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Zero Hour: Crisis in Time

(Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #4-0)

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  68 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
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hardcore fans of crises, JLA, or time travel
Shelves: crisis, owned, read-again
Chaotic, needless, sometimes anticlimactic, but nonetheless adventurous. Fairly essential reading in DC event history.

Although beleaguered with 90s hyperbole dialog and convenient plotting, Zero Hour may be the earliest metafictional event in the DCU (perhaps more than Crisis), with characters discussing continuity and various versions of themselves.

The plot involves a silly, unknown super villain unleashing entropy across the multiverse. Several needed twists and character reveals (and additio
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, hoopla
It only took 9 years for DC to make enough continuity screwups after Crisis that Dan Jurgens felt the need to reset the DC universe again. His retcons attempts were misguided at best. In trying to "fix" Hawkman he screwed up the character so badly (turning him into this amalgamation of all the previous Hawkman incarnations plus a Hawkgod) that he sat fallow for 10+ years until Geoff Johns figured out how to fix him during his JSA run. Speaking of the JSA, Jurgens got rid of them too until David ...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
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
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
I haven't read this story since it first came out, but it still holds up pretty good. Jurgens is definitely a better writer today than in 1994, as some of the plot points get a bit confusing. Still, even though a lot of the story's action takes place in other series, this is an enjoyable step back in time (snicker) to the mid-90s DCU.

Jurgens has always been a great artist, but inked by Jerry Ordway? Perfection.
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
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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yet another DC Comics crossover crisis event that didn't hold up well over time. Essentially a re-hash of the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" series of the 80's, but this time, with 90's sensibility and flair! Day-glo costumes everywhere, some people are randomly cyborgs, and there are characters thankfully long-forgotten who pose dramatically or deliver a line or two before disappearing. (Seriously, who are these characters? Anima? Alpha Centurion? Team Titans?!?) The final part of the arc is actua ...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
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...
Brian Poole
Mid-90s DC event Zero Hour: Crisis in Time is available in a new deluxe edition that highlights what an odd beast it’s always been.

Chronal anomalies begin popping up around various heroes, who discover that the time-based villain Extant (once the hero Hawk) is tampering with the time stream, causing it to unravel (and threatening all of existence, of course). Extant is working for Parallax, a/k/a Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan, who lost his mind after his city was destroyed. Hal intends to
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.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
You really have to keep your wits about it.. a lot of things happening here at Zero Hour.. But all in all a good read (no COIE though ;))
Jason Tanner
Jan 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh. My. God.

Okay, I knew this wasn't going to be good going into it, but I have a soft spot for 90s superheroes. (They were interesting times, for good and ill.) Zero Hour tries and fails to capture the feeling of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which is still DC's premier event crossover. Dan Jurgens is one of the top artists in comics even today, and he is a solid--sometimes great--writer who was at the top of his game when this story came out. Inker Jerry Ordway is a legend in his own right. Unfo
Ben Truong
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time is a DC Comic event. The story is written and pencilled by Dan Jurgens and was first serialized as a five-issue event in 1994. In it, the former 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.

Zero Hour: Crisis in Time collects: Showc
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
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hmmmm...okay. From my understanding, Zero Hour was done as a response to tie up loose ends from Crisis on Infinite Earths as well as to help fix things that were going on with Green Lantern at the time. It was just a weird read, honestly. Because I read it without any context, the story just feels like a small product of its time that doesn’t hold up. If you’re not familiar with the DC universe at the time of 1994, or what any of the major character issues were at the time, the I say skip this c ...more
Andres Castro
Un evento de DC que personalmente creo que es mejor leerlo para lectores más experimentados o que conocen la historia de DC especialmente haber leído crisis en tierras infinitas, la muerte de Superman, el reinado de los supermans, entre otros cómics de la época para llegar al contexto de la historia y el porque de las decisiones de cada personaje, el porque se encuentra cada personaje, un evento complejo que requería más profundización en el final. No es una historia tan épica como su antecesor ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DC Comics fans
Dan Jurgens tries his best to clean up some timelines and its...successful...kinda. The book is exploding with exposition, characters, and time travel pseudo-science which are trying at times. While this is a mega event, there are tons of non-mega level players involved. The actual antagonist makes sense but not the resolution. Jurgens art is great. Sadly, his writer (himself) did him no favors by adding so many characters. Overall, DC events are always like this and only hardcore DC fanatics fi ...more
Logan Muha
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The plot, somehow, manages to go at breakneck speeds, yet absolutely nowhere at the and time. On top of being a confusing mess, the story seems to want to focus on some of the most random, excruciatingly 90’s characters you could possibly choose, while big players like Wonder Woman and even Batman are sidelined. In the end, this nonsensical ride is barely even worth it for the art, which is decent at best.
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.
David Kuznick
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This really needed more of the backstory on Hawk & Dove included, as well as more of the tie-in books. As collected, it's way too disjointed.

And really silly putting one of the main reveals right on the cover...
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of tampering with timelines is good but there are times when I get lost because of all the time talk. I might give this a second reading. Anyways, Parallax looks amazing. Jurgens should had given him more "screen time" to shine.
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.
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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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