Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a Happy, and safe, Halloween!!

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.