Okay, here’s what I know:
*Doctor Fate* will become the lead feature in a new, ongoing dual-feature title, along the lines of the current TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED. This new book will have the word “Countdown” in its name, but crossover-phobes need not panic. These are the same full-length stories, without alteration, that were slated for Fate’s own title. (The dual-feature titles contain almost twice the page count of a regular comic book.)
Personally, I’m hoping that the “Countdown” title and the presence of the book’s second feature will goose the sales a little bit.
At this point, I’d better hang back and let the rest of the news — the overall title of the book, the name of the second feature, etc. — come from DC. I will add, though, that I’m very pleased to be sharing a comic book with this character. In its Silver Age incarnation, it was one of my favorites, and I like the current, decidedly more twisted version a lot, too.
It’s my understanding that the book is being solicited for September, so you’ll be hearing all the details officially from DC very shortly.
And now, just to whet your appetites a little further, here’s a totally unauthorized look at one of Justiniano’s early concept sketches of Doctor Fate.
Doctor Fate is ™ and © 2007 DC Comics, Inc.
The pencils for the first story are even better.