Check out Our Review [WITH SPOILERS] for Doctor Fate #11.
I had no idea that DC had relaunched Doctor Fate (again) until one of my kids picked up a couple of issues of the new title on Free Comic Book day. He let me borrow them. Here’s my review.
- Story – Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew
- Colorist – Lee Loughridge
Issue #11 is entitled “Great Caesar’s Ghost”* and it picks up where issue #10 left off, with Fate being dragged before Caesar’s ghost by a legion of phantom centurions.
You read that right.
Before we go any further, I need to let you know this isn’t Kent Nelson Doctor Fate. Heck, it’s not even Earth-2 Khalid Ben-Hassin Doctor Fate. This Doctor Fate is Khalid Nassour, medical student.
Since I came in 10 issues in, I’m not sure how Khalid got the helmet and amulet of Fate. All I know for sure is that he’s wearing them with a blue hoodie instead of the traditional tights and cape ensemble.
This isn’t your grandfather’s Doctor Fate. In fact, what was immediately obvious was this book’s attempt to cast Doctor Fate as a Spider-Man clone. You see, he’s got problems at home; problems at school; problems with girls; and, of course, problems with his new powers.
Sadly, I don’t think this attempt worked nearly as well as, say, the recent Nova series from Marvel. I didn’t find the character or the story engaging and the artwork was a distraction.
I appreciate DC’s desire to update a classic character, I just don’t think this is the way to do it.
*(with apologies to Perry White)