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Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (The Fall and Redemption of Hal Jordan)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  476 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
When all of his family and friends were killed by the attack of a super-villain, the once heroic Green Lantern went insane and became the immensely powerful Parallax. Hoping to save his loved ones, the mad Hal Jordan decided to recreate the universe by unraveling time. Now as realities and time lines converge, dinosaurs walk the Earth again, deceased heroes are resurrected ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1997 by DC Comics (first published August 23rd 1994)
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It’s time for another crisis!

This TPB edition collects “Showcase ‘94” #8-9 and “Zero Hour: Crisis in Time” #4-0 (No, it’s not a mistake, this particular title ran from #4 in countdown way until #0).

Creative Team:

Writer & Illustrator: Dan Jurgens

Additional Illustrators: Jerry Ordway & Frank Fosco


In this era of social media where studios constantly bombard you with “news” about the incoming movies and TV episodes, where they clearly tell you who will appear and even key m
It took DC five years to get around to this follow up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, trying to clean up the many loose ends left behind. It isn't nearly as successful as Crisis was. The story is frankly a bit of a mess, and the art is unquestionably a product of the 90s, especially with that horrible color palette. I also had to laugh at the shameless advertising at the end of the trade. Apparently, it was rushed to print in time to promote the Zero Month events that immediately followed the cros ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know what was inside DC's mind when they published Zero Hour: Crisis in Time. They have "cleaned" the DC Universe during the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths, so Crisis in Time either finished the 9-year old Crisis crossover, retconning some series and ending others; or made its readers even more confused with the aftermath new universe.

There are many elements in Zero Hour which are similar to Infinite Crisis. The good thing is that the former is less cluttered with characters. It is easie
Mad Tom
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hardcore fans of crises, JLA, or time travel
Shelves: crisis
This is an unusual read from the 90s, and a hard one to review because it's all over the place. So I'll do my best.

What is this? A follow up to Crisis on Infinite Earths. But I don't know why this was necessary. Crisis was supposed to clean up the DC Universe. And Zero Hour: Crisis in Time seeks to clean up leftover bad vibes from Crisis. What bad vibes? I don't know. Anti-matter energy, or shock waves or something.

In the beginning we're introduced to Waverider, a Linear Man and protector of ti
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Bit of a tough act trying to follow up Crisis on Infinite Earths, but DC attempted that about a decade later. Unfortunately, I feel the story lacks a great deal of time tension and suspense of Crisis and feels muddled at times. It also had the enviable task of following up on huge arcs such as the Return of Superman, Knightfall, the "Return" of Barry Allen and the Fall of Hal Jordan. Really a tough act, and this handles it in a so-so fashion. I recommend it to more hard-core fans but don't pay t ...more
Collects Zero Hour: Crisis in Time issues #4, #3, #2, #1, and #0 (the issues were produced in reverse order as the event is counting down to something), and Showcase '94 issues #8-9

