Wednesday, February 1, 2012

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 5

In 1999, during the revival of the Justice Society in JSA, DC allowed the character to be reworked; Jared Stevens was killed and the mantel of Doctor Fate, along with a restored helm and amulet, was passed to a new character, in this case a reincarnated Hector Hall, son of the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl. In addition to appearing in JSA, DC published a self-titled, five-issue limited series featuring Hall and positioned him as a prominent magical character in various company-wide event stories.  By the way, if you have not read that five-issue mini-series and you are a Dr. Fate fan, do yourself a favor and pick it up.  It's one of the great Dr. Fate stories out there.  
Hector's new body was the son of Hank Hall and Dawn Granger, agents of both Chaos and Order once known as Hawk and Dove, which made Hector an agent of balance instead of one side or the other.
Later the Spectre, attempting to expunge evil by extinguishing magic, confronted Hector. This resulted in Hector and his wife's banishment to a snowy mountain landscape, where he would be forced to spend eternity. The two later joined their son in the Dreaming, giving up the mortal world forever.

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