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Black Adam - The Justice Society Files: Dr. Fate #1

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Based on 3 critic ratings.

Long ago, Kent Nelson donned an ancient helmet and became Doctor Fate, defender of order in a universe dominated by chaos.

Now he is an impossibly old man, haunted both by memories of a past spent with the now-defunct Justice Society and by visions of an apocalyptic future.

When a group of children unwittingly unleash an infernal menace on the Earth, can Kent maintain his humanity while defending those who need him most?

The road to Black Adam concludes.

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42 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The best thing about this story is definitely the art by Jesus Merino, a veteran artist who can draw the hell out of a demon. I doubt any of this story will affect the movie, but I do think it works as a complete tale and also sets Fate up for where he needs to be in order to be the elder statesman of the JSA once more.
  • 50

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 20

    Placing a price tag on a promotional comic, even if a thoroughly competent promotional comic, seems like a step too far as there's never any satisfaction to be found in products like this (and make no mistake, Black Adam: The Justice Society Files is purely product) because they only aim to entice readers in spending their money on a film. Doctor Fate's story in the first 30 pages of the issue is a banal showdown between a sorcerer and demon using only cliched imagery and conflicts, which provide readers no cause to care for the heroes or root against the villains. It's a basic plot that could have been pulled from a Golden Age comic where these characters originate, and the depiction of fantastical beings is too mundane to even draw notice. The backup feature leads almost directly into a familiar moment from the trailer and reminds readers this is an advertisement they paid for to learn what they already knew about a movie that doesn't look terribly exciting.

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