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Subj: Re: new hourman
Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 09:01:33 am EST (Viewed 39 times)
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Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 04:08:13 am EST (Viewed 396 times)
The original Hourman (Rex) and a couple other original JSA-ers (Atom and Dr. Mid-nite, IIRC) were killed fighting a time-traveling villain named Extant.
The Robot Hourman (Tyler?) from the future worked his magic to pluck Rex out of time the split-instant before he died. Tyler set Rex up in a workshop in Limbo so as to not disturb the timestream, because Hourman must die a split-second after he is reintroduced to the timestream.
The reason Tyler set up Rex in this manner was so the current Hourman (Rick) could spend time with his Dad before he went to the great beyond. It was set up so Rick could go to the Limbo workshop (called Timepoint or Waypoint or something) for a few minutes at a time. Once Rick's total duration of visits reached 60 minutes, Rex would be placed back into the timestream and receive the fate that everyone else thought befell him years before.
Rick, Rex, Tyler, and a few other JSA-ers were at Timepoint when the 60 minutes ran out. Rick felt that it was unfair that he got to have his closure with Rex when his mother (Rex's wife Wendi) didn't. So, he tried to take Rex's place in the Extant scenario, reasoning that the Hourman that must die doesn't necessarily have to be his father.
Rex and the other JSA-ers were pleading with Tyler to do something to stop this. Tyler was explaining that Rick's reasoning was essentially correct and that Time doesn't require that specifically Rex die. Then the solution hit him.
Tyler plucked Rick from the Extant altercation and blocked Rex from taking Rick's place. Tyler placed himself into it. He altered his appearance to look identical to Rex and sacrificed himself. The timestream was "satisfied", and the two human Hourmen were able to live on.
Perhaps more than you wanted to know, but that's it in a nutshell.
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