Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

This artwork by is perfect for today.  Absolutely love it!  Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plans for Dr. Fate in Constantine Television Show

Daniel Cerone spoke to CBR about the upcoming (starting tomorrow in fact) Constantine television show on NBC.  The following is a quote from the interview:

"Doctor Fate's helmet pops up in the pilot. Is that just an Easter Egg or do you have plans for him?
We have more ideas for Doctor Fate than I could list in this phone call. We're excited about paying that off. We don't have any concrete plans right now, but we have multiple pitches for stories. It is fully our intention to pay off that Easter Egg."

This is really exciting!  I really hope that they will go with Gerber's run for  Dr. Fate and introduce Kent V. Nelson as the host of the Helm of Nabu.  This would also imply that Kent Nelson (his Grand-Uncle) once wielded the Helm, and further imply that the JSA once existed.

Check out the entire story here:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Constantine January Solicitation with the New 52 Dr. Fate featured on the cover

Above is the cover for Constantine #21 featuring the New 52 Dr. Fate.  I wish I could still get excited to see the New 52 Dr. Fate on the covers of comics, but I'm just waiting for this nightmare to be over. I'm hoping that somehow, one of the many DC comics Crisis that are scheduled/planned will bring back the original Dr. Fate.  Anyhow, the description of the issue is below:

Written by RAY FAWKES
On sale JANUARY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
With legions of Parademons on the attack, Constantine forges an alliance with Doctor Fate. But as time begins to run out, will they escape Earth-2 – or help destroy it?


Looks like Dr. Fate is joining the fight in the Infinite Crisis video game comics!  Check out the description for the January #7 issue:

Written by DAN ABNETT
On sale JANUARY 21 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Three new Multiverse heroes struggle to defend the world of Nil from a siege by an army of Nightmare Metallos. Batman and his first team arrive, but it may be too late for Dr. Fate, Power Girl and Green Arrow. And where is Nix Uotan, last of the Monitors?

Unfotunately I have not been reading this series and am unsure if this will be his first appearance.  Is anyone reading these books?  If so, please let me know if Dr. Fate has been a part of the story.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nergal Cast in Constantine Television Series

While perusing the Constantine page, I noticed that they listed that actor Joey Phillips has been cast as Nergal.  The episode he appears in is listed as unknown, but then again they only have two episodes listed.   This is really exciting news because Nergal is one of Dr. Fate's oldest enemies dating back to the Golden Age:

Granted, Dr. Fate met Nergal only once in the Golden Age.  However, he was the first enemy that Kent V. Nelson went up against when he took over the role as Dr. Fate, and Nergal referenced the one time meeting from the Golden Age.

I hope this means that the possible Dr. Fate will be Kent V. Nelson.  As it appears that the Helm does not have a host at this time, it may be entirely possible that the grandnephew of the original Kent Nelson might be the show's Dr. Fate.  Of course if this happens I will be in comic fandom heaven.  

Earth 2: World's End # 3 Preview has the preview to next week's Earth 2: World's End issue, and guess who is on the cover?  The New 52 Dr. Fate.  By the way, I am going to start referring to this Dr. Fate as "the New 52 Dr. Fate" as I am not a big fan of the new version of the character and would like to distinguish him from his previous, superior, incarnations (sans maybe Jared Stevens).  Here is the description to the issue:

The conflict in DC's newest weekly comic is quickly heating up as Darkseid's forces invade Earth 2. Next week's chapter will see Hawkgirl and Doctor fate rush to London to stave off a European invasion. But with the Helmet of Nabu controlling Fate's actions, can he be trusted in this pivotal moment?

I gotta admit tho, the art on the cover is pretty nice.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Injustice Year 3 #1 Review

Before I get into this review I'd like to acknowledge yesterday as a pretty significant day for Earth 2 fans.  Lots of comics having to do with our favorite Earth were available to us.  We had the regular Earth 2 title (no Dr. Fate appearance there), Earth 2 World's End #1 which had a bit of Dr. Fate who now just goes by Nabu and continues to ramble on in prophecies, and Constantine's ongoing series with the character touching down on Earth 2 and facing Wotan.  All in all, pretty awesome day.  Hopefully we get to see more of Dr. Fate, although I am not a big fan of the current version of the character.  

Now on to some Dr. Fate goodness!  I love that Dr. Fate is becoming more involved in Injustice.  I also love to see an older version of the character in his traditional blue and gold colors.  Love that when he speaks, his word bubbles have the gold/yellow highlight around them.  This Dr. Fate, although not the exact version of Dr. Fate I grew up with, feels like home. This Dr. Fate is good, the person under the Helm is in control.  This Dr. Fate is powerful, this Dr. Fate is the closest to the character I grew up with he has been in two years.  And although he hasn't done all that much, I already like him better than the New 52 version.

The comic itself was brilliant.  Tom Taylor gives us another break from the constant chaos that this Earth is going through to give us some comedy.  The way he writes Constantine is very natural.  He is funny, cocky, yet grounded.  Love the inclusion of the mystical beings and that Detective Chimp is now involved.  The DC comics mystical side is so awesome, I am so glad to be able to read a book with all these characters again.  I am really looking forward to the rest of Year 3, and if this first issue is an indication it is going to be great.  Thanks Tom for the all around awesomeness.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Taylor Brings In The Mystics in Injustice Year 3

Today is the start of Injustice Year 3, which will feature DC Comics' mystical beings including Doctor Fate!!!  Can't wait to find out who is behind the Helm.  Is it Kent Nelson, Kent V. Nelson or maybe Hector Hall?  Really hoping to see Kent Nelson in action again, it would be so great even though I know he's fighting a losing cause.

Monday, October 6, 2014

ToF Reaches 100,000 Views!

Well, it took almost three years but the ToF Blog has reached 100,000 views.  Thank you to everyone that checks out the blog.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Poster for Constantine Show in Comic Book Style

Check out the poster for the upcoming Constantine television show done in comic book style.  On the left, you can see the Helm of Nabu prominently displayed.  Pretty awesome.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Injustice Year 2 Final Chapter Review (with spoilers)

As always, Tom Taylor does a fantastic job with Injustice, and the final chapter to Year 2 is no exception.  I don't think I have ever been disappointed with a single issue of Injustice.  It has been fantastic the whole way through.  In this issue Superman is exposed for the tyrant that he has become to the entire world, and let me say that he does not give any F's.  After being exposed he goes on a tear, literally ripping apart members of the Green Lantern Corps after finally doing away with Ganthet and Mogo.  

The ending of the story, or epilogue if you will, is really the bright spot of this comic.  And what do you know, it features Dr. Fate!

Dr. Fate comes out of the Tower of Fate to rescue Black Canary who is "fated" to die after her battle with Superman.  However, the person behind the Helm (who I am assuming to be an older Kent Nelson) intervenes and saves her, by taking Canary to a different dimension and "reuniting" her with the Green Arrow of that Earth.  

This ending is the kind of stories that I feel can only be told through the character of Dr. Fate.  Sure, any mystical character with magical powers could have done what Kent Nelson did, but it is somehow more poetic when done by Dr. Fate.  This beautiful, positive ending, assures me that Tom Taylor "gets" who Dr. Fate is, and what the character is about.  I hope that he gets a chance to write more of Dr. Fate in this manner in the future.  On a personal note, it was great to see my favorite character depicted as I remember him from his days with the JSA.  Even if it was just a glimpse of the old Dr. Fate I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The final chapter of Injustice Year 2 gets two very high thumbs up from this blog.  Loved it.