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Zero Hour
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Notes:
Zero Hour was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. In it, the one-time hero Hal Jordan, who had until then been a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, mad with grief after the destruction of his home town of Coast City, and having obtained immense power as Parallax, attempted to destroy, and then remake, the DC Universe. The crossover involved almost every DC Universe monthly series published at the time. The issues of the series itself were numbered in reverse order, beginning with issue #4 and ending with #0 (i.e. 'counting down to zero'). The series was written and penciled by Dan Jurgens, with inks by Jerry Ordway. Zero Hour was intended by DC as a belated follow-up to their landmark limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, and was indeed subtitled "(A) Crisis in Time". It promised to do for the inconsistent future timelines of the DC Universe what Crisis had done for its parallel worlds: unify them into a new one. The event served as an opportunity to reconcile some of the problems left unaddressed by Crisis and other problems that had been unintentionally caused by it. In particular, the revised characters of the post-Crisis universe had been rolled out gradually, with DC continuing to feature the old versions until the new versions were launched, some of them a year or several after the first wave of same (i.e. Superman: The Man of Steel and Batman: Year One). The character of Hawkman was one of the most problematic, since the revised version didn't first appear until 1989. This raised the question of what version of Hawkman had been seen since 1986. (He had been retconned to be both the Golden Age Hawkman and a Thanagarian spy.) The Legion of Super-Heroes faced similar problems with the elimination of Superboy from DC continuity. (Valor, aka Mon-El, a character with similar powers, had been recast to take his place as the Legion's inspiration and most powerful member.) These and other retcons were not always well received by readers and often introduced new problems. The apparent villain of the story presented in the miniseries was a character named Extant (see also Hawk), who was using his temporal powers to unravel the DC Universe's timeline. In a confrontation with members of the Justice Society of America, Extant aged several of them (removing the effect that had kept these heroes of the 1940s vital into the 1990s), leaving them either feeble or dead. The true power behind the destruction of the universe - caused by temporal rifts of entropy - turned out to be former Green Lantern Hal Jordan, now calling himself "Parallax." Jordan had previously gone insane, and was now trying to remake the universe, undoing the events which had caused his breakdown and his own murderous actions following it. The collective efforts of the other superheroes managed to stop Jordan/Parallax from imposing his vision of a new universe, and the universe was recreated anew, albeit with subtle differences compared to the previous one. This 'blanking out/recreation' of the DC Universe was reflected in many of the tie-in issues; near the end of several of the tie-ins, the world began to disappear, and the last page of the book (or in some cases, several pages) had been left blank. Hal Jordan, whose descent into villainhood outraged some fans, was later exonerated of his crimes in the 2004-2005 miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth, which revealed that Parallax was a separate entity that had possessed Jordan, and was responsible for his murderous actions. Eventually almost every person seemingly murdered by Hal Jordan/Parallax had returned from the dead or was shown to have somehow survived. Zero Month books should not be considered part of the Zero Hour crossover. Zero Hour crossovers only occured between Showcase '94 #8 and Zero Hour #0. While Zero Month was spawned from Zero Hour, it is considered a separate entity.



