DC Comics has announced the creative teams for their next Batman-centric summer crossover event: Knight Terrors.
As previously announced, the saga starts when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman find a dead supervillain’s body inside the Hall of Justice. This leads to encountering a new enemy called Insomnia, someone who who has the power to engulf people in their worst nightmares. Fortunately, the Justice League can call in Deadman to help.
The one-shot special Knight Terrors: First Blood #1 from Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter kicks off the event.
After the First Blood one-shot, the main mini-series will be 4 issues long. Williamson is writing with Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, and Caspar Wijngaard on art.
As Insomnia rampages across DC universe and enters the dreams of both heroes and villains, DC will publish a variety of 2-issue mini-series that will spotlight various affected characters. A large majority of the mini-series focus on Batman-related characters.
First up, Matthew Rosenberg and Stefano Raffaele are the creative team for Knight Terrors: The Joker #1. Check the official description:
When you’re the Clown Prince of Crime, what kind of nightmare do you have? Working a nine-to-five office job! How will the Joker handle meetings that could have been emails?! Why did management cancel bring-your-child-to-work day?! Who will want to make small talk at the coffee machine?! What is Alexis going to pick for lunch, and who is the masked madman terrorizing Gotham at night?!
Next, we have Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1 by the regular Poison Ivy creative team G. Willow Wilson and Atagun Ilhan.
Everything and everyone here is wall-to-wall smiles! Nothing ever goes wrong, everyone is friends, and best of all, it’s made just for Ivy with lots and lots of love. Now, Pammy, don’t frown, don’t fuss, and don’t fret—just because this wasn’t what you thought you wanted, that doesn’t mean it won’t fit you like a glove! Have some pie, dear, don’t think too hard, and just smile.
Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1 is written by Catwoman series writer Tini Howard and has art by Leila Leiz.
Catwoman murdered Valmont, the man she loved, in order to save the other man she loved, Batman. She broke Batman’s one rule, and he will never forgive her for it, but Selina prays to Sister Zero for forgiveness and to wake up from the Nightmare Realm.
After that, comes Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #1 from regular Harley Quinn series writer Tini Howard with artist Hayden Sherman, with backup stories by Leah Williams and Ben Templesmith.
Harley’s nightmare world is one where her every choice creates a series of infinitely rippling profane reverberations. Plus, Leah Williams and Ben Templesmith help Harley crack a cosmic-mystery night terror in their backup story!
Also, Danny Lore and Lucas Meyer are the creatives for Knight Terrors: Punchline #1.
Alexis Kaye, a.k.a. Punchline, has no fears… or so she’d have you believe! They will be pried out of her in the nightmare world where she’s being hunted, and she’ll be forced to face her deepest, darkest nightmare in true horror-movie fashion!
For the Batman-spotlight series Batman: Knight Terrors #1, Joshua Williamson and Guillem March handle the writing and art.
Ever since becoming Batman, Bruce Wayne has been a creature of the night. But now, trapped in the Nightmare Realm, Bruce is stalked by the horror he’s created! Can he escape before his own nightmares pull him deeper into the darkness?
Then, writer Dan Watters and artist Riccardo Federici handle Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1. The emphasis will be on Jim Gordon. It looks like Gordon will have nightmares related to his time as Batman way back in Scott Snyder’s run.
Jim Gordon stumbles upon a sacred ritual held by three disciples chanting around an enchanted clock, and one of them is wearing the robotic Batsuit that Jim donned many years ago as Batman—except this metal suit seems to have been soldered directly into the flesh of the wearer! What do these creatures want with Gotham, and why are they targeting Jim’s daughter, Babs, too? This has to be a dream, right?
Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, and Daniele Di Nicuolo will handle Dick Grayson in Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1.
Dick wakes up in jail to realize a nightmare has come to life: he murdered someone he loves! And the only thing making it worse is his past coming to haunt him in the form of humanoid pigs playing the characters of his childhood at Haly’s Circus, scene by scene, leading up to the night of his parents’ death. The Batgirls try to help Nightwing figure out who framed him (or why he killed someone!), but it’s his cellmates and other unlikely villains in jail who may help him solve the mystery.
Kenny Porter and Miguel Mendonça will handle the rest of the Robins and what their greatest fears are, in Knight Terrors: Robin #1.
Jason Todd and Tim Drake must fight against their own worst fears and each other as they’re forced to relive the darkest moments of their lives.
First Blood #1 will hit comics shops on July 4, with issue #1 of the mini-series following, on July 7th.