Review: Knight Terrors: Batman #2
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Review: Knight Terrors: Batman #2

Overview: In Knight Terrors: Batman #2, Batman voyages deeper into his own nightmare, resolving inner turmoil even more fearful than the death of his parents. 

Title: Knight Terrors: Batman #2

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Guillem March
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99/$4.99
Release Date: August 1, 2023

Please Note: This comic book review may contain spoilers

With Deadman (Boston Brand) in control of his body, Batman can’t take control of his nightmares. He can’t fight, wake himself, and take control of the situation. Instead, Batman has to relive his own nightmares. Knight Terrors: Batman #2 opens with a young Bruce Wayne in Crime Alley. Joe Chill has killed Thomas and Martha Wayne, and Bruce demands vengeance, leaping at them, his hands transformed into bloody claws. As Bruce tears at Chill, Chill shreds away, leaving only Batman, who confronts the young Bruce he believes to be Insomnia (Knight Terrors’ new villain) in disguise. 

Guillem March is on art duties for this Batman tie-in to Knight Terrors, and it’s more than appropriate. March’s gritty, shadowy linework is exceptionally horror-inspired. Tomeu Morey, arguably one of the best colorists in the business, finds a way to add a rich blend of colors without oversaturating this nightmare world with vibrancy. While it’s definitely a colorful issue, the hues are muted, embracing the dark and shadowy aesthetic of this nightmare. 

Because Batman can’t regain control of his body, he resolves to dive deeper into his dreams, embracing both the catalog of events and the fantasies, some of which are reflected in panels as references to iconic Batman stories. As Batman dives deeper, readers are treated to a glorious two-page spread, showcasing both memories and elseworlds dreams. It’s eye-catching and, frankly, cool. The centerpiece of the spread is Deadman lording over a chained Bat-mask, controlling it like a marionette. 

Batman drops down to the “Black Door.” Enticed, Insomnia believes the answers to what he’s looking for, the Nightmare Stone from Dr. Destiny, lies inside. Insomnia brings Gun-Bat with him, the creature that was hatched in Knight Terrors: Batman #1. Batman threatens Insomnia, ordering the villain to leave or be faced with something truly scare. In response, Insomnia sends Gun-Bat at Batman. 

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