- Light up the whole damn sky, Daniel! This one's for the Blue and the Gold!
- -- Booster Gold
Appearing in "A Year in the Life"
- Batwoman (Kathy Kane)
- Red Tornado
- Question (Renée Montoya) (Flashback and main story)
- Steel (John Henry Irons)
- Steel (Natasha Irons)
- Will Magnus
- Adam Strange (Flashback only)
- Animal Man (Flashback only)
- Batman (Bruce Wayne) (Cameo)
- Beautia Sivana
- Black Adam (Cameo)
- Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
- Bruno Mannheim (Flashback only)
- Daemonites (Cameo)
- Doctor Sivana, Jr.
- Egg Fu (Flashback only)
- Elongated Man (as a spirit)
- Flash (Jay Garrick)
- Georgia Sivana
- Isis (Flashback only)
- Jean Loring (Possessed) (Flashback only)
- Lex Luthor (Flashback only)
- Lobo (Flashback only)
- Magnificus Sivana
- Mallory Kimball
- Mister Terrific (Michael Holt)
- Question (Vic Sage) (Flashback only)
- Sarge Steel
- Starfire (Flashback only)
- Sue Dibny (as a spirit)
- Superman (Cameo)
- Venus Sivana
- Wonder Woman (Cameo) (also as Diana Prince)
- Gen 13 (Cameo)
- WildC.A.T.s (Cameo)
- Amulet of Isis
- Responsometer (Behind the scenes)
- Rip Hunter's Chalk Board
Synopsis for "A Year in the Life"
Rip Hunter revealed to Booster Gold that, after the events of Infinite Crisis, the remaining Earths created by Alexander Luthor collapsed back together, combining historical remnants to form one New Earth. However, the single universe was too small to contain the energy inside it and it began replicating - into 52 identical Universes, a new Multiverse.
Further, in the few seconds after the creation of this new Multiverse, the Earths (and their corresponding Universes) "will occupy the same space, each on a different vibrational plane.
During their efforts to stop the vastly powerful Mr. Mind from destroying every universe, Hunter described Mind's efforts as "eating years and events from this universe's history -- altering the Earth with every flap of his wings". This resulted in the Earths changing, becoming different from New Earth in varying degrees.
Hunter's plan to defeat Mr. Mind rested with Booster, Supernova, and Skeets. By fortifying Skeets' shell with Sivana's invention, Suspendium, they managed to imprison Mr. Mind in Skeets. Booster threw Skeets through an opening in time while Supernova ensured that it ended up in the correct time: Week 0 Day 0. Mr. Mind's devolved form is found (again) by Sivana, who imprisons him. Hunter used the 52 seconds of missing time to bind Mr. Mind, forever condemned to live within that loop.
Hunter further states that "the notion that there's a Multiverse beyond the reality we know -- that's too dangerous a secret to spread." However, he had let that very thing slip in front of Doctor Sivana.
- Final issue of the series. This issue shipped on May 2nd, 2007 (July by indicia).
- Although Skeets' metal frame is destroyed in this issue, his hard drive is downloaded into a Responsometer. A Responsometer is a miniature implant that provides the Metal Men with their personality and memories.
- The ticker-tape at the bottom of the cover reads, "The year without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman is over..."
- This issue features a wrap-around cover.
- Special thanks is credited to editor Stephen Wacker.
- The cover to this issue is a re-imagining of the cover to issue #1.
- Sobek makes a cameo appearance as a pair of alligator skin boots.
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Links and References
- 52: The Comic
- 52 article/interview with editor Stephen Wacker
- 52 series index at the Grand Comics Database