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Knight Terrors: Batman #1 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Ever since becoming Batman, Bruce Wayne has been a creature of the night. He transformed himself into a symbol that gave the criminals of Gotham nightmares. But now, trapped in the Nightmare Realm, Bruce is stalked by the horror he’s created! Can he escape before his own nightmares pull him deeper into the darkness?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
Amazon ASIN

16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 sets the bar incredibly high for DC’s latest event. A story of classic Joshua Williamson creation, it seamlessly blends together action, character and nightmarish creations to grapple and the reader and refuse to let them go.

  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is a highly recommended read. The art and the writing mesh in this issue in a truly special way. To portray The Batman’s nightmares in a way that is refreshing and stunning is no easy feat. And the reveal of Batman’s truest fear is as shocking as they come. There are things at play here that can change the psyche of Batman forever. It will be very interesting to see how this story continues to play out through the Knight Terrors event.

  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors: Batman continues Williamson’s Knight Terrors: First Blood as Bruce tries to combat this new villain who is searching for the Nightmare Stone. The backup story also picks up Daimian’s story from the Free Comic Book Day event teaser.

    A solid first installment of the Batman two-parter tie-in which helps to flesh out the story that began in Knight Terrors: First Blood.

    A definite must-read for anyone following this event.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Each of these tie-ins will take us inside the personal nightmares of the DC heroes and villains, but few of them are as closely linked as this one. It makes sense—after all, Batman is the headliner, so it’s not a surprise that showrunner Josh Williamson is tackling his tie-in personally.


    This is very much the second issue of the main Knight Terrors story, less stand-alone than the other tie-ins, and it’s a fitting journey into the darkest parts of Batman’s psyche.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is a highly engrossing issue that really drew me in. It’s shocking, vibrant and otherworldly, yet it still feels grounded in the lore of the Batman character. This event promises to be a good one.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is too dang choppy and cluttered with uncharacteristic dialogue from Batman. It felt like Williamson has never written the character before. Secondly, how many times do we have to see Bruce deal with his parent’s death? Granted, Williamson tries to push it off as Bruce tells readers he’s overcome this before. Nevertheless, the storyline was still tiring.

    That said, Williamson does an excellent job allowing fans to jump into Knight Terrors: Batman #1 without having to read any of the other Knight Terrors stories. Yet, he doesn’t really provide much purpose or direction along the way. So, if you’re a Zdarsky Batman fan looking for any type of continuation of HIS story… you won’t find it. Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is mainly for the fan interested in the event to see what’s happening with Batman. Therefore, if you’re looking to save some money this summer, take a month off (if not two) and come back when Zdarsky restarts his story again. But I wouldn’t recommend this comic and don’t know where I stand on the overall event quite yet.

  • 80

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson takes the reader through some familiar territory in this issue, but it is done in a clever way to tie it into the bigger Knight Terrors storyline. The story is another look at the events that created Batman with the dark knight navigating it as a child and it does what it is supposed to do without really doing much to move the bigger arc along. It’s a passable story of the fears within Batman. The Insomnia character doesn’t really do much, but the end was interesting in its twist.

    The Art: March delivers some fantastic art in the issue. The nightmare quality of the visuals works perfectly with the story and I love the details on every page and in every panel.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    One might have hoped for something with a little more novelty to it. However, it’s very difficult to find anything in the mind of Bruce Wayne that would be truly new. He’s been so many different things in so many different ways for the better part of the last 100 years. It would be really hard to find anything new in his personality. However, there is a solidly entertaining story that comes in through the script and the visuals that make it worth reading. It may not be a terribly original idea, but it is a solidly-executed version of it.

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is a colorful, horror-filled dreamscape that lets Guillem March and Tomeu Morey have free reign to dazzle readers. While the story feels like standard event fare, there are definitely some beautiful panels in here that make up for it.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 does a much better job at getting over the concept of DC Comics latest big event than the First Blood prelude chapter did. While Joshua Williamson can’t avoid the core problems with Knight Terrors, creating a self-awareness angle for Bruce Wayne was a smart call. This added immediate importance to Bruce’s narrative alongside Deadman for Knight Terrors.

  • 60

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 exemplifies why crossovers so often miss the mark, their stories too frequent and redundant. With a dull threat, cheap recycling of character and narrative beats, and a lack of depth, the issue is an overall let down. The only worthwhile parts are the extraordinary artwork, and that surprise last page.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 digs deep into Batman’s mind to figure out what gives him nightmares. Despite the stellar art and strong writing technique, the central premise feels tired, contrived, and uneventful.

  • 50


    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 is a comic book with strong art, good ideas, and a shaky script that suffers from the tie-in curse. Hopefully, the future shines bright for the next installment of Batman and his dark and terrifying adventures into the dreamscape.

  • 40

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    Knight Terrors: Batman #1 was a real disappointment. This story feels unoriginal, almost like a recap or guide to moments that have shaped the Batman which consist of things we’ve seen before. It doesn’t feel like there’s an actual story in here, just a sequence of dream moments with characters explaining the plot. The big bad of the book looks ridiculous and my first reaction was wanting to punch him. NOT a recommend.

  • 30


    If it wasn’t obvious already, I’m not going to recommend this comic. The main story is uninspired as it rehashes ancient Batman tropes that have been done to death, and some of the ideas that are supposed to be freaky, turn out to be unintentionally funny. The Damian Wayne backup seems like a skippable story as not a whole lot of character development or plot development happens here. There are better comics on stands this week, so I’d say either pick one of those, or keep your hard-earned money in your pocket. Knight Terrors: Batman #1 just isn’t worth it.

  • 30

    While the idea of a villain who is using dreams as a way to find its bounty—in this case the very Macguffin-sounding Nightmare Stone—is interesting, virtually everything else about Knight Terrors: Batman #1 misses the mark. Framed around the idea that the heroes are presented with their darkest fears, the issue plunges Bruce into predictable and cliche territory with the death of his parents and therein lies the entire problem of this book. Bruce facing his parents death has been done, well, to death. There’s nothing original here, no meat on the bone as it were to pick, nothing new to mine. It’s boring and it makes for a weak exploration. It also feels like just a massive misstep for Joshua Williamson. Williamson has previously seemed to understand Bruce/Batman, but this story reads like he has no idea who the character is. Bruce has long since moved away from his parents’ death being his worst nightmare and by diving into this and using it as the gateway to the horrors of Bruce’s mind, it just feels lazy and underinformed. The art here isn’t great either. As for the backup story? It’s just as messy. This one just isn’t worth the time.

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