Zero Hour #0

ZH00Writer: Dan Jurgens

Penciller: Dan Jurgens

Inker: Jerry Ordway


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.

ZH00HawkmanGreenArrowPage 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.

ZH00GetInvolvedPage 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.

ZH00OliverHalPage 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.

ZH00ExtantLeavesPage 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.

ZH00PowerGirlBabyPage 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.

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:

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

 

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