Comic Review: Doctor Fate #16 (DC Comics)

” It’s too early in the mornin” The Judgement arc is at its conclusion. The story continues with citizens of New York trying to figure out why the early morning […]

” It’s too early in the mornin”

The Judgement arc is at its conclusion. The story continues with citizens of New York trying to figure out why the early morning , rising Sun is not out at its set scheduled time. This leaves Mrs Nassour and the rest of the cast worried that the end times is happening. As the Egyptian God Osiris prepares to cast his judgement on humanity, it becomes a philosophical battle, that tackles religion, philosophy, science and Imagination. Our Protagonist Khalid must make a last ditch effort to fend off the wrath of Osiris and prevent the destruction of humanity from suffering it’s biblical fate.

I have to admit, I really enjoyed this series , the idea of legacy, Kent Nelson and his successor Khalid, the infusion of middle eastern and western cultures / sensibilities, and the focus on the general essentials that make us all one and the same despite cultural, and  religious differences. I hope this series doesn’t get cancelled because I generally like Paul Levitz run thus far. For an industry vet that’s written comics and formerly headed DC since the 2000’s ,it’s awesome to see that he channels the voice of Khalid who is a modern millennial youth. In a way, it’s unfortunate that Khalid as a character doesn’t get as much attention as all the other modern teenage superheroes of this day and age.

The art by Sonny Liew is great. His art style, let alone his story telling through the panels have been consistent with in this series. One of my fave pages is page 4, where Khalid (after making a superman Fletcher’s cartoon reference) uses the helmet to stop time to change into his superhero duds. That was a cool little moment that I enjoyed and it was illustrated very well. The colors by Lee Loughridge does a good job at balancing out the art. His use of color when fire and light is displayed helps contrast with the gloomy New York elements that have super natural and non supernatural elements. This was a well written issue that didn’t focus on a fist fight, but a battle of wits and the judgement of one’s actions and the contents of one’s character. A solid and fun read,  I recommend it.

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Anthony Andujar Jr.

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