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Zero Hour

“Zero Hour”

Volume 1, Issue 2, July 1994
Released July 26, 1994

Cover Price: $1.50
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011) Rating
  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.

Zero Hour, Vol. 1, #2. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Jerry Ordway
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino (as Gaspar)
Assistant Editor: Mike McAvennie
Editor: K.C. Carlson

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Cover Description: A variety of heroes from alternate timelines battle heroes from the DC universe as we know it: Anima, Donna Troy, Impulse, Kyle Rayner, Nightwing, Ray II, Superboy III, and Supergirl II. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The heroes of the DC universe continue to battle against time anomalies controlled by the time traveling villain Extant.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK IV armored power-suit

Issue Notes: "Zero Hour: Crisis in Time!" issue 3. The issues of Zero Hour are numbered backwards from 4 to 0. All Zero Hour issues are cover dated September 1994.

This story has been reprinted in:
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time Omnibus (2024)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

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Page 4, panel 3
Booster Gold flies into action against the time-displaced city hanging over New York alongside Captain Atom, Emerald Dragon, Metron, Ray II, and Superman. When Booster speaks to Emerald Dragon, he reminds Booster that they have met before, back in Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #8, when Emerald Dragon went by the codename Ultra Boy. Booster Gold's fight with Ultra Boy was his first combat as a superhero. The meeting was not when Booster first acquired his Legion Flight Ring; it was when Brainiac 5 intentionally began the process that would result with Michael Jon Carter's theft of the Flight Ring in 500-years time. (Confused? Read Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #8 and #9.)

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Page 6, panel 3
Returning from saving New York City, Booster appears on panel with the Justice Society of America, fresh from their defeat at the hands of Extant. Booster has previously met Atom I, Dr. Mid-Nite, Flash I, Hourman I, Kent Nelson (the host of Dr. Fate I), Wildcat I. This is his first encounter with Johnny Quick, Johnny Thunder, Inza Nelson, Sandman I, and Starman I. Future panels reveal that other heroes present at this scene are Amazing Man II, Batman I, Blue Beetle II, Cosmic Boy, Hawkman III, Impulse, Kyle Rainer, Lightning Lad, Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Ray II, Red Tornado, Robin III, Saturn Girl, Superboy III, and Waverider.

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Boosterrific Review: Does anything that happens in this series make any sense? Between interminable periods of debate, heroes bounce from one near-catastrophe to another, managing to damage a handful of characters at each stop before realizing that nothing much has changed. After three issues, it seems that writer Dan Jurgens is marking time, checking off editorially mandated plot points until he springs his final surprise.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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