Issues (47):
Action Comics (1938) #703
Adventures of Superman (1987) #516
Anima (1994) #7
Batman (1940) #511
Batman: Shadow of the Bat (1992) #31
Booster Gold (2007) #0
Catwoman (1993) #14
Comics Values Monthly (1986) #95
Damage (1994) #6
Darkstars (1992) #24
Detective Comics (1937) #678
The Flash (1987) #94
Green Arrow (1988) #90
Green Lantern (1990) TPB
Green Lantern (1990) TPB
Green Lantern (1990) #55
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994) #24
Hawkman (1993) #13
Justice League America (1989) #92
Justice League International (1993) #68
Justice League Task Force (1993) #16
L.E.G.I.O.N. (1989) #70
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989) #61
Legionnaires (1993) #18 (2nd Printing)
Legionnaires (1993) #18
Outsiders (1993) #11
Robin (1993) #10
Showcase '94 (1994) #8
Showcase '94 (1994) #9
Showcase '94 (1994) #10
Superboy (1994) #8
Superman (1987) #93
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #37
Team Titans (1992) #24
Valor (1992) #23
Valor (1992) #23 (2nd Printing)
Zero Hour Sampler (1994) nn
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) TPB
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) TPB (Third Printing)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) Ashcan
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) Ashcan (Gold Edition)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) #0
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) #1
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) #2
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) #3
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994) #4
Zero: The Beginning of Tomorrow (1994) nn

Characters appearing in this story arc ():
Abra Kadabra (DC)
Agent Liberty (01 - Benjamin Lockwood)
Alchemist (DC) (SW6)
Alice 'Allie' (DC) (01)
Alpha Centurion (DC)
Amazing Man (DC)(02 - Will Everett III)
Archibald 'Archie' Andrews
Anima (DC)
Anthro
Apparition (DC) (Earth-247)
Apparition (SW6)
Aqualad (01 - Garth)
Aquaman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01-Arthur 'Orin' Curry)
Imra Ardeen Ranzz (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Argus (DC) (02 - Nick Kelly)
Arion, Lord of Atlantis
Jan Arrah (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Arsenal (DC)(02 - Roy Harper)
Atom (DC)(01 - Al Pratt)
Atom (DC)(02 - Ray Palmer)
Atomic Knight
Brek Bannin (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Biff Bannon
Bar Sinister
Baron Blitzkrieg (DC)
Dennis Bartain
Bat Lash
Batgirl (01 - Barbara Gordon)
Batgirl (non-continuity)
Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
Batman (DC)(non-continuity)
Batman (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jean-Paul Valley)
Battalion
Garryn Bek
Marij'n Bek
Bitsy
Black Beetle
Black Canary (DC)(02 - Dinah Laurel Lance)
Bloody Mary (Female Furies)
Blue Beetle (DC) (01 - Dan Garrett)
Blue Beetle (DC) (02 - Ted Kord)
Blue Beetle (DC) (03 - Jaime Reyes)
Annie Bonelli
Booster Gold
Borb Borbb
Bouncing Boy (SW6)
Brainiac 2 (DC)
Brainiac 3 (DC)
Brainiac 5 (DC)(Earth-0)
Brainiac 5 (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Brainiac 5 (DC)(SW6)
Brimstone (DC)
Brother Eye (Infinite Crisis)
Harvey Bullock
Bumblebee (DC)
C.V.
Captain Atom (Modern Age)
Captain Marvel (DC)(Post Crisis)
Michelle Carter
Naomi Carter
Case
Davroth Catto
Catwoman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Selina Kyle)
Celeste (DC)
Chameleon (DC)
Changeling (DC)
Chaon
Joe Chill (DC)(non-continuity)
Cinnamon (DC)(01 - Kate Manser)
Claw (DC) (04 - John Chan)
Ferrin Colos
Concrete
Cosmic Boy (DC)(Earth-247 - Post Zero Hour)
Cosmic Boy (DC)(SW6)
Crimson Fox (03 - Constance D'Aramis Solo)
Damage (DC)
Darkseid (DC)
Darkstar (DC)(01 - Lydea Mallor)
Darkstar (DC)(02 - John Stewart)
Mandra Darrow
Megan Darrow
Deathstroke the Terminator (DC)
Dervish (DC) (Nema)
Casey Devon
