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." http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Helmet_of_Fate 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.