Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from ToF

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  Here's to more Earth 2 and more Dr. Fate in 2013!




Friday, December 28, 2012

Dr. Fate into 2013

The upcoming year seems really promising for the Doctor Fate character.  For one, he will be reintroduced into the DCnU with a brand new secret identity in the form of Khalid and getting his costume redesigned by Brett Booth.  Needless to say, I am super excited to see the new Dr. Fate in action in the pages of James Robinson's Earth 2. Apart from his reintroduction into the pages of DC Comics, Dr. Fate will also be making at least one more appearance in the Young Justice show as evidenced in this preview clip by DC Nation: Young Justice Clip 

However, apparently, that will not be the good doctor's only television appearance as evidently he has also been tapped to appear on his own animated short on DC Nation!  Now, I'm really excited about that!  I have not seen any official announcements by DC on the Dr. Fate shorts but it is listed in the DC Nation Shorts Wikipedia page.  The Dr. Fate shorts have also been discussed briefly on other blogs, but again, I haven't read anything official from DC Comics or DC Nation.  If the shorts do happen, I will be a very happy man.  So cheers to the new year filled with our favorite Lord of Order!  So glad that the world didn't end this month. :-)









Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dr. Fate Transformation Video from Smallville

I know people have different opinions about the version of Dr. Fate that was presented in the Absolute Justice episode of Smallville, some positive, some negative.  To me it was a rush to see my favorite hero come to life, so I really enjoyed it.  Sure, it sucked that Dr. Fate didn't see much action and that Kent Nelson  gets killed by Icicle, but it was still awesome to see the character in a live-action [made for t.v.] movie.  Could the character have been handled better?  Yes, but not gonna dwell on that, just the positive.  So with that I give you the Dr. Fate transformation scene from Smallville (I still get chills watching it):

Dr. Fate Transformation Video on Youtube


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

JSA Art

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Here is a totally bad-ass artwork of the JSA I found on Deviant Art.  When I saw this I couldn't help but say "Whoa!" out loud.  My after-Christmas gift to you all.


































Art by Joe Tromundo

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Tower of Fate wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!!



































Art by Fred Hembeck.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fun Friday Post

Dr. Fate and Batman argue over who has the better base/tools for the job.  Guess who wins the argument!



Big thanks to comicvine.com for putting this up on youtube.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dr. Fate News

Big news on twitter yesterday!  In case you missed out on some of the twitter conversations yesterday, I was honored to have James Robinson reply to my "Thoughts on the New Dr. Fate" post.  These are some of the news he dropped yesterday:


Thanks for the blog piece  and for the record, Kent Nelson will be an important person in Khalid's life/past/education and-

-- Yes , may your hopes be calmed -- Dr. Fate will wear the full helmet. In fact I think 's reinterpretation of --

-- The costume while retaining all the cool elements of the original to be quite brilliant. 

So HUGE news for Dr. Fate fans from the man himself, thank you so much JR!!  Just to recap:

-Kent Nelson will still be attached to the Dr. Fate character
-Dr. Fate will retain the full helm and most of the original elements of his iconic costume
-Brett Booth was confirmed as the artist that is redesigning the New 52 Dr. Fate

All around great news!  Could not be any happier!  Now, it's just playing the waiting game until Earth 2 # 9 comes out this February.  Thanks again to James Robinson for all the information!


Monday, December 10, 2012

A Few Thoughts On The New Dr. Fate



Well, we've been somewhat formally introduced to James Robinson's version of the New 52 Dr. Fate and I thought I'd write down some of my thoughts about the latest incarnation of my favorite character.