Doctor Fate (DC)(01 - Kent Nelson & Nabu)
Doctor Fate (DC)(06 - Inza Nelson)
Doctor Light (04 - Kimiyo Hoshi)
Doctor Mid-Nite (DC)(01 - Charles McNider)
Doctor Mist
Mo Douglas
Dragonmage (SW6)
Dream Girl (DC)(Earth-0)
Dream Girl (SW6)
Dubbilex (DC)(DNAlien)
Luornu Durgo (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Jor- El (DC)(non-continuity)
Lara Jor- El (non-continuity)
El Diablo (01 - Lazarus Lane)
Zan- El
Element Lad (DC)(Earth-0)
Elongated Man (DC)
Emerald Dragon (DC)
John Emerson
Kate Emerson
Enforcer (DC) (03 - Mica)
Entropy (DC)
Equinox (DC)
Eradicator (DC)(03 - Dr. David Connor)
Eris (DC) (02 - Anima)
Extant
Sebastian Faust
Fire (DC)
Flak
Flamebird (04 - Bette Kane)
Flash (DC)(01 - Jay Garrick)
Flash (DC)(02 - Barry Allen)
Flash (DC)(03 - Wally West)
John Flint
Jeb Friedman
Garv
Geo-Force
Gigantus (DC)
Glorith (01 - Glorith of Baaldur)
Goldstar (02 - Michelle Carter)
Golem (DC) (02 - Paul)
Andy Goodwin
James Gordon (DC)(non-continuity)
James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
Gossamer (DC) (SW6)
Richard 'Dick' Grayson (non-continuity)
Green Arrow (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Oliver Queen)
Green Arrow (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Connor Hawke)
Green Lantern (DC)(01 - Alan Scott)
Green Lantern (DC)(02 - Hal Jordan)
Green Lantern (DC)(05 - Kyle Rayner)
Chet 'Weasel' Grimes
Guardian (DC)(non-continuity)
Gunfire
Gypsy
Amon Hakk
Halo (DC)
Emil Hamilton
Hawkgirl (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Shiera Hall)
Hawkgod (DC)
Hawkman (DC)(non-continuity)(Katar Hol)
Hawkman (DC)(Post Crisis)(03 - GA Carter Hall)
Hawkman (DC)(Post Crisis)(04 - Katar Hol)
Hawkwoman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Shayera Thal)
Alison Hell
Herald (DC) (01 - Mal Duncan)
Jonah Woodson Hex
Highfather
Hourman (01 - Rex Tyler)
Impulse (DC) (01 - Bart Allen)
Inferno (DC) (01 - SW6 Dirk Morgna)
Invisible Kid (DC)(SW6)
Iron Munro
Ivy
Jack O'Lantern (DC) (02 - Post-Crisis)
Jade (DC)(01 - Jennie-Lynn Hayden)
Lydda Jath Krinn (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Java (DC)
Jewel (DC)
Johnny Quick (DC)
Johnny Thunder (DC)(02 - Western)
Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
Judy (DC) (03 - Anima, The Avatar)
Thom Kallor (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Katana (DC)
Jonathan Joseph 'Pa' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)
Martha Clark 'Ma' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)
Clark Joseph Kent (DC)(Post Crisis)
Killowat
Addison Kingsley
Kobra (DC) (01 - Jeffrey Burr)
Kono (DC)
Krypto (02 - Bibbo's dog)
L-Ron / Despero
Lady Blackhawk (DC)(01 - Zinda Blake)
Lois Joanne Lane (DC)(non-continuity)
Lois Joanne Lane (DC)(Post Crisis)
Lana Elizabeth Lang (Post-Crisis)
Liri Lee
Andrea Lencioni
Lightning Lad (DC)(Earth-0)
Lightray (DC)
Kari Limbo (DC)
Joan Lincoln
Liv (DC)
Live Wire (DC)(Earth-247 - Post Zero Hour)
Live Wire (DC)(SW6)
Lobo (DC)
Looker (DC)
Lost Johnny
Major Force
Nelson Mandela
Manhunter (05 - Chase Lawler)
Mania
Margo
Martian Manhunter
Jeremy Mason
Willow Harmony Mason
Matter-Eater Lad (SW6)
Max Mercury (DC)
Maxima (DC)
Megafire
Metallik
Metamorpho (01 - Rex Mason)
Metron
Mirage (DC)(02 - Miriam Delgado)
Monarch (01 - Hank Hall)
Mongrel (DC)
Renee Maria Montoya
Zena Moonstruk
Mordru (DC)(Earth-0)
Mordru (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Mr. Miracle (DC)(02 - Scott Free)
Munchuckk (DC)
Nura Nal (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Nameless One (DC)
Night Girl (DC)(Earth-0)
Nighthawk (DC)
Nightrider
Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
Northwind (DC)
NRG (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Nuklon (DC)(01 - Al Rothstein)
Devlin O'Ryan
Obsidian (DC)
James 'Jimmy' Olsen (non-continuity)
James Bartholomew 'Jimmy' Olsen (post-Crisis)
Oracle (DC)(02 - Barbara Gordon)
