Denny O'Neil guest writes this issue and manages to evade Levitz's total control over the story, giving us a change of pace as Bruce attempts to solve two bizarre murders of priests in Spain. Though the bad guy wears a robe and calls himself "The Inquisitor," he's not particularly colorful or outlandish. All in all, this seems to match the tone of the pre-Levitz stories. I wonder if this was a leftover filler issue from O'Neil's tenure on the title, if Levitz let him do what he wanted because it was Denny Frickin O'Neil, or (and this is what I prefer to imagine) Levitz carefully explained his vision for the title to O'Neil, but Denny just plain ignored him because he's Denny Frickin' O'Neil, and no one tells him how to write Batman.
Unfortunately,someone probably should have.
This was actually a pretty bad issue. O'Neil works entirely too hard to make us think we know who the Inquisitor is, which can only mean it isn't him. The plot that unfolds ends up being pretty ridiculous, especially the hurried ending that attempts to tie together lose ends that refuse to meet.
It was nice to read a legitimate Bronze Age Batman story again, but I would have preferred a good one. C-