Monday, April 28, 2014

New Avengers #17 Preview

CBR has the preview for New Avengers # 17 featuring the Great Society!  Check out some of the pages below and check out the full preview here:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In Honor of the Cosmos TV Show

Today is Sunday so that means a new episode of Cosmos on television.  In honor of this great show here is a picture of Dr. Fate (Nabu) being all cosmic and junk.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: New Avengers # 16 "A Perfect World"

I know what you are thinking, "What the hell? An Avengers review on a Dr. Fate blog, what's going on?"  If you are thinking that, I would say that I am offended because you did not read my previous post about Marvel's analog Dr. Fate; the Norn.  Jokes aside, yes, Marvel has an analog Dr. Fate and it is not Dr. Strange.  The Norn looks very similar to Dr. Fate and I would say very close to Dr. StrangeFate as he wears the same ankh style boots Dr. StrangeFate wore.

Anyhow, I am not familiar with the story of the New Avengers comics but it is not hard to follow.  There are some alien races that are bent on the destruction of Earth and all its parallel equivalents throughout the Multiverse.  There is a group of heroes from the main Earth called the Illuminati who are trying to stop these "incursions" and save their Earth.  In this issue they find an Earth (Earth 4,290,001) with a set of heroes that have managed to beat the aliens over and over again and save their Earth.  These heroes formed a team called the Great Society (JSA anyone?).  The Great Society consists of Sun God (analog for Superman), Boundless (analog for Flash), Doctor Spectrum (analog for Green Lantern), the Rider (analog for Batman), the Jovian (analog for Martian ManHunter) and of course the Norn (analog for Dr. Fate).

I really enjoyed this issue because it was like reading the DCU within the Marvel Universe.  One savvy reader pointed out that if you add up the numbers of Earth 4,290,001 in the following fashion 42+9+1 you get the number 52.  Kind of a cool Easter Egg.  The issue was mostly about the heroics of the Great Society and what I loved most is how well Dr. Fate...errr, I mean the Norn was written.  He was not the leader of the group but was a major role player.  You get a sense of his mysticism and that his words carry a lot of weight. 

Although it was cool to see the Norn play such a huge part in the team, it also made me a bit sad that Dr. Fate is being written much better in Marvel comics than in DC comics.  Not because I hate Marvel or anything like that, but because DC is where the character originated and he is treated better elsewhere. 

 Another thing that made me sad is that these characters have obviously been written to be expendable.  With these excursions becoming more frequent the heroes are having a harder and harder time fending them off.  What's more, is that the heroes from the main Marvel Universe may have to destroy Earth 4,290,001 in order for their Earth to survive.  I hope this does not happen but as the picture below suggests, they are heading for a collision course that I don't think the Great Society will survive.  

Also, check out the Norn in Dr. Fate's original gold and blue colors!  Another thing that Marvel did for the Norn better than DC did for Dr. Fate.  Overall, I enjoyed this issue and will continue on with the arc until the Great Society is no longer part of the comics.  I hope they will continue to be, but I don't see them surviving very long.  The Norn, however, is now my favorite Marvel character ever.  Well him and Dr. Strange. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

I was just made aware of this by Christopher Walunas on the Tower of Fate facebook page.  I give you Marvel's the Norn:

Like my title suggests, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and DC Comics should be flattered that Marvel would copy such a great character.  The Norn, apparently takes his name from gods of Norse mythology who are comparable to the Greek "Fates."  As you can see, the Norn also appears to work for the forces of Order who also apparently dislike Chaos.  The Norn appears to be a one-off deal and appears in Marvel's New Avengers #1.  It would be kind of cool if the Norn was to appear in the Dr. Strange movie as an ode to Dr. Fate.  I would not mind that at all, after all Dr. Strange did take after DC's first Doctor of magic.  

Thanks Christopher for the heads up on this character.

Okay I came across some more information.  The Norn is part of a team called the Great Society and his first appearance New Avengers #16.  I am going to try and find a copy of it after work today.  Here is the picture of the team:

Comic Vine has a description of the team here:

Has anyone read this issue?  If so, let me know how it is.  Thanks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth 2 July 2014 Solicit

Newsarama has the DC Comics July solicitations.  Below is the solicit for Earth 2.

