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Hunter Zolomon was better known as Zoom, a speedster super-villain and enemy to the Flashes. Surviving alterations to the timeline, he dubbed himself The True Flash.


Hunter had a troubled relationship with his parents, as they rarely spoke to each other or to him. On the day Hunter was to leave for college, he came home to find the police laying siege to his house. His father was a serial killer, and when his mother told the police, Hunter's father had killed her. After refusing to give up, his father was killed by the police.

Hunter Zolomon

Hunter became obsessed with understanding the criminal mind, studying psychology and criminology in college. Hunter then later joined the F.B.I. along with his girlfriend (Ashley), whom he later married. One case resulted in Ashley's father being killed, as Hunter had believed the criminal they were after would not use a gun.[1] Hunter's belief turned out true much later as the criminal was set up by Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash. Ashley left him shortly thereafter, and the F.B.I. terminated his employment. Hunter was also left with a damaged knee due to the case, and required a cane for walking.

After arriving in Keystone City, he got a job as a profiler. He worked with the police in their Department of Metahuman Hostilities. His work put him in constant contact with the current Flash (Wally West), and the two became good friends. His insight was critical in solving a number of cases, but he always resented being stuck behind a desk.

Transformation into Zoom

Hunter was severely injured in an attack by Gorilla Grodd in Iron Heights[2]. The injuries left Hunter paralyzed from the waist down. He asked Wally West to use the time-traveling Cosmic Treadmill in the Flash Museum to prevent this from occurring. West refused, saying that he could not risk damaging the timestream. Zolomon then broke into the museum and attempted to use the treadmill himself. The resulting explosion destroyed the museum and shifted Hunter's connection to time. He could now alter his personal timeframe, giving the effect of super-speed. The idea made him able to slow down time around him. Later he would gain those powers in full.[3]

Zolomon decided that West had refused to help because, unlike the previous Flash Barry Allen, West had never suffered personal tragedy. Zolomon decided that if he became the new Zoom and killed West's wife (Linda Park), this would help the Flash become a better hero. Flash succeeded in defeating Zoom, preventing Linda's death, but his attack caused a miscarriage of their twin children. Zolomon was forced into a temporal anomaly and ended up in a comatose state, continually watching the death of his father-in-law.

Zolomon's ex-wife, Ashley Zolomon, replaced him as profiler and spent a lot of time attempting to communicate with him. Due to a car accident, Ashley was hospitalized for some time.[4] It was around this period that Zoom awoke from his coma, out of concern for Ashley. He cautiously chose to remain in his cell, however.

Rogue War

Zoom was driven out of his self-imposed imprisonment by Cheetah in an attempt to both harness super-speed and induct him into the growing Secret Society of Super Villains. The two shared a minor romance, but nothing serious happened as Zoom considered himself to still be married to Ashley.[5]

Defeat of Captain Cold

Zoom later infiltrated the already-growing "Rogue War" between Captain Cold's Rogues, the Trickster's reformed Rogues, and the Top's brainwashed rogues. Quickly spiriting his estranged wife Ashley out of danger to the home of Linda Park, Zoom returned to the battlefront to dispatch Captain Cold, claiming that the "Man Who Mastered Absolute Zero" was wasting the Flash's time with his longstanding, self-aggrandizing methods of villainy.

Zoom was not done. As the Flash and Kid Flash (Bart Allen) attempted to contain the battle, Zoom throttled Kid Flash and threatened to snap his neck in a manner reminiscent of what Barry Allen had done to Eobard Thawne (Professor Zoom). Before Zoom could kill Kid Flash, however, Professor Zoom himself arrived on a cosmic treadmill, with Jay Garrick chained to the front end.

A battle ensued between the two Flashes and Kid Flash against the two Zooms, but in the end, the two Zooms accomplished what they intended. They grabbed the Flash and jumped onto the treadmill. Zoom then forced the Flash to watch their first fight, in which Linda was severely injured and miscarried. Zoom felt that Wally West should be made to focus on the feelings of sorrow and loss from this experience and told Professor Zoom to rewind it so that he could watch it again. But as the scene started to rewind, West's uncle and mentor Barry Allen appeared, riding his own Cosmic Treadmill and saying that he had been looking for Professor Zoom.

