Monday, April 29, 2013

Dr. Fate vs Wotan Pt. II

Last time I gave you the Dr. Fate/Wotan battles that have been depicted on screen on the Young Justice and Batman the Brave and the Bold cartoons.  This time around I give you their first ever battle on the pages of More Fun Comics:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dr. Fate Art

Check out this awesome Dr. Fate/Kid Devil mash up by Joman Mercado on

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dr. Fate vs Klarion (Young Justice)

This was one of the best fight scenes of the Young Justice cartoon.  Not just best Dr. Fate fight scene, but I'm talking about from the entire show.  Fun to see Dr. Fate and Klarion battle it out using magic, and watching Dr. Fate flying, evading Klarion's energy blasts is just epic.  Thanks to youtube user awesomeness1606  for putting up the fight scene.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Real Recognize Real

This is Ragman from the Day of Vengeance mini-series that led up to Final Crisis.  In this panel most of the "Supernatural" heroes are hiding out in a bar from The Spectre, as he is hunting down all magic users and "dealing" with them.  As you can see, he is giving both Dr. Fate and Madame Xanadu their props as he should.  Unfortunately, The Spectre kicked both Xanadu's and Dr. Fate's butts pretty easily.  Goes to show, no matter how big, strong and fast you are, there is always someone who is bigger, stronger, faster, and much more of a bad ass than you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Injustice News and Early Review (contains spoilers)

Ok, so lets start off with the big news: Dr. Fate is available on the Injustice iPhone game!

Big thanks to @RustedMecha ( for passing on the news as I don't have an iPhone or iPad and can't play the mobile version of the game.  This is great news because it gives us Dr. Fate fans hope that he'll be made available in the regular version of the game.  What's awesome is that he looks to be wearing the Kent V. Nelson version of the Dr. Fate uniform.

On to my review of Injustice Gods Among Us:

I've only played the story mode so far so this is an early review, but from what I've seen and played, the game is everything I wanted it to be and more!  Injustice is a ton of fun to play, although a bit difficult to get used to the characters.  The story mode allows you to use each character as the story calls for each character's part.  The graphics are great and the I love the little surprises in each background.  

The story has a twist to it that I did not expect.  It is not a straight "rip off" of Kingdom Come but more of Kingdom Come meets Crisis on Two Earths.  Don't want to spoil it too much for others that haven't played it, but it explains a whole lot, like why is the Joker playable when he died in the very beginning.  The story also explains why mere mortals can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Superman and Shazam.  

Overall Injustice is just a spectacular game.  The only thing missing from my point of view is a playable version of Dr. Fate, and it looks like that may be coming soon enough.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Injustice: Gods Among Us

One more day!  One more day, and we finally get to get our hands on Injustice Gods Among Us!  I gotta say, although my favorite character-Dr. Fate-has been reduced to a background prop in one of the stages, this game looks absolutely amazing.  I haven't been this excited for a game in a long time.

Not only are the visuals phenomenal, but it has a great story line as well.  Loosely based on one of the greatest DC stories ever told, Kingdome Come, this is a story of heroes saying enough is enough and taking command of the world to eradicate crime and form a Utopian society.  However, there are other who believe this Utopian society is nothing more than a dictatorship and rebel against the new world leaders (namely Superman).  If you haven't been following the story in the comics, I highly recommend that you do.  The story is well written, and like I said before, although it is loosely based on Kingdom Come, it differs enough to make it fresh and fun to read.  

Personally I can't wait to play the game.  And I am still hoping that they will eventually bring in Dr. Fate as a playable character through either an Earth 2 DLC pack or a Magical Characters DLC pack.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dr. Fate vs Wotan

In a few weeks we'll be getting to see Dr. Fate and Wotan battle for the very first time again.  But till then I give you a couple of their great battles on television.

This was the intro piece to the Batman Brave and the Bold Episode with Dr. Fate and Batman battling Wotan.

For the next battle I couldn't find the video but here is the link: This is from the Young Justice episode where Aqualad dons the Helmet of Fate and becomes Dr. Fate to battle Wotan.  Great episode!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Justice Society is Ready for War!

Well, they're not quite the Justice Society yet, but it looks like the team is starting to come together.  In July's Earth 2 solicitation we get this awesome cover along with this description:

EARTH 2 #14
Cover by JUAN DOE
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JUAN DOE
On sale JULY 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The bells of war ring loudly as Green Lantern, The Flash and Doctor Fate attack Steppenwolf head on— with the future of Earth 2 hanging in the balance!

