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Batman: Killing Time (2022-) #1

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The Help and Batman team up reluctantly to chase Catwoman and Riddler but cannot stop a complete bloodbath when the US Government forces meet with hundreds of Penguin’s hired goons, leading to well over a hundred murders. W) Tom King (A) David Marquez Catwoman, the Riddler and the Penguin join forces to pull off the greatest robbery in the history of Gotham City. Indeed, this miniseries is narrated by Clock King, highlighting the focus on the villains, and Batman’s impact on them, instead of the deep dive into Batman’s psychology and themes. One of my favorites is the shot with the credits where Clock King is sitting with The Acropolis behind him.

But nope, as soon as he’s brought into the story, King finds a way to exit him quickly, and it wraps up.Batman captures all the criminals responsible, but Clock King gives the Eye of God away since it was all just a way for him to kill time. The action is dynamic, the shadows loom large, and Batman has all the grace and presence of an MMA fighter turned olympic gymnast. Two of the new, colourful rogues, Riddler and Catwoman, have just pulled off the heist of the century, robbing Wayne-Gotham Securities, getting away with 1. In fact, I’m quite excited to sit down and read it issue to issue to see just how it flows as a continual story.

That’s not a problem, because by this point we know their motivations well enough to accept each character’s actions for what they are. A new villain is introduced, the execution was fine—but it’s definitely too convoluted and has little pay off, despite the constant drawing out of the mystery and its parallels, making it feel underwhelming and a bit forgettable. As much as I go back and forth on the little things that aren’t perfect about this series, I have to admit that I like it. Anyone following my part of the reviews for this series will know I’ve been back and forth on how to feel about it quite a bit, often expressing frustration over elements like the narration and overuse of time jumps in particular.Overview: In Batman: Killing Time, during year two of Batman’s career, Batman stands against Catwoman, Riddler, the newly created villain, the Help, and the US Government in a plot to control a mystical artifact connected to the slaughter of hundreds. Without these, it would just read like another Batman story where there’s a MacGuffin in the form of a treasure. Other than my general opinion of Tom King's writing, I didn't have any idea of what to expect of this story, no clue what it was about. It was obvious to me from the start that this story was being told by Clock King, but I still really appreciated that perspective as it’s one that I feel doesn’t get used a lot. While you do get some pretty big reveals to demystify the mystery, the reveals are most surprising for just how unsurprising they really are.

Luckily the brilliantly twisty plot, solid art, and phenomenal action make this a Batman story that I'm sure will be a win in any Batman fan's book. Beginning in media res, the story shows the Riddler and Catwoman pulling off a daring robbery of a Gotham City bank.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, specialised rogues.

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