Barry Allen removed West from immediate danger, telling West that he was here to return Thawne to his proper place in time, and that no matter how bad it seemed, West could win this if he "just pushed himself a bit". He and Thawne then disappeared through time. Zoom, enraged, began to run around the world, building up speed, with which to kill Linda. Wally rushed to catch up, but he was a step or two behind. At the last minute, he realized what Barry's advice meant and put on a final burst of speed, pushing himself, and hitting Zoom in the back. Zoom fell forward and was caught in the sonic boom which he himself used to kill Linda's babies (this ended up creating a "fissure in time" that restored Linda's pregnancy, just in time for her to give birth). Zoom ran for the treadmill, but West forced them back to their mutual present. Along the way, they viewed scenes of Zoom's life. Zoom realized his mistreatment of Wally and briefly apologized before slipping into the timestream. He was later seen as a ghost-like figure apologizing to his wife.

Zoom returned during the Infinite Crisis event as the Secret Society of Super Villains's chief speedster, but with his recent epiphany, a phase of his life as a character has ended.

One Year Later

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Zoom later appeared at the sacking of Rome, being approached by Bart Allen's grandmother, to help her protect Bart from a great tragedy that the villain Inertia was setting up.[6] It is unknown whether Zoom traveled to this time period himself, or if he became stranded there after his last encounter with Wally West.

He was also pursued by the Justice League in an attempt to locate Sinestro after Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) learned of the existence of the Sinestro Corps.[7]

Zoom was pursued by the Justice Society of America into Atlanta. Damage was banned from the city, but entered anyway seeking revenge. During a scuffle, he ended up taking Zoom hostage until being talked down by Liberty Belle. Disappointed that Damage was not "improving", he threw a sharp pipe to kill him. Liberty Belle used her superspeed to catch it and toss it back, knocking Zoom unconscious.[8]

Hunter became a member of Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains.

Final Crisis

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Zolomon recruits Tad Thawne

In Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge he freed Inertia from his paralysis, inflicted previously by Wally West, hoping to make him his apprentice as a new Kid Flash, teaching how to "improve" his own life and the ones of others by inflicting great tragedies. Inertia learned the lesson too well, and claimed himself to be "Kid Zoom", the new master of tragedies, turned over the Flash's Rogues and Zoom altogether. Employing the time stream manipulation powers Zoom granted him against his master, he reverted the body of Zoom to the crippled, broken body of Hunter Zolomon, stripping him of his powers.[9]


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Flash War

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At some point, Hunter was broken out of prison by Eobard Thawne, and taken to the 25th century by Thawne, to work together against the Flashes. Due to being in the 25th century during the Flashpoint, Hunter remained unaffected by the changes to the timeline. He was not de-aged and retained all of his pre-Flashpoint memories, despite now existing in the post-Flashpoint timeline.[10] While in the 25th century, Hunter and Thawne gained control of the Temporal Courts, a force dedicated to investigating changes to the timeline, and Thawne used futuristic technology to restore Hunter's ability to walk.[10]

After a disagreement, Thawne ran back in time to the 21st Century, leaving Hunter stranded in the 25th Century. From the 25th century, Hunter was able to see Thawne's repeated deaths, feeling guilty for not going back to the past with him. Hunter then realizeed that Thawne had been right all along and that the Flashes did not deserve to become better heroes. This anger caused his powers to return, and his Zoom suit manifested around him.[10]

Hunter then decided to send the Renegades to the 21st century to capture Iris West for questioning for the murder of Eobard Thawne. When attempting to capture her, they were confronted by Barry Allen, Wally West and Wally West. During the battle, Wally West had a "temporal seizure". The Renegades promised to care for him if Iris agreed to come back with them, to which she agreed, although Barry and Wallace also travelled to the 25th century with them. Hunter manipulated the energy signatures of the group, separating Wally from the rest of the group. He informed Wally that all of the forgotten speedsters are lost in the Speed Force and that the only way to save them was to destroy it.[11]

