Review: Batman: Killing Time #1

by Carl Bryan
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Review: Batman: Killing Time #1

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Tom King

Artist: David Marquez

Colors:   Alejandro Sanchez

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“At 4:55 PM, The alarm at the First National Bank goes off.” -Narration

Batman Killing Time #1 -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…


Tom King puts us on the edge of our seats immediately.  You need to be sitting on a soft surface as your heart beat quickens as King writes this book as a cinematic masterpiece.  Picture Christopher Nolan’s soundtrack choices for his Batman films playing in the background as you read these pages.

Tom King provides that type of writing and he does it best with Batman!

Clayton Cowles work in lettering provides the pace as your eyes dance from the dialogue to the narration.  What do you read first?  How do you drink it in?  This is arguably a series that should be made into a movie.  It is that good!

King writes awesome stories for the villains.  Selina’s dialogue is such that we are let in on secrets as the “dear reader” before the characters are aware.  But it is not only the writing…

David Marquez has found his best efforts alongside King in this book.  The art captures the violence that is depicted in any Tom King writing.  The fights between Killer Croc and Batman combined with the beatdown Penguin receives at the hands of the Riddler are pretty epic.  This is a true Batman adventure!


Crickets chirp and the wind blows.  Nothing to see here!


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.


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