Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2 Review


Written by: Leah Williams, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Vasco Georgiev, Mico Suayan, Fico Ossio
Colors by: Alex Guimarães, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: Becca Carey, Dave Sharpe
Cover art by: Rafa Sandoval, Matt Herms
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: August, 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2 delivers two tales of mild terror as Powergirl learns her greatest nightmare is not believing in herself, and Cyborg Superman puts the Super Family through the wringer.
Is It Good?

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2 concludes the Action Comics tie-in to the Knight Terrors event with a chapter that takes Powergirl on a journey of self-acceptance (again), and a chapter where Cyborg Superman shows Osul and Otho why they should be afraid of villains from Superman's past.

Be forewarned. As with most Knight Terrors tie-ins, this issue has nothing to do with the main event, so plan your purchase accordingly.

She's Got No Strings, Pt. 2

When last we left Karen... err, PG... err, Paige, she hopped from one cliché nightmare scenario to another while Omen acted as a tour guide to Paige's darkest fears. Now, Powergirl realizes she's stuck in an endless loop of nightmares created by the representation of her Symbioship in her mind. The only way out for Powergirl is through, so she must dismantle her fears, her self-doubts, and her past to become the hero she's meant to be.

On the whole, Leah Williams's nightmare scenario is fine. The nightmare loops range from physically painful to downright silly (Powergirl taunts Omen while she works out an Aerial Silk routine???), but tying the nightmares to the Symbioship is a respectable creative choice. That said, Powergirl, under Leah Williams's stewardship, keeps rehashing the same message of self-doubts and self-acceptance over and over, so the message is getting tiresome.

On the plus side, Vasco Georgiev's art is excellent.

The Stuff Of Nightmares, Pt. 2

The Superfamily (sans Superman, Supergirl, or Powergirl) is brought to their knees in a body horror nightmare of epic proportions by Hank Henshaw, aka Cyborg Superman. Henshaw absorbs the heroes into his cybernetics and creates a Metropolis that looks eerily similar to Warworld when only the twins are left. But in the end, even Hankshaw has nightmares to face.

Of the two shorts in this comic, The Stuff Of Nightmares, Pt. 2 has the strongest sense of urgency, an actual element of fear when the story is seen through the eyes of the twins, and a clever twist ending. It helps to have Suayan and Ossio create dramatic, sharp-edged art to make Henshaw's mutation look sufficiently "stabby."

There you have it. One entry is just okay, and the other is better than okay, but neither has any pertinence to the Knight Terrors plot.

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: Action Comics #2 gives you two tales of terror conclusions for the cover price with an okay Powergirl story and a better-than-okay Cyborg Superman nightmare. Neither short has anything to do with Knight Terrors, but this issue at least tries to give you something worth reading.


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