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Of course, back then we were supposed to be shocked at the loss of innocence. Or something.

Hey Kids, it's my first post evar! I've been inventorying and sorting my comics collection and discovering good choices, bad choices and baffling choices. You can decide for yourself about this cut from DC's second attempt at trying to fix continuity, Zero Hour: A Crisis in Time. This was before DC became like a junkie, needing more frequent hits on the old continuity vein, each one giving less and less of a hit. 5 issues of trying to make it all make sense again...and making everything far, far worse. Here's 3 pages from the last issue.






So you may or may not recall that the crux of the event was that Extant (formerly Monarch) starts attacking heroes, aging old ones to their actual age and so on...until it's revealed he's actually a pawn of Crazy Ol' Hal Jordan as Parallax, who's ultimate goal is to remake the universe so that everything is peachy keen. It's a great big pile of DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, clearly at least partially mandated by the transparent desire of editorial to retire some characters and launch new franchises. The JLA takes it on the chin pretty hard.

A final showdown, with Green Arrow and a bunch of others, including an alternate reality Batgirl, Triumph and Damage. During the fight, Hal starts stone-cold blasting some dudes...and knowing that she's not long for this series, Batgirl does this:



The subsequent arrow in the power symbol trick causes Hal to go splodey and 'die', much to the mixed emotions of the readership. Ollie, of course, must bear the brunt of his actions. Alone. Like a loner. Who is alone.

(WTFery ALERT: That blonde woman in the first panel? That's Power Girl, asking why shouldn't folks be happy about saving the universe. After all, she just had this baby in a mystical virgin pregnancy in about five panels! What's not to be happy about? She and Ms. Marvel will be meeting for lunch later to compare notes. The kid ages rapidly, disappeared and has never been acknowledged again. Let us never speak of it again.)



And finally: Emo Ollie is EMO. Also, the useless defenders of the timestream. Until they get wiped out a few years later.



I hope we've all learned a valuable lesson here. I'm not sure what that is, but I feel better for sharing it with you.

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Creator: Jerry Ordway, Creator: Dan Jurgens, event: Zero Hour, publisher: DC Comics, char: green arrow/oliver queen

Date: 2010-05-17 11:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
He didn't graze her. He blew a hole through her middle. Where the Joker shot her.

Date: 2010-05-17 11:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
*looks closer* Oh, OK.

Date: 2010-05-17 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Like I said, for those who thought KJ showed too much restraint or taste.

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