Review: Knight Terrors #2

Knight Terrors – Book Two of Four
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Caspar Wijngaard
Color Artists: Frank Martin, Caspar Wijngaard
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Review by Davydh Tidey

Knight Terrors #2 marks the second (or third, if we count Knight Terrors: First Blood) entry of the main portion of the crossover event. 

And, oh boy, does it have some surprises! 

Wake Up, Wake Up

Good evening and welcome back!”
– Deadman

Knight Terrors #2 takes the DCUs most unconventional team-up to the next level this issue, setting Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman, and Deadmanup as two lone gunmen against the threat of Insomnia. The question is, is the lighthouse in the dark too good to be true?

This entry marks a significant switching of gears from the previous issue. Where Knight Terrors #1 was way more horror-focused, this issue leans way further into the mystery (theatre) angle of the whole affair. Who is Insomnia? How does he know John Dee, and what’s his connection to the Dream Stone? 

Get ready to have your questions answered, before being replaced with even bigger ones!

This Is No Hallucination

Didn’t you hear me? That case haunted me.”
– Sandman

We’re left with way more questions than answers when it comes to the main villain, but Joshua Williamson is determined to keep things moving at a fast pace in Knight Terrors #2.

I have a soft spot for Williamson after his stellar run on The Flash with Carmine Di Giandomenico. It was one of the first ongoing titles I ever subscribed to, and the writing we see in this issue only serves to further remind me why I still have that fondness. Where some writers could potentially get bogged down with exposition issues, Williamson’s work’s very snappy and to the point, delivering all the info we need quickly. 

This Is What We Have Become

What makes them so special?!
– Insomnia

All the artists, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Caspar Wijngaard, and Frank Martin, do an amazing job here, once again. The different styles work together so well in this book, between the Dreaming (a name they’re going to a lot of trouble to avoid mentioning so far… hmm…) and the waking world. There’s a particular full page of Wesley Dodds that I want framed over my mantlepiece forever. 

Conclusion

Knight Terrors #2 proves that DC events can be a lot more versatile than they have been previously. Blending horror and mystery thriller in a unique way, that’s quite reminiscent of Hellblazer, Department of Truth, and a little bit of Sandman Mystery Theatre, this team’s bringing some darkness to the Dawn of DC.

Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment


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