Monday, February 27, 2012

Helm of Fate aka Helm of Nabu

Today I'd like to take a closer look at one of the most powerful artifacts/weapons/vestments ever created: the Helm of Fate(Helm of Nabu).  The Helm of Fate once housed the spirit of Nabu, an ancient Lord of Order, who would possess the human host (Kent Nelson) once the helmet was dawned and would become Dr. Fate.  The Helm of Fate, along with the Amulet of Anubis and Cloak of Destiny, provide the wearer with powerful magical abilities such as: Astral Projection, Spell Casting, Mystic Bolts, Phasing, Flight, Invulnerability, Super-Strength, and many other abilities.  According to the dc.wikia page, Dr. Fate "has been credited as being one of the top 12 most powerful heroes in the universe."  And in several issues of the JSA, Dr. Fate was referred as to one of their "heavy hitters" and/or "big guns."

Nabu was later restricted to simply advising the wearer of the helm and could no longer possess him/her.  After a duel with the Spectre in the events leading to Infinite Crisis, Nabu died and the Helm is tossed into outer space by Captain Marvel so that it may find the next suitable candidate to become Dr. Fate.  Although the helm lost Nabu as it's guiding intelligence, it apparently, still contained some guiding abilities for the next wearer.  Of course, this is where the helm's story left off before the DC Universe was rebooted.  We shall have to wait until Dr. Fate returns to the new universe to see where Nabu and the Helmet of Fate fit into the new mythology of the good doctor.


  1. How would you like to see the Helm of Nabu in the DCnU? Possessed, adviser or just a memory in the helm?

  2. @Tom: Thanks!

    @Aelle: That is a good question. Truth be told, I'm a little torn between all three options. I would like Nabu to be involved, but I like the fact with the new Kent, Hector Hall and the Golden Age Dr. Fate they were all still the same person in control once they dawned the helm. However, that he becomes possessed by the spirit of Nabu makes the character seem that much more mystical. I can't really pick between the three options as they have all been interesting points in Dr. Fate's history. But if I had to choose, I guess adviser might be the best choice as Nabu will still be involved and Kent will still be able to be Kent under the Helm.

  3. I would be tempted to agree with you and think he worked best as his adviser. The lack of Nabu himself/itself was the only downside to Kent V. Nelson, however the fact that it was always him as Doctor Fate was great.

  4. Personally I'd vote for the classic Pasko/Simonson relationship for Nabu and Kent in the New 52. I think it creates the most dramatoc storytelling.

    The Irredeemable Shag