Hunter orchestrated the Flash War

Hunter proceeded to manipulate Wally, feigning the loss of his powers and claiming that he only wished to help Wally rescue those who had been lost, in particular Wally's lost children, Irey and Jai West. Wally, after protecting Hunter from the distrustful Barry Allen and Commander Cold, proceeded to try and break the Speed Force, with Barry pursuing him. Hunter then disappeared in a flash of light, the world around him soon disappearing.[12] After the two Flashes ran fast enough to enter the Speed Force, it was revealed that Hunter's plan was actually to have the two destroy the Force Wall, which held back various energies. Appearing and incapacitating the Justice League, Hunter then explained to the two that he knew the true whereabouts of the missing speedsters, but that he'd decided to become the new Flash to protect the world. Donning the original Flash suit used by Barry Allen, Hunter demonstrated the abilities he gained from the Sage Force and Strength Force.[13]

Death and the Speed Force

Hunter later reappeared in Central City, seeking to obtain the Still Force from one of the New Force Conduits, Steadfast.[14] After stealing the Still Force, Hunter reveals to Barry that the combined forces create an entirely new force called the Forever Force, allowing him to see all of time and space. Barry gave chase, along with the Black Flash hot on their trail, intent on purging the other Forces from the Speed Force.

Hunter dies as a Flash

Hunter proclaimed his goal was to kill the Black Flash, as he said it's his destiny to kill "death itself" after all the tragedies in his life. Barry then showed Hunter a memory fragment in the Forever Force, explaining he investigated Hunter's case on Ashley's father, discovering Eobard Thawne played a part in the murder. Distraught by this revelation, Hunter starts to slow his pace.

Barry reminded Hunter that he broke the Force barrier by using him and Wally, so they also must find a way to repair the barrier in order to return and solve the mystery of Thawne's involvement. Hunter felt remorse for all the tragedy he inflicted on Wally, his best friend, and against Barry's pleas, resigned to fix the barrier by sacrificing himself as atonement. He wished things could have been different, but then remarked that saving the day was what Flashes do. His plan worked, and the Black Flash was also banished to the Forever Force.[15]