Here's what we know:

-His name is Khalid and appears to be of Middle Eastern descent.  He doesn't appear to be of the Nelson family line anymore and I am okay with that, although we still haven't heard his last name as of yet.  Changing Dr. Fate's ethnicity is something that I advocated early on in both my twitter account and later on this blog.  Hopefully he is a native Egyptian, that would be way cool.  Besides, Kent Nelson will always be the original Dr. Fate and no amount of reboots can change that.  I am prepared for a fresh start with Khalid, but K. Nelson and his Grand Nephew Kent V. Nelson will always have a special place in my heart.
-Even if Khalid is not Egyptian, from the cover of Earth 2 #10 it looks like Dr. Fate will still have connections to Egyptian/Assyrian mythology as evidenced by the large ankh shining down on the characters.  This is awesome!!!  I was hoping Dr. Fate would still be affiliated with Egyptian/Assyrian magic, and looks like James Robinson was thinking the same.
-Khalid is terrified of becoming Dr. Fate but will come to terms with his destiny.  I think this is a HUGE hint at the fact that the possession element of Dr. Fate will remain in tact.  However, is it still Nabu doing the possessing?  Or some other deity?  And is that deity a Lord of Order?  The possession element to me is kind of take it or leave it.  I have seen different versions of Fate and the possession element was not always a part of the character so I was okay with whatever direction JR wanted to take it.

What we don't know/What I'd like to see:

-What does Dr. Fate look like in costume?  We've seen what Khalid looks like, but we have yet to see Dr. Fate's new redesign.  I'm hoping that the good Doctor continues to have the iconic full helm.  As a kid, his look was so different and is what initially drew me to the character.  I'm also hoping for the same color scheme and that he has artifacts that draw power from other deities (i.e. Amulet of Anubis).  And like a fellow comic twitterer (is that the correct terminology) stated, I'd like to see him look more like a sorcerer than a superhero. (sorry forgot who said that)
-Do the Lords of Order exist?  Another Dr. Fate element that I enjoy but can take or leave.  But it will be interesting to see what is done about that.  Also, is whichever deity is doing the possession to transform Khalid into Dr. Fate a Lord of Order?
-How much control will Khalid have as Dr. Fate?  I'd really like to have [Nabu] be more of an adviser and have Khalid have control than a full possession.
-What about Inza?  Inza has been a part of the Doctor Fate mythology since day one and an improtant one at that.  Even in the '40s she was written in the role of a strong woman who has always been more of a partner to Dr. Fate rather than just a love interest.  I would really hate to see that part of the Dr. Fate story line be put to rest and would love to see Inza return to the side of Dr. Fate this time as Khalid's soul mate.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Ankh is Back (March E2 Solicitation)

Yes!  Dr. Fate will still have Egyptian/Assyrian affiliations!!!  So awesome.  This is the cover of Earth 2 # 10

Looks like there is a new Dr. Fate in town and he is no longer part of the Nelson family.    =(  Oh well, I highly welcome Khalid as the new Doctor Fate.

From the CBR solicitation:

• As Wotan holds The Flash’s mother hostage, Khalid must finally come to terms with his destiny as Doctor Fate!





Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Power of Fate (more Dr. Fate news)

Some really exciting news from Newsarama and Comicbookresources, both of which sat down and spoke with James Robinson about the upcoming arc on Earth 2.  The interview on Comic Book Resources revealed that the next arc will be titled "The Power of Fate."    Even more exciting, in the Newsarama article James reveals the following about Dr. Fate:

Robinson: The next arc will show the man who will become Dr. Fate, it will establish whey he doesn't want to be Dr. Fate, and why it terrifies him actually.
We'll also integrate Wotan into the DC Universe. He's one of Dr. Fate's archenemies, and we'll keep elements of what he was like in the past while making him fresh and interesting. 
Robinson hasn't revealed if it will be Kent Nelson reprising the role of Dr. Fate of another person, but being that most of the characters have kept their original names, I am betting on Kent Nelson being the man.  Only a couple of more months until our questions are answered. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Justice Society Cosplay

Don't know who these people are, but who ever they are they are awesome in my book.  This is a fantastic JSA cosplay.

















Also, Happy New Comic Book Day everyone!  Don't forget to pick up your copy of Earth 2 #7, it comes out today!

Friday, November 30, 2012

More Self-Promotion (Non-Dr. Fate Related)

Hello everyone,

Just taking some time out from Dr. Fate/DC Comics news to promote my hypnosis services.  I was recently certified in PLR (Past Life Regression) Therapy  by the American Hypnosis Association.  I was able to sudy with world renown, PLR expert Michele Guzy and am now offering in-home (or Skype) PLR sessions.

