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Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Pigs, pigs, pygs… and clowns! Dick Grayson wakes up in jail to realize a nightmare has come to life: he murdered someone he loves! And the only thing making it worse is his past coming to haunt him in the form of humanoid pigs playing the characters of his childhood at Haly’s Circus, scene by scene, leading up to the night of his parents’ death. The Batgirls try to help Nightwing figure out who framed him (or why he killed someone!), but it’s his cellmate and other unlikely villains in jail who will help him solve the mystery… but are they actually helping him?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I was really impressed by this chapter. I liked how this nightmare dealt more with Dick’s feelings about himself and how his actions relate to those around him. It was a bold choice by the creative team and makes for a more interesting character study than the typical call back to an origin story. I feel that this narrative also speaks to Dick’s greatest powers, his network of community and ability to work with others. Having an unlikely potential allyship puts Nightwing at his finest and I can’t wait to see how it all shapes up.

    The Art: This issue uses detailed artwork and bold coloring to present a visually impactful presentation of the tale. There are some good-looking and intense action scenes as well as some downright scary artwork that perfectly fits the tone of the particular scenes. I was impressed by the way this chapter plays with realism and fantasy in a way that is reminiscent of vintage tv shows such as the Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Grayson makes a solidly heroic impression in his journey into the realm of nightmare. Having been through a hell of a lot over the years, he’s actually become a really fun guy. Taylor has been keeping Batgirl Barbara Gordon firmly in the background of Nightwing’s main series. It’s cool that Conrad and Cloonan get a chance to place her at the forefront of Nightwing’s nightmare as well. It’s also nice to see a twisted “this is your life” nightmare for Grayson. Cloonan and Conrad give him an interesting nightmare of a narrative exercise.

  • 90


    Nightwing’s worst nightmares become some kind of reality as the hero finds himself amongst the worst Gotham City has to offer as the Hero of

    Blüdhaven joins DC Comics’ spooky event. A creative team mixed with Nightwing newbies and veterans delivers a story that matches the energy of the main series while doing it’s own fun creative things.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a Non-Euclidean execution of a comic tie-in, delivering something that can typically be an adjacent story but evokes a different shape as a whole. Cloonan and Conrad interject a strong voice that feels in line with Taylor’s depiction of that character, but distorted thanks to the premise of the larger event. The use of nightmares and a horror framework allows for the familiar art of Di Nicuolo and Lucas’s colors to feel wrong in the best way. It’s a disarming use of visual continuity to explore the unsettling geometry of nightmares.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    By immersing us in Dick’s perspective so thoroughly here, this issue feels a little distanced from the overall event and is definitely the slowest-paced of the tie-in—especially given the oversized length of the issue. But the reveal at the end has a nice, creepy touch that hints Dick’s not the only person trapped in his own nightmare here. Overall, it’s good but doesn’t hit the highs of some of the other tie-ins.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is another comic in a growing list of Knight Terrors tie-in comics that have nothing to do with the main event. However, this is one of the better tie-ins as it leans into the disorienting discomfort of trapping Nightwing in a situation he can’t escape. Solid writing and art make this one of the more distressing tie-ins in the event, and that’s a good thing.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 gives us a hero who is trapped in a prison of his own worst fears and nightmares. I wonder if this will change anything in his life once the Knight Terrors event is over? We’ll have to wait for part two to find out!

  • 80

    First Comics News

    Dick Grayson’s nightmare comes to life as he wakes up in a jail cell and realizes that he killed someone he loved (**NO SPOILERS**); Right away the story, scripted by the team of Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, doesn’t exactly bring out the excitement but doubles down on the horror aspects where they feel makes up for any character development while making it very difficult to follow and that’s a shame since I wanted to see both Cloonan and Conrad branch out with their writing ever since their lackluster run on “Wonder Woman”; While they stick with the theme of DC’s current summer crossover, it feels like the two of them watched a ton of Stephen King and George Romero movies for inspiration but for the most part, it never translates to their script and the use of The Scarecrow doesn’t really help the clunky mess of this story. Yes, Dick Grayson deserves better but I will say this, at least his knight terror isn’t him reliving his “Ric Grayson” days!

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Being trapped in Arkham Asylum is a problem in the real world, so a nightmare version is even worse. But the fact that that isn’t even his worst fear says a lot. The mystery/thriller vibe of the issue is well done with nearly perfect pacing. In addition, there are some great villain cameos and a nod to the character’s very origins. Lastly, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 sets a dramatic stage for the entire Bat clan within this nightmare realm. Nightwing really goes through it in this issue but he is intent on fixing everything. And the final bombshell at the end sets up an explosive conclusion for issue #2.

  • 75


    The first half of Nightwing’s Knight Terrors tie-in is relatively successful in delivering an enjoyable read. However, its strongest factor is how heavily the art carries the story along by making a true horror story for the character. That said, in an event with seemingly low stakes, this issue is a good start that ends with a disturbingly sinister cliffhanger. Overall, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a fine first half of the titular character’s battle in his mind.

  • 70

    DC Comics News

    Going into Knight Terrors Nightwing #1 already knowing what Insomnia’s endgame is detracts from the issue greatly. The creative team gives a great showing with what they have to work with, but this issue would’ve worked so much better had the audience not been privy to what was going on and Dick had to figure it out. That said, there are some really compelling ideas from Cloonan and Conrad that have the potential to play out epically next issue and Di Nicuolo gives a great showing on the horror aspect.

  • 69

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is the product of its surroundings. If you’ve been following along with the entire event so far, you’ve probably realized that each tie-in is basically the same. How many nightmares can we read before they all run into one another? Again, this isn’t necessarily Cloonan and Conrad’s fault. They’re working with the cards they were dealt. Nevertheless, their nightmare for Dick should match a bit better. Or, it should hit more close to home with the current comic. Or, at the very least, the nightmare should feel like one Nightwing would have. And sadly, it really doesn’t. Joshua Williamson wants this to be like “Nightmare on DC Street”. However, without much setup for this villain, why it’s happening, and nightmares to match, this event (as well as this issue) is just falling flat. MAYBE (and again I repeat MAYBE) this event would have been better suited for the month of October just to add a bit more flare and feeling to help beef up the moment.

  • 60

    But Why Tho?

    I like the issue. I don’t love it. But I like it. The art moved me for its changes and some creep factor. I think fans who obsess over completionism in having every issue of a crossover will snatch this up. Otherwise, it’s not a must to get you through Knight Terrors.

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    The solicitations, once again for the writing team of Cloonan and Conrad, raise false hopes, and Dick’s struggle in the nightmare, though well illustrated by Di Nicuolo, could have been much more efficiently handled for the emotional impact delivered.

  • 50

    In contrast with the ongoing Nightwing series, this Knight Terrors-spinoff is all too predictable and haphazard. Even featuring some major names like Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad as writers, the script for this issue is bizarrely paced and hard to follow. While that fits into the theme of the overarching story, its foundations crumble under the weight of having to tell a pre-determined story.

  • 40


    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a competent, yet uninteresting dive into the darkest corners of Nightwing’s mind. The reveals are obvious and there’s a lack of truly gripping characterization in a story that is ripe for exploring Nightwing’s morality. Daniele Di Nicuolo’s art is great, but Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad’s script does little to entice readers that are not already on board with the Knight Terrors event.

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