- My name is Hunter Zolomon. Despite what the public believes, I am the fastest man alive. I am Zoom. But I am not a Rogue. Far from it. I have taken the name and colors from Eobard Thawne -- the time traveler known as Professor Zoom -- in order to terrorize my friend. Wally West. The Flash. I suffered through tragedy. I lost my family to it. I understand the depths it will drag one down to. And only by surviving it does one become stronger. I will recreate myself to help my friend and in turn -- the world. I will do anything to make the Flash a better hero.
- — Hunter Zolomon src
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 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
One Year Later
Main article: One Year Later
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. It is unknown whether Zoom traveled to this time period himself, or if he became stranded there after his last encounter with Wally West.
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.
Hunter became a member of Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains.
Main article: Final Crisis
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.
Powers and Abilities
- Localized Chronokinesis: Hunter Zolomon has the ability to alter time relative to himself, as opposed to utilizing the Speed Force like most of the DC Universe speedsters do. He can apparently use this ability to move at "speeds" rivaling those of even Wally West, and usually, "faster" than the speeds that even Wally can muster in most cases. Zoom uses time travel to run fast, he time travels with every step he takes, Zoom has the power to control his personal timeline, he speeds up his own timeline to run faster and slows down his own timeline to move slower. The temporal nature of his speed allows him to avoid the usual problems encountered by other Flash-type speedsters (friction, seeing and hearing at such near-light speeds, etc.), whose automatic and unconscious use of the Speed Force overcomes those problems. As he is moving at a normal velocity, and the rest of the world is "slow", those hindrances simply do not affect him.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Due to his slow perception of time, Zoom is capable of easily reacting to danger and events. He was able to effortlessly block multiple punches thrown by the Flash at super-speed.
- Superhuman Durability: Zoom is far more durable than any normal human. He is able to withstand punches from speedsters moving at incredible speeds, and sustain no serious injuries.
- Superhuman Strength: Zoom's manipulation of time allows him to generate superhuman force that has the effects of vast superhuman strength. He has been stated to hit harder than Superman.
- Enhanced Mental Process: When manipulating his personal time-field, the speed of Zoom's brain synapses are greatly heightened, allowing him to think much faster than a normal person.
- Enhanced Senses: When manipulating his personal time-field, Zoom's senses are greatly heightened.
- Energy Projection: Zoom is able to project the lightning that he generates as a side-effect of his time manipulation.
- 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 Waves: Zoom also possess the ability to create very powerful sonic booms and shock waves with just the snap of his fingers, an ability he used to kill Linda's unborn babies.
- Power Distribution: Zoom 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 Zoom himself. He was able to grant this power to Inertia.
- Martial Arts: Hunter defended himself from Murmur with a cane and even disarmed him of his knives, in the process.
- Tactical Analysis
- 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.
He is not in prime earth.
- 64 Appearances of Hunter Zolomon (New Earth)
- 47 Images featuring Hunter Zolomon (New Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about Hunter Zolomon (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Hunter Zolomon (New Earth)
- The Flash (Volume 2) #197
- The Flash (Volume 2) #193
- The Flash (Volume 2) #196
- The Flash (Volume 2) #211
- The Flash (Volume 2) #219
- The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10
- Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1
- Justice Society of America (Volume 3) #8
- Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge
- Flash (Volume 2) #199
- Flash (Volume 2) #200
- Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #214
- Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1
- Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge Vol 1 2
- The Flash (Volume 2) #188
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