In 1994, DC Comics decided to clean up their numerous alternate futures and correct some continuity gaffes left in the wake of their monumental 1985 crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths.
How did the powers that be propose to do this? Oh, simple – kill off half their Golden Age Justice Society characters, annihilate the Green Lantern Corps and drive Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan batshit insane. All of this happened in a miniseries called Zero Hour: Crisis In Time. After this whirlwind of editorial mismanagement, DC rolled out… ZERO MONTH!
Zero Month was a pretty simple concept. Since the DCU’s timeline had been subtly altered, every book published the month after Zero Hour # 0 (the final issue) was numbered with a 0. The event gave writers and artists a chance to retell, tweak or clarify characters’ origins and reboot some classic characters for the 90s.
Let’s take this opportunity to look at some of the new status quo we saw in Zero Month: (more…)