For anyone that has ever been curious about who you may have been in a past life or if you feel that an issue from a past life might be causing you some discomfort in this lifetime, PLR Therapy is a wonderful experience. Past Life Regression is a valuable tool for therapy whether you are the individual seeking to help yourself, or the professional who is in the business of helping others. Many times the symptoms we feel are said to be "all in your head" by a doctor. If there are no physiological or psychology reasons for the issue, then past-life exploration would be a wonderful way to uncover cell memory of a past trauma. Often a Past Life Regression can reveal the "root cause" of a present symptom, injury or chronic illness. A fear of water could be related to a drowning in a past-life. Birthmarks and deformities could be the physical point of entrance in the body at the time death, such as a stabbing or gun shot wound. For more information log onto http://www.juanmaldonadohypnosisandqigong.org/what-is-past-life-regression 

Thanks for taking the time to read and if you or anyone you know may be interested in the service I appreciate any and all referrals.  Also, please note that I am in no way affiliated with DC Comics.  


Regards,


Juan Maldonado, C.Ht.   

Thursday, November 29, 2012

JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull

Next month (essentially next week) DC will be giving us a brand new JSA series in the form of the Elseworlds story of the JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull.  This is something to definitely get excited about.  However, I gotta wonder if this time Dr. Fate will make an appearance in the Liberty Files as he was missing in action from the last L.F. story line.  Anyhow, we'll have to wait and see (and hope) if our favorite Lord of Order will appear in The Whistling Skull. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BREAKING Dr. FATE NEWS!

James Robinson responded to a fan inquiry via twitter about an advance look at Dr. Fate.  This is Mr. Robinson's response to said inquiry:


Sorry  wait for solicitation of E2#11. There will be a beautiful cover featuring Dr. Fate for everyone then.

That's tight folks, Dr. Fate is going to be on the cover of Earth 2 #11!!!  And we'll get to see the solicitation possibly in January.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wotan

Since this February is not only Dr. Fate's re-introduction into the DCnU but also Wotan's, I thought I'd put the spot light on Dr. Fate's mortal enemy today.  Wotan was the first evil doer that Fate battles and has since been the Doctor's primary arch-villain.  Although, he has not appeared in the comics in recent years, Wotan has appeared in form of small cameos in the Young Justice cartoons.  Wotan also battled Dr. Fate and Batman in an episode of Batman Brave and the Bold cartoon.

Wotan is an evil sorcerer of great power, who, as Dr. Fate finds out, cannot be killed.  Wotan has plagued not only Kent Nelson, but his wife Inza, over the years.  Both Kent and Inza have had to deal with Wotan in their respective Dr. Fate states.  

Here is Wotan taking Inza prisoner and making the good Doctor's life difficult way back in the 40's.


Wotan's Who's Who description.

It's fitting that both Dr. Fate and Wotan be reintroduced together into the DCnU as they were both introduced in the very first Dr. Fate arc in More Fun Comics.  It's nice that James Robinson is giving nods to the original Golden Age stories while putting a modern twist on the stories.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kent V. Nelson Taking Care of Business

Here is my favorite version of Dr. Fate kicking some demon butt.  Can't wait to see the good Doctor back in action this February!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Friday Post

Wow, with puns like these no wonder Nabu started taking over.  Kent Nelson should be punished by the comedy gods for his crimes against humor.

Monday, November 12, 2012

War Comics Month Cross Over

In honor of Veteran's Day, several different Super Hero blogs will be posting war stories to remember those who have served in the armed forces.  I chose to focus on the Untold Origin of the JSA.


This is the story of how the original members of the Justice Society of America were banded together by the Government of the United states of America in order to bring down Hitler and his Third Reich.  Batman, Flash and Green Lantern are the first of the group to get "drafted" into action and set out on a mission to Germany to bring down Hitler.  However, they manage to get captured by a powerful Nazi robot.  Dr. Fate and Hourman come to the rescue and free the captured heroes only to find that Hitler is in possession of the Spear of Destiny with which he summons an army of Valkyries from the sky.  With the heroes overwhelmed by the Valkyrie and Nazi army, Dr. Fate uses his magic to reach out to several other heroes for help.  Dr. Fate's summons includes the most powerful entity/hero in existence; The Spectre, who manages to defeat the entire Nazi fleet almost singlehandedly.  The heroes discover a plot by the Nazi army to assassinate the president of the United States and move the battle to the United States where Superman is able to intercept incoming German missiles.  Inside the Oval Office, the Atom jumps in front of a Valkyrie blast saving the presidents life.  The Jsa is able to drive the Valkyrie and Nazi army back and defeat them.  This is how the greatest superheroes of Earth 2 band together as the JSA.  



