Doctor Fate
Doctor Fate (Khalid Nassour) 001.jpg
Khalid Nassour as Doctor Fate.
Art by Simone Di Meo
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceConvergence: Aquaman #2 (July 2015)
As Doctor Fate:
Doctor Fate (vol. 4) #1 (June 2015)
Created byPaul Levitz
Sonny Liew
In-story information
Alter egoKhalid Kent Nassour[1]
SpeciesHuman (comics)
Homo magi (select media)
Place of originBrooklyn, New York
Team affiliationsJustice League
Justice League Dark
Justice Society of America
Lords of Order
PartnershipsKent Nelson (mentor)
Kirk Langstrom
Stitch (apprentice)
Notable aliasesFate[1]
Son of Pharaohs[1]
Child of the Blood[1]
Blood of the Pharaohs[1]
  • Expertise in magic, spell-casting, and occult; Mystic artifacts (Helmet of Fate, Cloak of Destiny, Amulet of Anubis) bolsters and grants various additional magical powers dependent on patronage.
  • Skilled physician
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant

Dr. Khalid Nassour is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, being the eighth character to adopt the Doctor Fate codename in mainstream comics. Created by writer Paul Levtiz and artist Sonny Liew to emphasize diversity and revitalize Doctor Fate's character in a new direction,[2] Khalid originally debuted in Aquaman: Convergence #2 (July 2015) before headlining his own Doctor Fate series. He is notably DC Comics' first Muslim character to headline a solo series.[3]

Born of Egyptian and White American descent, the character starts out as a medical student whose pharaoh lineage and contact with ancient Egyptian deities designates him as the next successor of Doctor Fate, a sorcerous legacy hero who defends Earth from supernatural threats. While guided by Nabu, ancient Egyptian deities, his great-uncle Kent Nelson, and Archangels, the character is portrayed as struggling with the dual life of a superhero as Nelson teaches and acts as Doctor Fate alongside his grand-nephew concurrently.[1][4] Later, the character is portrayed as a reoccurring member of the Justice League Dark roster, officially succeeds Kent Nelson as the main incarnation of Doctor Fate before he is killed off.[5][6] In more recent times, the character is portrayed as a member of the Justice Society of America and a medical school graduate.[7]

The character would make his first media appearance in Young Justice, voiced by Usman Ally.

Publication history

After the conclusion of the Convergence limited series in June 2015 and the start of the "DC Rebirth" line, DC launched a new Doctor Fate ongoing series, written by Paul Levitz and drawn by Sonny Liew. The title focused on the newest Doctor Fate, an Egyptian-American medical student named Khalid Nassour. According to Levitz, Dan Didio and Jim Lee wanted a different feel from the original incarnation when Gardner Fox created him during the Golden Age of Comic Books. Levitz said the Egyptian connection of the original is what fascinated him the most.

"So looking at the kinds of diversity we have today, and remembering a bunch of my conversations with Egyptian Americans, I just thought, what if a person who gets the helmet this time, in this world, is an Egyptian American young man?"[2]

"And for a visual look, the guys really wanted something fresh - not the standard superhero approach that's been going on for the last few years. I liked Sonny Liew's work years ago on My Faith in Frankie, and ran into him in Singapore a few years ago when I got the chance to be the guest of honor at a convention there. And I've watched his work and stayed aware of it in the years since."[2]

The series ran for 18 issues from June 2015 to November 2016.[8] In the series, Khalid's origin story revolves around him coming to terms with his destiny to oppose the dark god Anubis, having been chosen by the Egyptian gods (Bastet notably) and Nabu himself as the next sorcerer in line to bear the mantle "Doctor Fate". Thrusted into conflict with Anubis, Khalid eventually embraces his destiny and pharaoh ancestry, defeating Anubis in the process and becoming the new Doctor Fate.[1] The series also featured stories involving Khalid using his powers to defusing riots at the United Nations while balancing his life as a medical student. It is also revealed his mother, Elizabeth Nassour, to be the niece of Kent Nelson, who he becomes an apprentice under.[4][9]

In 2018, DC launched a second Justice League Dark series written by James Tynion IV starring a new roster lead by Wonder Woman. In this roster, Khalid was revealed to be an eventual new member of the Justice League as the lead Doctor Fate instead of Kent Nelson. The character also was redesigned with a new Doctor Fate costume.[10]

While the original 2018 series was cancelled in 2020, the Justice League Dark series was instead re-purposed as a backup issue to the mainstream Justice League title, the backup issue written by award-winning author Ram V featuring a new storyline with Khalid remaining a reoccurring member of the Justice League Dark subdivision.[11] Khalid would also appear in several title crossovers such as Superman, Teen Titans Academy, and The Flash.