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" came out in 1985, and it reshaped the DC Comics Universe. Nine years later, in 1994, DC decided to clean up their continuity again (but to a lesser extent than in the original "Crisis") with "Zero Hour." This is a time travel-heavy story in which all the heroes have to team together to stop
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I am continuing my read, where available in TPB, of DC Comics various event series. I remember when this originally came out writer Dan Jurgens said this was, in part, a response to everything the company had mucked up in its timeline since the Wolfman/Perez Crisis series. Give Jurgens credit in that he does a yeoman's job of trying to get the timeline back in a nice little row. On top of that he does set events up for the continuing series that were spun out of these. Some D list characters wer ...more
Reprints Zero Hour #4-0. Earth finds itself being consumed by fissures in time and all of reality is threatened. Zero Hour is kind of confusing at points. Much like the original Crisis, the series is very dense and a lot seems to happen in a very short area. Unlike many of the other series currently being written, this series is very independent of the tie-ins that occurred during "Zero Hour". This is helpful in that it can be read as a stand-alone, and I wish that both DC and Marvel would retur ...more
C. John Kerry
This was an intriguing story. To a degree it is quite enjoyable. I really only have a couple of caveats. One is that the reader does have to possess a certain degree of familiarity with the DC Universe to be able to make sense of the book. Secondly when these stories were originally published they were contained in a mini-series of the same title. However a number of issues of DC's regular titles had stories that tied into the main story. These are not included in this volume. I suspect some of ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A huge anti-climax of a series. Everything I hated about what they did to Hal Jordan, combined with an attitude that they could follow up on "Crisis on Infinite Earths" in such a half-baked manner...comes together to produce an absolutely forgettable mini-series. At the time, I was beginning to think that DC didn't have a clue what to do with its marvelous universe...
Tyler Hayes
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun DC time-travel shenanigans in high four-color style. Enjoyable, but suffers slightly from the density of background information you need to understand some of the sequences. Recommended for comic-book fans.
Patrick Coakley
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review is based on a re-read I did recently. Zero Hour is a pretty weak crossover event. The story is an absolute mess if you don't read everything leading up to and surrounding it, and nothing really happens. It was meant to clean up whatever was left from the first Crisis event, but ultimately all it did was kill off a bunch of cool characters and didn't really change the status quo.

That being said, this book has some of my favorite designs from that period, and in general the artwork is
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a big disappointment. Recently I set out to read all the "crisis" in the DC universe starting with "Crisis on Infinite Earths". But where Wolfman and Pérez's story was epic, thrilling and smart, "Zero Hour" is dull, boring and unimaginative. "Infinite Earths" was not an easy read but everything made sense and you could relate to everyone's purpose. Here I felt that some characters show up merely because they have to, they add nothing at all to the story and Jurgens seems to have s ...more
Steven Bell
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
You know after how terrible I had heard this was I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. I mean it's not great but it's not terrible.

The main downsides are that the story doesn't feel like it makes a shred of sense. But on the other hand it's pretty well paced and not as overwhelming dense as Crisis on Infinite Earths. It's a fairly easy and entertaining read for what it is.
Cesar Millán
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It is a really good story, at the beggining it is a little bit slow with the introduction of the plot and by the end it feels like it lacks of punch, however I recommend you to read it to have a whole view of the history of the DC Comics huge timeline.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting story with an epic conclusion. The best of what DC Comics has to offer.
James De León
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
zzzzz this cleanup effort was not very good. This kind of work needed a bit kore exposition.
Christopher Rush
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Admittedly I'm more of a Marvel fan than DC fan (before the ubiquitous events of the late '90s and '00s), but I do enjoy it once in awhile when it makes sense and tells a good story. Zero Hour, though, doesn't do either of them. There is no characterization until the last three pages of the series, and even that is a little forced considering everything else that had gone on in the DC universe lately (death of Superman, breaking of Batman, insanity of Hal Jordan and destruction of the Green Lant ...more
I read this when it first came out. It still falls right to pieces around issue 3, and by the time you hit issue 0 so much has happened off-panel in the tie-in issues that great chunks of the thing are downright confusing.

Basic pitch for this: the DC Comics Crisis On Infinite Earths essentially left all kinds of problems behind (rendered here as chronal anomalies) that needed to be cleaned up, so this event was mandated as a way of doing that -- basically, Hal Joprdan wipes out the universe from
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Like most 1990s “event” comics, ‘Zero Hour’ isn’t so much a “story” as it is a means to an end. It was nothing more than a way for DC to tidy up some of the inconsistencies they created for themselves by not thinking their previous “Crisis” through properly, with a story thrown on top of the mess for good measure. And as such, whether looked at as a story or a “Crisis”, ‘Zero Hour’ fails in every way to live up to its prequel, which both served a legitimate purpose and was quite fun to read at t ...more
Interesting to re-read. I probably haven't looked back at this since 1994 when it came out, and it's very 90s - long-haired Superman, Batman without black in his suit, "evil" Hal Jordan - it's easy to see what DC thought that they would fix by condensing their universe's timeline. Many of these changes didn't stick, or set up the ground for more changes (like the endless re-boots DC keeps doing) but this story DOES have something unique in my crossover experience, a villain patsy. Extant *thinks ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I might be the odd one out here, cause I enjoyed this a lot. Sure it has some issues, like adding random characters turning up into panels that weren't in the previous ones. But I love Hal Jordan, even as a bad guy I guess. To tell you the truth I think Hal was right in what he was trying to accomplish. A universe without the loss of year's of battles, sounds good right? Well maybe I'm just a little loose in the head?

