Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: Batman #1 Review



Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Guillem March
Colors by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Troy Peteri
Cover art by: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: July 4th, 2023

Knight Terrors: Batman #1 continues the Knight Terrors event as Batman delves deeper into his dreams, his fears, and his nightmares to stop Insomnia's quest for the Nightmare Stone.
Is It Good?

Knight Terrors: Batman #1 gives Batman a case of the heebie-jeebies when he's confronted by a new villain, Insominia, who puts the entire world to sleep in a bid to find the Nightmare Stone hidden by Dr. Destiny in an unnamed hero's nightmare. How's that for a recap?

Don't read this issue until you've read Knight Terrors: First Blood #1 first. This issue is essentially a continuation of First Blood, so if you don't read Frist Blood, you'll feel like you've stepped into the middle of the arc without any context. Or, you could skip the Knight Terrors event altogether and save yourself the trouble. It's your call.

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Picking up after Knight Terrors: First Blood #1, Batman is trapped in his own dreams as Insomnia presents the Dark Knight with every image of personal fear he can conjure. Batman adopts a "been there, done that" attitude and remains unimpressed... until Insomnia forces Batman to confront a nightmare that reflects the worst version of himself.


As a point of pride, I can honestly say this is the closest I've ever come to being just like Batman. The story is paced well, the dialog hits all the right notes of emphasis and impact, and Guillem March's art is as strong as ever.

However, the down point of this issue is the central premise, and just like Batman, I feel myself adopting a "been there, done that" attitude, remaining thoroughly unimpressed with what's happening.

What is the Nightmare Stone, and how is it any different than any umpteen number of world-ending objects we've encountered in the past?

Batman's fight against all things that scare him reflects Batman's dozens of other encounters with Scarecrow, so how is this any different?

If Insomnia is an all-powerful villain with the ability to put the whole world to sleep and manifest nightmares into the living world, why has he never appeared before? Why does he need a magical stone if he effectively already controls the world?

If you're playing along, you already see why this event is becoming a struggle right out of the gate. Despite March's fantastic art, the story doesn't feel original, the villain is overpowered, and he comes out of nowhere. Given the bizarre halt to Dawn of DC, the odd calendar placement of this event, and the sheer volume of titles that may or may not be required reading to understand what's happening, this event is stumbling before it can pick up speed.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Knight Terrors: Batman #1 digs deep into Batman's mind to figure out what gives him nightmares. Despite the stellar art and strong writing technique, the central premise feels tired, contrived, and uneventful.


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