In late-2022, it was revealed that Khalid was slated to appear in the upcoming Justice of Society of America relaunch title, with Geoff Johns stating his role will include the exploration of the Doctor Fate as a legacy character while Khalid's story and role will act as a continuation of Ram V's Justice League Dark.[12]

Fictional character biography


The Doctor Fate storyline, "The Blood Price", establishes the superhero origin of the character as the son of a Egyptian physician turned taxi cab driver and an American archaeologist, Mohammed and Elizabeth Nassour respectively. Graduating with high honors, he attends medical school alongside girlfriend, Shaya Halim, with dreams of becoming a physician like his father.[1]

While attending the Brooklyn Museum with his girlfriend during a cataclysmic storm caused by an ancient deity, he happens upon a statue of Bastet, an ancient Egyptian goddess who selects him as the next Doctor Fate due to the royal pharaoh bloodline within him, granting him affinity with magic and a prime candidate as a champion for the Egyptians gods. Khalid's powers also soon awakens while saving a child from mortal danger. Bastet grants him the fabled Helmet of Fate (named Helmet of Thoth in the story) and informs him of the unnatural weather phenomenon taking place around the world being caused by Anubis, the Egyptian god of death who seeks to overstep his previous duties for a more favorable, ruling position. She tells him that he is destined to save the world by stopping Anubis before disappearing.[1]

Now gifted the helm, Khalid attempts to understand his abilities and save others with it although he is interrupted by his father's pleas, who was injured by Anubis shortly after gaining the helm. Saving Mohammed, he is hospitalized with concerns about permanently losing his sight. At home, Khalid soon speaks to Nabu, a spirit within the helm who introduces himself as a servant of Thoth. Although his goal goal is to help Khalid, the young man finds him to cryptid to completely understand him and is reluctant to becoming a hero. Over time, however, Khalid works to oppose Anubis by using his powers to soften the damage he causes in New York, balancing his personal life and responsibilities as Doctor Fate, and eventually seeks advice by researching methods of communing with the gods, returning to the museum with a replica of a temple and pleading for guidance. Nabu instead first answers, explaining the nature of the powers granted to him through the helm. He also time travels to speak to a Sphnix, who gives him a riddle in which hints how he can defeat Anubis although he initially doesn't understand it.[1]

While Khalid comes to terms with being a superhero and seeks out the death god, Anubis makes an attempt to personally kill Mohammed. While blinded, the older man recognizes Anubis's voice from his childhood as the Jackal that attempted on his life in his childhood until Anubis was banished by his father, who knew of a prayers that could be used by pharaohs to banish him. Khalid timely intervention saves his father but Anubis pushes a deal to him: he'll restore his father's sight if he pays the "blood price" for supposedly "stealing" the Helmet of Thoth. Khalid offers the helm but instead, Anubis heals his father's eyes and blinds Khalid, revealing the "blood price" to be blinded and tormented in the Underworld. Although blinded, his sight is restored while bearing the helmet. Later, Khalid battles Anubis directly for the first time but loses before being dragged by the death god into the afterlife. While Anubis tries to damn Khalid's fate, Thoth appears to his defense and denounces his attempts at overstepping his bounds though Anubis attacks Thoth, gaining the upper-hand due to the ancient Egyptian religion having lost its worshippers, leaving other ancient deities of the pantheon with far lesser power. Thoth bestows Khalid his staff, allowing him to be reanimated once more and battle Anubis again. Drawing power from his blood, the power of his staff combined with his pharaoh blood making him a chosen priest of Atum, he is able to invoke power over Anubis and defeat him. Although the death god is defeated, he learns that this was only the beginning of his duties as Doctor Fate.[1]

Prisoners of the Past & Fated Threads

In subsequent storylines, while balancing his newfound life as Doctor Fate and personal life, Khalid struggles with his lack of knowledge of the supernatural and the vague guidance of the Lord of Order, Nabu. Despite this, he is also guided by his father and various archangels who approve of his actions and efforts. Bastet also intervenes on Khalid's behalf behind the scenes, protecting his secrets and potential personal problems. Khalid uses his abilities to mend damage caused by Anubis and later works to quell protests in the United Nations Plaza, which takes an increasingly violent direction by supernatural means and puts Akila (Khalid's activist best friend) at risk. As Akila is nearly taken by the police, Khalid saves her and at her suggestion, works to save other protestors who were detained. However, he would find the protestors were taken in a secret jail underneath the Consulate in New York City by supernatural ghosts. Khalid eventually finds the culprit to be a Egyptian general, who used necromancy to resurrect the ghost of Julius Ceasear through the dagger that killed him. Using his powers as a powerful spirit and other ghosts, he sought to quell dissident against his rule, including those outside his country. Khalid would eventually free Caesar and his men of the general control and has him detained for his crimes. Not long after, he is visited by Kent Nelson, who is revealed to be his mother's uncle, making him Khalid's granduncle.[4]

Khalid then comes tutelage under his granduncle, who teaches him more about the consequences of magic and practicing it. The two of them also come into conflict with the god Osirios and Clothoris, the latter being a fate weaver.[9]

DC Rebirth

Justice League Dark (2017)

The Last Age of Magic

Khalid would make a re-appearance years later in the Justice League Dark's "The Last Age of Magic" storyline; Still an apprentice to Kent Nelson, Khalid is revealed to have been imprisoned inside a vase while the Justice League Dark team go to speak to Nelson to learn more information about the Otherkind, supernatural creatures that feed on magic, and its connection to the newly made Tree of Wonder. When the vase is broken by Ragman, Khalid is momentarily freed from imprisonment long enough to warn some members of Justice League Dark that Nabu had hijacked his mentor's body for weeks and imprisoned him before the vase reconstructs itself, imprisoning Khalid once more.[13]

Lords of Order

It is revealed through a series of flashbacks that prior to his imprisonment, he had witnessed an argument between Nabu and Nelson over the course of action to take with the re-emergence of the Tree of Wonder and the Otherkind. While trying to sleep, he hears and follows his mentor sleepwalking due to Nabu's actions of hijacking his body and making him don the helm. Following Nabu into the Realm of Order, he overhears Nabu and the other Lords of Order's plan to destroy the Sphere of the Gods, the origin point of magic in the universe, to starve out the Otherkind to death with the collateral effect of destroying all creatures and realms made up of magic, extinguishing them. He pleads with the Lords of Order to reconsider their plan. Nabu attempts to kill Khalid only for Nelson's body to intervene, his strength of will prohibiting Nabu from killing his grand-nephew.