Dr. Fate News

Today's DC Comics Earth 2 solicit confirmed what ToF had reported a few months ago: Doctor Fate will be making his debut on Earth2 #9!  The issue goes on sale on February 6, 2013, so I am officially declaring Feb. 6th Dr. Fate day!!!!

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4638&page=14

Another bit of news to come out of this month's solicit: Wotan (Dr. Fate's mortal enemy) will also be returning in this issue!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dr. Fate Art Commission

This is my awesome Dr. Fate painting I had commissioned by Nik Caesar through Hyaena Art Gallery in Burbank.  I absolutely love it, the Helm looks amazing.  Right now, it is hanging in me and my wife's bedroom, but if I am ever able to open my own Clinical Hypnosis office, I would love to hang it there.  If you are interested in seeing more of Nik's art log onto http://www.scary-art.com/



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Doctor Fate Rumor Mill, Who Will be Designing the New Dr. Fate?

This is a totally unconfirmed rumor, but an artist may have dropped a hint last Friday on twitter that he may be working on the new Dr. Fate redesign for his upcoming appearance in the Earth 2 comics.  The artist is none other that Brett Booth (@demonpuppy on twitter)!  If you are unfamiliar with his work, his most current art can be seen on the pages of DC's Teen Titans and he was the one that did this fantastic redesign of the Golden Age Atom for his return to the pages of DC comics: 


















(Atom is second from the left, next to Hawkgirl and Flash)

What were the hints he dropped you may ask?  Well in a conversation with other DC fans his name was brought up as a potential artist to redesign Doc Fate, to which he responded with a joking tweet stating "I'm not familiar with that character..." I say joking because in other interactions I and other DC fans have had with Mr. Booth, he is quite aware of Dr. Fate and is in fact a fan of the character.  The second hint was dropped when another fan questioned him about not knowing Doctor Fate to which Mr. Booth again answered with a joking tweet imitating an evil laugh.  Now these may or may not be hints, and I may be making something out of nothing, but if indeed Mr. Booth is the artist in charge of the Dr. Fate redesign I could not be any happier.  Let's cross our fingers and hope that Mr. Booth was indeed hinting at what I and others thought he may be hinting at.

If you'd like to see more of Brett Booth's art check out his blog at  http://demonpuppy.blogspot.com/ 

Friday, November 2, 2012

ToF One Year Anniversary!

Today is the Tower of Fate Blog's One Year Anniversary!  A big thanks to everyone who checks the site regularly.  It's been an entire year without a Dr. Fate story in the DC Universe, but to all the Dr. Fate fans I hope I have been able to fill the void somewhat.  Also, keep your heads up because James Robinson (writer for the Earth 2 series) has hinted that the good Doctor will be returning very soon.  With that I'll leave you with some of the more popular posts that most people seem to check out:

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

A Comparison of the Assyrian Mythology of Nabu and the DC Mythology of Nabu

Dr. Fate Cosplay

Live Action Dr. Fate from Smallville's "Absolute Justice"

Ksenia Solo, Inza Nelson Doppelganger


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Friday Post

Don't mess with Dr. Fate.















He doesn't believe in all that law and order BS.  You mess around and you get banished from the world of men, and that's that.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Women behind the Helm

Today, I decided to take a look at some of the women who have donned the Helm of Fate.

First we have Linda Strauss


















I believe she was the first female Dr. Fate.  She was the step-mother of Eric Strauss who was chosen by Nabu to be the next Dr. Fate.  However, Kent Nelson figured out that Dr. Fate was never supposed to be one person, but rather a combination of male and female energy.  After Eric's death at the hands of Darkseid, she was the lone Dr. Fate for a very short period of time.

