Doctor Fate #18
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Brendan McCarthy
Khalid wakes up in terrible pain in front of the centipede/tremor monster that wanted so desperately to kill him. The creature starts burning Khalid’s thread causing even more excruciating pain. Nabu tries encouraging Khalid to fight through the pain. Khalid tries to escape with no success. He remembers the mojo that is inside him. With the mighty control of inner strength (corny? yes. still awesome? totally), Khalid burst with light and power. He condemns the beast and its little spider minions to be trapped in its own world and no longer have access to life’s threads. BOOM, and there goes the dynamite, the very brightly psychedelic looking dynamite. Khalid falls back to earth and accidentally brought what looks like an egg. Not taking any chances he crushes the egg and walks away.
What a ride! A rollercoaster that spits out rainbows kind of ride. Since starting this serious a couple issues ago i've been a fan of Dr. Fate. I really enjoy the interaction between Khalid and Nabu and the teacher, student dynamic. The conclusion of the whole dying threads of life seemed to rush. Such a big build up and just ended with a beam of light. Don't get me wrong the beam of light was cool, but i felt this conflict deserved a better ending. The mythological aspect of this comic is really what draws you in with the power of Egyptian gods and helmets with spirits in them, it's easy to capture the imagination. There is no way to explain the art without using the word psychedelic. Each page pops with color and swirls of well...more color. Don't get distracted there is definitely a story worth reading underneath.
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