After events of the Witching Hour, Man-Bat brings the vase containing Khalid back to JLD Headquarters, where he uses magic for the first time and performs a spell that frees Khalid from his imprisonment. Man-Bat and Khalid journey to Myraa where he allies himself with the resistance group lead by Blue Devil and Detective Chimp to fight Nabu and the other Lords of Order. As their efforts nearly fail, Wonder Woman and Zatanna arrives with newfound power given to them by Mordru, making them and other members of Justice League Dark Lords of Chaos temporarily, giving them the power to oppose the Lords of Order. In the ensuring battle, Khalid binds Nabu and gives Jason Blood time to use the Demon Three to free Nelson's body from Nabu's control. As the battle turns in favor to the Justice League Dark's team, Nabu fends off the forces alone. With the combined efforts of Khalid, Nelson, Blood, Phantom Stranger, and Zatanna, Nabu is imprisoned back into the helm, unable to permanent use his own power without the need of a host.

In the aftermath of the battle, Wonder Woman approaches Nelson on becoming a member of Justice League Dark as Doctor Fate, seeing the figure as a symbol of power despite Nabu's latest action against the magical community. Nelson rejects becoming Doctor Fate and although he recommends Khalid possibly being Doctor Fate, Khalid also rejects the idea. He and Nelson both agree to be a member of the Justice League Dark to act as wizard advisors behind the scenes while benching the Doctor Fate mantle due to the risks.[5]

The Witching War

Now a member of Justice League Dark, Khalid along with the group come into conflict with the Injustice League Dark, the super-villain counterpart of their team led by a transformed Circe, having gathered the power of Hecate for herself, and enlisted other well known super-villains' of magical origin: Klarion the Witch Boy, Papa Midnite, Floronic Man, and Solomon Grundy. As Circe begins converting magical power sources to herself and rewriting the "rules of magic" and reality itself, the team struggles to battle Circe within her newfound power and allies, losing Swamp Thing in the process. As Circe's plan comes to fruition of hijackings Wonder Woman's body and enlisting Eclipso alongside her cause, Khalid dons the helmet once more and turns the tide of the battle, allowing Wonder Woman the opportunity to barter Circe to be imprisoned in her own world with the power of Hecate residing within Wonder Woman. Khalid permanently becomes the sole acting Doctor Fate, with Nabu moved by his host's words regarding his importance and agreed to cede all control of Doctor Fate to Khalid.[14]

A Costly Trick of Magic

In the final storyline of the Justice League Dark title, Khalid is instrumental in helping the Justice League Dark restore order among the elemental forces of the DC Universe, re-convening a ritual known as the "Parliament of Life" which would balance out the elemental forces known as The Green, The Red, The Grey, and The Divided. While Nabu attempted to strong arm the representatives of the forces to no avail due to feeling as though humanity is doomed, Khalid counters their claims stating that humanity's very belief in them makes them. Later, Khalid alongside the Justice League Dark would battle the Upside Down Man, the leading force behind the Otherkind while having to believe their magic is able to defeat their foe. Khalid is incapacitated in the ensuing battle, causing Nelson to don the helm for a final time and sacrifice himself to unleash a spell powerful enough to hurt the Upside Down Man entity at the cost of his body. The effort is successful and eventually leads to Upside Down Man's defeat by Zatanna, who lets him absorb her and destroys the majority of his presence and imprison him inside of her in a far more weakened form. Although Upside-Down Man was defeated, the effort made left the Helm of Fate depleted of power, with Khalid unable to contact Nabu and tap into its previous powers.[6]

Infinite Frontier

Justice League (2018) backup & other stories (2020-2022)

In the "Mythological" Superman storyline (taking place at some point prior to A Costly Trick of Magic storyline), Khalid appears as Doctor Fate and teams up with Superman to battle the supernatural entity known as Xanadoth, the reputed former ruler of the Lords of Chaos whose power and ambition was feared commonly by both the Lords of Order, Lords of Chaos, and the Lords of Eternal Balance. She is eventually defeated with the combined effort of Superman, Doctor Fate, and Nabu and is banished off the plane temporarily.[15] Khalid also appears in the Teen Titans Academy "X Marks the Spot" storyline, it is revealed that one of the Teen Titans Academy student, Stitch, is actually Doctor Fate's newest apprentice whom had since enlisted into the academy to help her understand what it means to be a hero.[16]

Justice League Dark: The Great Wickedness (2022)

