The Flash

#197

TITLE: "Rogue Profile: Zoom"
COVER BLURB: "You Must Read the Story of Flash's Greatest Adversary!  Blitz: The Origin of Zoom!"
DATE: June 2003

 

WRITER: Geoff Johns
ARTIST: Scott Kolins

INKS: Doug Hazlewood
COLORS: James Sinclair
LETTERS: Kurt Hathaway
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Scott Kolins

COVER PRICE: $2.25

QUOTE: "The people. The glass of water. The heat of the friction on my skin. And that humming sound. Is this what it's like? Is this what it's like to be the Flash?" —Hunter Zolomon

SUMMARY: On the day that a young Hunter Zolomon was to leave for college, his father murdered his mother before being shot and killed by police. The traumatic incident and the many questions it prompted inspired Zolomon to train himself as a psychological profiler. At George Mason University, Zolomon fell in love with Ashley Fox, his future wife, and met her father, one of the FBI's foremost experts on metahuman psychology. The well-trained trio went on to work closely together at the Bureau, until the fateful and tragic day when Derek Fox was killed in the line of duty as a result of a flawed criminal profile from Zolomon. After losing his wife and leaving the FBI, Hunter moved to Keystone City, where he became acquainted with Wally West. Now, after attempting to use the Cosmic Treadmill to alter his tragic personal history, the paralyzed Hunter Zolomon finds himself hospitalized once again. The former profiler has survived an extraordinary explosion to discover that he can walk again! What's more, he soon realizes that the environment around him seems to be at a standstill; Zolomon is moving with superhuman speed. With a renewed sense of purpose and determination, obsessed with the idea that he can improve the Flash as a superhero through personal tragedy, Zolomon dons the iconic costume he feels he was destined to inherit. Hunter Zolomon is now Zoom, the Reverse-Flash, and he intends to show the scarlet speedster true tragedy!

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