"Zeropoint": It's 1995, and in a hidden Planetary scientific facility, an elderly professor shows Elijah Snow a stick recovered from a captured ship. But it's more than a stick, as a small amount of kinetic energy results in it being replaced by an ornate and powerful hammer, which the professor
Synopsis for "Zeropoint"
It's 1995, and in a hidden Planetary scientific facility, an elderly professor shows Elijah Snow a stick recovered from a captured ship. But it's more than a stick, as a small amount of kinetic energy results in it being replaced by an ornate and powerful hammer, which the professor describes as a weapon belonging to The Four. The stick has not been transformed but rather transposed with the hammer, which crosses The Bleed between universes while the stick assumes its place in another one. The professor says he can expand the portal to send a team across to where the hammer came from; Snow says no and goes alone. There he discovers an entire world, vast and barren and carpeted with bones, serving as an armory for weapons that stretch as far as the eye can see. "They killed an entire world," mutters Snow. "So that they had somewhere to store their weapons."
Back on Earth some time later, an unseen force -- leaving footprints -- breaks into a Planetary bunker in Antarctica. Rows of containment chambers with alien bodies suspended in them line a passageway, into which the unseen intruder warps into visibility: The Four's Kim Süskind. She contacts Randall Dowling to tell of her discovery ("They have our children...I don't know quite how they got this good"), but is interrupted as her goggles are ripped from her neck. Without them, if she turns invisible, she'll be blind. Snow's disembodied voice speaks to her, and her defiant response is met with the arrival of Ambrose Chase, whose reality warping powers cut through her force field and ravage her body. Warning Chase to keep up the pressure, Snow tells The Drummer to watch for William Leather, who arrives almost on cue but is quickly felled by a devastating rain of blows from Jakita Wagner. Before Planetary can secure their captives, though, an immense saucer arrives on the screen and (apparently) uproots both the bunker and the surrounding area.
Snow awakens to find himself strapped to a table about to be operated on by Dowling (a scene that is seen in Snow's recovered memories in Planetary #11). Before the memory blocks are placed in his brain, a bloody and disheveled Snow speaks to his team: "Don't you dare come looking for me. I mean, don't even think about it. But do NOT let these bastards win. These are orders. Goodbye."
Appearing in "Zeropoint"
- This issue is collected in Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century.
- The hammer that changed from a simple staff is a reference to Marvel's Mjolnir, that was wielded by Thor.
- The concept of a quantum thread that swaps items across the Bleed is a reference to Miracleman. Based on Captain Marvel, Miracleman was two separate characters in which his "magic word" was actually a vocal trigger to open a dimensional portal in the mind of a human-hybrid super-being, allowing it to change places with the host human.