Next in line was Inza Nelson, Kent Nelson's long time wife and companion.






















After returning from the realm of the dead, Inza took over as Dr. Fate after Eric and Linda's stint as the famed Lord of Order.  Eventually the Helm was passed back to her husband Kent who then became Dr. Fate once more.

Black Alice wore the Helm on two separate occasions, but both were very brief.









Zatanna donned the Helm of Fate for one episode of the Young Justice show on Cartoon Network














I apologize if I have forgotten other female versions of Dr. Fate, but that is all that I can think of for the moment.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dr. Fate and Zatanna JL Unlimited Tribute

Great tribute video of Dr. Fate and Zatanna from the Justice League Unlimited television show by youtube user Rikku.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dr. Fate 4 Part Mini Series (Review)


Keeping in line with my last post, I will continue on with the 80's theme.  Sorry, but being a kid that grew up in that era, I can't help and reminisce about the good old days.  Today I review DeMatteis' four part Dr. Fate mini-series that came out in the late 80's.  It was this mini-series that spawned a solo Dr. Fate series that ran for approximately two years (if I remember correctly).  If you've read my previous review of the first part of that solo run (read the review here) you know that I wasn't a big fan of that series.  However, this four part mini-series was different.   I really enjoyed this story.  It marks the first time in Dr. Fate's history where the Helm is passed on to another host. 

In this post-Crisis story, Kent Nelson has grown old, Inza has passed and Chaos is ready to take over the world.  The Lords of Order, sensing a shift have given up in order to let Chaos reign and bring on a new age of enlightenment.  However, Nabu refuses to lay down and let Chaos win so he seeks a new champion in the form of another young boy named Eric.  Eric is aged much like Nelson was and thrown into battle without much training.  He gets swept up by Chaos and lands in Arkham Asylum. Nelson exposes Nabu as a liar and manipulator and figures out that Dr. Fate was never meant to be just one person but a combination of male and female energy.  In the end Eric and his step-mother, Linda join together to become Dr. Fate and defeat the Lord of Chaos (who by the way is Nabu's twin brother).  Kent Nelson passes at the end while Nabu is ousted as a Lord of Order and now resides in Kent Nelson's body as a guide for both Eric and Linda.  

I really loved this series, because in it DeMatteis takes Dr. Fate seriously and the story has a very dark ring to it.  The artwork by Giffen is different, but really works with the dark feel of the story.  I feel like this is a much different story than the spin off solo series Dr. Fate received.  Although, I hate that Nabu is such an A-hole in the story, the internal conflict between him and Kent is very powerful.  And, I actually shed a tear when I read Kent Nelsons tombstone "No man gave more."  This is an excellent Dr. Fate story.  I wish DC would put it out as a paperback trade.  If you get a chance to pick up the comics at your local comic shop, or maybe on e-bay, I highly recommend them.           

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fun Friday Post

This is for all the 80's kids.  This is a compilation of Super Powers toys commercials, the first  two featuring my favorite Lord of Order: Dr. Fate!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Earth 2 No. 5 Review (Contains spoilers)


Apart from Earth 2 #1, this was the best issue of the series thus far.  Definitely one of the funnest to read.  The book was filled with action, lots of name dropping, and the appearance of one of the original JSA members Wesley Dodds aka The Sandman!  

Let's start with Wesley Dodds who makes his first appearance in the very first panel of this issue.  When I first read the comic, I wasn't too crazy about his new look.  But after a couple or reads, I have to give credit to Nicola Scott who really did keep the basic look of the Sandman's gasmask.  I'm still not crazy about the entire costume, but he does have the classic gasmask which is very cool.  I guess, it wouldn't make much sense to have Dodds running around in a fedora hat in the year 2012.  Still, I will always love his classic look.

