"Time in a Bottle": Animal Man visits John Starr, hoping to find the key to time travel, so he can prevent the murders of his wife and children. Unfortunately, Starr can provide no help, and he's obviously lost his mind.
- You what? You lied? What kind of a Superhero are you?
Appearing in "Time in a Bottle"
- Animal Man (Flashback and main story)
- T. C. the cat
- Cliff Baker (Flashback only)
- Ellen Baker (Flashback only)
- Frank Baker
- Maxine Baker (Flashback only)
- The Flash (Barry Allen) (In a vision)
- The Flash (Jay Garrick) (In a vision)
- Gary (Flashback only)
- Booster Gold
- James Highwater
- Justice League International (Mentioned only)
- Kid Eternity and Mister Keeper (In a vision)
- Lord of Time (In a vision)
- Mirror Master (Mentioned only)
- Phantom Stranger (Cameo)
- Eric Shelton (Flashback only)
- Swamp Thing (Alec Holland) (In a vision)
- Time Commander
- Time Masters
- Morris Weidemeir
- Yellow Aliens (Cameo)
- New Earth
Synopsis for "Time in a Bottle"
Animal Man visits John Starr, hoping to find the key to time travel, so he can prevent the murders of his wife and children. Unfortunately, Starr can provide no help, and he's obviously lost his mind.
Animal Man and Booster Gold visit Rip Hunter and the Time Masters hoping to borrow a time machine. Buddy lies in order to get a device, much to Booster's dismay, and Rip gives him a machine that is in a state of mild disrepair.
Animal Man activates the time machine, and soon finds himself travelling through time, appearing in various moments of his recent past. He is unable to contact anybody because of the faulty machine, and he despairs. He soon realizes that the mysterious figure who had been appearing and disturbing his family in the past weeks had actually been him, travelling through time, and trying to warn them. He realizes that his efforts are futile.
After days of wandering through time, failing to warn himself of the future, he is met by a strange man, who offers some help.
Meanwhile, James Highwater is visited by the aliens who gave Animal Man his powers, warning that the story is nearly at an end. At Arkham Asylum, Psycho-Pirate warns that "they" are coming back, and seems to be spontaneously surrounded by comic books.
- The comic book that springs from Psycho-Pirate's head is The Flash #123.
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