In the Justice League Dark storyline, Khalid works to restore the Helmet of Fate's power, enlisting the scientific help of Kirk Langstrom. Their efforts offer limited success and a power to see into the future, Khalid seeing the Tower of Fate falling before a powerful wizard, whom is revealed to be DC Comic's version of Merlin. He also sees several other visions, learning of a woman from a different time known as Elnara Roshtu, also known as the Eternal Knight. A new entity has also inhabited the Helm of Fate in place of Nabu, whom is eventually revealed to be Hauhet, an Egyptian goddess and ally of Nabu whose presence in the helm disturbs Khalid from her more ambiguous intentions. The visions plaguing Khalid, granted by Hauhet, are occurrences that supposedly will precede the series of events depicted in DC Comic's Future State that will cause the fall of the Tower of Fate, Merlin's control of the magical forces of Earth, and the recruiting of powerful magicians such as Jason Blood, The Enchantress, and Arion as his subordinate magical knights.

Due to the manipulations of Yuga Khan, father of Darkseid, the normally heroic wizard is cast into a villainous role as he attempts to control the world of magic through a series of pawns and gambits of controlling magic. When Khalid and Justice League Dark find themselves pitted against Merlin, he proves to be a powerful and guile foe. During their hunt for him, they are assisted by other related magicians and warriors such as re-introduced character Randhir Singh, newly recruited Elnara Roshtu (Eternal Knight), Mister E, and Aquaman. Merlin works to re-trace the past sites of ancient Atlantis with intent of location the Atlantean font of power that allows him to draw into the magical reserve known as Darkworld, an extra-dimensional source of old Atlantean magic connected to the Great Darkness and the origin point of ancient Atlantean deities. While Justice League Dark assists Aquaman and the Silent School under the belief Merlin is attempting to control a form of magic considered untameable, the fulcrum of his plan is revealed that instead of seeking to control a force he knows he cannot control, he instead will control it through a mind controlled pawn with a natural connection to it long thought dead, a revived Arion. Justice League Dark and Atlantis suffer heavy losses as the team is forced to contain the threat of the Upside-Down Man, whose influence is revealed to linger inside Zatanna, and the damage created by Merlin's opening of Darkworld in Atlantis. With no strategy to effectively counter Merlin, Mister E appears and reveals to them of how Merlin's turn of evil came to be, having witnessed it backwards from outside space-time. Khalid and Zatanna would establish a secret pact with Mister E unbeknownst to the other Justice League Dark members, agreeing to trade in a portion of Merlin's soul containing his childish personality responsible for shaping him to being an eventual hero over his callous, cold front, for the magical artifact on Merlin's persons that would enable him to murder magicians. Reluctantly, Zatanna forges the pact in blood with Mister E, with Khalid cautious at the potential sacrifice.[17]

The Flash: Eclipsed (2022)

In the Justice League Dark/Flash crossover storyline, Khalid teleports Wally into a dimension called the "Second Dimension" as the pair race to find a way to Gemworld by battling demons while he and Flash are in a weakened state. The pair are able to survive due to Doctor Fate's magical powers allowing him to breaking the fourth wall, leading them to Gemworld, with members of Justice League Dark having awaited for Khalid and Flash with Amethyst. Unable to pursue Eclipso, Flash and the Justice League Dark team turn to Dark Opal for assistance despite his history as a criminal upon Amethyst's suggestion. It is then revealed that Flash is immune to Eclipso's influence, though the reasons are unknown. As the team are led by Dark Opal to Eclipso's whereabouts, the team comes under mind control of Eclipso, save Flash and Dark Opal. The two incapacitate the team and seemingly team up until Dark Opal betrays Flash to Eclipso to obtain his freedom. Flash is saved by both his children, whom sense his distress through the Speed Force and are able to transport themselves along with Animal Girl, the daughter of Animal Man. Dark Opal once more offers aid to the Flash, this time reasoning the fact that Eclipso is too dangerous. Using a magic glaive created in heaven, Flash uses it to defeat Eclipso while his children and Dark Opal hold off against members of Justice League Dark, including Doctor Fate. With Eclipso defeated, the Spectre reclaims the magical glaive and reveals to Wally that the immunity Doctor Fate mentioned was given to him by The Presence before Doctor Fate sends Wally, his children, and Animal Girl back to Earth.[18]

Justice League: Leagues of Chaos (2022)

During the Justice League/Justice League Dark crossover, both Zatanna and Doctor Fate mysteriously receive premonitions of the future depicting Black Adam having destroyed the Justice League while under possession, a fact that worries the team. While they work to trace who is sending them the visions, the culprit (revealed to be Xanadoth) acts to make Black Adam her new vessel. Meanwhile, accompanied by Etrigan, Khalid calls upon Nabu, who reappears to him once more briefly to reveal Xanadoth to be whom sent the visions to Zatanna and Khalid while remarking that any interference from other Lords of Chaos and Order will serve to empower her and that he is unable to aid them. Shortly after, Khalid is contacted by Zatanna and Madame Xanadu and arrives to confront a Black Adam-controlled Xanadoth. However, all four heroes are defeated by Xanadoth, who claims the Helmet of Fate and kidnaps Madame Xanadu. After regaining consciousness, Khalid works with the rest of Justice League Dark and the Justice League to find a solution to defeating Xanadoth, the former team and Khalid deciding to forcibly summon Nabu on the physical plane. While implore him for questions, Nabu resists and eventually frees himself while taking Naomi, sensing her power to be of use. When Xanadu uses her magic to signal the Justice League, Khalid arrives alongside many other heroes, including John Constantine and Zatanna, and manages to retrieve his helm and exorcise Xanadoth from Black Adam with their combined might. Xanadoth is ultimately defeated due to the Justice League and Justice League Dark's combined assault when Naomi's powers are revealed to heighten magic.[19]

