Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tribute to Kent V. Nelson

A tribute to my favorite version of Dr. Fate:








Friday, March 30, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dr. Fate Onscreen Appearances (updated)

Below is a list I compiled of Dr. Fate appearances on screen. (Latest appearance in bold)

2012-Young Justice:  Misplaced
                                   Agendas

2011Young Justice: Revelation
                                   Denial
          Batman Brave and the Bold:  Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth (Dr. Fate appears with the JSA in a non-speaking role) 
                                                
2010-Smallville: Absolute Justice

2009-Batman Brave and the Bold:  Eyes of Despero
                                                        Fate of Equinox

2006-Justice League: The great Brain Robbery

2004-Justice League: Wake the Dead
                                    The Return

2003-Justice League: The Terror Beyond Part II
                                   The Terror Beyond

1997-Superman: The Hand of Fate

Video Games
2011-DC Universe Online

Monday, March 26, 2012

Picture of Dr. Fate from Young Justice Agendas

Check out this great picture of Dr. Fate from the Young Justice episode "Agendas"

Review: Brave and the Bold # 30; Green Lantern and Doctor Fate


Synopsis:

This is a great story written by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Jesus Saiz.  The story takes place with Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson) witnessing the Lords of Order "releasing" the Gray Man from his duties and giving him the peace that he wanted.  When Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson asks about the Gray Man's mission, the Lords of Order coldly reply that there will be others more willing as there will always be a Gray Man.  This gets Kent Nelson thinking about his role with the Lords of Order and his importance as Dr. Fate.  (It should be noted that in this version, Kent Nelson appears to not be possessed by Nabu, but the Helm still gives him the powers of Dr. Fate much like Hector Hall or his grandnephew, Kent V. Nelson).

Dr. Fate goes into outer space to ponder what he witnessed during the day, and this is where he runs into GL Hal Jordan.  Jordan inquires if Dr. Fate is okay as he seems more pensive than normal.  Dr. Fate thanks his friend for asking and they part ways with a handshake.  Cut to an unspecified amount of years later, and Hal Jordan finds himself in trouble in a distant, deserted planet where he has been poisoned by the planet's automated defense system and his ring is almost out of power.  Jordan asks his ring to scan for a power source, and to his surprise the ring states that it found a power source but that it is coming from within the ring.    The power source turns out to be Dr. Fate himself, although just a projection of a fraction of himself (power and soul).  In the moment that both friends shook hands and parted ways on that day, Dr. Fate projected part of himself into the Jordan's ring that would prop up sometime in the future so that Dr. Fate could see how he has fared in the distant future.

Jordan informs Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson of his and  Inza's death.  Jordan explains that Dr. Fate began to lose the energy that kept him and his wife youthful and deduces that his projection into the Lantern's ring may have been his own undoing.  It is at this point that Dr. Fate has a choice to return to his fractured self in the past and hope that that keeps him from dying or helping his friend in need get off the planet as he only has enough energy to do one of those things.  Although Jordan pleads Kent Nelson to return to his past self in hopes that this would save him, Nelson sacrifices his possible future in order to help his friend in need.  The story ends with Dr. Fate waiting for his fractured self to return, which never happens.  Dr. Fate admits that he did this in vanity, hoping to find out that in the future he still matters.  The last phrase of the story is Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson stating how vanity is always destructive.

Review:


As stated earlier, this was a great one-shot story.  Beautifully written by Straczynski and illustrated by Saiz.  It's great to see Dr. Fate pondering his own fate in the future.  Also the paradox posed at the end of the story of vanity being destructive.  On the one hand, vanity probably had a hand in Kent and Inza's undoing if indeed his astral projection into the ring did cause Dr. Fate to lose his powers.  On the other hand, it was Kent Nelson's vanity which ultimately may have saved Hal Jordan's life.  Lastly, Kent Nelson's sacrifice in the end is far from an act of vanity, had he been truly just concerned with himself he would half left his friend Jordan to fend for himself in the deserted planet in hopes of saving himself.

I absolutely love Dr. Fate (as evidenced by the fact that I started this blog) but I have to admit that the character works so much better in these one-shot stories.  It seems like every one-shot story written for Dr. Fate are just so beautifully written .  I hope that one day we get a really well written on going Dr. Fate series.  I think the work the writers of the JSA did with Kent V. Nelson was great, as well as Martin Pasko's stuff in the past.  I loved everything about this story, well done Mr. Straczynski!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Young Justice Episode 22 "Agendas" (contains spoilers)



With its strong plot lines, character development and fantastic animation, Young Justice continues to be one of the best DC animated shows that has aired on television.  In today's show, which concentrated mostly on Superboy, the sub-plot focused on the Justice League voting to expand it's membership.  Several members, including Dr. Fate, gathered at the Watch Tower in order to vote to induct new members into the JL (including Dr. Fate).  

