Back in 1997 Grant Morrison introduced a new Hourman in the background of his Rock of Ages story-arc in JLA, the character playing a herald of things yet to come to a time-traveling Green Lantern (then Kyle Rayner). Morrison connected this version of Hourman to the Worlogog, an artifact from Jack Kirby’s run of DC’s Superpowers comic. The Worlogog was basically a map of space and time that allowed its user unlimited power and control of Hypertime. So it was pretty much everything that Grant Morrison likes to play with in his fiction and it would be a surprise if the Worlogog doesn’t show up in the current series Multiversity.
This Hourman would return during the DC One million mini-series and play a key role in a number of storylines in the JLA title, although his godlike time-powers granted to him by the Worlogog became a hindrance as he didn’t know how to interact with people (being an intelligent machine colony from the year 85,271 didn’t help either).
He finally joined the Justice Society of America upon the Goyer/Robinson/Johns relaunch and also ended up getting his own ongoing series that lasted twenty-five issues. Written by Tom Peyer with the bulk of art duties being handled by Rags Morales, the Hourman series followed the now de-powered Matthew Tyler (his chosen name) as he hung out with Snapper Car, the ex-mascot of the JLA.
Over the course of the series Peyer would invent some fantastic concepts and characters, including a pocket of time used as a chronal prison for aliens and time-travelers called the Timepoint. The Timepoint takes the form of a black and white recreation of Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963, therefore stranding its prisoners in a recurring loop of one of the most depressing moments in American history; the assassination of JFK. There was the issue where they reform a demon named Torcher by convincing him to eat cheesecake, and then there was the time they also reformed (kind of) the old golden age mad scientist Dr Togg. Both Scorcher and Togg, along with Snapper Car’s ex-wife Bethany (Tyler’s new love interest) and Bethany’s mother (a cop who hates Snapper), join Hourman on his flying time-ship as they went on adventures throughout time and space. A lot of weird stuff happened during that series and it was great.
Then the series was cancelled and we didn’t see Tyler for a bit until he returned in Geoff Johns’ run of JSA (#65 &66). They revealed that after his resignation from the JSA he spent decades adventuring across the timestream but he returned to help save the son of the original Hourman, and ultimately the original Hourman Rex Tyler as well. Since then we haven’t seen Tyler, although he can be glimpsed in the background of Multiversity: The Just at a pool party where all the other DC characters of the 90’s are invited.
If you just want a quirky, fun, and intelligently written superhero title that played with the concept of heroic legacies then you should try to hunt down the entire twenty-five issue run. At the very least it’s worth it for the gorgeous Rags Morales artwork. None of it should cost much (try not to pay more than $3-4 an issue), and you probably would be able to find most of the run in discount bins at conventions considering a lot of people don’t remember or care about the series. The early appearances of Tyler in Grant Morrison’s JLA should also be fairly easy to track down and not too expensive, and if you are looking for a complete list of the character’s appearances check out this link.