Zero Hour #3

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

Cover: On the left is Extant; in the foreground is Green Lantern (GL) Alan Scott; Flash; and Hourman. Floating in the background are (from top to bottom) GL Kyle Rayner; Superman; Hawkman; and Impulse.

Page 1: Jay Garrick, the Flash, mourns the loss of the man he had long thought of as a grandson – Wally West who died in the previous issue.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 1: The Justice Society of America gathered. Left to right are Starman; GL Alan Scott; Dr Mid-Nite; Waverider; Flash; Hawkman; Atom (in the foreground); Hawkgirl; Wildcat; Dr. Fate; Johnny Quick; Hourman; and Sandman. Hourman asks after Sandman’s heart – in years gone by, the older hero had suffered a heart attack.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 2: Hawkman mentions the JSA’s experience with time problems; for a long time the JSA were lost in a dimension made to resemble Ragnarok, the Nordic end of the world.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 6: As the rest of the JSA head to Vanishing Point, the two Hawks and Waverider are separated.

Page 4 – Panel 1: Superman and Metron heading, as they say, for New York and the rest of the heroes Superman recruited last issue.

Page 5 – Panel 5: K.O. Dino

Page 4 – Panel 3: Superman hears cries from Keystone City, home of the Flash.

Page 4 – Panel 4: This isn’t Flash, however, but Wally West’s cousin from the future, Impulse. (And Hawkman thought the JSA had experience with time travel!)

Page 5 – Panel 2: Superman kindly explains where the dinosaurs came from. Impulse’s remark about not wanting to be called “Kid Flash” is ironic as some years later he would take on that identity.

Page 5 – Panel 5: Vibrating through walls was a trick perfected by Impulse’s grandfather, Barry Allen, the second Flash.

Page 6 – Panel 3: The Time Trapper in the doorway and his captive Rokk Krinn, formerly Cosmic Boy.

Page 6 – Panel 6: The Trapper reveals himself to be an older version of Krinn himself.

Page 7 – Panel 3: The heroes begin to gather in New York. From left to right are Blue Beetle; Booster Gold; Metamorpho; and Maxima.

Page 7 – Panel 4: Left to right are Power Girl and Wonder Woman. At this point in time, Power Girl is pregnant and rather than have her dressed in her superhero costume, Dan Jurgens gives her one of the most boring and ugly outfits ever. But hey, that’s just my opinion!

Pages 8 and 9: The heroes gather

Pages 8 and 9: The traditional big gathering of heroes that any cross-over needs! Click the image on the left to expand it – the characters are numbered with the key as follows:

1) Mr. Miracle: 2) Martian Manhunter: 3) The Ray: 4) Jade: 5) Northwind: 6) Darkstar Donna Troy: 7) Superboy: 8) Supergirl: 9) Steel: 10) Pantha: 11) Triumph: 12) Starfire: 13) Captain Marvel: 14) Geo-Force: 15) Amazing Man: 16) Superman: 17) Agent Liberty: 18) Cosmic Boy: 19) Elongated Man: 20) Captain Atom: 21) Killowat: 22) Obsidian: 23) Phantasm: 24) Emerald Dragon: 25) Green Lantern Kyle Rayner: 26) Alpha Centurion: 27) Red Wing: 28) Impulse: 29) Guy Gardner: 30) Maxima: 31) Booster Gold: 32) Metamorpho: 33) Wonder Woman: 34) Saturn Girl: 35) Lightning Lad: 36) Red Star: 37) Dr. Light: 38) Aquaman: 39) Green Arrow: 40) Blue Beetle: 41) Nightwing: 42) Batman: 43) Robin: 44) Gunfire: 45) Power Girl: 46) Katana: 47) L-Ron (in Despero’s body): 48) Batgirl: 49) The Atom

Page 10 – Panel 1: Superman gets tagged as leader of the heroes. No big surprise there.

Page 10 – Panel 2: The Justice Society arrive at Vanishing Point. On the back row at the top are Sandman; Dr. Mid-Nite; Starman; Hourman; Johnny Thunder; and Flash. Next row are Atom; Wildcat; GL Alan Scott; and Dr. Fate. Down at the bottom is Johnny Quick.

Page 10 – Panel 4: Extant arrives and attacks the Society with a “chronal energy blast!”

Page 11 – Panel 1: Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Waverider materialise elsewhere.

Page 11 – Panel 2: The Hawks and Waverider watch various versions of themselves fly over head. Waverider states the Hawks are “one of the major chronal disruptions resulting from the first Crisis!” He found out about CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS in the previous issue and this is probably as close to DC Comics admitting, in story, that they totally dropped the ball with Hawkman post-Crisis!

Page 12 – Panel 5: New Hawk God

Page 11 – Panel 3: The current Hawkman, Katar Hol, on the right battles the Hawk Avatar, the root source of all the various Hawkman.

Page 12 – Panel 2: The original Hawks and the latest are merged in a blast of cosmic energy.

Page 12 – Panel 4: Metron appears behind Waverider just in time to offer some exposition.

Page 12 – Panel 5: And the new Hawkman is born.

