I still haven't read Batman Inc. #8. Thought the second printing was out this week but my shoppe didn't have it. But I know Damian is dead and that's a about all you need to know for this ish of B&R.
The silent issue can only really come about when a writer trusts his artist completely. Pete Tomasi has been working with Pat Gleason for years, first with an extensive run on Green Lantern Corps before taking over B&R. They're a very solid dynamic duo themselves. Gleason has become a very formidable artist and this issue really spotlights it, as the writer intended. The dialogue-free story deals with Bruce Wayne and Batman's grief over the loss of his son, and it takes a cold heart to not let Gleason's powerful and expressive pictures get to you.
It's a beautiful issue though I found it somewhat undercut by a letter from Damian to his father, the implication being Robin knew his death was a potential outcome of his actions. To me, however, letter took me out of the emotional visuals I had sunk into because it seemed manipulative on Tomasi's part, unnecessarily so.