I have a love/hate relationship with what they are doing with Dr. Fate/Nabu in the show.  On the one hand, I love it that they include Dr. Fate so much into the show.  That is really awesome and hope that it is a sign to come in the future of the DCnU.  On the other hand I hate that they make Nabu to be almost unlikable.  I understand that this is somewhat consistent with the Dr. Fate mythos in the past with Nabu and the Lords of Order not being really so nice.  However, in the cartoon they almost make Nabu out to be a bad guy. In today's episode when they bring up Dr. Fate's membership into question, Shazam stands up (I'm going to paraphrase here) and says something to the effect of how they could consider Dr. Fate for membership when Nabu coerced Zatara into becoming Dr. Fate or else he would take Zatanna as his host.  A very valid point.  Nabu retorts with the fact that Zatara wants Dr. Fate to be a member of the JL because he wants the members to keep a close eye on Dr. Fate as he does not fully trust Nabu.  

I'm afraid that they are setting up Dr. Fate/Nabu to be eliminated from the show in the future if he does not find a willing host.  I can see someone throwing the Helmet of Fate out into space very much like Shazam did during the Infinite Crisis after Nabu died in the comics.  I hope this isn't the case and I hope that Nabu/Dr. Fate continues to be a part of the show.  I love seeing Dr. Fate become a major player in the animated DC Universe. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Preview: DC Universe Online Legends #26

The last installment of the DC Universe Online Legends hits the stores tomorrow!  Check out the preview:



Cool to see Alan Scott on the screen.  Hopefully Dr. Fate will show up and have some action.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Zombie Sunday

This will be the last Zombie Sunday for a while as it is The Walking Dead season finale!  Can't wait to watch it tonight.  In honor of tonight's show I give you Zombie Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dr. Fate Onscreen Appearances (updated)

Below is a list I compiled of Dr. Fate appearances on screen.

2012-Young Justice:  Misplaced
2011Young Justice: Revelation
                                   Denial
          Batman Brave and the Bold:  Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth (Dr. Fate appears with the JSA in a non-speaking role)                                                 
2010-Smallville: Absolute Justice
2009-Batman Brave and the Bold:  Eyes of Despero
                                                        Fate of Equinox
2006-Justice League: The great Brain Robbery
2004-Justice League: Wake the Dead
                                    The Return
2003-Justice League: The Terror Beyond Part II
                                   The Terror Beyond
1997-Superman: The Hand of Fate

Video Games
2011-DC Universe Online

Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: DC Universe Infinite Heroes Dr. Fate Figure


Let me start by saying that I have not actually taken the figure out of its packaging  so I am going to be doing a little bit of guessing when it comes to the articulation of the figure.  With that being said, I really like the packaging.  The background of the front of the card has a drawing of a hand reaching out to grab Dr. Fate and the plastic encasing the figure is molded so that the hand appears to be in 3-D.  The back of the card has some details about Dr. Fate including the fact that this is Hector Hall under the helm and not the traditional Kent Nelson.  Most Dr. Fate fans can tell by looking at the costume but some casual fans may not.  They also give Dr. Fate a power score in which they rate his strength (25), intelligence (55), speed (45), agility (35), energy of magical power (95), and training and fighting skills (20).  The only rating I agree with is his energy/magical power rating, everything else is baffling as the helm gives Fate superhuman strength, speed and the helm gives the wearer access to all the knowledge of the universe.

On to the figure its self, the figure is a bit small but has some very nice detail.  The helm looks very sharp as does the necklace/amulet of anubis.  In terms of articulation, the figure looks to be able to bend both at the elbows and knees.  His head appears to be able to move side to side and he looks to be able to swivel at the hips.  His arms and legs also look to be able to move up and down/backwards and forwards.  Overall this is a really nice looking figure, however it is a bit small.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Zombie Sunday

Okay, I couldn't find any more Zombie Dr. Fate pictures on the internet so instead, I give you one of the classic JSA'ers before his updated look and zombified:

Zombie Jay Garrick Picture taken from Count Down to Mystery


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dr. Fate Art: Dr. Fate vs The Spectre


Love this piece of Dr. Fate battling it out with The Spectre with a thumb war challenge. Absolutely brilliant piece of art work by http://thuddleston.deviantart.com/

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday's Zombie Dr. Fate


As in the past two Sundays, in honor of the Waking Dead day (otherwise known as Sunday) I give you another Zombie Dr. Fate artwork.  This time by http://dreekzilla.deviantart.com/

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Big Young Justice Episode Today *SPOILERS*


*Warning this article contains spoilers of the 3/3/12 Young Justice Episode "Misplaced"*

Today's episode of Young Justice was a great one for Dr. Fate fans!  When I saw the previews of the episode, I was hoping that we were going to see Nabu once more on screen, and DC and Cartoon Network did not disappoint.   Today we got to see two versions of Dr. Fate, a male and female version.  In today's episode titled "Misplaced," Klarion gathers the world's most powerful (evil) sorcerers and places a spell to separate the Earth into two dimensions.  One dimension has no children, while the other has no adults, effectively transforming the Earth into two separate worlds.       