Orion (DC)
Pantha (DC) (02 - X-24)
Parallax (01 - Hal Jordan)
Linda Jasmine Park-West
Alfred Pennyworth (DC)(non-continuity)
Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
Flint Perry
Phantasm (DC) (01 - Danny Chase)
Phantom Lady (01 - Sandra Knight)
Phase (DC)
Pied Piper (DC) (02 - Hartley Rathaway)
Pockets
Polestar (DC) (02 - Rokk Krinn)
Porcupine Pete
Thal Porvis
Power Girl (DC)
Prestor Jon (DC)
Professor Dred
Pulse (DC)
Punisher (Marvel)
Queen Ilona
Queen Projectra (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Vardan Radz
Ayla Ranzz (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Garth Ranzz (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Mekt Ranzz (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Graym Ranzz
The Ray (02 - Ray Terrill)
Red Star (DC)
Red Tornado (DC)(02 - Android)
Redwing (DC)
Rip Hunter, Time Master
Robin (01 - Dick Grayson, E-1 & Post-Crisis)
Robin (DC)(non-continuity)(Dick Grayson)
Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(03 - Tim Drake)
Roderick (DC)
Peter Joseph 'Pete' Ross (DC)(Post Crisis)
Matthew Ryder
Sandman (DC)(01 - Wesley Dodds)
Saturn Girl (DC) (Earth-247)
Saturn Girl (DC)(Earth-0)
Saturn Girl (DC)(SW6)
Scalphunter (DC)
Shadow Lass (DC)(Earth-0)
Richard Kent Shakespeare
Shazam (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Jebediah)
Shemp (C.V.Funnies)
Slam Shiner
Shrike (DC) (06 - Anima)
Shrinking Violet (SW6)
Sinestro
Skeets (DC)
Space Ranger
Spectre (DC)(03 - Jim Corrigan)
Star Boy (DC)(Earth-0)
Star Boy (DC)(SW6)
Star Sapphire (DC)(02 - Carol Ferris)
Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r)
Starman (DC)(01 - Ted Knight)
Starman (DC)(06 - David Knight)
Starman (DC)(07 - Jack Knight)
Starro (01 - Starfish)
Stealth
Steel (03 - John Henry Irons)
Steelhawk
Howard Stein
Strata
Superboy (DC)(Pocket Universe)
Superboy (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Conner Kent)
Supergirl (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Matrix)
Superman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Clark Kent)
Supernova (DC)(Post Crisis)(04 - Jon Carter)
Abin Sur
Chuck Taine (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Tamara (DC)
Babe Tanaka
Tasmanian Devil (02 - post-Crisis)
Technocrat (DC)
Telepath (DC)
Terra (02)
Threllian
Johnny Thunder (DC)(01 - JSA)
Timber Wolf (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Time Trapper (DC)
Time Trapper (Earth-247)
Triad (DC)(Earth-247 - Post Zero Hour)
Triad (DC)(SW6)
Triumph
Ronald Troupe
Donna Troy
Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)
Two-Face (DC)(non-continuity)
Ultra Boy (DC)(Earth-0)
Ultra Boy (SW6)
Emmett Vale (post-Crisis)
Validus (DC)
Valor (02 - SW6)
Valor (DC)
Vandal Savage (DC)
Rond Vidar (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Rond Vidar (Earth-0)
Vigilante (DC)(01 - Greg Sanders)
Virus (DC)
Warrior (DC)(02 - Guy Gardner)
Warrior (DC)(03 - Anima)
Waverider (01 - pre-Zero Hour)
Waverider (02 - post-Zero Hour)
Martha Wayne (non-continuity)
Thomas Wayne (non-continuity)
Tinya Wazzo (DC)(Legion - 5 Years Later)
Iris Ann Russell West-Allen
The Whip (01 - Don Suarez)
Perry White (DC)(non-continuity)
Perry White (DC)(Post Crisis)
Alice White (DC)(Post-Crisis)
Carla White
Keith Robert White
Wild Huntsman (DC) (03 - Elemental Force)
Wildcat (DC)(01 - Ted Grant)
Wildebeest (02 - Baby Wildebeest)
Mara W. Williams
Wonder Woman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Diana)
Agent Kyle Woodleaf
Wylde
Wyldheart
Dr. Maxilla Yale
Calendar Man
Chronos (DC) (01 - David Clinton)
Clock King (DC)(01 - William Tockman)
Dove (DC) (02 - Dawn Granger)
Extant
Hawk (DC)(01 - Hank Hall)
Lord of Time
Monarch (01 - Hank Hall)
Rip Hunter, Time Master
Time Commander (DC) (01 - John Starr)
Waverider (01 - pre-Zero Hour)
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