Batman: Killing Time (2022-) #1

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Batman: Killing Time (2022-) #1

Batman: Killing Time (2022-) #1

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Unless I missed out some brilliant mindscrew, this is just Tom King and the editor screwed up the date right? This story has none of that to levan the flat misery that the four villains unleash on Gotham – but King and Marquez’s brilliant storytelling makes the dark pill slide home much more easily. At their heart, superhero comics are power fantasies and so when characters like Batman shine, they need to be careful of what exactly they inspire in us. Beginning in media res, the story shows the Riddler and Catwoman pulling off a daring robbery of a Gotham City bank. Barrington (the bank president’s wife) tennis, has tea with her, then changes into Catwoman and holds her hostage, taking down the guards brutally.

What's the point of jumping through periods to loosely build a mythology around an inanimate object? In Batman's second year of his crusade against crime, while he is still changing and perfecting his craft and the art of the vigilante, the cowardly lot of criminals in the city are changing as well—giving rise to darker, specialized rogues. In the early arcs of his run, the motif of Batman doing the impossible was more present than in later stories, and oftentimes these impossible tasks like riding a plane into the water or breaking out of Bane’s prison carried both a quality of impressive action but also inspiration. There’s a twist where the real mastermind behind this all is revealed, and it was an opportunity to spotlight someone who doesn’t get much attention, a C-lister from the Batman back benches. The action is dynamic, the shadows loom large, and Batman has all the grace and presence of an MMA fighter turned olympic gymnast.

Time will tell what the story ultimately says about Batman, but even in this first issue which focuses mostly on the villains, there are seeds of rich thematic potential. We don’t find out the significance of this until the end not only for its connection to the mystery item but also in understanding the point of the story. Honestly, he should be haunted by what he did, but he doesn’t seem interested in actually atoning for his crimes. He’s terrifying - some of the scenes put me in mind of Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men - and I liked how his past ties into Batman’s.

King does a good job wrapping up loose ends, we get to see nearly all the major players at least one more time, with the exception of The Help. Tom King vuelve a cambiar de estilo (quien diga que no está ciego) y plantea un cómic lleno de acción e intriga por ver cómo conectan las diferentes idas y venidas en el tiempo.

It wasn’t their plan; they were the hired help, with their contact being another newbie, The Penguin. The hardcover release of Batman: Killing Time uses David Marquez’s main cover for the first issue, a standard but still quite a fun composition featuring Batman looming over Riddler, a slinky Catwoman, Killer Croc, Penguin, a racing car, and an open bank vault. Overall, the story does come together in the end and serves primarily to give a new introduction to a lesser tier villain. I love the intrigue and connections throughout Batman’s iconic rogue’s gallery, sort of allowing the hero to take a backseat in this story himself.

I can see how it could be frustrating for people expecting or hoping for something more straightforward. While you do get some pretty big reveals to demystify the mystery, the reveals are most surprising for just how unsurprising they really are.There's a considerable body count, quite a bit of obvious bloodshed, and it's framed in a very matter-of-fact way, making it pack an even harder punch. Amid the mayhem and chaos, the "prize" is knocked from the holder's hand into the field, eventually claimed by the waiting narrator.

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