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Knight Terrors: Batman #2 (of 2)

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Based on 14 critic ratings.

Bruce is trapped inside the Nightmare Realm, haunted by the dark shadows that he’s created. To escape, he must regain control of his body. But that means going deeper into his own mind than he’s ever gone before. Can Batman make himself scarier than he’s ever been to survive? Also, what nightmares have Arsenal and Black Canary confronted in the Nightmare Realm?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    Is this real or is Batman still trapped in his Nightmares? The ending raises more questions than delivers answers. But with a heartfelt moment in the midst of madness, Knight Terrors: Batman #2 manages to both grow the character and move along the greater story. Definitely a must read.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    It’s actually pretty dramatic to see Batman confronted with horrific phantasms and not only shrug them off, but correctly diagnose where they come from and what they’re preying on. This allows him to break through his subconscious, identifying what is and isn’t a threat to him and making his way to Insomnia, and then to the deepest part of his own subconscious—encountering himself as a child one more time. But instead of playing into the fear, he gives his younger self the hope he needs to keep moving forward at the darkest moment of his life. This series has been a core part of the event, and the ending nicely sets up one of Williamson’s upcoming series as the race to the final showdown begins.

    The backup, with Trevor Hairsine art, has a bit of a DCeased vibe but actually takes place neatly within the pages of Williamson’s Green Arrow book. That puts the focus on Arsenal and Black Canary, as the two face off against their worst fears outside Belle Reve prison. Black Canary’s fears are much more visceral, with some disturbing body horror, but Roy’s fears come back to Lian and all he missed—giving those scenes some real emotional punch. At least we’re keeping up with these two until the series returns in September!

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors – Batman #2 does what a tie-in series should do by exploring the main character’s journey while tying it back into the larger story. Though there seem to be some slight continuity gaps in the beginning, the bulk of the book remains on track and feeds into the larger story.

    Williamson continues to make this limited series feel like it is less of a tie-in and more of a chance to tell a larger story than that being said in the main series. There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered that need to be addressed, but with three more installments to the main event, Williamson might pull it off in the end.

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I was impressed with the premise of the story and its execution as a fan of the characters and the storyline. I think Williams does a really good job with Batman’s part of the bigger story, but the existential aspect of the story feels too familiar. It lacks the emotional punch that I think the story is going for and doesn’t really land the character anywhere. I can see where Williamson was trying to take the character, but it just never gets there.

    The Art: March always finds a way of making a story compelling visually. The art is beautifully designed and detailed.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Knight Terrors: Batman #2 gives readers an enthralling continuation of the Knight Terrors saga and sets up a real sense of heightened stakes for the near future. The pieces are moving around the board with pace with a tangible feeling of impending doom in the ether.

  • 76

    The Batman Universe

    Knight Terrors: Batman #2 is a stunning exercise in nightmarish art. Despite being an issue where the hero is trapped in a nightmare, it manages to pull on a few heartstrings, which is a plus!

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Diving into Knight Terrors: Batman #2, my hope was that this issue would divulge a bit more information than some of the rest since it’s written by Williamson. I thought maybe we’d get an extra nugget of truth relating Insomnia and the Nightmare Stone, as well as a few why’s. Sadly, we continue to get an uncharacteristic Batman playing in a world where no rules are set or graphed into the foundation of the comic.

    Anything goes people! Anything at all without purpose or direction. With almost every DC Comic following suit, I wonder if this event was merely to provide a break for many of the writers at the company. Whatever the case, this reviewer will be excited to get these ongoings back to their original happenings. As of right now, I’d steer clear of Knight Terrors: Batman #2 as well the entire Knight Terrors Event.

  • 70

    Batman on Film

    Overall, not a bad issue by any means. It’s just not necessarily a great one. It’s somewhere in between, and that’s just fine.

  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: Batman #2 concludes the two-part tie-in with Batman delving deeper into his mind to get in touch with a little boy in Crime Alley. Guillem March’s art is fantastic, and Williamson’s script delivers plenty of exciting ideas about Batman’s view of himself, but ultimately, this comic has no effect on the Knight Terrors event, and it boils down to a good-looking, superficial waste of time.

  • 50


    Knight Terrors: Batman #2 is a shaky but visually interesting end to the two-parter. I can only hope Williamson improves with the upcoming Batman and Robin series.

  • 50

    Weird Science DC Comics

    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.

  • 40

    Derby Comics

    This entire issue underscored my biggest complaint with Knights Terror so far — there is a severe lack of consistency/continuity between the main story and the tie-ins. Knowing that Williamson was writing this Batman story alongside the main arc, I expected it to be one of the standout tie-ins. That couldn’t be farther from how it all turned out and I can’t understand why.

  • 30


    I really liked Williamson’s “Abyss” arc when he was briefly writing Batman a while back. Even “Shadow War,” which I wasn’t a fan of, was much better than this. So, it’s very disappointing that this half-baked nothing of a comic is the best Williamson could put together for this event. I know he’s capable of better but he also has a bad habit of writing comics that are “content,” don’t have any depth, and seem hastily written. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what this is and I can’t recommend it.

  • 30

    To put it directly, Knight Terrors: Batman #2 is not good. Not only does the story of both this issue and the previous issue of Knight Terrors: Batman it continues from have no real story to speak of, it also sits in this weird space where it tries to propel the reader into a cliffhanger of sorts that forces them into the main event, but the story here is so nonexistent that you almost don’t care. There’s also the matter that, yet again, we’re dealing with a story that doesn’t link up with the conventions laid out for the event more broadly, but perhaps the biggest problem is that the story relies on the worn out, died, and resurected too many times idea of Batman’s worst nightmare involves the death of his parents in some fashion. The man has lived lifetimes and experienced arguably greater traumas since then and we’ve seen other writers and other stories more competently deal with things. Williamson’s fixation on this original trauma, as it were, weakens everything he might have been trying to do and ends up delivering a character that feels to the reader like he’s just running on a hamster wheel and that’s boring to read. The issue’s backup story, featuring Arsenal and Black Canary also just feels off and there’s really nothing there to hold interest. Both stories also feel messy, art-wise, too.

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