Page 13 – Panel 2: This is Vril Dox, leader of L.E.G.I.O.N.

Page 13 – Panel 3: The probe Dox launches here will play a part later on.

Page 13 – Panel 4: This is Supertown on New Genesis, home to the New Gods.

Page 13 – Panel 5: The leader of New Genesis, Highfather.

Page 13 – Panel 6: Behind Highfather are Lightray on the left and Orion on the right.

Page 14 – Panel 1: The first meeting of Guy Gardner (ex-Green Lantern) and the new Lantern on the block, Kyle Rayner.

Page 14 – Panel 2: Left to right are Aqualad; Nightwing; Darkstar Donna Troy; Superman; Impulse; Batman; The Ray; and Metamorpho. At this point, Donna Troy hadn’t long joined the Darkstars and Metamorpho had recently had his appearance altered.

Page 14 – Panel 3: Batgirl; Alpha Centurion; and Impulse. Both Batgirl and Alpha Centurion are from alternate timelines. And is it just me or is Impulse scoping out her chest?

Page 14 – Panel 4: The Atom.

Page 14 – Panel 5: Despite The Ray’s words, this is the only time we see Maxima’s outfit morphing to any degree.

Page 15 – Panel 1: Waverider, Hawkman and Metron join the other heroes. Behind Superman are Amazing Man and Obsidian.

Page 15 – Panel 3: Saturn Girl and Emerald Dragon.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Mourning Wally

Page 15 – Panel 6: GL Kyle Rayner and Mr. Miracle.

Page 15 – Panel 7: Wavrider informs the heroes that Flash and GL Hal Jordan have died trying to stop the entropy wave as seen last issue.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Nightwing, Darkstar Donna Troy and Arsenal (who wasn’t shown in the two page spread) are shocked to hear of the Flash’s death; they had all served as Teen Titans originally.

Page 16 – Panel 2: Guy Gardner; Mr. Miracle; Waverider; and Green Arrow. Both Gardner and Arrow are stunned at the news of GL Jordan’s death – Gardner because he served with Jordan in the GL Corps, Arrow because the two were long time friends.

Page 16 – Panel 3: Note that the Atom is sat on Gardner’s left shoulder in this panel . . .

Page 16 – Panel 4: . . . but is now on his right! Gardner mentions the events of what became known as Emerald Twilight where GL Jordan went mad and destroyed the GL Corps.

Page 16 – Panel 5: Captain Atom; Phantasm; and L-Ron in Despero’s body.

Page 16 – Panel 6: Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Manhunter is concerned about his friend who has recently lost his hand to a school of piranhas.

Page 16 – Panel 7: Waverider has an epiphany.

Page 17 – Panel 2: Extant manipulates Vanishing Point so that the Justice Society are separated from each other. On the top grid are Johnny Quick; Atom; and Dr. Fate. On the middle are Green Lantern and Flash. On the bottom are Wildcat; Sandmas; Hourman; and Dr. Mid-Nite.

Page 17 – Panel 5: With another blast of chronal energy, Extant kills the original Atom.

Page 17 – Panel 8: “Even Fate falls asunder!” Dr. Fate is destroyed, leaving his human counterparts, Kent and Inza Nelson to flounder.

Page 18 – Panel 3: Wildcat and Sandman fall

Page 18 – Panel 3: Extant ages Wildcat and Sandman, causing them both to collapse.

Page 19 – Panel 2: Back in New York, Waverider realises that something’s wrong in Vanishing Point.

Page 19 – Panel 5: The remaining members of the Justice Society are struck by another blast from Extant, though GL Alan Scott’s power ring protects him.

Page 19 – Panel 6: Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite attack Extant regardless of their enforced ageing.

Page 20 – Panel 5: Waverider arrives just a bit too late. Hourman’s last ditch attack against Extant would be revisited several years later in the pages of the JSA series. Though it appears he dies here (and I’m listing it as such below) the android Hourman from the future actually takes his place, stepping between seconds and allowing Rex to continue living a full life.

Page 21 – Panel 1: Left to right are Metamorpho; Geo-Force; Batman; Robin; and Anima who, like Arsenal above, didn’t appear on the two-page spread earlier.

Page 21 – Panel 2: Actually, Booster, if it’s from the 25th Century that would be your present, not your future.

Page 22 – Panels 3 and 4: Yet another chronal blast wipes the charge in GL’s ring.

Page 23 – Panel 1: Waverider refers to Extant as Monarch; as shown in the SHOWCASE ’94 Prelude, Waverider inadvertently allowed Monarch to become Extant.

Page 23 – Panel 2: And before Extant was Monarch he was, as Waverider says, the hero Hawk who went mad in ARMAGEDDON 2001.

Page 23 – Panel 5: Extant mentions Waverider’s and Monarch’s – his – fate being linked. Waverider was actually created by the future Monarch in ARMAGEDDON 2001.

Page 23 – Panel 6: Extant reveals he and Waverider have a lot more in common than first thought.

Deaths in this issue:

  • Atom – killed by Extant
  • Hourman – killed by Extant