Skip to content

Knight Terrors Reading Order, DC Comics’ horror event of the summer

  • by

Knight Terrors Reading Order

Introduced as the next Dawn of DC milestone event, Knight Terrors is this summer’s massive crossover event at DC Comics. Horror is invading the DC Universe as Super Heroes or Super-Villains must confront their worst nightmares in a “Nightmare Realm.” 

The main Knight Terrors event starts with the oversize special Knight Terrors: First Blood #1 from Joshua Williamson (Dark Crisis) and Howard Porter (The Flash). This introduction sees Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman find the body of one of their earliest enemies inside the Hall of Justice, their investigation takes them past the land of the living, beyond the land of the dead, and directly to a new villain called Insomnia, who uses his powers to engulf every single hero and villain in their own dark and twisted nightmares. The only way to save the world is to call for the help of an unlikely hero—Deadman!

What follows is the four-issue Knight Terrors miniseries written by Williamson with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Joker), Stefano Nesi, and Caspar Wijngaard (Home Sick Pilots), in which Boston Brand—a.k.a. Deadman—serves as the supernatural tour guide. Everyone in the world is trapped inside their nightmares, and Batman and Deadman are trying to figure out who Insomnia really is…and why he wants revenge on the heroes of the DC Universe! 

Then, Wesley Dodds, the Sandman, teams up with Batman and Deadman to uncover one of his oldest cases, which haunted him until the day he died. The trio are pointed in the direction of the Nightmare Stone, but Insomnia has unleashed his army, the Sleepless Knights, to hunt them down.

Most of the event is composed of a host of two-issue miniseries featuring the nightmares of superheroes, but also of villains.

Knight Terrors Reading Order

Knight Terrors Reading Order: The Collected Edition

Coming Soon! DC announced the collected editions for Knight Terrors for 2024!

  • Knight Terrors
    Collects Knight Terrors First Blood, Knight Terrors #1-4, Knight Terrors: Night’s End
  • Knight Terrors: Dark Knightmares
    Collects Knight Terrors: Batman #1-2, Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1-2, Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1-2, Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1-2, and Knight Terrors: Robin #1-2
  • Knight Terrors: Knightmare League
    Collects Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1-2, Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1-2, Knight Terrors: Superman #1-2, Knight Terrors: The Flash #1-2, and Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #1-2.
  • Knight Terrors: Knockturnal Creatures
    Collects Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #1-2, Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1-2, Knight Terrors: Punchline #1-2, and Knight Terrors: Zatanna #1-2.
  • Knight Terrors: Terror Titans
    Collects Knight Terrors: Titans #1-2, Knight Terrors: Shazam! #1-2, Knight Terrors: Black Adam #1-2, Knight Terrors: Angel Breaker #1-2, and Knight Terrors: Ravager #1-2.
Knight Terrors First Blood #1

Knight Terrors Reading Order: Issue by Issue

The following issues are written by Joshua Williamson and are the main core event:

Following is a list of tie-ins exploring the nightmares of heroes and villains of the DC Universe. Despite the fact that some of them conclude with a ‘to be continued Knight Terrors: Night’s End‘ mention, only Zatanna and Robotman, Wonder Woman and Superman help fight the bad guy. None participates to enhance the reading experience, so read the ones you’re interesting in!

(Almost) Everything comes to an end in the last issue:

Knight Terrors Superman #1 variant

What’s coming after Knight Terrors?

Despite its theme, The Knight Terrors event was published during the summer months, July and August. Some regular ongoing series were put on hold during that time and replaced by the Knight Terrors tie-ins. Nearly everything is back to normal as we jump into another event teased during Knight Terrors, Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War — Check out our Reading order to know a little bit more!

And if that is not enough, the conclusion of Knight Terrors ties into another future event, Beast World which will start in November. Stay tuned for more!

Last Updated on August 31, 2023.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *