Hunter Zolomon is a male comic supervillain that features in DC Comics.
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of history was created with many of the same events impacting Zolomon's life. After being freed by the Reverse-Flash, he was taken to the future of the 25th century that was the home of Thawne. Once there, he was saved from the changes that were occurring in the timeline and his abilities were restored. This saw Zoom and the Reverse-Flash work together as they intended to target the objects of their respective obsessions namely Barry Allen and Wally West. Thawne believed that the Flash's would always disappoint them and would never become the heroes they needed them to be so the only alternative was to go back in time to make them suffer. In contrast, Zolomon believed that they needed to ensure the Flash's experienced tragedy which would compel them to aid them. This chain of events saw them take over the 25th century and control the temporal courts in that era. However, the contrasting views between Thawne and Zolomon saw the Reverse-Flash to decide to go on his own with him going into the past to make his plans into a reality. Despite his goals, he was seemingly killed in the 21st century with Zolomon blaming the Flash's for killing the man who saved him. Thus, Zoom decided to abandon his plan and instead bring about a war against both Flash's. (The Flash v5 #46)
Personality and attributes
He resented the cane he had for making him slow. (The Flash: Secret Files & Origins v1 #3)
Powers and abilities
Within the F.B.I., he specialised as a profiler specialising in Metahuman criminals. He was noted as the Rogue Specialist who was the best, brightest and youngest apparently in the agency. (The Flash: Secret Files & Origins v1 #3)
His powers allowed him to strike with the speed of light allowing him to hit with punches that hurt more than those given by Superman. (Wonder Woman v2 #214)
- Hunter Zolomon was created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins where he made his first appearance in The Flash: Secret Files & Origins v1 #3 (November, 2001) and later debuted as Zoom in The Flash v2 #197 (June, 2003).
In other media
- In The Flash, the character of Zoom and Hunter Zolomon both appeared in the 2014 live-action television series second season set in the Arrowverse with a full backstory revealed in the episode "Versus Zoom". It was shown that Hunter Zolomon of Earth-2 as a boy witnessed his father kill his mother whereupon he was left at an orphanage. By adulthood, he had become a serial killer who was apprehended and sent to prison for electroconvulsive therapy when the Harrison Wells of his world had activated his particle accelerator experiment. The energy wave gave Zolomon access to the Speed Force and he became a Metahuman criminal called Zoom. In time, he began to use drugs named Velocity-6 to increase his power but this had fatally damaged his body which was slowly dying unless he found a cure by draining the Speed Force from a powerful speedster. He discovered the existence of the Multiverse and encountered another speedster from another Earth named Jay Garrick who he captured. Garrick was kept chained inside a cell but Zoom was unable to drain his powers to save himself. By this point, Zolomon took the identity of Jay Garrick who operated as a superhero that battled Zoom as part of his sadistic desire in giving hope to the people only to take it away. Hunter later attempted to control the Speed Force which reacted by sending time wraiths to claim him but he managed to evade the creatures. After a singularity opened a gateway to Earth-1, Zoom travelled to that world and learnt of the superhero Barry Allen who operated as his planet's Flash. Thus, as Zoom, he embarked on a plan to steal the Speed Force from him whilst as Jay Garrick he attempted to befriend him. His ultimate goal was to steal Barry Allen's speed to cure himself and conquer Earth-1. He later attempted to destroy the entire Multiverse except for Earth-1 which he planned to rule. In an attempt to get Barry to embrace his darkness, Zoom killed his father Henry Allen but Flash refused to kill his foe who was instead claimed by the time wraiths from the Speed Force. The Earth-1 counterpart of Zolomon continued his normal life and lacked the superpowers of his counterpart as shown in the episode "The Reverse-Flash". In the episode "Enter the Speed Force", Zolomon was shown as the Black Flash who resided in the Speed Force and was sent by it to punish Barry Allen when he journeyed into that dimension to rescue Wally West.
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