In March 2022, writer Tom King's creative relationship with Batman continues to grow with a new title that pits the Dark Knight against a collective of some of his most famous and fearsome villains, including Catwoman, Riddler, and Penguin.(opens in new tab)
The six-issue series is titled Batman: Killing Time, and will feature art from David Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez.
King is hardly a stranger to Batman, or to Catwoman. Following an 80-issue run on the core Batman title in which Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's on-again-off-again relationship became the core story of the book, with the pair even becoming engaged. However, Selina left Bruce at the altar, leading to King's current Batman/Catwoman 12-issue series which focuses on an alternate view of their relationship.
"I wrote Batman for 5 years exploring the emotional depth of this most interesting man. Killing Time has nothing to do with any of that," King tweets (opens in new tab). "This is a badass, heist, action epic. Mean folk on the run, Batman close behind."
In Batman: Killing Time (which apparently takes place sometime earlier in Batman's career), Selina is still at her semi-villainous ways, planning a heist alongside Riddler and Penguin to steal a "priceless artifact" in the possession of none other than Bruce Wayne. But it looks like Catwoman may have a little hero in her after all, as the solicitation text for Batman: Killing Time #1 teases "a bloody double-cross or two".
Here's a gallery of interior pages, unlettered for the time being:
Judging by the main cover and the preview pages, Batman's monstrous villain Killer Croc will be a factor in the story, while other classic Bat-villains may appear as well, with the solicitation text mentioning a "host of violent rogues" all vying for possession of what is stolen from Bruce Wayne.
The first issue will include a variety of variant covers from Kael Ngu, Alex Garner, Peach Momoko, Carlos D'Anda, and Ivan Tao (two covers). Check them out here:
Batman: Killing Time #1 goes on sale on March 1.
Batman: Killing Time features some of Batman's most popular enemies - including several who are among the best Batman villains ever.