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Noteworthy Issues: Knight Terrors #1 (July, 2023)

Insomnia's backstory...partially told!

OK, so…looks like I never got around to reviewing this one.  There’s been so many Knight Terrors of varying quality, that I suppose letting one fall through the cracks for a second or two is not exactly the worst thing I could do.

Maybe having it be the main series is a bit of a problem.

Issue:  Knight Terrors #1, July 2023

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artists:  Giuseppe Camuncoli, Caspar Wijngaard, and Stefano Nesi

The Plot:  Deadman, in Batman’s body, learns a thing or two about the new bad guy.

Commentary:  So, is Joshua Williamson DC’s new Geoff Johns?  You know, the guy who seems to be writing everything?  I’ve read some of his stuff I’ve liked, but there’s a lot that I found at best mediocre.  And, quite frankly, this thing is coming hard on the heals of his Dark Crisis, AKA the series where I thought for the longest time that Williamson didn’t understand what the Great Darkness was.  In the end, he mostly did, but the storyline didn’t do much for me.

That’s just my way of saying this storyline is likewise not doing much for me.

Now, to be fair, this is a different kind of crossover event.  The “main story,” such as it is, may be just something of an origin story for the bad guy.  This whole issue is mostly Deadman, inside Batman’s body, doing his best to stay one step ahead of Insomnia.  Part of that involves possessing Insomnia and learning some of his backstory.  There’s a hint that the guy has some issue with superheroes, so…

Here’s the thing:  Insomnia is maybe a good villain in the making, but the story here is kinda weird.  Like, this is all about Insomnia, and I don’t know enough about the guy to care that much.  Plus, it’s kinda weird the story involving a dream invasion is being centered around Deadman, a character not normally associated with dreams.

Granted, he finds a character who is associated with dreams by using a power I didn’t know Deadman had at issue’s end, but there just didn’t seem to be much going on here.

Grade:  C+