Anyway I would love to get a collected version of this story with all the cross
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A decent enough book but I understand why big DC fans aren't too happy with it. I'm not completely up on my Hal Jordan history so I don't know what exactly went down nor why it was so upsetting to so many fans.

The overall arc of the story was entertaining enough, another crisis of time in the universe. Unfortunately it has become an overused trope in the DCU. Look DC, either embrace the multiverse or finally put it to rest. Either embrace all of these characters that so many folks love, or fina
Blake Petit
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first of what would turn out to be a chain of sequels to the original Crisis was one I very much liked when it first came out. Reading it 20 years later, I realize how derivative it was. Time is collapsing in on itself in ways similar to how the multiverse did in the original, and someone is manipulating the leftover energy from the crisis to reshape their world. While not a bad story, it didn't really do much that was new, and except for the revamped JSA -- especially Starman -- and changes ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not so much a fan of DC's tendency in the Crisis series to build up a villain to be unstoppable adversary, only to have him nudged aside with ease by the -genuine- threat. It's tedious and predictable at this point.

The one redeeming element to Zero Hour is Green Arrow's bitterness, and his actions that close the series... it's all that makes the crisis even a little bit "real". Otherwise, they might as well have finished things by saying, "And things went on exactly as before."

Zero Hour just
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
An ok attempt at trying to clean up some of the residual continuity odds and ends left over from the Crisis on Infinite Earths. The big payoff for the story may have had more of an impact on me if I hadn't previously known Hal/Parallax was the true mastermind behind the whole thing and not Extrant. I'd really only recommend this to hardcore DC fans who may have missed it originally for whatever reason or are interested in all the Crisis events.
Benjamin Featherston
Colourful and convoluted, "Zero Hour" tells of a cosmic crisis that reworked the DC Universe. Although there are quite a few surprisingly moving moments in this miniseries, "Zero Hour" does not really work as a graphic novel to be enjoyed decades later. If you aren't familiar with the state of the universe in 1994, much of what is shown and discussed will be meaningless to you. While it is certainly essential reading for DC historians, the casual reader should avoid this book.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
So, I guess this didn't hurt.

But it was a total mess. All these characters that the author assumes you care about . . . . all of them . . . hundreds of them. . . they just kind of show up briefly.

The whole thing is a total confusing mess without a real center. I don't even really know who lived or died or why the Big Bad was easy to defeat (or the secret reveal was on the cover).
Feather Mista
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de DC.
Recommended to Feather by: Juanito.
En su momento me gustó mucho, era esa época en la que creía que cada vez que hacían cambios grandes, estos iban a durar. Hace unos años lo conseguí en un pack en inglés y comencé a releerlo. Me seguía gustando, pero por algún motivo no lo pude terminar. Cuando lo relea, seguro lo rerreseñe, y quizás hasta lo repuntúe.
Eric Mikols
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not great. Hal Jordan doesn't show up until the very end and story is just mess until his appearance. Not only that, but I thought the idea of a Crisis was to clean up continuity, not make it messier. A product of its time, which, unfortunetaly, is the early 90s.
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Dan Jurgens is an American comic book writer and artist. He is best known for creating the superhero Booster Gold, and for his lengthy runs on the Superman titles Adventures of Superman and Superman (vol. 2), particularly during The Death of Superman storyline. Other series he has been associated with include The Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1), Thor (vol. 2), Captain America (vol. 3), Justice Lea ...more
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