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Review: Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1

Overview: In Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1, Nightwing (Dick Grayson) finds himself in a nightmare Arkham Asylum, struggling to remember how he got there.

Synopsis (Spoilers ahead): Nightwing (Dick Grayson) wakes up strapped to a gurney in Arkham Asylum. Pig-masked guards blast him with cold water. Struggling to remember anything, the guards escort Nightwing past many Gotham villains in cells. In his own cell, Dick believes he dreams of beating someone bloody and then running from animal-headed cops. He wakes up to being shocked by animal-headed nurses. Breaking free, he beats the guards. However, the nurses pull off their masks to reveal the animated corpses of his parents, which melt into the floor. Knocked out, Dick wakes up in his cell. His invisible roommate reveals himself to be Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane), who claims he killed Batman. Scarecrow tries to get Dick to help with an escape plan, but Dick sees Barbara Gordon being brought in, covered in monstrous cybernetics.

Analysis: The solicitation for this issue promised that “The Batgirls try to help Nightwing figure out who framed him,” and, like half a dozen other issues from Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad’s run in Batgirls, nothing of the sort happens even remotely in this book. Only one Batgirl appears, and that’s a weirdly cybernetic monster Barbara Gordon. This indicates that it’s probably not really her, but a nightmare appearance. Unfortunately, only the Knight Terrors: Robin book has really delivered a team-up in the nightmare realm so far. Perhaps the next issue will deliver on the promise, but I’m not too hopeful, which is a bummer, as there’s no Batgirls miniseries for this event.

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