All good mysteries have to come to an ending, even those that are so fascinating. Batman: Killing TimeThis closes the story for this week. This narrative is completely different from the one written by Tom King and David Marquez. Each page has been set in a different place and time. The shift in time may have been for a few minutes, or a few thousands years. However, readers were required to pay close attention to the context and understand the implications of these shifts. It’s an exciting idea that has been driven by a McGuffin that is finally coming to its stop. Or, at least Batman hopes.
Batman: Killing Time#6 opens in the future, which is funny considering the story’s constant jumping. The last issue left off with the mysterious artifact rolling to Riddler’s feet in a park where an all-out war was taking place. The final issue introduces us to the Clock King, a character we didn’t know was involved in the plot to acquire the artifact. The story then moves to Athens, Greece in the future.
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One has to figure a fan will put this entire story in linear order at some point, but that’s not the point. King and Marquez are playing around with the idea of why we do anything, why we try to acquire things, and how in most cases, the results aren’t the point. There’s an “answer” as to what the McGuffin is, which lends itself to what this larger story is about. I won’t begin to explain what I think it means, but there is a purpose that’s relayed to the reader. It’s hard to say if folks will find that answer satisfying, especially since it seems quite nihilistic and negative. Still, it’s a fine enough answer for a story about a character that has lived for decades and will live on longer than that.
Art by Marquez with colors by Alejandro Sánchez continues to be as sharp as ever with a great sequence featuring Batman taking out a helicopter that’s worth a look. The ability to communicate with characters through body language is an excellent way to show your character’s emotions. You’ll know how these characters think even when they have no lines of dialogue. There’s a good precision with close-up shots in this issue, too, like when Batman drops knockout gas pellets on baddies.
It is fascinating to reflect on how we got here as the story ends. It is surprising to discover that there are some elements we didn’t know existed until the later issues. This makes it difficult to understand why. Batman was more of a supporting role than Catwoman, which created a little imbalance. However, Batman is clearly at the center this issue. I suspect many will read this for the first time it’s collected, further changing the reader’s relationship to the story.
It’s an exciting time to be a Batman fan as this story offers some resolution and satisfaction. For a story that toys with time, it’s exciting to know regardless of the characters, the creators did something different with the comics art form and made you think – a rare thing in Batman comics.
‘Batman: Killing Time’ #6 has a thing or two to say about why we do anything
Batman: Killing Time #6
This story provides some closure and satisfaction, which is exciting for Batman fans. For a story that toys with time, it’s exciting to know regardless of the characters, the creators did something different with the comics art form and made you think – a rare thing in Batman comics.
Closes the doors to the big mystery
This issue features Batman as the central focus
Solid art, especially in the helicopter sequence
The “answer”, to what the McGuffin really is, isn’t that exciting
Although Clock King may surprise you, it is one that feels like it has been dropped at the last second
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