Once Captain Marvel, who is able to travel in between both dimensions as an adults and as the child Billy Batson, figures out that in order to join both worlds again they must cease a gem that Klarion is using for his spell, Zatanna dawns the Helm of Nabu and becomes Dr. Fate.  With Dr. Fate and the Young Justice team attacking Klarion on the adult-less dimension, and the Justice League attacking the four other sorcerers in the childless dimension they are able to obtain the gem and once again reunite the two dimensions.  Once the danger has subsided, Zatara asks Nabu to release his daughter Zatanna from his hold, but Nabu denies Zatara's request as he feels that Zatanna's magic skills make her a good candidate to become the next Dr. Fate.  Zatara offers himself as the host for Nabu if he releases Zatanna, to which Nabu agrees, effectively making Zatara the new Dr. Fate.  

Again, awesome episode of Young Justice for us Dr. Fate fans.  I love that they have made him such a big part of the show.  However, I hate the fact that they make Nabu so controlling.  But I guess that is the way he was written in the comics for a while too.  In two different scenes today, heroes wondered if they should put on the Helm to defeat what ever magic was causing the disappearances, and in both instances the heroes replied with "we're not that desperate yet."  This makes Nabu more of an anti-hero as he is forcing, almost kidnapping his host and making them do his bidding.  I hope that in future episodes they show Zatara becoming more of a willing host than being forced into the role.  However, this is very exciting because this Dr. Fate would be so incredibly powerful since Zatara was already a powerful magician.  And although, this is great for the cartoon, I hope it carries no weight for the new 52 and Dr. Fate's new imagining.  I'd like Zatara and Dr. Fate two be two separate heroes.  I think Dr. Fate works best when it is someone under the Helm that does not possess any special abilities without the Helm.  That's what makes the actual character so great, that it is the Helm, not the person who is Dr. Fate.   

Friday, March 2, 2012

Check out The Tower of Fate on Facebook

Hello everyone,

Hey everyone, I started a facebook page for the blog. If you get a chance please visit & like. Thanks. http://www.facebook.com/TowerOfFate

There's not much content on there now, but I will putting more and more stuff up as time goes on.

Thanks again for the support!

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 6



Kent V. Nelson
Kent V. Nelson, was the last incarnation of Dr. Fate before the DCnU reboot and Steven Gerber's last work.  Kent V. is the grandnephew of Kent Nelson, the original Dr. Fate.  A former psychologist, who lost everything due to an extra-marital affair gets a chance at redemption when the Helm of Fate chooses him as its next host.  The Helm finds Kent in a garbage bin nursing his wounds after having participated in a "bum fights" type of reality show for the internet where he lost to his opponent.  When he puts on the Helm, Kent sees  the last events of what the helmet had gone through before finding him (the death of Nabu, the Helm being thrown into outer space by Captain Marvel and its travels trying to find the next host).  Also, almost immediately after Kent dawns the helmet, Nergal shows up looking for the new Dr.Fate.  Kent is able to defeat Nergal with guidance from the Helm.  After the experience Kent thinks he imagines the entire thing and dismisses the whole event.

Kent later faces Nergal in the underworld as Nergal has kidnapped one of his homeless acquaintances.  Nergal seeks to strike a bargain and mentions that one of the previous Dr. Fates had struck a similar bargain with him in the past.  This is really cool, because Gerber is tying in 60 years of continuity here going back to the first time Dr. Fate faced Nergal during the Golden Age.  Kent declines the bargain and ends up fighting Nergal, this time defeating him with his fists rather than a spell.  Again, perhaps a nod to the Golden Age of Dr. Fate by Gerber back when Dr. Fate would throw down alot more.

Kent believes he is not worthy of being the next Dr. Fate after a girl who saved his life and is coincidentally named Inza is taken by Nergal but Kent believes to be dead.  Kent gives up the Helm to a girl named Maddy who wants the power and responsibility but learns she is not fated to be the wearer of the Helm.

The conclusion to the story is a bit muddied as Gerber unfortunately, and sadly, passed away from illness before being able to finish the story.  Four of his friends, who are writers as well, put forth four different endings to the story in honor of Gerber's memory.  Needless to say, in the end Dr. Fate triumphs over Nergal in all four endings.

Kent's first appearance as the full Dr. Fate was in the mini-series Reign in Hell.  He was not one of the main characters but had some face time in the comic.  Here we see Kent as the new Dr. Fate trying to learn the ropes of being a hero with very little guidance.  Kent V. Nelson later joins the JSA and becomes a full member of the team as he continues to learn of the Helms powers.     



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Earth 2 Character Designs

This entire week DC has been rolling out new designs for the Earth 2 characters, along with brief hints about their back story.  The question is, will DC roll out the new Dr. Fate design this week?  Hate to be a downer, but it's probably unlikely as there is only one more day left.  However, I have faith that in the coming weeks and months we will be able to get a glimpse at the new Dr. Fate as well as the other members of the JSA.

In the mean time, enjoy some of the new character designs for the Earth 2 meta-human residents that have been revealed thus far:






For more on each of their backgrounds, check out DC comics' The Source