Timeless: 2021

Writer: Jed MacKay Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 29, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 38
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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A special year-ending adventure that gives portents as to what is to come in the Marvel Universe over the next twelve months! Kang the Conqueror is a warrior, a destroyer, a subjugator-but even he is subject to the whims and vicissitudes of time itself. So when a parallel timeline threatens to overwrite the future that Kang has fought so long and so hard to control, the master of the ages has no choice but to go to war with time itself, battling through days of tomorrow as he struggles to prevent the end of what is to come!
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  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Sherman Dec 29, 2021

    Timeless #1 was a great one shot for any fan of Marvel comics. Theres a lot of surprises and gives a really cool glimpse into the Marvel Universe this year. Jed Mackay writes a fantastic story with gorgeous art by Kev Walker that is a perfect read to end the year and to open into the new year! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 29, 2021

    Timeless is a one-shot that was mostly anticipated because Marvel told us it would matter, but once I put this book down I couldn't stop thinking about the implications it created. From the glimpse at future stories to the tightly-written Kang story arc and the final page, this is a must-read Marvel comic for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - friendlynbhdbi Dec 29, 2021

    Timeless is a story that should not be flying under your radars; it's a series you MUST make time for! With Superstar Jed MacKay's fantastic writing and a premise that won't quit, I'm falling in love with Kang all over again. Pick this one up- I have a feeling you'll regret it later on if you don't! And don't forget to get the limited 5-issue series of Kang the Conqueror as well! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 29, 2021

    It's an interesting approach to not only the character but to a new year of stories, and it's one that is both of the moment and that has a great deal of momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    Timeless #1digs deep into the mindset of Kang the Conqueror while also hinting at the future of Marvel's heroes and villains. If you want to understand what makes Kang Kang or you're curious about what to expect from the House of Ideas in 2022, pick this book up. It's a story that's worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jan 3, 2022

    2022 needs a Miracle, and Man will it get one in the Marvel Universe. Maybe. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 29, 2021

    Timeless #1 is a solid read that focuses more on one character than teasing out what's to come. There's only about 3 pages total that does that and some of the teases we generally have answers to. But, it's that end page that'll have readers in the know lingering and excited for what's to come. In an age of leaks and spoilers it's a reveal that has been kept impressively quiet. It also teases what might be one of the biggest shakeups to come to Marvel in quite a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Dec 28, 2021

    Timeless #1 is a better-than-average one-shot with great art (despite a small army of artists) and a complete story that fully educates the reading audience on why Kang the Conqueror is the most dangerous villain of all time. I'm not a fan of the hefty cover price but there's a lot to like in this issue, and the last-page teaser is an interesting surprise announcing the advent of a famous character we've not seen in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Dec 30, 2021

    ‘Timeless' #1 offers up a story in which Kang the Conqueror stars, while also hinting at events in the Marvel universe over the coming year or so. Kang is observed and commented upon by Russian academic Anatoly Petrov, who offers up a narrative take on this super villain that is more objective and thereby thought-provoking than many. An interesting issue and filled with superheroic action and tantalising promises too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Dec 31, 2021

    Timeless #1 provides interesting insights into who Kang is and gives an in-depth analysis of his personality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Jan 3, 2022

    In the current issue of Timeless #1, the newly motivated Kang has as new motivational drive the challenge. But he doesn't just want the challenge, he wants a companion to observe, and later record for prosperity all about Kang. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Dec 29, 2021

    If you're interested in this comic, series, related trades, or any others that were mentioned then simply click on the title/link to snag a copy through Amazon. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Dec 29, 2021

    Timeless is probably catnip for Kang fans, but its also very dense and requires your full attention. I wonder how this issue reads for someone who was introduced to the character in Disney+s Loki. (This years Kang the Conqueror series is probably a better entry point for them.) But to the credit of writer Jed Mackay and the expanded art team, its still an entertaining diversion that offers a peek behind the curtain of the unknown future. Just be prepared to bring your full and undivided attention. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Toonstrack Jan 5, 2022

    Im giving this one a perfect 10. What minor flaws are present is eschewed by the story being told here being a not only a great examination of a long running villain but is a strong story in its own right. It didn't even need the tease at the end. Id like to see this done with other characters because honestly if you've never read a book with Kang in it your whole life; you'll know all the essentials after this. The small character moments hit well, one im not going to spoil nesr the end is great. Even this random narrator character introduced is retry compelling. Art is strong and consistent as well.

    Yeah, 10 out of 10 for this. Do more of this marvel.

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Dec 29, 2021

    This could have just been an extended trailer of upcoming attractions like Incoming! or Infinite Frontier #0, but I'm delighted to say that MacKay, who's had a great couple of years in general, has more interesting things to say than that and pushes the trailer content into the background of a genuinely compelling character study of Kang that's worth reading on its own merits. And of course it looks great when Kev Walker draws it. A wonderful surprise.

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Jan 11, 2022

    It was a good Kang story by MacKay and I did enjoy it but that's because I have been coming into these things with zero expectations. Worth a read if you're a Kang fan. Walker, Land and Bagley all meshed well. I have to say that I was impressed with Bagley because his art was really good here which is amazing for how fast he works but he took his time and had detailed work especially the backgrounds. His inker Hennessy deserves a nice dinner out of this.
    Overall, I am not eager to find out about the teases but if they pop in my pull list I'll read them but nothing that makes me super excited.

