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Knight Terrors: Zatanna #2 (of 2)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Insomnia’s Sleepless Queen has transformed Robotman into one of her knights, and now the hunt is on for Zatanna to join them! If the Sleepless Knights succeed in making her one of their own, the Earth will never wake from its unending nightmare. Powerful magic comes with a powerful price, so Zatanna must decide whether she’s willing to pay it to save the world. Which means things aren’t looking good for Robotman!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Knight Terrors: Zatanna #2 is straightforward but superb. Straightforward isn’t a criticism, as it makes the story so effective. It means the plot moves quickly and seamlessly, not weighed down by pages and pages of exposition. It progresses determinedly, using amazing art and a lack of dialogue to unfold seamlessly. The comic can end naturally with a conclusion that feels earned, a feature many of the other tie-ins have struggled to achieve, and the streamlined nature of the book is pivotal to accomplishing that.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    While Knight Terrors: Zatanna #2 does deliver a satisfying conclusion to this foray, we’re not done with Zatanna or Cliff’s part in this story, nor is their team up complete. I fully recommend this two issue set and looking forward to more, in Knight Terrors: Night’s End!

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Knight Terrors – Zatanna #2 is an exciting and worthwhile tie-in to the overall Knight Terrors event. Though Zatanna’s difficult past with her father is nothing new, this limited series, in the given two issues, was able to concisely deconstruct and then rebuild Zatanna as a character while giving a believable and satisfying ending before reuniting Hex & Violence.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is a great example of how to do one of these minis, not by rehashing what we already know but by pulling back the curtain on characters we haven’t seen get a focus and introducing us to new stories about them.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Culver crafts an entertaining, thrilling and wonderfully tense story in this issue. I love the character a lot and seeing her on the defensive drew me into the story and I loved seeing her turn the tables the only way that she can. I really enjoyed the drama as she faced off against her own fears and nightmares. The connection to the bigger story is well done and I love where this leaves the character at the end.

    The Art: I am a huge fan of David Baldeon’s art and this issue features some fantastic action and character designs. Every page and panel has something beautiful and compelling to see.

  • 80

    The Comic Book Spot

    A good ending to this mini arc. The art and writing is solid however I would have liked to have seen more of how Zatanna has paid the price for her magic. The death and harm to her loved ones can be shown as a powerful price a price that Cliff seems to have had to pay as well.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Good stories leave you wanting more, and that is exactly what Knight Terrors: Zatanna #2 does. The issue seems to fly by and the ending leads readers to the doorstep of the saga’s finale. More time with Zatanna and her father would’ve been nice instead of the issue #1 recap but what is presented is fantastic. A well-done introspective exploration of what drives, molds, and scares heroes is always welcomed. And despite her parental issues being well traveled territory, it is presented here in a unique and emotionally relatable way. And the fact that her enemies are trying to take her alive hints at her importance to the (hopefully) epic finale. Readers of Zatanna and Knight Terror should definitely check this issue out.

  • 65

    Derby Comics

    My biggest complaint with this issue is the fact that Zatanna is facing off with the Sleepless Knights in the same week they’re also battling Deadman, Sandman, and Damian in Joshua Williamson’s KNIGHT TERRORS #3. Even if both issues are happening at different points in the story’s timeline, it was disorienting to see them be the losing antagonists twice in the same week. Maybe Insomnia should have gotten some better hench-people? I don’t blame Culver for this, as he’s only continuing where his story left off, but it definitely took the wind out of this issue’s sails for me. It goes back to my major gripe with “Knight Terrors” as an over-arching event — DC doesn’t appear to have plotted the event out in it’s entirety before giving the tie-in writing teams their individual tasks.

  • 40

    DC’s big new crossover has given readers quite a few tie-in stories which examine some of the heroes’, and the villains’, darkest fears. While some have managed to justify their respective existences, the fact that many are relegated to a two issue tie-in means everything has to be wrapped in rapid succession. While Zatanna’s team-up with Robotman started well enough, mixing machinery and magic in a unique way, it stumbles by bringing everything to a close in an unsatisfactory manner. Readers don’t get enough time to really examine unique aspects of Zatanna’s greatest fears, unfortunately exploring parts of the character that seem played out. Knight Terrors: Zatanna simply doesn’t have enough going on to justify the series’ existence with its conclusion, though Baldeon is able to give the limited series some just via the artwork.

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