Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dr. Fate Fan Art

Awesome black and white sketch of Dr. Fate by

Monday, April 14, 2014

Appreciation of Dr. Fate from an Adult Perspective

The image below, along with the narrative are some of the main reasons for my fascination with the Doctor Fate character.

What drew me to Doctor Fate as a kid, what captured my imagination about this character was his very distinct look.  He looks very different from most other superheroes and the gold and blue color scheme just looks so cool.  Admittedly, as an adult Dr. Fate's visual appearance is still something that draws me to the character as I still think that he is one of the coolest looking superheroes out in the comics universe.  However, the narrative in that panel is something that I appreciate much more now.  There is something about Dr. Fate, he has a special quality about him that allows writers to write some beautiful stories.  There are other mystics in DC Comics' stables, but there is something special about Dr. Fate.  Case in point this Green Lantern/Dr. Fate one-shot from the Brave and The Bold comics.  If you haven't read Brandon Jerwa's one shot story in the JSA comics, you should definitely read it.  It's a beautiful short story featuring Dr. Fate.  Gerber's Dr. Fate story, as a story of redemption was also very introspective.  

There is something special about Dr. Fate that makes him stand out from the other mystics in the comics universe.  Maybe it is all in the name, Doctor Fate.  Doctor implies he is a healer and fate is something that we are bound by.  In the panel above, he knows of his coming fate yet he is able to let it go and live in the very moment.  Maybe it's that Zen type of quality about the good Doctor that makes him so great.  He displays this quality over and over again, no matter who wears the helm.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dr. Fate on Robot Chicken and an Update List of his Onscreen Appearances

If you missed yesterday's Robot Chicken DC Comics Special #2 on Canrtoon Network's Adult Swim you missed out on seeing Dr. Fate make his Robot Chicken debut!  I was hoping he would have at least some cameo time, and to my surprise they gave him his own skit.  As soon as I find it on youtube I will be putting it up on the blog. Besides having his own skit, he also made some cameo appearances on the final skit of the show.  

Below is a list I compiled of Dr. Fate appearances on screen. (Latest appearance in bold)

2014-Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2

2013-Young Justice: War

2012-Young Justice:  Misplaced
                                Usual Suspects
                                Auld Acquaintance 

2011Young Justice: Revelation
          Batman Brave and the Bold:  Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth  
2010-Smallville: Absolute Justice

2009-Batman Brave and the Bold:  Eyes of Despero
                                                   Fate of Equinox

2006-Justice League: The great Brain Robbery

2004-Justice League: Wake the Dead
                                 The Return

2003-Justice League: The Terror Beyond Part II
                                 The Terror Beyond

1997-Superman: The Hand of Fate

Video Games
2011-DC Universe Online
2013-Injustice: Gods Among Us 

Adult Films
2013-Man of Steel XXX Parody

Friday, April 4, 2014

In Earth 2's Defense...

So I was feeling down about how disappointing (to me) the last couple of issues of Earth 2 have been and decided to go to the DC comics page and look ahead at was was coming up.  I was pleasantly surprised by next month's solicitation that reads as follows:

With Green Lantern resurrected, the heroes of Earth 2 go on the offensive against the forces of Darkseid and Apokolips! As the heroes prepare an all-out assault, plans are put into motion for the Red Tornado to make one last, desperate attempt to stop Superman.

This gives me some hope that the story line will start turning around.  And I hope it gives all those people that decided to drop the series some desire to give the series one more shot, at least for one more issue.  This story line has been rough, but I have faith that the series will turn around.  However, if the main Earth 2 characters continue to be just backdrop characters I might have to drop the series as well.  I am pleading with Tom Taylor and the editors at DC to make Earth 2 about those staple Earth 2 characters (Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, Dr. Fate, Sandman, Atom, etc...) and not have them just as window dressing.  You already have a bunch of super cool characters to work with, develop those characters before focusing on new ones.

This is what most Earth 2 fans want to see:

I apologize for sounding like a whining fanboy, but that's how I feel at the moment.  Thanks to anyone who read my rant.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Earth 2 # 22 Review

After I finished reading Earth 2 # 22 yesterday, I had one of those "Eureka!" moments.  I put the issue down and I thought to myself "I get it."  I finally understood why James Robinson left the comic and DC comics altogether.  The staple characters of this Earth were about to be pushed to the sidelines to make room for another Batman vs Superman story and he probably didn't want anything to do with it.  If I am correct, I really admire Mr. Robinson for standing up for these characters that have been around almost as long as Supes and Bats but have none of the recognition.  

Let me also say that I love Tom Taylor.  I think he is a fantastic writer.  What he has done with the Injustice series has been remarkable.  Injustice is consistently one of the best comics DC puts out regularly.  I have never been disappointed with a single issue of that series.  However, Earth 2 is a different story.  In this issue we see Alan Scott come back (which is great) but he is only in the comic enough to see his resurrection.  Jay Garrick is still captured/MIA and Dr. Fate is a mess.  Last time we saw the Atom he had his arm amputated by Superman and Sandman barely gets mentioned.  At least Hawkgirl is playing a bigger part and who knows what ever became of Captain Steel.  Instead of all these great classic characters we get a focus on Lois Lane as Red Tornado (which is clever), a young Jimmy Olsen and a new Kryptonian.  I'm sorry but this doesn't excite me for the series at all.  If it wasn't for the fact that Earth 2 is the only place I get at least a glimpse at my favorite character, I would be dropping it.  And I don't think this is all Taylor's fault. Obviously, this is a story line that the editors at DC wanted to pursue.    


Having said all that, the last couple of pages in this issue actually became more interesting.  The Kryptonian kid is beginning to discover his powers and Superman wants to stop him before he realizes just how powerful he can become.  Before Superman can cause any permanent damage to what could be Earth 2's savior, Lois reveals herself to Superman leaving him stunned.  I just hope that next issue we get to see our heroes deliver some blow back with the help of Green Lantern.  Also, I hope there is no redemption for this Superman.  After all that he has done he better not just snap out of it and have everything be okay and forgiven.  That would be some serious B.S.  I honestly cannot wait till this arc is done and over with.  I am done with it, let's move on to what happens next.