Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hello everyrone,

Wishing you all a Happy and safe New Year.  2012 should be an exciting year with the return of the JSA to DC comics (hopefully), and with that hopefully the return of Dr. Fate.  I personally can't wait, happy 2012 everyone!  And watch out for Mayan zombies.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: The Immortal Dr. Fate #2

The Immortal Dr. Fate #2 compiles four Dr. Fate stories that were printed in Flash 306-309 in 1982.  Written by Martin Pasko, penciled by Keith Giffen, inked by Larry Mahlstedt and colored by Gene D'Angelo.

Talk about being ahead of your time! For all you 2012 Mayan conspiracy theorists, Pasko tackled the indigenous Mexican people's prediction of the end of the world way back in the early 80's.  Way before it was hip to stock pile on food and ammunition in order to prepare for the upcoming apocalypse.  However, instead of the Mayans, Dr. Fate battles the Aztec god of war named Toltec.  In the series, we come to find out that Toltec is actually an Agent of Chaos named Malferrazae who has come back to life in order to bring about the end of this sun's cycle (and the rest of the world with it), and with that, begin the era of the Fifth Sun in which Malferrazae will rule the new world.

One of the fun things about Pasko's writing is that he makes Dr. Fate a truly global character.  The story begins in Boston, where Dr. Fate first finds Malferrazae has come back to destroy the world.  Malferrazae then transports both Fate and Inza (who caused Dr. Fate and her to be captured) to Mexico City and back in time to when the Aztecs ruled what is now Mexico.  Finally, the battle ends in Hollywood Blvd. in California.  Another highlight of Pasko's writing is the interesting dynamic he creates between Inza, her husband Kent, and Dr. Fate/Nabu.  Throughout Pasko's Dr. Fate series, we come to find that Inza is a "Desperate Housewife" of sorts.  She is frustrated that she is stuck in the Tower of Fate with nothing to do but take care of Kent's wounds after his battles with Chaos.  She is also jealous of Dr. Fate/Nabu, as she feels that he is taking her husband from her with every adventure he/they partake in.  Malferrazae takes advantage of Inza's jealousy in the story and creates a living demon out of Inza's envy of Dr. Fate.  Without giving away too much of the story for those who have not read it, this becomes a major realization for all three characters not only in this arc but also in the following arc.  Needless to say, Dr. Fate finds a way to save the day and overcome Malferrazae's threat.

The artwork in these stories is fantastic as well. I read these stories back when I was a kid and remember loving how much I loved the look of Dr. Fate's energy blasts coming from his hands.  Or the ankh cross showed up with Dr. Fate's spells, all color with no black outline.

Overall, I highly recommend this compilation of Dr. Fate stories.  Pasko did a great job with the Dr. Fate character and expanding the dynamic of Kent and Inza Nelson's relationship.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Tower of Fate

Greetings Dr. Fate & DC Comics fans,

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas for Dr. Fate Fans Pt. II

Christmas is right around the corner!  With that I give a couple of more gift ideas for the Dr. Fate fan in your family:

The DC Golden Age Dr. Fate Archives

New Frontier Series Dr. Fate Collectable Action Figure

Justice League Unlimited Dr. Fate Figure by Matterl

DC Direct Dr. Fate Figure

Apart from these great online gifts I would encourage everyone to go check out their local comic shop and see what they have for that Dr. Fate fan in your life. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

JSA Rumor Mill

Latest rumor has it that Dan Didio is reported to have said that an announcement is forthcoming on 1/12/12 about the Justice Society of America.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that our favorite Doctor is featured in the new JSA team.  Thanks to @jimfinity for the info.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Which Dr. Fate Will We Get in DC's New 52?

In thinking about all the incarnations of Dr. Fate throughout the years, I began to wonder which incarnation of Dr. Fate will we fans get when he eventually makes it into the new DC universe?  I guess it would make sense to start over and give the mantle of Fate to the original Kent Nelson as he is the most well known.  When thinking of Dr. Fate it is hard to think of anyone else as the character.  Kent Nelson is Dr. Fate despite others wearing the Helm for a period of time.

However, I think the Dr. Fate I enjoyed the most, and possibly had the most depth was the last incarnation of Fate.  Nelson's grandnephew, Kent V. Nelson was a novice without a guide.  He had to learn about the mystic arts on his own without the help of Nabu's guidance.  Furthermore,  he was a lost soul.  When the Helm appeared to him he was homeless, had just been beaten up fighting for money in an alley with another "bum", and was on the road to nowhere.  Once a prominent psychiatrist, he lost it all when he cheated on his wife who eventually left him.  He then began to lose touch with his patients which eventually led to one of his patients killing himself and another in a car accident.  The Helm of Fate brought this wretched man a chance for redemption which he reluctantly accepted and eventually became a hero.  As much as I like the original Kent Nelson, I would hate for this Kent Nelson to be erased from history.  I would hate to see everything he went through completely forgotten.  If it was up to me, I would keep this incarnation of Kent Nelson and Dr. Fate while referring to the historical Kent Nelson in future comics.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 3

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 3:  Inza Nelson

Inza Craemer was the girlfriend, and later the wife, of Kent Nelson, the mystical defender of Earth known as Doctor Fate. She lived for decades in Fate's Tower in Salem, kept youthful by the energies her husband wielded, which also preserved him. Inza eventualy began to resent her effective imprisonment in the Tower and the way her life had turned out, and to suffer mental problems including severe depression. Eventually though, Kent's magics began to fail and he and Inza both aged and died. They were resurrected in new, younger bodies, but discovered that only Inza could now become Doctor Fate (it appears that Fate was originally intended to be a composite of both of them, but that Kent had kept the power to himself). For a time, Kent and Inza parted ways, partly due to the machinations of a Lord of Chaos named Tgiian who had taken possession of the Helmet of Nabu, worn by Doctor Fate. After a short time though, the Nelsons were reunited and began to share the power of Doctor Fate as they had always been intended to.
During the incident called Zero Hour, the Nelsons (along with the rest of Kent's teammates in the JSA, were drawn into battle with the villain Extant, who forcibly separated them from the artifacts of Doctor Fate (the Helm, amulet and cloak) and condemned them to become their true age once more. The aged Nelson's recovered the artifacts with the assistance of mercenary Jared Stevens, but the artifacts refused to bond with them again and both Inza and her husband were killed by minions of the demon Kingdom. Inza's spirit, like that of her husband, appeared to dwell for awhile inside the amulet of Fate, but has since apparently passed on.

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