  • 9.0
    the green death Dec 29, 2021

    I bought this because I get a kick out of the Marvel preview one shots like Incoming. I didn’t realize that it was a Kang-centric story nor did I realize it was written by MacKay (obviously I saw Kang on the cover but didn’t really pay much attention to that, it was a total ComiXology impulse buy). MacKay is one of my current faves, but Kang is a bit fine IMO. Like the design but find Marvel time travel stories to not usually be among my favorites.

    However this turned out to be a pretty great one-shot. Although yes it sets up various Mavel future stuff, it works far better as it’s own story than any other of the annual one-shots, partially I think because it’s got a small cast and a tight plot.

    The different a more

  • 9.0
    Afre Dec 29, 2021

    I wasn't that interested in this. MacKay has been a soli writer, but I didn't think he could make a Kang story interesting for me.

    I was wrong.

    This was great. Maybe it's because my expectations were so low, but I really liked this. And all three artists were on point and their work complemented each other well. Even Greg Land, whose art I'm not the biggest fan. I don't hate it, I think it's passable but here it was better than usual.

  • 8.5

    A fun preview of things to come and some of the wisest words ever spoken in comics: “true human greatness lies in putting others before yourself”

  • 8.5
    Merlyn Dec 29, 2021

    So I really liked the main story, as in Kang's characterization. Now the hints we got for the future... those didn't impress me at all. I couldn't care less about what's going in Strange Academy, dropped that book a long time ago. Replacing Iron Fist because of idiots screeching online that "iT's OfFeNsIvE hE's WhItE aNd NoT aSiAn" is absolutely disgusting behavior from Marvel. Never cave in to online morons. Danny Rand is Iron Fist, just as Tony Stark is Iron Man, Bruce Wayne is Batman, Matt Murdock is Daredevil etc. Same thing with Punisher, they dropped the logo for the same idiotic reasons. The skull looked great and it fit the character perfectly, not that cheap bullshit they're selling right now. Really don't care about "humanity with more

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU May 8, 2022

    And *that's* how you make a "coming attractions" one-shot interesting! All the teasers are crammed into a few brief pages, and in the balance of the double-sized issue, the creators go whole hog on a compelling villain-on-villain fight.

    The conflict itself is sized appropriately for 40-ish pages, and it's supported by a laudable level of insight into Kang's character.

  • 8.0
    Nickweiser Dec 30, 2021


    Great one shot issue telling the story of where Kang is at presently..whenever present may be in his world.

    Walker has the best pencils in the book by far.

    Great characterization of the Conqueror himself.

    There is an actual story going on here while being a preview of things to come.

    VERY ambitious ending.


    The Marvel previews...only 1 has my interest and that is only cause of a book I am currently reading.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Dec 29, 2021

    I think it's a very solid read. Definitely worth it. Can't say I'd put it on a list to read again but, what we hot was a good Kang, a pretty good story and some ok teases about the upcoming events.

  • 8.0
    Hydro-Man Dec 29, 2021

    Worth reading.

    I know Rich Johnston is jizzing at all the prospects of this comic — “yeah mate, it is duh best comic ever!!!!!!!! da first act is called… da promish… lemme write 10 articles on it!!!”

    He really is a piece of shit. But this comic isn’t. The end.

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  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Dec 29, 2021

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, and what we got was... Neat. The Kang story is competent, but what this comic really serves to do is tease the next year of Marvel storylines. As far as that goes, I mean, it's fine. I'm excited to see where some of these go. Also the final tease is big if true. I wonder if they'll get Gaiman to do it, or if Cates will do it as he's a huge fan of the character.

  • 7.0
    GenghisBomb Jan 21, 2022

    In summation, somewhat of a mess that's still fun. (Spoilers contained within!)

    Timeless #1 is an odd bird. It continues this focus on Kang, an amazing character that is well deserving of an increases profile. Given the rumors that he will be introduced into the MCU as a major villain soon, I am apprehensive at where this increased focus will take the character.

    As a self-professed Kanganite, who typically will buy *any* issue featuring the character, I was excited to read Kelly and Lanzing's "Kang the Conquerer", despite my previously mentioned misgivings. This series ended up being all but perfect. It presented a cyclical, enclosed story, and was focused primarily on Kang(s).

    Timeless #1, following close o more

  • 7.0
    superstan52 Jan 2, 2022

    Too drawn out. Could've been 10 pages shorter.

  • 7.0
    Halodystroyer44 Dec 30, 2021

    It's fine, but I think McKay forgot that Reed's blood connection to Kang was confirmed earlier this year in FF#35.

  • Deathstar May 8, 2022

    110% Kang! Brilliant!

    I really like the character of Kang and enjoyed Kang the Conqueror (2021).
    Though I was somewhat disappointed in the ending of Kang the Konqueror.

    But this One-Shot had it all!

    Being strong through some kind of challenging weaknesses.
    Even though the weaknesses may not be the weaknesses that Kang gives himself
    but plays with the weakness of "Doom" and having a companion as a "weakness".

    And the ending: Kind of mysteriously ambiguous (for everyone who does not understand Kang yet) - I truly loved it!

    Btw I heard this mix:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaa4qxeFdZQ ("SURVIVAL MODE " Most Epic Music Mix | Powerful & Intense Orchestral Music)

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