We have (arguably) the big three of the former JSA going to battle Steppenwolf in July.  It's going to be lots of fun seeing these three together again for the first time fighting the forces of evil.  

BTW: DC Comics, please make a full size poster of that cover, it really is great.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dr. Fate Compilation Video

Great compilation video by youtube user 12345678weeds compiling some of the best Dr. Fate quotes from the animated series that he has appeared in.  

This video reminds me that Young Justice got so many things right, one of them being Dr. Fate.  I love his archaic voice coupled with that of the host.  Such a great series.  Anyhow here is the video, hope you enjoy:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Earth 2 #11 Review (Contains Spoilers)

*Warning this is a Dr. Fate heavy review and does contain spoilers*

Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment has arrived!  Dr. Fate is officially part of the DCnU!!!!  In Earth 2 #11, brilliantly written by James Robinson and masterfully illustrated by Nicola Scott, Dr. Fate finally made his way onto Earth 2.

As one can imagine, this issue was pure heaven for me as it was all about Dr. Fate and the world he inhabits.  It begins with Wotan telling the tale of why he wants Nabu's Helmet and of the defeat Nabu handed to him in a past life.  Below you can see the new Nabu.  I love that the Helm has the same markings of the Eye of Horus that he has around his eyes when he was alive.

We then join the Flash and Khalid as they make their way through the Tower of Fate and attempt not to get eaten by the Beast protecting the Tower.    Khalid finds inspiration in Jay, in that Jay is willing to face the beast even though he is not sure his powers will be enough to stop it.  As Khalid makes his way through the Tower, being guided by Nabu and as the Flash battles the beast, we get a good amount of dialogue between Nabu and Khalid.  This is were we first learn from Nabu that the root of Khalid's fear is the mysterious death of his guardian Kent Nelson.  I wonder if this is a hint that Kent may have worn the Helm in the past or if Nabu knows about the pre-Flashpoint world and recalls Kent as the first Dr. Fate.

As Khalid reaches the Helm we get an interaction with him and Nabu where Khalid asks Nabu if the Helm will eventually take his sanity.  This is Nabu's response:
I like this because James Robinson is hinting that the possession element of Dr. Fate may be temporary as Khalid learns to use the powers, and may fade away once he is ready to fully become Dr. Fate.  Also, it appears that Nabu is no longer a Lord of Order, as in a panel he asks Khalid to be his agent of Order and Chaos.  So like Hector Hall, it seems that Dr. Fate is a balance of both forces.    

We then come to the moment of truth:
Khalid finally embraces his destiny as Dr. Fate.  

And just as Flash is about to be consumed by the Great Beast, FATE INTERVENES:
At first I wasn't so happy about Dr. Fate's blue colors being replaced by black, but now that I can see that the black is actually almost like a galaxy or universe being contained by the armor the look is even more amazing.  It also makes him seem so much more other-worldly.

Overall, I give this issue a perfect 10 out of 10. Fantastic job to the entire team, James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott and Brett Booth (for the design and cover work).  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Dr. Fate Unmasked

Last month, on the week of the Earth 2 issue release, I gave you Dr. Fate's first ever appearance in the pages of More Fun comics.  This time around I give you the first appearance of Kent Nelson, Dr. Fate's first secret identity and the first man to wear the Helm of Fate.

It is interesting that when Dr. Fate was first written by Gardner Fox, there was no origin story.  In fact, Dr. Fate's origin story changed a few times before the official story that stuck was introduced.  At first, Dr. Fate was described as a student who had mastered the ancient mystical arts, then, in the pages of All-Star comics, he tells Johnny Thunder that he was not born a man but instead created by the gods.  The second story made Dr. Fate more god-like than human.  Finally, after unmasking in front of Inza, after several different adventures together, he goes on to tell the story of Nabu.

It's interesting that in James Robinson's retelling of the Dr. Fate origin, he is working backwards from the original first appearance of Dr. Fate.  In Mr. Robinson's Dr. Fate story, we have met Khalid for several issues now but have not seen Dr. Fate.  Where as, in the original we meet Dr. Fate but do not meet his "secret identity" until quite a few stories later.

So with that, I give you the first time Dr. Fate took the Helm off in front of Inza and the rest of the world.