Khalid Nassour was created by Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew in Doctor Fate #1 - Blood of the Pharaohs as part of DC DCYou initiative.
Note: In the DC Sneak Peek that marked his debut, Khalid and his father's last name was given as Nassour. However, in the first issue of his new series, their last name was changed to Nelson. The 2nd issue changed their last name back to Nassour.
Khalid Nassour is an Egyptian-American medical student who is a descendent of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and the great nephew of Kent Nelson. He was selected by Bastet, the Egyptian God to bear the helm of Thoth to stop Anubis. After defeating Anubis Khalid became the apprentice of Kent Nelson.
Joining the Justice League Dark
Khalid was studying and meditating with Kent as he conversed with Nabu, who suggested his idea of wiping out all magic on Earth to restore Order. At night, Kent sleepwalked and grabbed the Helm at the order of Nabu, who took control of his body as Doctor Fate. As a witness, Khalid was soon turned into a vase, left in the Tower of Fate until the visit from the Justice League Dark, which was then knocked over and cracked by Man-Bat. Released temporarily, Khalid hurried to explain that he was trapped and who he was, before being reformed into the clay sculpture. Curious, Man-Bat began to learn magic and was eventually able to free Khalid from the vase. Khalid then fought alongside the Justice League Dark in the war against the Lords of Order, and after their victory, decided to don the Helm and become Doctor Fate.
Magic: Due to his pharaoh lineage, Khalid has magical abilities even without the artifacts. After being under Kent Nelson's tutelage for years, Khalid is considered one of the most powerful magicians on Earth and is the successor to Kent Nelson as Doctor Fate.
- Cosmic Awareness: Khalid is one of the few people aware of the Fourth Wall concept. He can also use his magic to open other people's inner eyes to see the fourth wall. Khalid can visually see the magic happening around him and is knowledgeable in the workings of the universe.
- Eldritch Blast: Khalid can release blasts of magical energy powerful enough to incinerate two vampires with a single shot.
- Photokinesis: Can create blinding lights.
- Telekinesis: Shown to move objects by will.
- Time Magic: Khalid learned how to manipulate time to various degrees without relying on the Helm's power.
- Telepathy: Khalid can wipe the minds of others, including White Martians.
Medical Knowledge: Khalid was a certified emergency medical technician and later completed medical school, earning a medical doctorate degree.
Occultism: As the apprentice of Kent Nelson, the original Doctor Fate, Khalid learned much about the world of magic, spellcasting, mystic artifacts, mystic realms, etc. His knowledge is suitable enough to have his own apprentice, Stitch.
Multilingual: Khalid is able to speak English, Mandarin Chinese and Egyptian.
Helmet of Fate: Granted by Bastet, the Helmet previously belonged to Nabu who was a scholar of Thoth and one of the original Lords of Order (among the most powerful sorcerers of history). The Helmet contains the will, personality, power and knowledge of Nabu, and thanks to the artifact the wearer can communicate with Nabu himself. The Helmet also grants the wearer various skills:
- Cosmic Awareness
- Dimensional Travel
- Elemental Control
- Energy Manipulation
- Time Manipulation
Staff of Power: A powerful magical object given to him by Thoth to stop Anubis.
- Energy Absorption
- Energy Manipulation
- Energy Projection
- Energy Shields