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Doctor Fate #1

Writer: Paul Levitz Artist: Sonny Liew Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 21
6.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

You thought global warming was bad? Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of Dead, is preparing the flood to wash the world away. Standing in his way? An overwhelmed Brooklyn med student whos been handed the helmet of Fate, without an instruction manual.

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - David Hestand III Jun 23, 2015

    Doctor Fate begins with a war of Egyptian gods brewing. Things are already shaping up nicely for our new Lord of Order. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    A perfect jumping-on point for anybody not familiar with previous versions of Doctor Fate, or simply keen to find out what this cat in the golden helmet is on about. A storybook journey with some dark turns, it's mostly a lighthearted adventure from the days of matinee serials, and promises to be a ripping yarn. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jun 22, 2015

    Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew are both credited as storytellers, and the two are a fine duo. Dr. Fate #1 is almost a ghost story. Demonic hounds and supernatural presences howl in the background while Anubis stalks the city. Liew draws his figures with thin, knobby limbs and soulless white eyes. When Khalid accepts the helmet, the world explodes into a mind-expanding burst of shapes and colours. Lee Loughridge pulls it all together with his colouring. His choices are bright and clean. The focus is on drawing attention to Liews lines, making them stand out even more. In an issue full of strong showings by all sides of the creative team, hes the MVP. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 18, 2015

    This is the kind of issue where you can show the formula, but show how it can be used to build a solidly engaging opening. Having read so many first issues that barely even introduce the characters, it's welcome material. And having read far too many decades worth of material by Levitz, I'm not shocked in the slightest. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 17, 2015

    The path which Khalid is taking to becoming a superhero is perhaps formulaic, but being formulaic does not mean that it cannot also be fun. Such is the case here as the young hero is hesitant to take on the responsibility, and also is clumsy once he does so. At the same time the writers are careful to give the main character compelling enough supporting characters to rely upon, and thus to automatically give the character a bit more depth. It will be a long road to making this character finally work, but it would seem that all the pieces are here and that the time might finally be right for him. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jun 17, 2015

    The comic has its share of familiar trappings, but the differences are big enough, and the story told well enough, that it's hardly a problem. One bit of advice though " the free 8-page digital Sneak Peek of this issue is a necessary prologue. With that in mind, this is a new book worth supporting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. Jun 17, 2015

    So, as we started, I cannot tell you how the die-hard Fate fans are going to take this new version. As a novice, I found it to be a complete first issue, in that it sets up situation and character very well, leading the reader to wanting the next installment, to learn more. Post Convergence, DC has retooledtheir line, with some books staying close to their previous incarnations, and some not. Doctor Fate is a book that lends itself to trying something different, as the character is known to change frequently. Levitz and Liew have done something different, and I urge you to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jun 18, 2015

    "Doctor Fate" #1 is one of the best new series to be launched under the DCYou initiative. Khalid is a likable and relatable protagonist and the art is stellar. Fans of "Ms. Marvel" will find a lot to like here and new DC fans will find themselves at the beginning of something totally new, which is really the target of all these new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 17, 2015

    Doctor Fate #1 is a nice start to this new series, offering up a good main character and story setup for the rest of the series to build off of. It has some weak points for sure and the artwork isn't exactly for me, but I can't deny the potential and also quality that the comic showed. Definitely keep your eye on this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 18, 2015

    While lumpy in the opening act, Doctor Fate is a book with a lot of promise. The creative team is spot on and has a lot of amazing things in the cooker. The artwork is enticing and rich, the sort of thing that feels very safe in the hands of new readers and there's a lot to draw upon. With luck, this could be one of the best new books of the DCYou. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 24, 2015

    Doctor Fate #1 remains decompressed and overly familiar, but only as much as it continues to peek through these issues to reveal some flashes of old-school wonder. The weight of the storm is probably the issue's greatest asset, offering something unique and oddly threatening to the story, with only Sonny Liew's distinct and lovely artwork challenging that claim. Doctor Fate needs to break some new narrative ground if it's going to feel like more than the same old DC with a new coat of paint, but, for the moment, the commingling of the mythic and the utterly real keep this story feeling fresh. Make sure you check out the free preview before deciding to pick this up, you'll need to have read it anyway, but there is some magic in this otherwise merely sturdy debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 18, 2015

    "Doctor Fate" #1 is a strong first issue, one that brings concepts quickly to the reader so that they understand what's going on and where the series is going. This mixture of Egyptian mythology and superhero identities is a joy to read; Levitz, Liew and Loughridge hit all of their marks in this debut. I'll be back for issue #2, and I suspect I'm not the only one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 23, 2015

    The visuals are killing my enjoyment of this book. It's only my faith in Paul Levitz that has me returning next month. I'm hoping for more Fate and less setup. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Russell Troxel Jun 19, 2015

    Doctor Fate#1 isn't a terrific issue, but it isn't awful either; it's just OK. It's an archetypal story told with new characters in a new place. Hopefully, we'll see a bit more creative storytelling as the comic goes on. There's potential forthe character of Doctor Fate and I hope they take full advantage of the vast and wondrous world Khalid has been forced into. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 21, 2015

    It's just odd. Horror fans may love this, but I have to add it to my stack of "comics that disappointed." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 26, 2015

    The opening issue which introduces a talking cat along with hinting of plenty of old magic and mythology which suggests Doctor Fate may could struggle to find its own peculiar corner of the DCU. I'm curious to see if he flourishes or flounders. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Jack Johnston Jun 19, 2015

    Overall I get the impression that Levitz was told to give DCMs. Marvelbut different. I mean this in that the issue has similar tones, a young main character who has to deal an with older generation (their parents) unexpectedly obtaining mysterious superpowers with a supporting cast of their peers. There is more than that but I'm afraid I can't quite put my finger on it. My main problem with the issue is that it lacks its own unique character and I'm incredibly underwhelmed by it. The series may improve as time goes on, I certainly hope so and look forward to finding out, but a lot of improvement needs to be carried out in order for Doctor Fate to make me feel ‘whelmed'. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jun 21, 2015

    I am a fan of Fate in general. I'm not sold on this incarnation, but I'll give it a bit to convince me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 18, 2015

    Ultimately, the origin story for Khalid doesn't end for this issue and as we leave on a cliffhanger for #2, it's hard to tell whether or not there's enough to keep us hooked into the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 18, 2015

    We're just thrown into the deep end with this issue as we see Khalid being offered the helm of Fate, but nothing that happens in this issue really makes me want to see more of these characters or even care if Khalid continues being Doctor Fate.  There was no character development to be found and with an entire spread page dedicated to Khalid talking to his girlfriend via text, I kind of hope that Anubis wipes out mankind.  That's a bit harsh, but I just wasn't a fan of this story or the art. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Jun 26, 2015

    It is sincerely shameful that I found the Arkham Knight advertisement at the back of the book to be the most interesting part. In short, if Earth 2: society was all about potential, Doctor Fate feels to be more about missed opportunities. Read Full Review

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