Does A Name Change From Nelson To Conrad Indicate The Fate Of The JSA?

5158901-dfate_14It looks like there's been a curious behind-the-scenes change to Doctor Fate. The solicitations for #12 and for #13 both mention the debut of Kent Nelson.

The victorious Khalid returns to Brooklyn determined to get on with his life, but that's easier said than done when you're a novice superhero juggling romance, homework, and the untold powers of Doctor Fate. Fortunately, help comes in the form of a man who might know something about it: Uncle Kent Nelson.

From a windowless tower in Salem, Massachusetts, a man who is familiar with Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, smells trouble coming. But will he be able to properly teach the former medical student and current possessor of the mystical power, Khalid Nassour, how to truly be Doctor Fate before all New York City is aflame?

The #14 solicitation however changes something.

"Kent Conrad, the original Doctor Fate, has come to New York to try to assist the newest bearer of the power, Khalid Nassour, in learning how to use and control it. But when their lessons lead to an Efreet emerging through a portal and lighting New York afire, Khalid and Kent must defeat it and take it back to where it came from. But when the smoke clears, will one of them be stuck on the wrong side?" "

Did Kent Nelson, the original Golden Age Doctor Fate who first appeared in 1940, suddenly become off-limits whilst this storyline was being developed?

So the creators were forced to change the name to Kent Conrad? And is that anything to do with the original Justice Society Of America returning in Rebirth?

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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