EARTH 2 #25
Written by TOM TAYLOR
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In this extra-sized issue, Val-Zod finally accepts his role as the new Superman of Earth 2 as he faces the twisted, brutal original Superman, who once protected the planet but now prepares it for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid.

Is it me, or does Val's origin story seem pretty similar to Kahlid/Dr. Fate's origin story?  Speaking of Khalid/Dr. Fate, let's hope he has recovered some in this issue.  I'm hoping that Dr. Fate will be in at least three panels this time around.

Constantine Obtains the Helmet of Fate

O snap!  Bleeding Cool just posted the advanced solicits for the Future's End issues and check out the Constantine issue:

Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
After a desperate five-year quest, John Constantine has claimed the ultimate occult prize: the Helmet of Fate!

There is no picture for the solicit yet but it should be coming out later today.  I will post the picture as soon as it comes out.

*Update: Looks like the covers will be revealed at a later date.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Earth 2: World's End Announced

Newsarama reported that DC Comics has announced their third weekly series titled Earth2: World's End.  The series will debut in October when many DC titles will fast forward 5 years into the future to coincide with the World's End event.  Below is the teaser image for the upcoming weekly series:

As you can see, the image features Val, as what appears to be the new Superman of Earth 2, Power Girl, Batman holding what looks to be a deceased Huntress, Dr. Fate's helmet on the ground and Green Lantern's arm with the ring falling off of his finger.  For more info on the actual series you can read the article posted on Newsarama here:  

For the remainder of this post I though I would just give my take on the series.  It looks like World's End may be the ending of the Earth 2 world.  One can see Apokolips crushing Earth 2's moon in the background and our heroes continue to look beaten and worn.  I have a feeling this may be the New 52's Infinite Crisis where all worlds merge into one.  I hope that I am wrong about this and that Earth 2 survives this crisis.  Dr. Fate's helmet just lying there gives me a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach with regards to my favorite hero's future.  I feel like ever since James Robinson left the series Khalid has not gotten a fair shot.  He has been basically beaten to a pulp and left on the sidelines since Taylor took over.  I hope that Khalid gets a fair shot to take on the Dr. Fate mantle and shine as Dr. Fate.  But I have a feeling this may not be the case.  All I can do is hope for the best for Dr. Fate and the rest of Earth 2.  I know all my posts lately have been pretty negative, but let's be honest, Earth 2 has not given us much to be positive about lately.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Appreciation of Dr. Fate from an Adult Perspective

The image below, along with the narrative are some of the main reasons for my fascination with the Doctor Fate character.

What drew me to Doctor Fate as a kid, what captured my imagination about this character was his very distinct look.  He looks very different from most other superheroes and the gold and blue color scheme just looks so cool.  Admittedly, as an adult Dr. Fate's visual appearance is still something that draws me to the character as I still think that he is one of the coolest looking superheroes out in the comics universe.  However, the narrative in that panel is something that I appreciate much more now.  There is something about Dr. Fate, he has a special quality about him that allows writers to write some beautiful stories.  There are other mystics in DC Comics' stables, but there is something special about Dr. Fate.  Case in point this Green Lantern/Dr. Fate one-shot from the Brave and The Bold comics.  If you haven't read Brandon Jerwa's one shot story in the JSA comics, you should definitely read it.  It's a beautiful short story featuring Dr. Fate.  Gerber's Dr. Fate story, as a story of redemption was also very introspective.  

There is something special about Dr. Fate that makes him stand out from the other mystics in the comics universe.  Maybe it is all in the name, Doctor Fate.  Doctor implies he is a healer and fate is something that we are bound by.  In the panel above, he knows of his coming fate yet he is able to let it go and live in the very moment.  Maybe it's that Zen type of quality about the good Doctor that makes him so great.  He displays this quality over and over again, no matter who wears the helm.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dr. Fate on Robot Chicken and an Update List of his Onscreen Appearances

If you missed yesterday's Robot Chicken DC Comics Special #2 on Canrtoon Network's Adult Swim you missed out on seeing Dr. Fate make his Robot Chicken debut!  I was hoping he would have at least some cameo time, and to my surprise they gave him his own skit.  As soon as I find it on youtube I will be putting it up on the blog. Besides having his own skit, he also made some cameo appearances on the final skit of the show.  