On to the action in the book, Robinson really picks up the pace as the two wonders (Flash and Hawkgirl) duel with the Atom believing Grundy has been neutralized.  This proves to be false as Grundy manages to regenerate himself and envelop the Atom in his death vines.  That's when The Green Lantern steps in to the rescue and subdues Grundy temporarily as the Flash and Hawkgirl rescue the Atom.    The Green Lantern gets the wonders to stop fighting and team up to protect his physical body as he astral projects into a different realm to connect with the Grey in order to attempt to stop Grundy's attack.  The book ends with the Grey attempting to manipulate Scott into joining their side by seemingly bringing his recently deceased love back from the dead.

In the midst of all the action we are introduced to Kahn who appears to be the commander of the World Army.  As he speaks to the World Council, a familiar face in the form of Terry Sloan, barges into his central command and it is revealed that Sloan has been advising the council on the situation.  On Sloan's advise, the council orders a nuclear attack on Washington DC in another attempt to kill Grundy.  We are left with a double cliffhanger for the next issue as the wonders now have to not only deal with Grundy and the Grey, but also with the incoming nuclear missiles. 

Names of classic Earth 2 characters were dropped left and right throughout the comic.  Ted Grant, Captain Steel, and Red Tornado were all mentioned as Robinson's Earth 2 continues to expand.  As I stated before, this was probably the funnest read of the series thus far.  Two very big thumbs up for Earth 2 #5.  Looking forward to the conclusion of this arc with next month's issue.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Justice Society Volume 1


Today's feature review is of the Justice Society Volume 1 trade which collects adventures of the JSA during the 70's pre-crisis period.  I believe that this collection is what introduced the "legacy character" idea as most of the original team is now growing old and new life-blood is introduced to the society in the form of Star-spangled Kid and Power Girl.  Star-Spangled Kid being the protege of the original Starman and Power Girl is Superman's cousin.  At this point Superman is near retirement and his other identity, Clark Kent is now the Chief Editor of the Daily Star.  Also, Batman has retired and Bruce Wayne is now Gotham's Police Commissioner.  

The stories are alot of fun to read.  They are mostly written by Paul Levitz and Gerry Conway.  One thing I love about the way the stories read, is the way that Dr. Fate's character is written.  In the stories he speaks with a significant amount of authority and at times appears to be the leader of the group although Hawkman is the official leader.  In the stories, when Dr. Fate speaks, everyone listens.  Also, the art by Keith Giffen is classic.  Again, love the classically drawn Dr. Fate by either Keith Giffen or Walt Simonson, and this book of course has plenty of Giffen's Dr. Fate artwork.  

If you are a fan of the JSA you really owe it to yourself to pick up this book.  It is a really fun read.  It is not as dark as today's stories, but instead genuinely a fun read.    

*Don't forget to pick up your issue of Earth 2 # 5, it's out in stores today!

Monday, October 1, 2012

There'll Be Others After Me

One of the things that I love most about Dr. Fate is that anyone can be Dr. Fate (so long as they are chosen).    Although I tend to contradict myself when I make a big stink about how the new Dr. Fate should be Kent Nelson, I really like this ideal.  One day, Kent Nelson will have to pass on his mantle to someone else, in that way Dr. Fate will always continue to live on.  I think that despite making Nabu look like a total asshole, the Young Justice cartoon has really capture the spirit of this ideal.  The following panel is from an alternate ending written by Mark Evanier, and art by Joe Bennett and Belardino Brabo.  This is from one of four alternate endings to Steve Gerber's unfinished Dr. Fate story from Countdown To Mystery.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Dr. Fate Art

Today I decided to put up a couple of pieces from Deviant Art.

This first piece I've used before, but I really like it so I thought I would revisit it.  I like the simple redesign of the Dr. Fate costume and the connection to Ancient Egypt with the pyramids in the background.





















