Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Knight Terrors #2 Review - Yawn of DC



It's Hard Not To Fall Asleep!

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Caspar Wijngaard
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 26, 2023
Cover Price: $3.99

Happy Summerween!  At the midpoint of Knight Terrors, it looks like most, if not all, of the tie-in books, aren't going to mean diddly or squat.  Because of that, the main Knight Terrors book by Joshua Williamson has to hit and hit hard.  Until now, though, it's barely thrown a punch.  Williamson is trying to play it up as a mystery, but does anybody even care?  I don't see many DC Fans debating where the nightmare stone is.  Instead, I know many people are confused about the rules of the nightmare realm at best, but so many people have already called it quits on this Event which started with so many not getting involved.  However,  all that can easily change as we jump into Knight Terrors #2, right?!?  Let's find out...

After an odd attempt at humor, we kick things off with Deadman and the newly resurrected Wesly Dodds Sandman discussing how Wesley would know Batman, and it feels like Williamson spends way too much time trying to explain things that don't need explaining.  Is he doing this before people call him out on something no one ever will?  He did the same thing, trying to explain why nobody got hurt when the world suddenly fell asleep, and guess what?  He continues with that one in this issue as well!  It might be a nitpick of mine, but why is he caught up more in this side stuff than the actual rules and story of the Event itself?!? 

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In between recaps and odd explanations, we do get some new information.  In the past, Wesley Dodds did break up a cult trying to get the Nightmare Stone, and that info drop conveniently leads to Insomnia jumping into the nightmares of the son of one of the cultists, only to find out he knows nothing about the nightmare stone.  It's just wasted pages and filler!  But hey, why not freddy krueger it up here by shoving coins into the guy's mouth because his father was greedy?!?!  Knight Terrors, Everyone!

We also see that Deadman is still connected to Insomnia and can see his nightmares.  Whether this makes sense or not, it's the only way Williamson can figure out how to give us Insomnia's background.  Here we see when he met Jon Dee and his anger when the Justice League returned from the Dead in Dark Crisis.  The scene ends with Deadman in shock that the Arkham doctors were torturing Insomnia.  Really?  They sedate him after he freaks out and snaps an orderly's neck!  
It seems evident that Williamson is trying to force the reader to feel sympathetic for the villain here, but it ain't working so far!

The issue ends with Deadman and Dodds getting called to TerrificTech, but because of Deadman's Insomnia connection, his Sleepless Knights attack our heroes.  We will have to wait until the next issue to see what happens, but at this point, I am looking forward to what we aren't getting... as in the Dawn of DC books put on hold by this nothing of a story!

The art hasn't been an issue since the start, but my overall boredom with this Event must be seeping in because while nothing looks bad, there is nothing here that got me excited either.  Joshua Willamson continues to show he doesn't have an exciting or interesting story here, but he also proves what many people already knew after Dark Crisis - He is not a good enough writer to head an Event!  

Bits and Pieces:

Knight Terrors #2 is a dud.  With the tie-ins barely doing anything to push things forward, Joshua Willamson should be doing more in the main book to make this Event feel... eventful.  Sadly, that's not the case.  One month in, I still wonder who thought this story was good enough to be an Event, let alone an Event that put so many better books on hold for two months!


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