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Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 (of 2)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

As Barry Allen plunges deeper into the Nightmare Realm, he’s confronted with his biggest fears and experiences some of the most shocking events that took place before his return! Barry continues to run free of the terror, but something’s gaining on him…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
Amazon ASIN

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 is unique among the tie-ins. Many show the characters aware that they are in a nightmare by the end of the first issue, so the fear is less intense because the game is up. But for this book, The Flash keeps running for Wally until the final page. Even when I know it’s a bad dream, that it isn’t actually happening, it’s incredibly emotional and difficult to read. The art is sensational in every single panel, evocative and upsetting. What makes it even better is just how easily this could happen in a genuine Flash series. We’ve seen what Barry will do for his family, even if he has to tear himself apart.

  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    “Love is the opposite of choice” is a line uttered to the Flash at the beginning of the issue which becomes its central theme. Barry’s love for Wally and the fear of losing him turns him into a man without a choice. He is willing to do absolutely anything to reverse time and save his friend. The descent from Det Flash in issue #1 to completely desperate friend in issue #2 is shocking. And the ending…terrifying, haunting, and most of all, sad. When one messes with time travel, there are always unintended consequences. And when he finally finds the monster, it’s more terrifying than he could’ve imagined. Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 is an incredible issue that will stay with the reader for a very long time.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Much like the Shazam mini, this story is very good at capturing the feel of horror. Unlike this one, it doesn’t concentrate on a surreal series of nightmares. There’s only one nightmare, and Barry is utterly lost in it until he becomes the nightmare himself. First his body starts warping from the constant exposure to the timestream, becoming something less than human. Then his mind starts going, pushing him to the point he betrays and murders a friend. Then he essentially tries to cannibalize his own future, bringing him face to face with his deadliest enemy. This is one of the most disturbing Flash stories I’ve seen in a while, building to a genuinely horrific conclusion that feels like something right out of Junji Ito until we’re snapped back to reality in a perfect way and the Flashes join the main fight once more. The first issue of this mini was just good, but Paknadel brings it to a close in a truly great way.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors – Flash #2and the tie-in and the limited series as a whole is an interesting addition to the Knight Terror collection, but it seems like, given more issues could have been a more in-depth look at what makes Barry tick as a person. Interestingly, unlike other series installments, Barry cannot break out of the nightmare alone or come away with some deeper understanding of himself or his growth as a character. Not that this is a bad thing, as while dreams and nightmares can spur personal growth, it doesn’t happen every time, sometimes a nightmare is just a nightmare.

  • 80

    Knight Terrors: The Flash paints a sincerely nightmarish vision that could only be imagined from a speedster’s point of view. While it would be fair to compare the ultimate irony of this story to this summer’s blockbuster flop The Flash, writer Alex Paknadel distills that concept into a much more streamlined tale and artists Daniel Bayliss and Tom Derenick cast Barry’s transformation in a far more terrifying light. Throughout the issue as Barry pushes himself harder and harder slowly warps his form and his actions, and that is funneled into body horror imagery that manages to repeatedly top itself. The twist is not as important as the inescapable nature of it and that feeling of being trapped makes even the ostensible freedom of super speed seem claustrophobic. While the final page tying into Knight Terrors: Night’s End is functionally an advertisement, the penultimate page delivers the sudden and well earned relief of waking from a nightmare. It makes this miniseries a must-read for Flash fans and an excellent palate cleanser before The Flash enters a new creative era next month

  • 70


    Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 takes the horror Barry is living in up to eleven, and while he’s never genuinely aware he’s in a nightmare, you’ll feel his spiral. A little less unnerving and weird than the first issue, this second issue delivers significant action that suits a climax as you’ll ponder how he’ll get out of this one.

  • 60

    Speed Force

    I wish I could give higher praise, but after fantastic runs by Williamson and Adams, this story didn’t quite hit as hard.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 ends Barry Allen’s nightmare run with frustration, body horror, and desperate acts. Paknadel’s story reads as a frustrating nightmare rather than a scary one, and Barry’s body horror change is interesting but doesn’t match the story.

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