, but overall, I don't. Me, I prefer this guy:
John Stewart's my favorite, and I wish he were in the new Justice League of America comic, but I think they're going to go with Hal, and continue to play with the "I'm not ready to be back in the JLA" bit that Johns and Heinberg used in their JLA arc.