Skip to content

Knight Terrors: Shazam! #2 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Trapped in the Nightmare Realm, Mary Marvel thinks she’s discovered her greatest fear-but she is wrong. She won’t emerge from her dreamscape the way she entered it…at least not if the Nightmare Captain has anything to say about it!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors -Shazam #2 is an enjoyable addition to the Knight Terrors event and an excellent chance for Mary to momentarily get some time in the spotlight. This two-issue tie-in stands out as one of the best-constructed and executed series in the Knight Terrors event.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    There’s an eerie ambiguity to the issue that finds Mary waking up only to discover the nightmare isn’t over, and it indicates that the Captain may not be a simple creation of nightmares. Does this tie into the rogue Gods in the main Shazam series, trying to corrupt Billy? With only two issues to go, we’ll find out soon, but it seems like this mini might be essential to the main story.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Shazam #2 uses family to dispel the horror. It’s a bit of a shock considering how the previous chapter was one of the more dramatic and scary first issues of the whole event. And that final moment is more than creepy enough to make up for what the rest of the issue lacks

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 80


    While not delving too much into the conventional horrors shown across in other heroes’ night terrors, Knight Terrors: Shazam! #2 still tells a poignant yet thoughtful tale with a fairly rich thematic narrative, with some small but understandable loose ends for the sake of the greater event. If anything, it raises the intrigue of just how Mary will be affected by Insomnia in the finale and its aftermath.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    The Shazamily is a tight-knit crew and that is their biggest strength. But even so, it’s the diabolic twist that Mary’s true deep, dark fear is being overshadowed by Billy. Unfortunately, that particular issue isn’t explored in-depth here which is a missed opportunity. Instead, the focus is on saving the entire family which is fortunately done in a very cool way. Despite the misstep, it is still and excellently drawn and well written issue. There’s a sweet and butt-kicking moment with Mary and her little sis Darla, and most of the other family member’s dreams featured quite humorous segments. Knight Terrors: Shazam #2 puts its own unique spin of the nightmare realm concept and creates something that is actually hopeful and endearing.

  • 70

    Knight Terrors: Shazam! provides Shazam! writer Mark Waid an excellent opportunity to flesh out Billy Batson’s supporting cast and shine the spotlight on Mary for a while. After setting up her battle against a nightmare vision of The Captain, the second half of this story sees her both confronting Insomnia’s creations and aiding her family. The array of nightmares showcased throughout the family sometimes provide additional characterization, like with Darla, while others simply offer humor, as when Pedro’s nightmare receives the best page of the issue. Not all of the concepts land, but there’s a strong current of warmth and protective love that reinforces the themes and tone of the current series. Some of the nightmare imagery summoned is impressive, especially the more outlandish settings and proportions, but standard superhero action, like Mary’s confrontations with the nightmare Captain, underwhelm. Knight Terrors: Shazam! operates by the same ill-defined dream logic of so many other miniseries in this event, but finds itself much more appreciated for binding that oddity to the heart of an already excellent ongoing series.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: Shazam! #2 ends the two-parter with big action, the SHAZAM! family getting their powers back (briefly), and a walk-through of Mary Marvel’s siblings. The art is great, and Mary Marvel gets her time to shine, but this issue, like most Knight Terrors tie-ins, is ultimately pointless.

More From Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023)