Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #2 Review



Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Daniele Di Nicuolo, Adriano Lucas
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: August 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #2 concludes Nightwing's desperate escape from a nightmare version of Arkham Asylum with a messy Lunch, a bloody maze, a fiery circus tent, and a foreboding exit.
Is It Good?

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #2 is fine. It's not terrible, it's not great, and Cloonan and Conrad understood the homework assignment, but as a tie-in, there's almost no connection to anything happening in the Knight Terrors event. Oddly enough, Nightwing is one of the few tie-in characters unable to recognize he's in a nightmare until somebody told him.

When last we left Nightwing, he found himself trapped in an Arkham Asylum cell with Scarecrow when he witnesses a cyber-modified Barbara Gordon dragged in by orderlies. Now, Nightwing grudgingly partners with Scarecrow to escape their cell, rescue Barbara, and find a way out. As they travel, they run into nightmare versions of Batman's rogues, including Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and the Mad Hatter.

As a standalone nightmare two-parter, this run isn't bad. Dick is shown to be responsible for Batman's death, and he sees the woman he loves distorted and carted away for who knows what. For a standup uy like Dick, you could see this nightmare playing out where the worst aspects are painful outcomes for the people he cares about rather than any harm to himself.

What's great about this comic? Cloonan and Conrad construct a nightmare scenario for Dick that starts, builds, and finishes with relative satisfaction. You get an opportunity to appreciate Dick's thinking and priorities, and surprisingly, Dick shows more grit and heart in this two-parter than anything coming out of Tom Taylor's run on the main title.

What's not so great about this comic? This tie-in does everything ut actually ties into Knight Terrors. In other words, it's a tie-in in name only. Insomnia shows up briefly, but you don't see the villain make any attempt to search Dick's nightmares for the nightmare stone, which is the whole point of Knight Terrors. This two-parter does nothing but interrupt the main run for a one-off story.

How's the art? It's solid. Di Nicuolo and Lucas handle the surreal imagery and horror elements well. The line work is clean, and the colors are excellent. This may also be the goriest tie-in in the event, so kudos to the art team for not shying away from getting their hands dirty.

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: Nightwing #2 is a completely fine standalone story about Nightwing having a nightmare. Except for a brief cameo by Insomnia, there's nothing to connect this story to Knight Terrors, but surprisingly, this end to a two-parter has more grit and energy than the main Nightwing title. Maybe, Cloonan and Conrad would be a better fit than Tom Taylor.


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