Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Knight Terrors: Batman #2 Review

It Doesn't Matter
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Guillem March
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 2, 2023
Cover Price: $4.99

It's no secret that most of these tie-ins don't mean a damn thing regarding the overall Knight Terrors Event. That doesn't mean they have to be bad, but they certainly don't feel like they matter. However, I was hoping that maybe the stuff written by Joshua Williamson would end up doing a little more. It hasn't happened yet, but maybe, just maybe, it will start here with Knight Terrors: Batman #2. Does it? Well, let's find out!
The issue begins by messing up, either continuity or timeline, by showing Wesly Dodds fighting off Sleepless Knights (which we know nothing about) in Waynetech... even though we last left him fighting them in Terrifictech. Seriously?!? I'd let it pass if it wasn't written by Joshua Williamson, but maybe I'm giving him too much credit. At this point, I'd rather have Mike Brady as the DC Comics architect! Please don't think that's a diss on Mike Brady because he is a gem!

We then get into the meat and cheese of the issue, which, unfortunately, is more like expired bologna and generic processed cheese product. We already saw that in the last issue, Bruce's nightmare had him being Joe Chill gunning down his parents while little boy Bruce (he didn't need the money) looked on in horror. Williamson uses this to show that Bruce needed his parents to die to become Batman, but it doesn't quite hit the mark. There's not much time to complain, though, because suddenly, the Little Bruce Wayne Hot Topix Gang attacks Bruce, but he escapes by becoming a Dream Warrior and flies away.

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After zipping through a couple of nightmare visions, we get the big moment - The Black Door. You know, the place where Bruce locks up all his craziest thoughts and nightmares. Don't try to overthink things by wondering about things like the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh here; it's very basic, but hey, if you don't have a story to tell, why not go for some cheap feels?!?!

Williamson dishes out just that as we discover that Bruce's biggest nightmare would be if his young self, Brucey from the Alley, wouldn't like what he's become. But guess what? Little Brucey likes it I need to see the alt-scene where little Brucey says bats are lame, and Batman locks him back up forever!

While all this is happening, Insomnia does show up, sics the Gun-Bat on Batman, and then runs away. I have a sneaking suspicion that Insomnia's overall plan has more to do with these nightmare creatures than the Nightmare Stone, but we will have to wait and see.

The issue ends with Batman possibly in the waking world with Damian, but it may just be a dupe. At this point, though, it's hard to care since so little has happened in this 2-issue mini and the Knight Terrors Event as a whole.

Bits and Pieces:

Knight Terrors: Batman #2 has little to do with the overall Knight Terrors story, but worse than that, it's a basic and boring story. Guillem March's art is good, but Joshua Williamson continues to justify taking a summer break from DC Comics.


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