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022)

Khalid would appear in the Dark Crisis storyline as Doctor Fate, with Superman (Jon Kent) having previously urged him his magical powers to find the missing members of the Justice League. Unable to find them on any plane of existence, Superman concludes that the core members of the Justice League were killed.[20] It is later revealed that Doctor Fate is among the members of the newly reformed Justice Society of America.[21]

DC Universe: Lazarus Planet (2022- 2023)

In the prelude within the pages of Batman and Robin, it is revealed that the antagonist of the storyline, the Devil Nezha (loosely based upon the Chinese mythologyical entity) usurped the Helmet of Fate and plotted to use it to contain the powers of various magicians of the DC Universe to give him an edge against his adoptive son, Red Boy (who is known as King Fire Bull in the story). Eventually, the helm is broken in battle when it is later used by Batman, suffused with the arcane powers of many magic wielders, by Nezha and falls into the Lazarus Pit, causing a multitude of natural disasters and storms laced with the same chemicals within the Lazarus Pits as well as causing disruptions and fluctuations within people of both mystical and scientific-related powers. While the Helm of Fate is prominent, Khalid is notably absent from the story.[22]

In the Lazarus Planet events and spin-off, Mary Marvel notes that nobody has been able to contact Doctor Fate.[23] It is later revealed that Nezha had previously bested Khalid and trapped him within the subconscious of his own mind, where his subconscious self is met with Dreamer, who is seeking the Helm of Fate as her visions instructs her that it will be important in stopping Nezha. Unable to snap him back to reality, Dreamer speaks to Hauhet, who reveals that even without the helm, he maintains a deep connection to it but cannot be awaken until the Helm itself is also found.[24]

Dawn of DC

Following the Dark Crisis of Infinite Earths and Lazarus Planet, various changes came to the character as his appearances in the Justice Society of America title acts as a continuation of his appearances in Ram V's Justice League Dark backup issues;[12] despite Lazarus Planet running concurrent to the Justice Society of America title (which preceded the event itself) and the character's status during the event, Justice Society of America establishes that the events within the book takes place some time after the events of Lazarus Planet.[25] The character is also established to have completed medical school, having then began working as a intern doctor.[7]

The title similarly reveals the title's story takes place one year after the events of Khalid's Doctor Fate series,[7] conflicting with James Tynion IV's 2017 run on Justice League Dark having previously established events onward to have taken place at least over one year after the series, the story mentioning the character having been trapped in a vase by Nabu (as revealed in the Lords of Order storyline) for much of that duration before being set free.[14] This was also mention during Infinite Frontier in Brian Michael Bendis's Superman/Doctor Fate crossover in 2021.[15]

Justice Society of America: The New Golden Age (2022-2023)

In The New Golden Age one-shot, Khalid had begun living in an apartment while working as an intern doctor and balanced his duties as Doctor Fate until he enlisted the assistance of Detective Chimp, whom had Khalid to resign from his internship for him without his permission, reasoning that his duties as Doctor Fate were more important. As Khalid is unsure of receiving assistance in the form of Deadman regarding understand the intentions of Hauhet, the new guiding patron of the Helmet of Fate, he receives a vision of the future and is warned by the aforementioned deity of an unknown assailant who is targeting various Doctor Fates before killing members of the Justice Society of America through various alternate timelines. This warning comes through other various Doctor Fates from the Helmet of Fate throughout various timelines, including a younger version of Kent Nelson.[7]

After her visit to 1940s, Helena Wayne from a possible future finds herself in the present where she finds herself in the company of Doctor Fate, Detective Chimp, and Deadman.[26] There, as she explains her situation, Khalid receives visions explaining the origin of Per Degaton, who is revealed as the previously unknown assailant who is targeting members of the JSA by first killing the Doctor Fate of the timeline before killing the rest of the members. With questions on the time-travelling snow globe in her possession, it's connection to Doctor Fate, and why Catwoman of the future insist on Khalid being able to assist her despite being brought to him during a time where, Khalid makes Helena's existence known to the current JSA. As the team works to figure a plan to lure Degaton, he appears in their headquarters ready to kill them.[25]


Heritage, personality, and appearance

Unlike previous iterations of Doctor Fate, Paul Levitz created Khalid's character with an emphasis on Doctor Fate's Egyptian aspect by making the character bi-racial of both Egyptian and White American heritage Levitz's characterization with Khalid in the Doctor Fate series was intended to take inspiration from characters like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange (the latter whom Levitz collaborated with often throughout his career), being a young man thrusted with great responsibilities going through a journey of self-discovery in a world similar to the likes of Doctor Strange.[2] While young, the character was emphasized to be a medical student and not college age, making him slightly older[2] (expressed to be specifically around twenty-two years old during the Doctor Fate series).[27]

