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THE LINEAR MEN

The Linear Men: Summaries & Annotations Part III

Superman #73This summary compliments of the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE! (November 1992)
Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
Liri Lee tells Superman the Linear Men need to find Waverider; at a dinner date with Clark, Lois, Pete, and Lana, time stops and Superman finds Waverider; Waverider takes Superman to Vanishing Point; Waverider learns the alternate future Matt Ryder is even more important to maintaining the time stream; Waverider joins the Linear Men and Superman is sent back home. (Note: We learn the Linear Men's true goal, "The end justifies the means". Ryder dies & is resurrected by Waverider.)

This summary compliments of the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE! Superman: The Man of Steel #20 (February 1993)
JLA keeps order during Superman's funeral; Lois calls the Kents.

Superman: The Legacy of Superman #1 (April 1993)
When the Linear Men show Waverider what has happened to Superman, Waverider makes it his goal to change the outcome of his battle with Doomsday. But, it is soon learned that not everything is destained to be changed.

Who's Who In The DC Universe(looseleaf) #10

Who's Who In The DC Universe: Role-Playing Supplement #3

Who's Who In The DC Universe: Update '93 (looseleaf) #2

Superman/Doomsday:Hunter/Prey Book #1 (May 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Brett Breeding
One year after the Cybor Superman hurled Doomsday's body into space, the real Superman still is haunted by the memories of his own death in battle with the creature. Consumed by the knowledge that Doomsday is still out there, and obsessed with penetrating the mystery of Doomsday's origin, Superman sets out to find the monster and put and end to him--once and for all!

Superman/Doomsday:Hunter/Prey Book #2 (June 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Brett Breeding
Stranded on Apokolips, Superman at last learns the shocking origin of his killer, Doomsday, while helping his old foe Darkseid to regain control of the planet from the power of the Cyborg Superman.

Superman/Doomsday:Hunter/Prey Book #3 (July 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Brett Breeding
Superman and Doomsday clash in their final, climactic battle. But Doomsday's ability to adapt and evolve has empowered him with new methods of survival and may make it impossible for Superman to put and end to the creature.

Valor #18 (April 1994)
Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Colleen Doran, Mischa McDowell
Valor is dead and the space-time continuum is unraveling. The Legionnaires valiantly attempt to sort out the chaos but are overwhelmed... until they get help from an utterly unexpected source.

Valor #19 (May 1994)
Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Colleen Doran, Mischa McDowell
Following the shocking events of previous issues, someone must be found to take the fallen Valor's place in history. The Linear Men have one idea... but the villainous Glorith has another. Regardless, somebody has to decide but fast or else the Legionnaires will simply cease to exist!

Valor #20 (June 1994)
Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Colleen Doran, Mischa McDowell
The "distimed" Valor needs to accomplish the biggest mission of his life: repair the damaged timeline or the future will cease to exist... except that the Linear Men believe it's vital that Valor be removed from the timeline now.

Valor #21 (July 1994)
Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Colleen Doran, Mischa McDowell
Valor is on a mission he must complete... except that everyone-- including those he's tryign to help-- is tryign to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny! Plus, temporal anomalies increase, and even the Linear Men may be powerless.

Showcase '94 #8 (July 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Nathan Massengill
Prelude to Zero Hour: Waverider plunges through the timestream searchign for the missing Monarch, determined to stop him before he can cause further destruction. (Note: Monarch has been missing since Armageddon 2001: The Alien Agenda #4.)

Showcase '94 #9 (August 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Nathan Massengill
Prelude to Zero Hour: Waverider and Monarch battle across the timestream as Monarch tries to adjust it to his own nefarious ends. Shocking secrets abotu Monarch are revealed and he emerges more powerful than ever, with a new costume and identity.

ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME #4 (September 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Jerry Ordway
Months of temporal anomalies have pushed a fragile timeline to the breakign point. Now a healthy Batgirl reappears--a Barbara Gordon never confined to a wheelchair--leaving Gotham City with two Barbara Gordons. Multiple contradictory incarnations of Hawkman are suddenly at large simultaneously. The time-watching Linear Men are at a loss to explain the events... but Waverider has suspicions. His investigations take him to key points throughout the timestream, including a future in which he witnesses the death of the Flash! Only Metron of the New Gods may know the true magnitude of these events, and all the heroes of the DC Universe are needed to contend with a tiem continuum that is rapidly, unstoppably... collapsing!

The Flash #94 (September 1994)
Waverider appears just in time for Wally West to begin his run towards the anomaly.

ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME #3 (September 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Jerry Ordway
With reality disintegrating, members of the Justice Society respond to the Flash's death by charging into the frontline of the battle to restore time. But the effory costs them dearly once they learn the identity of the timestream's manipulator! Meanwhile, schocking truths abouth the Tiem Trapper and Waverider are revealed, and the DC Universe is introduced to the one, true Hawkman.

ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME #2 (September 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Jerry Ordway
Facing obliteration of past, present, and future history, the heroes of the DC Universe split into teams to find the cause. In the 30th century, Superman, Captian Atom, Wonder Woman, and others learn that and established super-team is in fact a pawn of the mysterious time-villina Extant! Meanwhile, in the past, Extqant faces an onslaught by DC's newest generation of super-heroes, gathered for the first time--The Ray, Impulse, Anima, and Green Lantern are led into battle by Nightwing and Darkstar Donna Troy. Plus, Warrior suggests a solution.

Action Comics #703 (September 1994)
Liri Lee rescues Superman from disappearing to fight in the final battle.

ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME #1 (September 1994)
Dan Jurgans, Jerry Ordway
Time has just run out for the DC Universe. The 30th century of the Legion of Super-Heroes and Booster Gold's 25th century are no more--consumed in a relentless temporal conflagration. The final years of the 20th century are still intact... for now. But the time-implosion is closing in fast, and as the heroes battle, other momentous events occur, including the birth of Power Girl's child, and a major development for the Atom.

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