Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #1 Review



Written by: Andrew Constant
Art by: Scott Godlewski
Colors by: Ryan Cody
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: July 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #1 follows the Titans as they ascend the Tower of Terror to escape a shared nightmare with a mysterious new ally.
Is It Good?

Knight Terrors: Titans #1 may possibly be the weirdest of the Knight Terrors tie-ins for two reasons that don't exactly make sense. One reason becomes obvious almost immediately, and the other doesn't hit until the very end. Let's get into it.

Andrew Constant's script focus on the main protagonist - a woman whose never named and doesn't look familiar. She breaks through the floor into an empty room, narrowly escaping zombie-like figures dressed in orange prison jumpers. The woman is guided by a voice in her head who we soon figure out is Raven.

Raven guides the woman to impose her will on her surroundings to eventually find and rescue Donna Troy, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Starfire. Eventually, the Titans make it outside to join Raven, who shows them the person whose dream the Titans are sharing is the Titan Towers???

Constant's nightmare-like setting works as a standard infinitely-long hall/infinitely-tall staircase-type nightmare. The pacing is solid, and the dialog works. There's nothing particularly scary about this issue, but if the goal is to place the Titans in a nightmare setting, Constant meets the homework assignment.

What's so odd? The story is told from the perspective of an unnamed, unfamiliar woman. If the protagonist is a new character, why is she in a shared dream with the Titans? How did Raven connect with this woman? Where is Constant going with this?

[Possible Theory: Could this woman by the Nightmare Stone, the one Insomnia is searching for, personified? Probably not, but it would explain a lot.]

The second odd point is the last page reveal. According to Raven, everyone is trapped inside the Titans Tower's dream. How can a building dream? If Constant meant the Tower is now alive, he's got some 'splainin' to do. If the Tower isn't alive, Constant made an already odd issue even more confusing.

How's the art? Godlewski and Cody do great work on this issue. The lines are clean, the coloring is excellent, and the panel perspective captures the "bigness" of the settings as the Titans work their way out of the building.

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: Titans #1 may be one of the weirder Knight Terrors tie-ins because it focuses on an unknown character, and the shared dream belongs to an inanimate object. Constant understood the homework assignment, but he's got a lot of ground to cover in #2 to make it make sense.


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