Reading recent issues of Batman, The Flash and Detective Comics, we have been given the impression that Bruce Wayne is about to give up on Batman, possibly paving the way for a future Dark Knight storyline.
It doesn’t mean this is definitely going to happen, but it is certainly the impression we got.
These are panels from Batman #25 by Tom King and Mikel Janin, the beginning of the War of Jokes and Riddles story, all told in flashback.
It doesn’t even have Batman in it, though he appears to be narrating events. He would be expected in subsequent chapters, but they’re all set in the past.
The solicit for Batman #24 by Tom King and Clay Mann tells us:
“Aftermath”! Gotham City is at peace…but a war is coming. Armed with the terrifying knowledge gained from the mysterious button, Batman prepares for the coming storm by making a proposition to one of his enemies-one that will change everything for the Dark Knight and his allies!
Retirement? That’s the word for Batman #24 coming out of the shows over the weekend…