  • Speed Force Conduit: After tricking Barry Allen and Wally West into breaking the Force Barrier, Hunter gained access to the Speed Force - a mysterious cosmic force that pushes time and space itself forward. Being a Speed Force Conduit radically accelerates all aspects of Hunter's being.[16]
    • Superhuman Speed: Hunter is able to move at immense speeds, fast enough to keep up with Wally West. He was also able to instantaneously incapacitate the Justice League and the Titans before any of them could react.[13] By using every bit of his speed, Hunter was able to resist the motion negation power of the Still Force.[14] Hunter was also able to move fast enough to create a massive sonic boom, powerful enough repair the Force Barrier.[15]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Hunter possesses reflexes far greater than a normal human being. This allows him to easily react to danger and events, and perceive the world in slow motion.[16]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Hunter's body can handle the stress of moving at superhuman speeds for extended periods of time without getting tired or weak.[16]
    • Superhuman Agility: Hunter's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows him to easily make sharp turns and leap far distances while moving at superhuman speed.
    • Speed Force Aura: Hunter's body is surrounded by a "friction cushion", which provides protection from the nastier elements of his speed, including friction, airborne particulate matter, kinetic impacts, G-Force and the like.
      • Superhuman Durability: Hunter is capable of resisting tremendous kinetic impact forces that could easily crush or kill a human, without suffering any serious external or internal injuries, making him much more durable than any human.[16]
    • Accelerated Healing: Like all conduits of the Speed Force, Hunter is capable of regenerating from injuries much faster than any normal human.
    • Dimensional Travel: Hunter can use his speed to create breaches into other dimensions. He has used his power to enter both the Forever Force and the timestream at will.[14]
    • Electrokinesis: Hunter's body generates large amounts of electrical energy that he draws from the Speed Force. This Speed Force lightning emanates off of him, especially when he moves at super-speed.[16]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force grants Hunter enhanced senses that allow him to perceive the world at a rate attuned to his reaction speed.[16]
    • Shock Wave Projection: Hunter possess the ability to create very powerful sonic booms and shock waves with just the snap of his fingers.[17]
    • Time Travel: By running fast enough, Hunter is able to jump into the timestream and travel throughout it. He used this ability to enter Hypertime.[16]
    • Vortex Creations: By rotating his arms at super speed or running in a circular motion, Hunter can manipulate the airflow around him to create strong vortexes of wind.[17]
  • Sage Force Conduit: After the destruction of the Force Barrier, Hunter gained access to the Sage Force - a previously untapped cosmic force that radically enhances the minds of its conduits.[13]
    • Enhanced Intellect: As stated by Hunter, the Sage Force enhances his mind, making it greater than the mental capacity of any normal human.[16]
    • Telekinesis: The Sage Force grants Hunter the ability to telekinetically manipulate the movement of objects and others at will.[16]
    • Telepathy: Hunter is able to use the power of the Sage Force to telepathically invade the minds of others.[16]
  • Strength Force Conduit: After the destruction of the Force Barrier, Hunter gained access to the Strength Force - a previously untapped cosmic force based around gravity and the force of motion. [13]
    • Geokinesis: The Strength Force grants Hunter the some control over the Earth. He can summon rock-like components at will, even in areas like the timestream, where the Earth isn't readily available to call upon.[16]
    • Gravity Manipulation: The Strength Force grants Hunter control over gravity. He can use this ability to surround his fist with the Strength Force's rock-like components.[16]
    • Superhuman Strength: The Strength Force enhances Hunter's strength to superhuman levels.[13] While using the Strength Force, He was strong enough to deal significant damage to the Black Flash.[15]
  • Still Force Conduit: After stealing Steadfast's power, Hunter gained access to the Still Force, a cosmic force revolving around entropy and inertia.[14]
    • Energy Negation: The Still Force grants Hunter the power to negate motion in any way feasible. He can halt physical objects and return them to their natural state if he wishes.
  • Forever Force Conduit: After being caught in the explosion of a Cosmic Treadmill, Hunter gained a limited connection to the Forever Force, a cosmic force based around time. After eventually gaining control over the Speed, Strength, Sage, and Still Forces, Hunter gained direct access to the Forever Force, making his connection to it much more powerful than before.[14]
    • Chronokinesis: The Forever Force grants Hunter the power to manipulate time, something he got only a taste of when gained his original powers from the Cosmic Treadmill explosion. The Forever Force shows Hunter glimpses of his past and allows him to look through time at will.[15] When Hunter had a limited connection to the Forever Force, he gained the power to control his personal timeline, making himself appear to move at "speeds" rivaling those of even Wally West, and usually "faster" in most cases. Hunter stated that when "riding time", even the slightest movements can result in unimaginable power. This allowed him to generate superhuman force with the effects of vast superhuman strength. He has been stated to hit harder than Superman.[18]
      • Intangibility: Hunter has learned that he can now travel further into time to which things in his immediate area are gone or destroyed and then return to a place just in front of it, because of this, he can become intangible and has passed through speedsters like Bart and objects like walls and buildings.
      • Shock Wave Projection: Hunter also possess the ability to create very powerful sonic booms and shock waves with just the snap of his fingers. This ability was powerful enough to destroy buildings and kill Linda's unborn babies.[19] He has also used the Speed Force to replicate this power.[17]
    • Energy Projection: As a side-effect of his time manipulation, Hunter generates "windows in time", which appear as a pink energy displaying moments in Hunter's timeline.[19] Hunter is capable of projecting this energy at will.[20]
    • Energy Construct Creation: When first discovering his powers, Hunter was able to create his Zoom costume from the Forever Force's energy.[1]
    • Enhanced Mental Process: When manipulating his personal time-field, the speed of Hunter's brain synapses are greatly heightened, allowing him to think much faster than a normal person.[1]
    • Enhanced Senses: When manipulating his personal time-field, Hunter's senses are greatly heightened.[1]
      • Enhanced Hearing: When first discovering his powers, Hunter was able to hear the buzzing of a fly from down the hall.[1]
    • Power Distribution: Hunter has demonstrated the ability to grant a form of "super-speed" to other beings by giving them the ability to control their relative time, through Hunter himself. He was able to grant this power to Inertia.[21]



  • Power Limitation (Formerly): At a certain point in his career, Zoom couldn't vibrate his molecules like his speedster enemies enough to phase through solid matter. Because of this the Flash was able to gain a considerable distance on Zoom because Zoom would need to run around the physical blockades.

  • Hunter is also known as The True Flash.



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