Zero Hour #0

  • Writer: Dan Jurgens
  • Penciller: Dan Jurgens
  • Inker: Jerry Ordway
  • Colorist: Gregory Wright
  • Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
  • Editor: K.C. Carlson

Cover: Absolutely nothing to write about here!

Page 2 – Panel 1: The narrator is Parallax, the former Green Lantern (GL) Hal Jordan. He mentions asking for something once: this was for the return of Coast City following its destruction by Mongul.

Page 2 – Panel 4: The previous attempt was, as he says, when he tried to remake Coast City.

Page 3: The main character is, of course, Parallax. In the top left is Triumph; to the right, top to bottom, are Extant; Warrior; Batgirl; and Alpha Centurion.

Page 4 – Panel 2: “And I’m not crazy at all.” Well, most people would disagree with you there, Hal.

Page 4 – Panel 3: Warrior and Parallax fought not long after Jordan became Parallax and, as Warrior says, he got his butt kicked good.

Page 4 – Panel 4: The three characters here are from different timelines than the normal DC Universe.

Page 5 – Panel 5: Presumably, Jordan is referring to knowledge he gained when he drained the Central Power Battery on Oa.

Page 6 – Panel 3: It’s odd that Jordan mentions fighting the Anti-Monitor during the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS as he had quit being Green Lantern at that point and didn’t actually take part in the Crisis at all.

Page 6 – Panel 6: Warrior refers to events shown in issue #4.

Page 8 – Panel 1: Hawk and Arrow

Page 7 – Panel 2: The heroes at Vanishing Point. Waverider in the air; on the ground, left to right, are Liri Lee of the Linear Men; Captain Atom; Hawkman; Superman; the Atom (on Superman’s shoulder); GL Kyle Rayner; the Ray; Darkstar Donna Troy; Damage; and Green Arrow.

Page 7 – Panel 4: At this point, Damage has only recently started on the whole hero gig.

Page 8 – Panel 1: Green Arrow and Hawkman’s previous incarnation argued almost constantly during their time in the Justice League. It’s nice to see a tradition continue.

Page 8 – Panel 5: Waverider plans to recreate time – talk about ambition!

Page 9 – Panel 2: Parallax mentions two Earths, one for the modern heroes and one for the Justice Society. This is a nod to the original Earths-1 and 2 before the Crisis.

Page 9 – Panel 5: “Everybody wins!” That’s right, Hal, you’re not crazy at all . . .

Page 10 – Panel 3: The heroes from Vanishing Point arrive to stop Parallax’s scheme.

Page 11 – Panel 2: Extant forces the time lost heroes to fight alongside Parallax.

Page 12 – Panel 2: Parallax asks if Captain Atom would “like to regain lost time“, a reference to the Captain’s origin which involved him being shunted twenty years into his future.

Page 13: The Spectre arrives seeking vengeance, chaining Parallax and Extant. Green Arrow calls the Spectre by the name Corrigan – before his death, the Spectre was Gotham policeman Jim Corrigan.

Page 14 – Panels 2 and 3: Rationalising genocide

Page 14 – Panel 2: Green Arrow did indeed tell Parallax (when he was Green Lantern) to get involved; at the start of the classic 70’s run of GREEN LANTERN / GREEN ARROW when the two heroes fought social ills, ushering in the age of relevant comics.

Page 15 – Panel 2: Parallax claims to be sane but, again, shows himself willing to do whatever he thinks is necessary to achieve his ends.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Batgirl highlights what she does, reinforcing Green Arrow’s statement that she is just like him for the most part.

Page 16 – Panel 6: GL Kyle Rayner launches himself at Parallax. For a guy whose only just found himself being a hero, that’s a pretty brave move.

Page 17 – Panel 4: Parallax realises what Waverider is planning to do and prepares to kill Damage to prevent it happening.

Page 17 – Panels 5 and 6: Despite siding with Parallax, Batgirl knows right from wrong and tries to distract Parallax.

