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Subj: Interview with James Robinson and a Preview of Earth-2 Issue #10!
Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:25:57 pm EST (Viewed 440 times)

A very informative and worthwhile interview accompanies This Preview of Earth-2 out this week.
Talking about the new Doctor Fate and the nature of magic Robinson goes into some detail about how Magic should work in his view and why he went for an all new and different take on the man who will inherit Nabu's helmet.

Some excerpts:

*****Kent Nelson was the original guy bestowed powers from the god Nabu, but Robinson defies the most ardent Golden Age comics fan to tell him what that Fate's personality actually was. "There was never much done with who Doctor Fate was. Kent Nelson always seemed somewhat stoic or even statue-like."

*****One aspect that has always frustrated the writer about magic character is that, up until now, magic never really had a cost, he says. "When you show it in comic books, although you call it magic, it feels and certainly looks no different than a blast of energy from Green Lantern's ring. It's just energy that gets fired."

*****When fans have seen Doctor Fate in the past, when he shoots bolts of magic, sometimes artists would toss in an Egyptian ankh symbol for effect. But when he delved into the world of Egyptian magic, Robinson realized a lot of it was evoking the power of the gods, and that in turn will influence how he writes Doctor Fate and others in Earth 2.

"In issue 14, there's the Egyptian god of the soil and the earth, and he uses tendrils coming out of the ground to drag down his enemy," Robinson explains. "So when you see a spell like that, that god won't be floating there big and bright, but subtly in the magic, the symbols and the icon of this god or that god depending on the spell.

"It gives all the spells an individual quality and just makes him as a magician in this world of DC magicians — and there's quite a few of them — to stand out and have his magic look different and apart."

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