Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1

Event\Storyline: Knight Terrors Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 19, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 17
7.2Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Pigs, pigs, pygs…and clowns! Dick Grayson 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 cellmate and other unlikely villains in jail who will help him solve the mystery…but are they actually helping him?

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 19, 2023

    I liked how this nightmare dealt more with Dick's feelings about himself and how his actions relate to those around him. It was a bold choice by the creative team and makes for a more interesting character study than the typical call back to an origin story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jul 21, 2023

    Nightwing's worst nightmares become some kind of reality as the hero finds himself amongst the worst Gotham City has to offer as the Hero ofBldhaven joins DC Comics' spooky event. A creative team mixed with Nightwing newbies and veterans delivers a story that matches the energy of the main series while doing it's own fun creative things. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jul 18, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a Non-Euclidean execution of a comic tie-in, delivering something that can typically be an adjacent story but evokes a different shape as a whole. Cloonan and Conrad interject a strong voice that feels in line with Taylors depiction of that character, but distorted thanks to the premise of the larger event. The use of nightmares and a horror framework allows for the familiar art of Di Nicuolo and Lucass colors to feel wrong in the best way. Its a disarming use of visual continuity to explore the unsettling geometry of nightmares. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 18, 2023

    Overall, it's good but doesn't hit the highs of some of the other tie-ins. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jul 18, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is another comic in a growing list of Knight Terrors tie-in comics that have nothing to do with the main event. However, this is one of the better tie-ins as it leans into the disorienting discomfort of trapping Nightwing in a situation he can't escape. Solid writing and art make this one of the more distressing tie-ins in the event, and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jul 19, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 gives us a hero who is trapped in a prison of his own worst fears and nightmares. I wonder if this will change anything in his life once the Knight Terrors event is over? We'll have to wait for part two to find out! Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Christopher R. Ford Aug 26, 2023

    Being trapped in Arkham Asylum is a problem in the real world, so a nightmare version is even worse. But the fact that that isn't even his worst fear says a lot. The mystery/thriller vibe of the issue is well done with nearly perfect pacing. In addition, there are some great villain cameos and a nod to the character's very origins. Lastly, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 sets a dramatic stage for the entire Bat clan within this nightmare realm. Nightwing really goes through it in this issue but he is intent on fixing everything. And the final bombshell at the end sets up an explosive conclusion for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Michael Guerrero Jul 18, 2023

    The first half of Nightwing's Knight Terrors tie-in is relatively successful in delivering an enjoyable read. However, its strongest factor is how heavily the art carries the story along by making a true horror story for the character. That said, in an event with seemingly low stakes, this issue is a good start that ends with a disturbingly sinister cliffhanger. Overall, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a fine first half of the titular character's battle in his mind. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 20, 2023

    Going into Knight Terrors Nightwing #1 already knowing what Insomnia's endgame is detracts from the issue greatly. The creative team gives a great showing with what they have to work with, but this issue would've worked so much better had the audience not been privy to what was going on and Dick had to figure it out. That said, there are some really compelling ideas from Cloonan and Conrad that have the potential to play out epically next issue and Di Nicuolo gives a great showing on the horror aspect. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 18, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is the product of its surroundings. If you've been following along with the entire event so far, you've probably realized that each tie-in is basically the same. How many nightmares can we read before they all run into one another? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jul 18, 2023

    I like Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1. I don't love it. The art moved me for its changes and some creep factor. I think fans who obsess over completionism in having every issue of a crossover will snatch this up. Otherwise, it's not a must to get you through Knight Terrors. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jul 19, 2023

    The solicitations, once again for the writing team of Cloonan and Conrad, raise false hopes, and Dick's struggle in the nightmare, though well illustrated by Di Nicuolo, could have been much more efficiently handled for the emotional impact delivered. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Adam Barnhardt Jul 19, 2023

    In contrast with the ongoing Nightwing series, this Knight Terrors-spinoff is all too predictable and haphazard. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jul 18, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is a competent, yet uninteresting dive into the darkest corners of Nightwing's mind. The reveals are obvious and there's a lack of truly gripping characterization in a story that is ripe for exploring Nightwing's morality. Daniele Di Nicuolo's art is great, but Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad's script does little to entice readers that are not already on board with the Knight Terrors event. Read Full Review

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