Page 18 – Panel 4: “A mega-blast“? Would that be a bang? A really big bang?

Page 18 – Panel 5: Parallax strays into philosophy here: who’s to say he isn’t correct, that Waverider and his team aren’t doing exactly what he attempted to do? Of course, again planning to murder Damage weakens his moral argument.

Page 19 – Panel 1: Batgirl throws herself in front of Parallax’s blast, saving Damage.

Page 19 – Panel 6: Batgirl dies in the arms of Green Arrow.

Page 19 – Panels 11 and 12: Face off

Page 19 – Panels 11 and 12: Parallax and Green Arrow face off against each other, two old friends become enemies.

Page 20 – Panel 2: Parallax dies.

Page 20 – Panel 18: Damage explodes, acting as the Big Bang itself, recreating the universe.

Page 21 – Panel 6: At Vanishing Point, Liri Lee realises the heroes were victorious.

Page 22 – Panel 3: Waverider reveals that he saved the heroes from the explosion . . .

Page 22 – Panel 5: . . . but was unable to save either Green Lantern or Parallax.

Page 23 – Panel 2: Batgirl fades from Green Arrow’s arms, her alternate timeline being wiped out.

Page 23 – Panel 4: Alpha Centurion follows the same fate, disappearing as though he never existed.

Page 23 – Panel 7: The Egyptian temple bears the lightning symbol that will become synonymous with Captain Marvel and his family.

Page 23 – Panel 9: The blue beetle scarab is seen here and will eventually provide the power for Dan Garrett, the first Blue Beetle.

Page 25 – Panel 1: Extant escapes

Page 24 – Panel 9: (Taking the headshots as Panels 1 to 8) This Wild Huntsman is related to the Manhunter series that was launched following ZERO HOUR.

Page 24 – Panel 12: Jonah Hex has a one panel cameo.

Page 25 – Panel 1: No point in wasting a good villain: Extant ducks out.

Page 26 – Panel 1: The heroes return, dropped back into time by Waverider, as if nothing happened. Left to right are Triumph; Captain Marvel; Warrior; Darkstar Donna Troy; Impulse; Damage; Mirage; Arsenal; Terra; the Ray; Batman; Amazing Man; Superman; and Waverider.

Page 26 – Panel 7: Don’t get too attached to that kid

Page 26 – Panel 2: GL Alan Scott and Supergirl are also here.

Page 26 – Panel 4: Despite Wavrider’s words, GL Rayner did survive and eventually returned to Earth.

Page 26 – Panel 6: Wonder Woman and Power Girl join the group.

Page 26 – Panel 7: Power Girl and her baby son. Their story was continued in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA where the child grew to adulthood in the space of weeks, became a hero called Equinox, fought a made to measure bad guy called Scarabus and then vanished never to be heard of again. Ever. And we’ll say no more about it.

Page 27 – Panel 3: Top to bottom down the left hand side are Superboy; Arsenal; Martian Manhunter; and Darkstar Donna Troy. Down the right hand side are Steel; Damage; Superman; and Hawkman.

Page 27 – Panel 8: Distraught at having killed his best friend, Green Arrow vents as only he can.

Page 28 – Panel 2: On the screen behind Waverider and Liri Lee is a scene from GANTHET’S TALE (which takes place well before ZERO HOUR). Between Waverider and Liri Lee can be seen the renegade Guardian Dawlakispokpok; above Liri is Dawlakispokpok’s Zamaron wife; and the large figure they are watching in turn is Krona.

Page 28 – Panel 3: With the universe reborn, so too is the Time Trapper. But who is this Time Trapper, who appears to have long hair? As far as I’m aware, the answer wasn’t revealed until the introduction to the hardback collection in 2018.

Deaths in this issue:

  • Batgirl – killed by Parallax
  • Parallax – killed by Green Arrow

At the back of the final issue was a three page, double sided pull out of the new DC timeline that was the result of ZERO HOUR:

Despite their best intentions, it wasn’t long before DC started re-writing that over and over again.