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

2014-Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2

2013-Young Justice: War

2012-Young Justice:  Misplaced
                                Usual Suspects
                                Auld Acquaintance 

2011Young Justice: Revelation
          Batman Brave and the Bold:  Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth  
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
2013-Injustice: Gods Among Us 

Adult Films
2013-Man of Steel XXX Parody

Friday, April 4, 2014

In Earth 2's Defense...

So I was feeling down about how disappointing (to me) the last couple of issues of Earth 2 have been and decided to go to the DC comics page and look ahead at was was coming up.  I was pleasantly surprised by next month's solicitation that reads as follows:

With Green Lantern resurrected, the heroes of Earth 2 go on the offensive against the forces of Darkseid and Apokolips! As the heroes prepare an all-out assault, plans are put into motion for the Red Tornado to make one last, desperate attempt to stop Superman.

This gives me some hope that the story line will start turning around.  And I hope it gives all those people that decided to drop the series some desire to give the series one more shot, at least for one more issue.  This story line has been rough, but I have faith that the series will turn around.  However, if the main Earth 2 characters continue to be just backdrop characters I might have to drop the series as well.  I am pleading with Tom Taylor and the editors at DC to make Earth 2 about those staple Earth 2 characters (Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, Dr. Fate, Sandman, Atom, etc...) and not have them just as window dressing.  You already have a bunch of super cool characters to work with, develop those characters before focusing on new ones.

This is what most Earth 2 fans want to see:

I apologize for sounding like a whining fanboy, but that's how I feel at the moment.  Thanks to anyone who read my rant.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Earth 2 # 22 Review

After I finished reading Earth 2 # 22 yesterday, I had one of those "Eureka!" moments.  I put the issue down and I thought to myself "I get it."  I finally understood why James Robinson left the comic and DC comics altogether.  The staple characters of this Earth were about to be pushed to the sidelines to make room for another Batman vs Superman story and he probably didn't want anything to do with it.  If I am correct, I really admire Mr. Robinson for standing up for these characters that have been around almost as long as Supes and Bats but have none of the recognition.  

Let me also say that I love Tom Taylor.  I think he is a fantastic writer.  What he has done with the Injustice series has been remarkable.  Injustice is consistently one of the best comics DC puts out regularly.  I have never been disappointed with a single issue of that series.  However, Earth 2 is a different story.  In this issue we see Alan Scott come back (which is great) but he is only in the comic enough to see his resurrection.  Jay Garrick is still captured/MIA and Dr. Fate is a mess.  Last time we saw the Atom he had his arm amputated by Superman and Sandman barely gets mentioned.  At least Hawkgirl is playing a bigger part and who knows what ever became of Captain Steel.  Instead of all these great classic characters we get a focus on Lois Lane as Red Tornado (which is clever), a young Jimmy Olsen and a new Kryptonian.  I'm sorry but this doesn't excite me for the series at all.  If it wasn't for the fact that Earth 2 is the only place I get at least a glimpse at my favorite character, I would be dropping it.  And I don't think this is all Taylor's fault. Obviously, this is a story line that the editors at DC wanted to pursue.    


Having said all that, the last couple of pages in this issue actually became more interesting.  The Kryptonian kid is beginning to discover his powers and Superman wants to stop him before he realizes just how powerful he can become.  Before Superman can cause any permanent damage to what could be Earth 2's savior, Lois reveals herself to Superman leaving him stunned.  I just hope that next issue we get to see our heroes deliver some blow back with the help of Green Lantern.  Also, I hope there is no redemption for this Superman.  After all that he has done he better not just snap out of it and have everything be okay and forgiven.  That would be some serious B.S.  I honestly cannot wait till this arc is done and over with.  I am done with it, let's move on to what happens next.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New 52 Dr. Fate Celebrates One Year Anniversary

It's been one year since Khalid finally accepted his Fate and donned the Helm of Nabu.  Join me in wishing a happy One Year Anniversary to the New 52 Doctor Fate and giving a big thanks to James Robinson for giving us this great new version of this classic character!  Let's hope that Khalid finally snaps out of his current shell shock from his last battle with Superman and begins fulfilling his role as this universe's Dr. Fate.