And Then I Read: DOCTOR FATE #1

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I’ve always like Doctor Fate, especially his mystic/magical side, and writer Paul Levitz is playing up that angle here. The art by Sonny Liew reminds me a lot of the art of Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, last seen at DC on DAYTRIPPER, and also a little of Shawn McManus, who had a good run with this character. In short, the art is loose but confident, somewhat cartoony yet covering the full range of human emotion and character acting. It’s far from the muscular skin-tight super-hero look of some versions of the character, and that’s fine with me.

Paul goes right back to the Egyptian roots of the Helmet of Fate that conveys magical power, in this case to a reluctant hero, a medical student named Khalid who really doesn’t want to be chosen. His girlfriend, Shaya, another med student, and his parents round out the regular folks cast, while on the mystic side we have Egyptian gods Anubis on the attack, and Bastet bestowing the helmet, all amid a huge storm flooding Brooklyn. Both the art and the story are a great mix of realism and fantasy without the muscles and posturing. A refreshing and enjoyable book. I’m looking forward to more.

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