July 21, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Batman: Killing Time #4 (June, 2022)

Batman gets an unlikely ally as the Riddler attempts to fence what he's stolen.

Well, there’s something everyone in Gotham is looking for.  What is it?  I still don’t know, and I don’t know that I much care.  Knowing whatever it is will only make things somehow less interesting.

Issue:  Batman: Killing Time #4, June 2022

Writer:  Tom King

Artist:  David Marquez

The Plot:  Batman gets some help from…the Help.

Commentary:  So, here’s the thing:  I don’t think it matters what Batman, the Help, the Penguin, the Federal Government, and for all I know, Ra’s al-Ghul are looking for.  All that matters is the Riddler and Catwoman stole a very valuable MacGuffin, and everyone wants it.  Yes, the item in question is connected in some way to ancient Greece, but unless it does something to time as the title and the structure of the mini-series may be suggesting, it really doesn’t matter.  All that matters is everybody wants this thing.

That means that, yes, Batman fights some caged tigers.  The Help decides to work with Batman.  Catwoman beats up a diner full of undercover agents.  And the Penguin, mad as hell, starts calling in favors all over Gotham.

And that’s what makes a story like this one fun.  There’s some good character interaction, lots of plot twists, and a MacGuffin where the only thing I know is it belongs to Bruce Wayne but was once Ra’s al-Ghul’s.  But like I said, the stolen item is just an excuse to start up the adventure.  It really doesn’t matter what it is.

Unless it turns out it does matter later.  I’ll have to wait and see.

Grade:  B+