With the theatrical release of Black Adam last month, a whole new audience is talking about the mantle of DC’s Doctor Fate. The alien wizard has been a part of the comics for decades, with the cloak worn by multiple people in dramatically different contexts. Over time, the lore surrounding the Helmet of Fate has changed here and there – and it seems that recent DC comics, especially the most recent issue of Batman vs. Robin, make no exception. Front spoilers Batman vs. Robin #3 by Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar and Scott Godlewski below! Watch only if you want to know!
The release reveals that the Helmet of Fate has been co-opted by Nezha and Mother Soul, who want to recreate the world in their mystical and maniacal image. To do this, they forced Black Alice to use her magic-stealing abilities to turn the helmet into a storage device for mystical powers. The Queen of Fables, and multiple other magic users such as Madame Xanadu and The Phantom Stranger, have had their abilities siphoned off by Alice and transferred to the helmet – hypothetically making the next wearer even more powerful than the usual rendezvous with Nabu.
Based on previews and even early looks at the upcoming Lazarus planet event, it looks like Helm will eventually be worn by Batman, so it’ll be interesting to see what this influx of power does for him going forward.
What is DCs Lazarus planet?
DC has announced the first details all around Lazarus planeta weekly event starting in January 2023. According to DC, Lazarus planet will be kickstarted by the events of Batman vs. Robin #4, which will hit comic stores in December. In that case, the Lazarus Volcano has erupted, spewing dangerous and transformative chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere, causing chaos in the DC Universe! As these Lazarus clouds descend on the planet, humans all over the world begin to develop strange new abilities, see their already extraordinary abilities change, and witness a slew of mayhem the likes of which the DCU has never experienced before!
The event will be hosted by Waid, and will include Riccardo Federici, Gene Luen Yang, Billy Tan, Nicole Maines, Skylar Patridge, Francis Manapul, Dan Watters, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Josie Campbell. Full details and creative teams will be announced at a later date.
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