Art work by http://vadlor.deviantart.com/

The other piece by http://flopicas.deviantart.com/  is a neat drawing of what I think is supposed to be Wally of YJ contemplating Dr. Fate as he stares into the Helm of Nabu.  Another interpretation of the drawing is that anyone can be Dr.Fate.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ozymandias Nod to Dr. Fate

Next week's Ozymandias variant cover by Massimo Carnevale shows Adrian Veidt striking a pose very familiar to our favorite Lord of Order.  Check it out:































Here we see Ozymandias standing in front of a wall filled with writing in hieroglyphics, which is not out of character for him as his superhero persona is based on an Egyptian king and he is very much interested in the ancient Egyptian culture.  However, something that is out of character here is  him seemingly evoking a spell of some sort very much like Dr. Fate would.  However, instead of the Ankh symbol, he is manifesting the Eye of Osiris.  At closer inspection, one notices Veidt pressing on his collar which appears to be lighting up the eye hieroglyph on the collar and thus conjuring the symbol.  So, it is technology and not magic that appears to be making the Eye of Osiris appear.  Still the art is very reminiscent of Dr. Fate.  judge for yourselves:  









Tuesday, September 18, 2012

JSA Custom Figures

Wow, check out these great custom JSA figures by http://glorbes.blogspot.com/  I LOVE the Dr. Fate redesign, it looks fantastic.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Crossover Event: DragonCon 2012 Cosplay

Today superhero bloggers are joining forces once more to bring you a cosplay crossover event from DragonCon 2012!  A big thanks to fellow Dr. Fate enthusiast www.onceuponageek.com / http://firestormfan.com/ for the great Dr. Fate cosplay pictures.  I especially like the second photo of the Young Justice Dr. Fate costume.  Also thanks to http://thesuperherocostumingforum.com/ for organizing the photoshoots at the con.





There were many other heroes represented at the DragonCon. You can check them out by checking out all the participating blogs:

Aquaman @ The Aquaman Shrine
The Atom @ Power of the Atom
Booster Gold @ Boosterrific
DC Cosplay Obscura @ DC Bloodlines
Firestorm @ Firestorm Fan
Flash @ Speed Force
Hawkman/Hawkgirl @ Being Carter Hall
Martian Manhunter @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu
The Vixen and Zatanna @ Justice League Detroit



Monday, September 10, 2012

DCUO Unmasked: Doctor Fate and Felix Faust Legends

For those of you who may have missed it, last Friday DCUO posted a behind the scenes video of the new DCUO downloadable content pack featuring Dr. Fate and Felix Faust.  Check out some of the game play in this video!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Tower of Fate Phantom Stranger Giveaway Contest


To celebrate the return of one of DC's more mystical characters I am giving away a copy of Dr. Fate #19 featuring none other than the Phantom Stranger!

Here is how to win:

1) You must have a twitter account to enter.  To enter, just copy and paste the following message and tweet it to your followers:

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3)One random winner will chosen and notified by 6pm West Coast time today. Winner will be notified via private message through twitter.

4)I'm sorry but this contest is only open to US residents as I will not be able to ship over seas.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Earth 2 #0 Review


With this month's Earth 2 0 issue, we get some insight into the character of Terry Sloane who, once upon a time, was the original Mr. Terrific and now goes by Mr. 8.  I enjoyed the issue, however, I also had a major issue with it as well.  Major issue being that Terry Sloan is now basically the Watchmen's Ozymandias. Terry Sloane, who once had a unique origin story, is basically a clone of a great original character with a unique story.  The similarities are just too much for me not to immediately relate this new Sloane with the character of Adrian Veidt: world's smartest man, wealthy, knows and uses his comrades' weaknesses against them, alone plots to save the world by doing a terrible deed for the greater good.  Not that it is not a good story, it's just that it has been done, and done really well.  I knew that this plot point was coming, however, it still left me quite disappointed.

On the up side, Robinson did leave some clues and hints that actually left more questions than answers.  For instance, in Sloane's travels to other dimensions and looking into possible future's we see what appears to be  today's Mr. Terrific killing or at least defeating Alan Scott in battle.  Sloane also states that he will not mention one of the Eight wonders for reasons that are undisclosed.  Early internet rumors had it that the unmentionable wonder may be Steppenwolf, but it is highly unlikely, as Sloane mentions his name several times during his narrative.  

Overall, the story was decent.  It didn't knock my socks off, and actually left me a bit disappointed with the seemingly amalgamation of the character of Adrian Veidt and Terry Sloane.  However, Robinson did what most good story tellers do, he left me wanting to know more.  I want to know more about these other dimensions Sloane traveled to, what he may know about the future, and will he ever be able to redeem himself.