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Knight Terrors: Superman #1 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

What does the Man of Steel have nightmares about? Clark Kent knows why he’s been pulled into the Nightmare Realm and goes in search of his family and friends, but that journey takes him to the haunted Nightly Planet, where he is confronted by the Super-Reaper! In the waking world, Superman was midflight when he was hit by the nightmare wave. Where he crash-lands will surprise you!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
Amazon ASIN

11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Written by DC veteran Joshua Williamson, drawn by The Thing’s Tom Reilly, and colored by Nathan Fairburn, Knight Terrors: Superman sets itself as a strong story for Superman and, interestingly enough, his cousin Supergirl. The story follows the generalized Knight Terrors format but with an ending twist as Insomnia comes after the Red-Blue Blur and manipulates his dreams to reveal his greatest fears. Williamson plays with Clark Kent’s fears a lot better than he did his dark and brooding companion in Knight Terrors: Batman, and it shows.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Superman #1 helps advance the larger story within the whole DC Universe. The most powerful character just doesn’t take the living in a dream world, and that forces progression. Having the same writers as the main books helps keep the synergy and consistency, with sustained decisions making from Williamson. But Kent’s awareness of the situation does not mean that Superman’s nightmares aren’t explored, or that the concept of the event has just passed him by. You see them, and they are intense, but the drama is generated by the troubled indecision of the main character whilst everything is happening around. What it felt like was that some of these bad dreams had been had bat Superman before, so he was prepared to be plagued by them yet again.

  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    Knight Terrors: Superman #1 does one of the most difficult things to do in comics. Making an iconic character often maligned as a one dimensional goodie-two-shoes a compelling and even sympathetic figure. But it is interesting that even in the darkest regions of his mind, even his deepest fears come from a good place. The exploration of that here is masterfully done. And the end finally sheds some light on how the world can fight back against Insomnia thanks to an assist from the most unlikely yet likely character’s appearance. The emotional storytelling and the art that is a mix and old school and new, come together to make one of the best issues in the Knight Terrors saga so far.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The Knight Terrors crossover event has had a dazzlingly weird variety of different stories that all manage to come from the same heart. Superman’s foray into the horror is the first one to really openly embrace the dark absurdity of the situation. It’s a very cool approach that makes for a truly enjoyable Superman story.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Some of the nightmares—Clark not being able to save everyone, Clark never being able to be truly human—are well-trod ground, but others tackle some issues that are harder to resolve. Ultimately, Clark is as close to an immortal as it gets in the DCU, as long as he stays under a yellow sun—and that means he won’t just outlive everyone he knows, it means he might outlive Earth itself and possibly all life in the universe, leaving him alone. The depiction of this future and Insomnia’s rapidly shifting forms are very creepy, but it turns out Clark’s not alone in this dreamscape—or so it seems. Kara is able to break her way through her own nightmare—which has a great twist to it—and find Clark, but they’re both still stranded. Saving them might fall to an unlikely group of heroes who seems to be immune, and it might also give us a clue to the very busy Williamson’s next big project.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors: Superman #1 continues the tradition of Superman’s ability to overcome adversity. Thankfully, this tie-in is brought to us from the scribe of the main ongoing book, so the characterization is consistent and powerful. The art teams show off a variety of skills here, utilizing this title to showcase all their different capabilities.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    If each book is going to be a deep dive into character’s fears, it gives the creators some room to explore. It gives the reader a sense of what the creators think of their charges. We are just seeing what writer Joshua Williamson thinks of Superman in that book. So why not have us see ‘under the hood’ as it were, learning what Williamson thinks is Superman’s greatest fears. We learn it is being alone. And that is interesting. We know family is important to Clark. He loves his world. He loves his friends. Of course, isolation would be terrifying.

    Add to that a major Supergirl subplot and Williamson has created a book that I very much enjoyed as a Superman fan. I don’t know if I am a Knight Terrors fan … yet. But this worked.

    Gleb Melnikov gives us a moody cover of Superman of Superman falling through the night sky. Tom Reilly does the inside art and nails it. Reilly has a sort of Chris Samnee/Michael Cho classic feel to the proceedings. Things are scary when they should be. But his inclusion of some classic DC images made me smile. And, of course, the Supergirl stuff is great.

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson does a good job of bringing the reader into Superman’s fears even with the knowledge that it is ground that has been trod before. There’s not much new in Clark’s fears and not much insight in to them. The story does have some great adventure elements to it and I liked the ending a lot. Other than that, the story is hampered by trying to craft and showcase the fears of a being too powerful to have that many.

    The Art: Reilly delivers some impressive art in the issue. The visuals are really engaging and I love the visual shifts through periods from past comics.

  • 73

    Superman Homepage

    It is not great but not awful either. I would have preferred this not to be a tie in, that would have made the story much more engrossing. The story does the job to make Superman part of the Knight Terrors storyline and what Williamson does is extremely creative and thought provoking.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: Superman #1 takes a nightmarish tour through the deepest fears and worries of Superman’s mind. The story is fine and the art is fine, but there’s nothing in this issue considered required reading for the Knight Terrors event.

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