During the Doctor Fate series, Sonny Liew also focused on expressing Khalid's heritage through his physical features (hair, nose shape, skin tone, etc.). Unlike standard superheroes, Khalid was also drawn with a more average physique compared to other superhero characters.[28] Years after the series' cancellation, Khalid's appearance in other comic book series within DC Comics began depicting the character with a more toned appearance.[20][16][29]

Sika A. Dogbovie-Mullins from Mixed-Race Superheroes opined that Khalid's rise to super heroics is not stemmed from his mixed race heritage but instead through virtue of his blood (through his father's side) and a "divine right of kings" and follows a Chosen One archetype. Unlike other American and Americanized superheroes like Batman or Superman, heroes who choose to fight truth, justice, and the American way, Khalid is chosen to fight for truth, justice, and the "(ancient) Egyptian ways".[30]

Relationship with Nabu

During the 2015 Doctor Fate series, the relationship between Nabu and Khalid features several key differences from the Kent Nelson incarnation of the Doctor Fate character, with Sonny Liew intentionally changing Nabu's role from an overbearing presence to a guiding spirit more akin to a GPS system. Sonny also compared Nabu's role to Khalid within the helm more in comparison to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of J.A.R.V.I.S, the fictional artificial intelligence appearing the Iron Man and Avengers films. However, Nabu (stated to be a servant of Thoth) tends to be more vague due to his spiritual origins, requiring Khalid to figure out the workings of the Helmet of Fate (called the Helm of Thoth in the series) himself.[27]

In other appearance after the Doctor Fate series, Nabu's role change slightly, as his character is no longer portrayed to be a servant to Thoth and is the prime patron of the Helmet of Fate. However, unlike Kent Nelson, Nabu reveals himself to favor Khalid (even when both stood opposing one another) and in higher regard than Kent Nelson, whom he tend to manipulate. Due to the events of Justice League Dark's "Lords of Order" storyline, Nabu became unable to operate on his own without a bearer permanently.[5] In the subsequent storyline, after Khalid chastises Nabu on the effects of his betrayal to his former allies, Khalid and Nabu reach an agreement in which Nabu cedes all of his power to Khalid while keeping his personal agency intact and acts more akin to the earlier depiction in the Doctor Fate series[14] until his disappearance.[6]

Love interests

In the Doctor Fate series, Shaya Halim served as the character's chief love interest, the two of them explicitly affectionate and planning a future with one another, both sharing the goal of becoming physicians.[1] Khalid also is hinted to also have some feelings for his childhood best friend Akila, a Muslim activist who she encourages Khalid towards activism though she is unaware of his secret life as a mystical superhero. Although she has come to have feelings for Khalid, he seems unaware of it.[4] In the Justice Society: The New Golden Age storyline, it is stated that the future version of Khalid and Power Girl would eventually shared a close history, implying a romance between the two.[31]

Powers and abilities

In his initial portrayal, Khalid's version of Doctor Fate was considered not as powerful as previous incarnations from other continuities and realities,[32] making him a rudimentary sorcerer possessing a natural affinity for the magical arts due to his pharaoh bloodline whose magic were bolstered from possession of the Artifacts of Fate and granted him powers that act as a counterbalance against Egyptian-derived divine forces.[1] Primarily, his powers were derived from either the Helm or speaking simple phrases with intent for magical effect.[1]

In later portrayals from Justice League Dark and after, the character's tutelage under Kent Nelson eventually heightened his skills and abilities to a higher, more formidable level;[33] As Doctor Fate, he is considered to be among the most powerful sorcerers in the DC Universe, being described to be one of the two most skilled practitioners on Earth and Justice League Dark along with older magician, Zatanna.[6][17] His spell-casting skills is also portrayed differently, able to invoke both Egyptian related symbols and derived his abilities from the same systems of spells and magic used by the DC Comics' depiction of famous Arthurian wizard, Merlin.[33][6] For a time after the Costly Trick of Magic storyline, the character was unable to draw considerable magical power and the usual powers of the Helmet of Fate, forcing him to rely mostly on his own magical powers and skills.[6][17]

In addition to his sorcerous abilities, Khalid is knowledgeable in the occult and the workings of the universe from his training.[33] Khalid is also a skilled physician,[7] previously having been an emergency medical technician prior to becoming Doctor Fate and was a summa cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College. He is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat.[18]

Mystical artifacts

Helmet of Fate

With Nabu as the patron entity, the Helmet of Fate bolstered Khalid's magical abilities and bestows to him the basic powers given to its bearers: flight, healing, control over the natural elements (wind, fire, earth, air) and lightning, and intangibility. Khalid also suspected that the Helm of Fate granted him increased intelligence.[1][34] However, following the lost of the helm power during the battle with Upside-Down Man, Khalid became unable to tap into the powers typically associated with the magical artifact.[6]

When the artifact later became inhabited by the Egyptian goddess, Hauhet, the helm's powers including making Khalid able to see glimpses of the future at a cost (due to its damaged state) and made him capable of being one of the few DC Comics characters able to break the fourth wall and grants others the ability to do so.[35][36] The Future State event depicts the helm under Hauhet's power in a fully functional state, its complete power allowing the user to see the future and live through that timeline without consequence.[37]

Amulet of Anubis

Called the Amulet of Thoth within his respective Doctor Fate series instead of the Amulet of Anubis, it is among Khalid's artifacts although its powers have not been explicitly used by Khalid. it is also commonly worn by him; the amulet was seen able to protect itself from being removed from him by others.[4] As the Amulet of Anubis, Its classical depictions of its abilities includes an increase to the bearer's power, resistance to psychic/astral probing, mind control,[38] calling upon the dead,[39] and housing a pocket universe separate from the main universe.

