Batman: Killing Time #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Marquez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 2, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 38
8.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"Three villains, one Dark Knight, and a deadly heist gone wrong.    
Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin join forces to pull off the greatest robbery in the history of Gotham City. And their prize? A mysterious and priceless artifact in the secret possession of Bruce Wayne! But, as the events unfold, what fun is a heist without a bloody double cross or two?  
The blockbuster team of Tom King and David Marquez bring an epic, white-knuckled, action-packed tale of a young Batman desperate to recover his most prized possession from a host of violent rogues before the clock strikes the Killing Time... "

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 7, 2022

    For. writer that can be divisive, King has taken a step back from huge epics, to smaller, almost inmate stories in comparison. It's change that I think will garner a lot of new fans, how had previously felt waylaid by his Batman run and the aforementioned Heroes and Bat Cat books. Let see what the next five books in this new limited series fare. As it is, King and co are off to a great start! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Mar 3, 2022

    Tom King's work on any Batman book is epic but this one resonates as it is grittier in terms of the villainy. You literally hear the hum of a foreboding soundtrack while reading it. Enjoy this first issue as Selina and company are bad"really bad. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 1, 2022

    Batman: Killing Time #1 is a new story set in an old world. Whilst the younger Batman isn't quite so easy to pick up on as a character yet, due to not speaking much, it is through the villains in which the passage of time has rewound. But it is also a fantastic heist comic as King utilises clever writing to present the threat that Batman is up against. The art team is one of the best around and makes it a visually stunning issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 1, 2022

    David Marquez delivers some beautifully detailed art on every page of this issue. I was immersed in both the visual style of the issue and its detailed characters and action. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 1, 2022

    Batman: Killing Time #1 is clever, suspenseful, and chock-full of moments that'll linger with you. King, Marquez, and Sanchez have crafted something that feels avant-garde as it lures readers in and never slows. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Mar 3, 2022

    This is a comic that's as well plotted as a horologist's masterpiece. Let's just hope that the writer doesn't strip the gears. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 1, 2022

    Maybe the most promising aspect of Killing Time is its only six issues. That feels like a sweet spot for King to effectively tell his story without stretching it out andwasting time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Steve Baxi Mar 1, 2022

    The opening act of Batman: Killing Time is stacked with great moments, potential and a creative combo that brings out the best of everyone involved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 5, 2022

    King and Marquez have set up an intriguing first issue, as it embraces non-linear storytelling and takes advantage of it in the mystery genre. Despite the abrupt ending, Batman: Killing Time #1 is a fun detective story that engages the readers with its non-traditional writing style and wonderful art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 1, 2022

    Batman: Killing Time #1 kicks off an exceptionally strong start for a traditional Batman detective story. The heist is well-planned and executed, all the advertised Rogues are present and acting as their traditional selves, and the mystery of what was stolen elicits enough curiosity to want to know more. Beyond the story, the art is simply phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Mar 1, 2022

    With infectiously fun writing and stunning visuals, Batman: Killing Time sees King channeling Soderbergh into the Dark Knight with a superbly fun and intriguing first chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 1, 2022

    It's hard to square this version with the one King has spent so much time developing. It's an intriguing start, but I'm not sure it's King's best work with these characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 1, 2022

    Together, BATMAN: KILLING TIME #1 appears to be loads of fun. However, the hiccups mentioned earlier about where and how this fits within what King already wrote, as well as some character details had me pumping the breaks a bit. Plus, past practice from King also shows that his story beats oftentimes get lost in the shuffle as his vision unfolds. So, I leave BATMAN: KILLING TIME #1 hesitatingly optimistic and excited for issue two with hopes that more clarity will transpire for the questions I had above and a score that simply can't get enough of this art team. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 2, 2022

    Batman: Killing Time #1 is a good start. It's very much a setup of what's to come taking us through the crime. But, it also delivers solid action and some good twists. There's a bit of detail the comic delivers, like making it clear this is early in Batman's career, that make the comic stand out. It doesn't beat you over the head instead laying almost all of the cards out on the table. It's a debut that has me coming back to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Mar 2, 2022

    Killing Time is an action-packed series with plenty of action and mystery that is able to focus on the best of Gotham City that arrived just in time as a solid companion piece to the new movie. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Feb 28, 2022

    Overall, Batman Killing Time is an excellent start to the mini-series. With a unique McGuffin being introduced, King can focus on Batman's detective skills and solve the case. With the art balanced by Marquez's fantastic work, we can only expect more of Batman's Rogue Gallery to make an appearance. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Mar 1, 2022

    I'm interested in the story, but I have a feeling even that might be tempered if the structure stays the same going forward. Read Full Review

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