Saturday, July 15, 2023

Advance Review - Knight Terrors: Superman #1 Review



Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Tom Reilly
Colors by: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by: Ariana Maher
Cover art by: Gleb Melnikov
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: July 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Superman #1 continues the descent of each hero and villain into their nightmares. This time, Superman confronts every fear and worry that could only plague the Man of Tomorrow.
Is It Good?

Knight Terrors: Superman #1 is an average comic with an average story and a slightly above-average cliffhanger to tie into the Knight Terrors event. If you're keeping track of which comics fall into the 'required' versus 'optional' categories, this one falls under 'optional.'

When last we left Insomnia and everyone involved in Knight Terrors, we learned Insomnia was created as a construct after an Arkham inmate was exposed to Lazarus Rain. Insomnia wants the nightmare stone, an object Doctor Destiny hid in the nightmares of an unnamed hero, because the stone will allow Insomnia to remain in the physical world permanently. To make his search easier, Insomnia put the entire world to sleep so he can search the nightmares of every hero without hindrance.

Now, Superman falls asleep, and he experiences nightmares born of his biggest battles and tragedies throughout his life. That's all there is to it. This is a montage issue where Superman is forced to witness one nightmare scene after another, presumably to allow Insomnia to search for the nightmare stone.

Does that mean it's a good or bad issue? Neither. Williamson does a solid job dreaming up (no pun intended) nightmare imagery that plays on Superman's past and present fears. The pacing is good, as is the dialog, and the ending sets up a mildly interesting cliffhanger for issue #2.

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The downside, if you can call it that, is the lack of relevance to the main plot in Knight Terrors. Insomnia shows up for a brief cameo, but Superman doesn't wake himself up, doesn't add anything to the main conflict, and doesn't help discover the location of the nightmare stone. This issue provides a Superman-centric view of what's happening but ultimately pointless. If you skip this issue altogether, you won't miss a thing.

How's the art? It's fine. Tom Reilly's style fits best in stories that take inspiration from the Golden Age of comics, so the scenes where Clark wakes up in the original Daily Planet with the original team under Perry White are the ones that look the best. The rest of the issue's art is completely fine, but nothing stands out.

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

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Bits and Pieces:

Knight Terrors: Superman #1 takes a nightmarish tour through the deepest fears and worries of Superman's mind. The story is fine and the art is fine, but there's nothing in this issue considered required reading for the Knight Terrors event.


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