Khalid continues his journey as the new Dr. Fate. So far, he’s mostly stayed in Brooklyn, aside from a few detours to another plane. Now, he takes a substantial road trip to Mont Saint-Michel, France. It’s actually a nicely balanced story about a servant of one sect of gods helping out people in general. I like how Levitz did this.
There are a few scenes touching on Khlaid’s personal life. Unlike a lot of heroes, he’s getting support from his father, who knows his secret. His absences as Fate are putting a strain on his love life to a bit, but it’s helpful to have a god in your corner. He gets some good press for a rescue, which is rare for a hero these days, especially a new one. And there are several hints dropped about some coming difficulties.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5. I like that Levitz managed to essentially work in another religion without being preachy about it.
Art: I’ll give the art a 4 out of 5. Much of that is for the cover, which amusingly blends ancient Egyptian style drawings with modern flourishes.
Positives: It was a good, enjoyable story where the hero got a win, some rewards for doing the right thing, and even some help with his personal life. I thought it was a good single issue, which fits into the larger arc but can stand on its own ok. Levitz described what Khalid was feeling as he experimented with his powers, and used medical terms, which is fitting for a med. school student.
Negatives: Fate is zipping around all over the world now, dealing with some significant disasters. It really seems like he should have crossed paths with another hero by now, or at least had one mentioned. There’s also my ongoing pet peeve of the jeans-and-hoodie costume for a hero. It really doesn’t work for me.
Doctor Fate has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I’m enjoying this take on him.
Doctor Fate 8
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Sonny Liew