Some (Quick) Thoughts on Doctor Fate – Part 3

By now, most of you have probably heard that the DOCTOR FATE book has been postponed. Let me asssure you that it *is* a postponement, not a cancellation. It happened for a number of reasons, including my speed (or lack thereof) with the scripts, the last-minute change of art personnel, and some on-the-fly editorial decisions at DC that affected DOCTOR FATE indirectly.

I know you’re disappointed. So am I. But the book is going to be better for this, and the release schedule further down the line will be much more reliable. I know it was a difficult decision for DC to make, but it was the right one.

I’ve promised Joey Cavalieri that I’d get a certain amount of work done by April 30th. Meeting this obligation is absolutely critical to the success of the book, so bear with me if the posts here are even sparser than usual over the next six weeks. I’ll try to pop in with a line or two during work breaks or between scripts. And I *will* answer the rest of your Doctor Fate questions. They help me crystallize my own thinking about the book, so working with them can be time very well spent.

9 Responses to “Some (Quick) Thoughts on Doctor Fate – Part 3”

  1. Mario Di Giacomo Says:

    Good comics are worth waiting for.

  2. Starocotes Says:

    Do not fear you are in good company. The new JSA book and Green Lantern wherer very late too and look at Frank Miller’s and Jim Lee’s Batman and Robin book or the new Wildcats.

    It is sad that we have to wait for the book a while longer but I guess it will be worth it.

  3. Steve Gerber Says:

    And I’d much rather the wait occurred *before* issue one than between issues later on.

  4. Sean Clayton Says:

    Off topic –

    Steve, as much as I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it. I’m a huge Hard Time fan. It was by far the hardest ending I’ve ever had to read. I didn’t realise the series was over until the farewell. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated Hard Time, and all the work you put into it. (I would have posted on the hard time farewell blog but I could not comment. Again, my apologies.)

    On that note, could you please recomend something for me to read? I have started reading Criminal, and I enjoy it.

  5. Charles Bryan Says:

    Absolute agreement on a pause before issue one rather than later.

    Mr. Gerber, we wouldn’t check into your blog if we didn’t like what you’ve done for us readers, so do what ya gotta do — I’ll presume to speak for many when I wish you the best, and part of that is wishing you the best experience on Doctor Fate.

    Thanks for letting us know what’s going on (actually, I didn’t know it was definitely delayed until now) and for sharing the experience with us.

  6. Fred Chamberlain Says:

    I agree 100% with the wait being before the run begins, rather than between issues and add the risk of losing momentum.

    Side note to all:

    * Newsarama has a nice interview with Justiano that was posted today.

    * Yesterday’s Comic Shop News giveaway had a blurb on Dr. Fate, with a statement on Nelson’s profession. If you ahven’t already figured it out, word is beginning to get around.

  7. Brian Spence Says:

    I’m not disappointed. I’m actually relieved, because they want this book to be GOOD, not just hacked out. I really hope you do to Doctor Fate what Brubaker did to Captain America (besides kill him). That is, take a character that hasn’t clicked in many, many years and make him cool again. I got faith, Steve.

  8. scott Says:

    So strange. I’m in a similar situation, the 30th being my birthday. I’ve already completed writing a Marvel Adventures Avengers story. Also, is back up and running! Godspeed!

  9. scott Says:

    While you’re doing that, passed 6,000 hits!