Zero Hour #1

ZH01Writer: Dan Jurgens

Penciller: Dan Jurgens

Inker: Jerry Ordway


Cover    Clockwise from the top: Green Lantern (GL) Kyle Rayner; Batgirl; Superman; Hawkman; Waverider: Green Arrow; and the Ray.

Page 1 – Panel 2    Escaping from the remains of Coast City are Steel carrying Batgirl and Supergirl carrying Warrior.

Page 1 – Panel 3    Warrior mumbles “Kari…” This refers to Kari Limbo, the woman that Warrior was in love with years before.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 1    Warrior mentions that Kari has died; this occurred in Warrior #24, a cross-over with Zero Hour.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 4    Steel is struck by a chronal discharge.

Page 4 – Panel 2    Steel dies, killed by entropy.

Page 4 – Panel 4    Supergirl mentions her “psychokinetic powers” At this point, Supergirl is the creature called Matrix and not the Kryptonian cousin of Superman.

Page 5 – Panel 1    Extant stands confused by the multiple entropy fissures.

Page 5 – Panels 2 and 3    The real villain behind the events of Zero Hour approaches and reminds Extant who’s in charge.

Page 6 – Panel 1    The last remnants of the 30th century gather before it is destroyed. The Time Trapper hovers above the Legionnaires. Left to right are Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Rokk Krinn; Saturn Girl; Saturn Girl again; and Lightning Lad again. The duplicates are a result of the time fluctuations.

Page 6 – Panel 4    The end does indeed arrive for the Legion and the 30th century as a whole.

Page 6 – Panel 5    I have no idea why Saturn Girl is standing like that!

ZH01TrapperDiesPage 7 – Panels 1 to 3    Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad of the disco-era Legion die as entropy takes over.

Page 7 – Panel 5    The villain arrives to deal with the Time Trapper.

Page 7 – Panel 6    A repeat of issue #4, the start of Zero Hour, but this time the Trapper will not survive.

Page 8 – Panel 1    Power Girl suffering labour pains.

Page 8 – Panel 2    Captain Atom and Wonder Woman. Positioning Power Girl with her legs facing the windows on to the street is hardly the most dignified manner in which to give birth! Wonder Woman may be “more than capable of handling this natural event” but she might want to pull the drapes first!

Page 8 – Panel 3    Left to right are Nightwing; Booster Gold; Amazing Man; Impulse; Batman; Robin; with Captain Atom above them. At this point, he and Wonder Woman had a fractious relationship to say the least.

Page 8 – Panel 4    Metron stands behind Booster Gold.

Page 9 – Panel 1    Impulse vanishes as the future disappears.

Page 9 – Panel 2    Booster Gold goes the same way. Superman stands behind him.

Page 9 – Panel 4    Left to right are GL Kyle Rayner; Geo-Force; Martian Manhunter; Hawkman; and Metron.

Page 9 – Panel 5    That’s right, Wonder Woman, like Power Girl needs any more pressure!

Page 10 – Panel 2    The Flash races through Gotham.

Page 11 – Panel 1    The Spectre arrives. As he says, he used to be a police officer named Jim Corrigan.

Page 11 – Panel 5    The Flash is taken as time contracts from the past as well.

ZH01AquamanPage 12 – Panel 1    Supergirl, Warrior and Batgirl arrive from the west coast. Below them, left to right, are Green Arrow; Mr. Miracle; Batman; and L-Ron in Despero’s body.

Page 12 – Panel 3    Aquaman seems a little dazed and confused. He has recently lost his left hand to a school of piranha. Having more pressing things on her mind at the moment, Wonder Woman’s less than sympathetic.

Page 12 – Panel 4    Left to right are Captain Atom; the Ray; Superman; GL Kyle Rayner; Metron; and Darkstar Donna Troy. Look closely and you’ll see the Atom on Donna’s shoulder.

Page 13 – Panel 1    Metron takes the heroes to Vanishing Point in order to help stop the destruction.

