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Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 (of 2)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Black Adam is defending Kahndaq from a border assault when the deadly nightmare wave sweeps the planet, putting all men, women, and children into the nightmare realm…including the fierce monarch! But what are his deepest, darkest nightmares? What horror can put fear into the heart of Black Adam?! Knight Terrors begins!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 shows how to terrify a man who looks fearless. Black Adam is perhaps the most powerful being among this first wave of heroes and villains affected by Insomnia, and so it is fascinating to see how he is brought crashing down and humbled. Everything in that man’s life revolves around Kahndaq; that’s his family and his whole reason for existing. Haun brilliantly deconstructs that and proves that even Black Adam can be afraid.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Jeremy Haun hasn’t done much DC work before, being much more associated with his elaborate indie catalog, but he’s a good choice for the character. He gives Adam a wearied, brutish appearance, which makes his youthful vulnerability all the more stark when it shows up. He’s doing double-duty here as writer-artist, and he knows his stuff—referencing the traumatic events of Adam’s life way back in 52 in vivid detail. This issue has a strong horror vibe, but it also has a fantastical energy in a way that most of the others don’t. The appearance of a talking cat calling itself Bast, who becomes Adam’s guide through the fantasy Khandaq of Adam’s nightmares, is a welcome addition that lightens the tone. This Adam seems more like the wild card of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths rather than a villain, and the cliffhanger nicely positions him as a key player in the coming battle.

  • 76

    Comic Watch

    As an addition to the Knight Terrors event, this didn’t feel like it added much, however, Black Adam fans might enjoy the character having more of a presence in the DC Comic Universe. It remains to be seen if the story ends up better in the second half than the first half.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    The Knight Terrors crossover event has been an interesting exercise in its opening week. Everything has hit the page with a particularly memorable impact. Haun finds some level of intensity in what he’s putting to the page. So much of it seems to rest on the surface, but Haun is subtly placing deeper horrors in and around the edges of everything, which makes the Black Adam entry into the crossover well worth a look.

  • 70

    Comic Crusaders

    Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 is cool, it’s intriguing, and it is short. Very short. 22 pages to be exact. And just when it starts getting good, it ends. There is a cliffhanger that raises more questions than it answers (on purpose of course). This is a teaser issue through and through. Fortunately, it does pique the curiosity to find out what happens next.

  • 60

    DC Comics News

    Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 feels like a generic tie-in to the larger event. It’s not doing anything particularly special beyond confirming that Isis and Osiris are canonical characters post-Flashpoint and Huan script and art are both serviceable but nothing to write home about. While Batman’s appearance at the end of the issue does pique my interest, I’m guessing that this tie-in won’t matter in the larger scheme of the Knight Terrors story.

  • 50


    Overall, the book itself is generally fine, but it has stand out issues. Insomnia’s plan and how the characters react to it is messy. Most of the artwork is nice to look at and contains few neat artistic Easter eggs like Bast or posters of Deadman. Other narrative choices and details are pretty frustrating like Black Adam’s look. Beyond its minor irritations, the book can be fine outside of having to tie-in to an already convoluted event. I just don’t see any reason to run out and read this one quite yet.

  • 50


    I want to be the first person to tell you an essential truth of these mega-events: there’s often at least some dead weight. And all of that was my long and drawn out way to say that Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1 is our first bit of just such disappointment.

  • 30

    The very nature of a 2-month event filled with 2-issue miniseries is fraught and the problems with that publication model are immediately apparent in Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1. The issue opens with a brief description of the premise for “Knight Terrors” that provides little context for what follows as Black Adam is shifted from one assault by ghastly, unidentified assailants to the next. It appears that the first action sequence occurs immediately before Adam is drawn into a supernatural slumber, but the nature of that slumber or Adam’s objectives are never clarified. Instead, dream logic serves to move the story forward as oddity is heaped upon oddity without ever cohering into an understandable plot. Only the final page, featuring the arrival of Batman, suggests that a story will emerge in the second half. The incoherent nature of this nightmare-fueled script is joined by artwork that typically qualifies as serviceable with nightmare creatures and settings that are recognizable but never particularly intimidating. As a result it’s difficult to find a single hook for this particular outing of “Knight Terrors” as it seems entirely unrelated to Black Adam’s current stories, the central story of “Knight Terrors,” or any distinct aesthetic value. Knight Terrors: Black Adam primarily serves to remind readers what they’re missing with Priest’s Black Adam on hiatus.

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