Staff of Power

Unique to Khalid is the Staff of Power, bestowed to him by Thoth capable of controlling and projecting magical energy and is powered by his blood due to his Pharaoh lineage. The staff was given to him during his second battle with Anubis, allowing him power enough to challenge the god in his place of power and ultimately defeat him. He can call upon the staff or use its power by drawing his own blood, granting him enough power to damage gods (i.e. Anubis).[1][34]

Weaknesses and costs

While possessing incredible power, Nassour's powers has some limitations; damage from beings possessing godly/divine forces are unable to be healed mystically even through the Helm of Fate's power.[40] In addition, a "cost" to him possessing the powers of seeing the future through the Helm after being inhabited by Hauhet (while in a damaged state) takes some of his sight away.[17]

Supporting cast

In the original Doctor Fate 2015 series features a small cast of characters whom have an influence on Khalid's personal life and his activities as a superhero:

Outside the Doctor Fate series, Khalid also has a few allies:


In the Doctor Fate series, Khalid faced a small number of villains:

Khalid also has significant enemies outside his series:

Other versions

Future State

An older version of Khalid appears within the Future State company-wide event in the Justice League Dark back-up stories of the Future State: Justice League series. Depicted several years after the events of the "Great Wickedness" storyline and the fall of the Tower of Fate at the hands of Merlin and Arion, Khalid is revealed to have disappeared from the world in search of a way to fix the Helm of Fate, damaged from the suicidal attack of Kent Nelson performed against Upside-Down Man during the "A Costly Trick of Magic" storyline. Having found Hauhet, an ally of Nabu, she repaired the Helm and allowed him to see the future to understand how Merlin managed to recruit his "knights". He also lived through several alternate timelines in a vain attempt to find a future where they prove victorious against Merlin. Recognizing his current timeline as a future that ends in failure, he instead enforces a careful gambit, hiding himself from Merlin's view (whom seeks the Helm of Fate) until he is found by Etrigan. Revealing himself to his teammates years later, the Justice League Dark team alongside Doctor Fate against Merlin's forces and are overwhelmed by the combined might of Enchantress and Jason Blood, having been converted into one of his knights. Khalid then offers Merlin a deal to act as his oracle, the rogue wizard lacking the power to see the future. Accepting his deal, Khalid disappears with Merlin and his knights but not before revealing to Etrigan of his ability as a demon to perceive time different despite being part of a timeline where they are not victorious.[37]

In other media

Khalid Nassour appears in the fourth season of Young Justice, voiced by Usman Ally. This version is a homo magi, protégé of Zatanna, and a member of her Sentinels of Magic. Additionally, he can perform magic by speaking his intent in a combination of Latin, Classical Greek, and Arabic.[41] Over the course of his time as a Sentinel, he and his peers are tested as and would later become Doctor Fate as part of a rotational agreement between Nabu and Zatanna.


Jessica Plummer of Book Riot acknowledged the superhero and compared the likeness of the superhero to Marvel Comics Kamala Khan. While Khan is an original Muslim superhero, so is Khalid. "He's got a great design and is part of a demographic that is still woefully underrepresented in comics" according to her.[3]

Collected editions

Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price Doctor Fate (vol. 4) #1-7, DC Sneak Peek: Doctor Fate #1 March 2016 978-1401261214
Doctor Fate Vol. 2: Prisoners of the Past Doctor Fate (vol. 4) #8-12 October 2016 978-1401264925
Doctor Fate Vol. 3: Fateful Threads Doctor Fate (vol. 4) #13-18 May 2017 978-1401272418

