Knight Terrors: Punchline #2

Event\Storyline: Knight Terrors Writer: Danny Lore Artist: Lucas Meyer Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 16, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
7.7Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

It’s Punchline versus a nightmare Batgirl for the control of the hearts and minds of Gotham! Can Punchline overcome her deepest fears and anxieties to defeat this bat-cowled beast?!

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Christopher R. Ford Oct 20, 2023

    Overall, this is a gorgeous nightmare and it's two-episode journey brings out a bit more of one of DC's newer characters. And who knows. She might just have a bigger role to play in the finale of the Knight Terrors saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 15, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Punchline #2 is a mind trip through digital realms worth checking out. The visuals are stellar, and there's great cultural commentary on the toxicity of the internet, while Punchline stands strong against it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jenna Anderson Aug 16, 2023

    This chapter of the "Knight Terrors" saga is absolutely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Aug 15, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Punchline #2 is a drastic change from the first issue. If it didn’t feature the same two characters at its core, it could be considered an entirely different tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Sep 1, 2023

    There's real poetry in the ending of Punchline's latest mini-series. She might be flawed for it with any writer, but Lore has done an excellent job of framing a story around Punchline's fears. She comes across as a mighty hero in the end. It's almost inspiring. Interestingly, this is the second time this week in which Batgirl has shown up as a hideous monster. She has yet to have a whole lot of luck in Knight Terrors. Hopefully things turn around for her. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Chad Burdette Aug 15, 2023

    Knight Terrors: Punchline #2offers a satisfying conclusion to her adventures in the Nightmare Realm. While it remains unclear the role she will replay going forward as the event wraps up, the story may set up Punchline's role in the upcoming Gotham War story arc, set to take over the Batman titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 15, 2023

    I think DC just rushed this character a bit, turning a compelling supporting villain into a less-compelling headliner, and the result is a lot of creators trying to fill in the blanks where there's very little substance to mixed results. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Aug 15, 2023

    In terms of the meta commentary, I don't feel the need to dispel any of Punchline's comments about the internet. While it is unenviable to write a villain as the protagonist, I don't like using Punchline as a vessel for the author's justifications against the readers. Although the character is still trying to find her place, asking readers to empathize with a sociopath is tough. Outside of a generally well received design, Punchline isn't nearly as beloved or redeemable as Harley Quinn. A story about contending with the internet wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't on the side of someone who regularly abuses it. Worst of all, the villain's interest in Punchline at all during this event feels entirely unnecessary. On a positive note, the artwork, framing, and tone of the tie-in looks fine, but overall this is essentially just spam. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    2birdsstoned815 Aug 16, 2023

    Review at (3:59) in video

  • 7.0
    ResearchReader Aug 17, 2023

    Good art and a story that is a good cheap thrill.

    The problem with this issue is there is nothing offensive by any means but nothing really great either. Like I like how most of the issue is quite except for Punchlines thoughts Lore doesn't do a disservice to Punchlines character, but just not much happens. Punchline just realizes she is in a nightmare after some commentary about her and the internet and boom its done.

    Fun but like if this book was 2$ instead I would feel like I spent my money better.

    Not bad, not great. But I like Punchline so it worked well enough for me... mostly.

  • 6.5
    skullface Aug 16, 2023

    "It doesn't matter, none of this matters." - Carl Brutananadilewski

    My score on this comic is heavily influenced by my love of this character. Sometimes you just want a good villain to do villain things, but that's not what happens here. With DC turning Harley and Ivy in poster board queer super-anti-heroes, that leaves more space in the universe for other bad guys to grow.

    Overall, if you aren't familiar with the character of Punchline, aka Alexis Kaye, you may be asking yourself why the hell you would read this, and you may be right! A super techno zombie Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), who isn't really the antagonist of this issue but rather the meta commentary on internet culture and trolls from online and perhaps socia more

  • 6.5
    ComicWorm Aug 22, 2023

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    Psycamorean May 7, 2024

  • 4.0
    ItsJess Aug 15, 2023

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