Yes, Jason and Roy are still in Gotham. Something neither are particularly happy about.
Actually their in the sunken section of Gotham called the Nethers seperated and dealing with their own problems. Jason has found some mercenaries called Iron Rule murdering the residents. They ask why he's getting involved since he's not one of the people they were sent to kill. Since their murdering innocents he can't stand by and do nothing. Roy runs into lava people again while JD deals with her rival. Charon wants to sink the rest of Gotham and have them deal with those below--the outcast those above ignored.
The Dwellers of the flooding were apparently mutated by the gasses and heat below. It finally dawns on JD that maybe she does hold some responsibilities given her history with the Nethers. Roy is taken to them noting JD is more fragile when she isn't wearing a mask. She's not pleased with his sense of humor. Using his training Jason kicks the Iron Rules' ass, then runs? Well it makes for a perfectly timed entrance.
JD expresses regret and tries to kill herself along with Charon when she pushes him over the side. Only Roy saves her and Jason promises to be there for her. We find out that Roy actually led the Iron Rule and regrets taking them on. Did he get them killed?
Overall: The Nethers concept still has lots of potential and I love the moments when the story recognizes it by taking a moment to really take in the environment. In this issue it was Roy seeing the stadium.
I'm not sure how to feel about the bit with the Iron Rule being dead. That's the second group that has members back from the dead in this series. They claim to be like a family which should make whatever history Roy has with them pretty interesting since it ended on bad terms. Disband is in parentheses so does that imply he had to kill them? I'm also wondering about the timeline for his leadership since Jason seemed to be keeping tabs of Roy after RHATO. Roy was a "solider of fortune" before Jason saved him from prison. It seems like Roy has kept A LOT of secrets from Jason which explains more of his behavior.
I'm not sure if I have trouble buying JD having a change of heart because of the last solicit or the feeling Jason is tempting fate. This is the second promise he made her that conflicts with the first. Keeping the mask off is a big step though, as long as she had it I couldn't take her having a redemption arc seriously. I'll try to keep open minded and remember solicits aren't always 100% right.
I really like the moment where Jason studies the Iron Rule to look for a weakness to uses it later. Right away you think "oh yeah he learned that from Batman." While that may be somewhat true the urgency was honed in with Ducra in her do or die training. It's been briefly touched on in RHATO in passing that the All Caste didn't play around with their teachings and you died if you didn't adapt. I would have liked to see Jason take out the group by himself but it was nice to see him being badass.
I'm of two minds with Fernãndez art, I've always liked it but this issue seems to be missing a lot of backgrounds details. There's definite movement in the figures that work really well for the characters. Jason has a very gun kata type of pose on page three that looks like it's straight out of a video game. The fighting definitely made me happy since some creators forget Jason is agile.
I enjoyed the issue although I'm a little nervous about how the series will end given DC splitting up the team and making them go "back to basics."