Page 13 – Panel 3    Metron kindly introduces the two Linear Men: Matthew Ryder and Liri Lee.

Page 13 – Panel 6    Metron and the Atom plan to force this Matthew Ryder to become Waverider.

Page 14 – Panel 2    At Metron’s request, Superman and GL Rayner find the probe launched by Vril Dox back in issue #3.

Page 14 – Panel 3    Atom’s “experience with time travel” ties in with the Atom’s wish that “Professor Hyatt were here…” Atom used to help his college colleague retrieve items from the past using a time pool that Hyatt had created, a portal that was only large enough to allow the Atom to pass through.

Page 14 – Panel 4    As Liri Lee says, messing about with time is nothing new for the Linear Men.

Page 15 – Panel 2    Back on Earth, Wildcat lays in his hospital bed. Left to right are GL Alan Scott; Starman; David Knight; and Jack Knight. The latter pair are the sons of Starman.

Page 15 – Panel 5    Starman passes on the mantle to his eldest son David. Following Zero Hour, a new Starman series would be launched featuring the two brothers.

Page 15 – Panel 6    The hospital is destroyed, killing all within.

Page 16 – Panel 2    Extant finds the Leymen, mystics attempting to prevent the destruction.

ZH01BatmanDiesPage 16 – Panels 3 and 4    Extant kills the Leymen.

Page 17 – Panel 1    Warrior and Nightwing on the ledge; Batman and Robin on the police car.

Page 17 – Panel 3    Extant appears in New York.

Page 17 – Panels 4 and 5    Despite Extant claiming to be unable to predict the next fissure, it’s somewhat convenient that it opens on Batman.

Page 17 – Panel 6    Batman is killed by the entropy rift.

Page 18 – Panel 3    The heroes launch themselves at Extant. Left to right are Green Arrow; Elongated Man; Triumph; Batgirl; and Extant.

Page 18 – Panel 5    Green Arrow’s shot goes wide as Extant is struck from behind by . . .

Page 19 – Panel 1    The new Waverider, created by Metron and the Atom earlier in Vanishing Point.

Page 19 – Panel 2    The Atom has obviously joined him from Vanishing Point and attacks Extant himself.

Page 20 – Panels 1 to 4    Blasted by chronal energy, the Atom becomes younger and younger.

Page 20 – Panel 5    The Atom ends up being around 18 years old. Following Zero Hour, the Atom would join the Teen Titans.

Page 20 – Panel 6    Superman attacks at “the crucial moment”

Page 20 – Panel 7    In turn, Superman is struck by the villain of the series.

Page 20 – Panel 8    In the foreground are Robin and Starfire; behind them are Warrior; Aquaman; and Green Arrow, all of whom recognise the villain who turns out to be . . .

Page 21    . . . Parallax, once GL Hal Jordan who stands over Superman. Behind him are Captain Atom; Green Arrow; Waverider; GL Kyle Rayner; Extant; and Batgirl.

Page 22 – Panel 1    GL Rayner tries to sneak up on Parallax.

Page 22 – Panel 2    Waverider; Warrior; Green Arrow; Batgirl; and Alpha Centurion.

Page 22 – Panel 3    Parallax makes Rayner disappear.

Page 22 – Panel 4    Everything disappears in the entropy rift.

Page 23    Parallax muses over his plans to recreate the universe and possibly more than one.

ZH01EndOfEverything

Deaths in this issue:

  • Steel – killed by entropy
  • Lightning Lad (two versions) – killed by entropy
  • Saturn Girl (two versions) – killed by entropy
  • Cosmic Boy (several versions) – killed by entropy
  • The Time Trapper – killed by Parallax
  • Impulse – killed by entropy
  • Booster Gold – killed by entropy
  • The Flash – killed by entropy
  • Wildcat – killed by entropy
  • GL Alan Scott – killed by entropy
  • Starman – killed by entropy
  • David Knight – killed by entropy
  • Jack Knight – killed by entropy
  • The Leymen – killed by Extant
  • Batman – killed by entropy

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