See also

Zachary, Brandon (26 September 2019). "Khalid Nassour: What Happened to DC's Last Doctor Fate?". CBR. Retrieved 3 April 2020.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Levitz, Paul (2016). Blood price. Sonny Liew, Lee Loughridge, Nick Napolitano, Steve Wands. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-4012-6121-4. OCLC 933580456.
  2. ^ a b c d e "LEVITZ Channels DITKO For June's New, Unusual DR. FATE". Newsarama. 2015-04-16. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  3. ^ a b Plummer, Jessica (19 March 2020). "Give This Hero a Comic Book: Khalid Nassour (Doctor Fate)". Book Riot. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Levitz, Paul (2016). Prisoners of the past. Sonny Liew, Ibrahim Moustafa, Lee Loughridge, Saida Temofonte. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-4012-6492-5. OCLC 945719105.
  5. ^ a b c Tynion, James, IV (2019). Justice League Dark. Vol. 2, Lords of order. Ram V, Alvaro Martinez, Guillem March, Daniel Sampere, Mark Buckingham, Miguel Mendonça. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-4012-9460-1. OCLC 1110150328.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g V, Ram (2021). A costly trick of magic. James, IV Tynion, Amancay Nahuelpan, Kyle Hotz, Álvaro Martínez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, June Chung. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-77950-714-3. OCLC 1198086664.
  7. ^ a b c d e Johns, Geoff (2022). The New Golden Age #1. DC Comics.
  8. ^ "GCD :: Series :: Doctor Fate". 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Levitz, Paul (2017). Doctor Fate. Volume 3, Fateful threads. Sonny Liew, Brendan McCarthy, Ibrahim Moustafa, Inaki Miranda, Breno Tamura, Lee Loughridge. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-4012-7241-8. OCLC 956957419.
  10. ^ Sharp, Kevin (2018-06-11). "James Tynion IV Reveals New Justice League Dark Characters And Villain". DC Comics News. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  11. ^ Johnston, Rich (2020-12-18). "Justice League Dark Series Cancelled, Repurposed As Back-Up Strip". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  12. ^ a b Stone, Sam (2022-11-04). "Geoff Johns Breaks Down Restoring & Expanding DC's Golden Age Legacy". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  13. ^ Tynion, James, IV (2019). The last age of magic. Alvaro Martinez, Daniel Sampere, Raul Fernandez, Juan Albarran, Brad Anderson, Adriano Lucas. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-4012-8811-2. OCLC 1080251699.
  14. ^ a b c d Tynion, James, IV (2020). Justice League Dark. Vol. 3, The witching war. Alvaro Martinez, Fernando Blanco, Javi Fernandez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, John Kalisz. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-77950-034-2. OCLC 1133663808.
  15. ^ a b c Bendis, Brian Michael (2021). Superman: Mythological. Ivan Reis, Kevin Maguire, John Timms, Danny Miki, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-77950-572-9. OCLC 1238130236.
  16. ^ a b c Sheridan, Tim (2022). X marks the spot. Robbie Thompson, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Steve Lieber, Alejandro Sánchez, Dave Stewart. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-77951-281-9. OCLC 1273424253.
  17. ^ a b c d JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK THE GREAT WICKEDNESS. [S.l.]: DC COMICS. 2022. ISBN 978-1-77951-551-3. OCLC 1269618795.
  18. ^ a b Adams, Jeremy (2022). The Flash Vol. 17: Eclipsed. DC Comics. ISBN 9781779517449.
  19. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (2022). Justice League #72-74 "Leagues of Chaos Part 1-3". DC Comics.
  20. ^ a b Williamson, Joshua (2022). Dark Crisis #1. DC Comics.
  21. ^ Williamson, Joshua (2022). Dark Crisis #3. DC Comics.
  22. ^ Waid, Mark (2022). Batman & Robin #1-6. DC Comics.
  23. ^ Waid, Mark (2023). Lazarus Planet #1: Alpha. DC Comics.
  24. ^ Maines, Nicole (2023). Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1. DC Comics.
  25. ^ a b Johns, Geoff (2023). Justice Society of America #3 (2022). DC Comics.
  26. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 4) #2. DC Comics.
  27. ^ a b "Paul Levitz Talks Diversity, Surreality & Mythology in "Doctor Fate"". CBR. 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  28. ^ Morris, Steve. "Interview: Sonny Liew Dons the Helmet of Dr Fate". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  29. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (2022). Justice League: Leagues of Chaos (Justice League vol. 4 #72-#74). DC Comics.
  30. ^ Mixed-race superheroes. Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins, Eric L. Berlatsky. New Brunswick. 2021. ISBN 978-1-9788-1459-2. OCLC 1164822325.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  31. ^ Johns, Geoff (2022). Justice Society of America #1. DC Comics.
  32. ^ "DC Universe Infinite Encyclopedia: Doctor Fate". 2021-03-07. Archived from the original on 2021-03-07. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  33. ^ a b c Tynion, James, IV (2019). Justice League Dark. Volume 1, issue 1-3, 5-6, The last age of magic. Alvaro Martinez, Daniel Sampere, Raul Fernandez, Juan Albarran, Brad Anderson, Adriano Lucas. [United States]. ISBN 978-1-4012-8812-9. OCLC 1158974787.
  34. ^ a b The DC comics encyclopedia: The definitive guide to the characters of the DC universe. Matthew K. Manning, Stephen Wiacek, Melanie Scott, Nick Jones, Landry Q. Walker, Alan Cowsill (New ed.). New York, New York: DK Publishing. 2021. ISBN 978-0-7440-2056-4. OCLC 1253363543.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  35. ^ ADAMS, JEREMY (2022). FLASH 17 : eclipse. [S.l.]: DC COMICS. ISBN 978-1-77951-744-9. OCLC 1308393011.
  36. ^ "DC's Most Powerful Hero Just Broke The Fourth Wall". ScreenRant. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  37. ^ a b Altbacker, E. J. (2021). Future state : Justice League. Ryan Cady, Josie Campbell, Will Conrad, Sami Basri, Dale Eaglesham, Daniel Henriques. Burbank, CA. ISBN 978-1-77951-065-5. OCLC 1240265473.
  38. ^ Pasko, Martin (1975). 1st Issue Special #9. DC Comics.
  39. ^ Joyner, Tom (1992). Doctor Fate (vol. 2) #38. DC Comics.
  40. ^ Nitz, Jai (w). Suicide Squad: Black Files: Fortune's Wheel (2019)
  41. ^ Weisman, Greg (December 7, 2021). "@Greg_Weisman Q&A". Twitter.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)