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Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

It’s another absolutely gorgeous and serene day in Pamela Isley’s lovely little new neighborhood! Everything and everyone here is wall-to-wall smiles! Nothing ever goes wrong, everyone is friends, and best of all, it’s made just for Ivy with lots and lots of love. Now, Pammy, don’t frown, don’t fuss, and don’t fret-just because this wasn’t what you thought you wanted, that doesn’t mean it won’t fit you like a glove! Now have some pie, dear, don’t think too hard, and just smile.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
Amazon ASIN

12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 is a fantastic adventure in discomfort. Wilson places the main character in a situation where she would be unsettled anyway before it gets transformed into a nightmarish hellscape. The visuals are stunning in controlling the narrative and instilling fear through subtle details. It’s a twisted fairytale that uses the unnatural nature of the entire landscape to make Ivy seem completely alone.

  • 100


    Knight Terrors brings the nightmarish powers of Insomnia into Pamela Isley’s world as the Poison Ivy series perfectly finds a way to dive into the line-wide event. Every bit of horror, color, character exploration, and energy that has been delivered for over a year in the main series continues here. Truly a must-read miniseries if one is invested in Ivy’s overall story.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The Knight Terrors crossover has had mixed results from a variety of different writers in its opening week. Wilson’s vision of the darkness is very impressive. She manages to avoid clichés and show an antihero’s worst nightmare of pleasant happiness. She never quite manages to dive into a biting satire on the nature of the traditional American dream. She doesn’t need to. This is really more of a story about Ivy and her interior life. It’s sharp. It’s clever.

  • 90

    Comic Crusaders

    Misdirection and hints of the film “Inception” abound. The Stepford Wives also serve as a thematic and visual influence here. Getting down to exactly what is going on here is both the challenge and the fun of this issue. And it will be interesting to see what happens next. What’s up with Ivy? What is Janet from HR doing here and can she get out? Throughout, Ivy waxes poetic on what a “dream house” really is and that question serves as a metaphor for life in general. One person’s dream can be another’s nightmare. Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 is its own out-the-box take on a classic DC character’s nightmare and is an excellent standalone read.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This is one of the Knight Terrors tie-ins where the original writer continues on during the break, so this feels less like a new series and more like an event tie-in to G. Willow Wilson’s ongoing.


    This is the slowest-burn story in this event so far, with the horror creeping in behind the stepford smiles and bright shining sun. It’s not quite up to the level of some of Wilson’s best Poison Ivy stories, but it builds nicely on the character work she’s done with Harley and Ivy over the last year.

  • 85


    What can I say? This is an all around great comic. It shows an understanding of the characters it’s working with and sets up an interesting conflict to be resolved in the future. It even addresses some of the criticisms I’ve long had with these characters! I’ve given a lot of bad reviews to comics in my time at Batman News, and that’s because I feel most comics that come out these days truly aren’t good. Poison Ivy, however, is the one comic book series I would say is worth checking out!

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    If you enjoy anything to do with horror, then I suggest picking up Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1. We’ve entered into a whole new world, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Ivy and her new dream life next. I’ll be keeping a close eye on Gotham and it’s inhabitants over the next few months to see what effect this new villain has on everyone. I would suggest heavy therapy once they get out… if they get out!

  • 80


    This ‘Knight Terrors’ tie-in already stands out from the pack as it continues the main ‘Poison Ivy’ series’ keen exploration of Ivy’s state of mind. This is one ‘Knight Terrors’ book that I can definitely see having a real impact on Ivy’s ongoing adventures.

  • 80

    Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 understands the assignment when it comes to delivering on the idea of taking its characters into their worst nightmare and, as has been true with G. Willow Wilson’s overall work on Poison Ivy, it does so by taking an unflinching and uncomfortable look at reality. Ivy’s nightmare isn’t a typical nightmare. It’s a hellscape of perfection because, as the issue suggests, sometimes the dream is the actual nightmare. What makes this truly sing, however, is that this isn’t just a story about Pam. Janet from HR is here, too, and the real horror is in watching Pam sort of give into the false perfection, giving up a piece of herself for someone else’s “happiness”. There’s a lot to unpack in that, the idea that we sell our own souls for those we love. This issue feels like it’s on the very edge of some insightful psychological horror and examination all at the same time and it’s fascinating. The only thing sort of making it a little less than outstanding is the art which isn’t quite there, but it does have an unsettling quality that works well enough.

  • 68

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 tries to breathe life into a tired trope, but like Ivy herself, I think I’ll be happier when she leaves the Stepford Wife life behind.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    The story by G. Willow Wilson was able to place the artists in some very fun positions in Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1. Neighbor Batman alone is a sure reason to pick this up, and I am excited to see what fun they are able to have in part 2.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    The idea is solid. Had it been executed just a little bit better, it could’ve really turned into something that was kind of genius. Honestly, the idea is clever enough that it could turn into its own sitcom. There’s no questioning that. However, the overall execution in this particular comic book lacks the kind of wit and satire that would elevate it beyond a simple execution of a silly idea. There IS a darkness to it that gradually fades in around the edges of everything, but it lacks the depth necessary for something more interesting.

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