Zero Hour (DC Comics) – Events
Story and Art: Dan Jurgens
Finished Art: Jerry Ordway
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Publisher: DC Comics
Zero Hour was a crossover event that took place in 1994, intended to deal with numerous possible futures and alternate timelines in the same way the earlier Crisis on Infinite Earths had dealt with alternate realities. The main storyline featured the destruction of the timestream by the efforts of Parallax (Hal Jordan), attempting to restructure the universe and correct things that he perceived to be wrong. Another super villain, Extant, took advantage of the chaos and tried to use it to recreate the world in his own image. Leader of the fight against them was Waverider of the Linear Men. The conflict resulted in an entirely new Big Bang, which rebooted the entire DC Universe with subtle differences. This served as an opportunity to clear up continuity problems, and fix plot elements and pieces of history that no longer worked well.
In Zero Hour, time is ending. Entropy is creeping back from the end of history to the present day and if the heroes don’t do something soon the universe as we know it will be destroyed.
Alternate versions of our familiar heroes pop up – many Batmen, lots of Hawkmen (see the page on the right) and a walking Batgirl (this story takes place after Barbara Gordon is shot by the Joker and paralyzed). Our heroes realize something is terribly wrong and gather together to form a plan.
A being called Extant seems to be responsible. Working with other mysterious figures he does his best to stop the superheroes, who of course respond with force – yet in the end it’s simple human bonds and shared history which could save the day.