timemachine-czarkowski TIME MACHINE

Classification: Terrestrial technology (time travel)

Creator: Charles Czarkowski

Possessors: Possibly the Time Variance Authority;
Charles Czarkowski

Location: Presumably the Time Variance Authority's base within Null-Time

First AppearanceShe-Hulk II#1 (December, 2005)

Powers/Abilities/FunctionsCzarkowski's time machine can send beings (and/or presumably objects) forward and backward in time, apparently not diverging or traveling to alternate realities. 

    The time machine's range is unrevealed, but it was shown to be able to transport someone (at least) 22 days into his own past. 

History(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) - Charles Czarkowski discovered the true secret of time travel, sending not just messages or going to alternate timelines, but sending people back through their own timeline. Presumably this allowed completion of his time machine.

(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) <22 days before the trial in #2> - Czarkowski received a call via his Chrono-Phone. Though the audio was somewhat garbled, a man he did not recognize seemed to be telling Czarkowski that he was coming from the future in 6 hours and would kill him unless Czarkowski killed the man first.

(She-Hulk II#1 (fb) - BTS / She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) - When the man from the Chrono-Phone call appeared before him on Manhattan's 7th Avenue, Czarkowski shot the man in the back. The shooting was captured on film, and it appeared as if Czarkowski had shot a defenseless man in the back in broad daylight in front of a dozen eyewitnesses.

(She-Hulk II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Czarkowski was charged with attempted murder (as the man he had shot was kept alive on life support).

(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) - The doctor (see comments) found that the victim's photograph/facial features, fingerprints, and dental records failed to show up in any database he and/or his associates could find, and his DNA was unlike anything the medical examiner had ever seen. The victim was classified as a "John Doe," because his true identity could not be determined.

(She-Hulk II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Augustus Pugliese got Czarkowski as a client for himself and Jennifer Walters, his case qualifying for their superhuman law division of their firm, Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway (GLK&H), as Czarkowski had access to time-travel devices. 

(She-Hulk II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Contacting the Time Variance Authority (TVA), GLK&H gained approval to bring jurors from the past, as they would not have already been biased by media portrayals of Czarkowski as a murderer.

timemachine-czarkowski-transport(She-Hulk II#2 - BTS) - The next day (22 days after the shooting), the trial began. Jen Walters called Justice Peace to the stand, and Peace confirmed that the DNA of "John Doe" was consistent with someone who had gone through a scrambler, a device that scrambles a time-traveler's DNA, facial features, and anything else that could be used to identify him or her, which prevented corruption of the timestream in the event that the time-traveler was discovered in his or her own past. Walters concluded that this was proof that "John Doe" was a time-traveler. 


    When Jen called Czarkowski himself to the stand, she asked why someone would kill him at that particular point in time (rather than as an infant, etc.), Czarkowski answered as set off a device to summon a robot from his past to allow a diversion to facilitate his escape. He answered that he had the day before the shooting he had cracked the true secret of time travel, sending not just messages or going to alternate timelines, but sending people back through their own timeline, and that if he had been killed even a day before, it would have killed time travel itself (see comments).

    Czarkowski then remotely summoned his robot from the past, and he escaped in the ensuing chaos.

    Arriving at Czarko Industries, Czarkowski set some random coordinates on his time machine and used his scrambler so that the TVA would not be able to find him. Before departing, he sent a message to his past self, warning him of the impending attempt on his life. As he left the message, however, he realized that his scrambled self had the appearance of the man he had shot, and, in his shocked and confused state, verbalized that he was the one to kill Charles Czarkowski. After the message concluded and was sent., Czarkowski realized what he had done, and he prepared to send another message to clarify things to his past self. 

    However, Justice Peace then stopped him, intending for him to fulfill the temporal paradox. To complete this, Peace sent the scrambled Czarkowski twenty-two days into the past, and he emerged on 7th Avenue a short distance in front of his past self. The time-traveling, scrambled Czarkowski was unable to act before the past Czarkowski recognized him as his seeming would-be killer and then shot him in the back.

CommentsCreated by Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo, and Marcelo Sosa.

    Thanks to Loki, Kevin Garcia, and others for helping to fill out the list of time machines in clarifications...and I'm sure there are many more to add.

Profile by Snood.

Charles Czarkowski's time machine should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads):
She-Hulk II#2 pg. 22, panel 6 (machine);
        pg. 23, panel 2 (re-entry in timestream)
            panel 5 (Czarkowski shooting future self);

She-Hulk II#1 (December, 2005) - Dan Slott (writer), Juan Bobillo (penciler), Marcelo Sosa (inker), Andy Schmidt, Molly Lazer, & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
She-Hulk II#2 (January, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Juan Bobillo (penciler), Marcelo Sosa (inker), Andy Schmidt, Molly Lazer, & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 10/13/2022
Last updated: 10/13/2022

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