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Hello Guys!

I thought for my self that to night it is the mid-season finale of [The Flash](series:1068303) and the name of the episode is "The Man In The Yellow Suit". And that can only mean one thing...

Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash

So i thought for myself that why not do a post about him here on movie pilot.

So lets begin...


The Flash (Vol. 1) #139 (September 1963): First appearance of Professor Eobard "Zoom" Thawne, the Reverse-Flash.
The Flash (Vol. 1) #139 (September 1963): First appearance of Professor Eobard "Zoom" Thawne, the Reverse-Flash.

In the "Return of Barry Allen" storyline in The Flash (vol. 2) #74-79 reveals that Thawne started out as a fan of The Flash living in the 25th century and became desperate to meet him.

Thawne got his super-speed by replicating the electrochemical bath that gave Barry Allen his powers, losing years of his life in the process, he even undergoing surgery to make himself look like Barry after that he traveled backward in time using the Cosmic Treadmill to meet his hero.

Thawne became mentally unstable upon arriving several years after Barry's death- the Treadmill having broken down over the centuries- and discovering from the Flash Museum that he is destined to become Reverse Flash and die at the hands of his idol, resulting in his mind - already disoriented by the stress of time travel- seeking escape by convincing himself that he is Barry Allen. However, his true identity is eventually revealed due to his more violent nature, "Barry" attacking Central City in revenge for "forgetting him," until he is ultimately defeated by the Flash family and sent back to the future, his memory wiped of the incident due to the trauma of the time-travel and the beating he had received at the hands of Wally West.

He later became a criminal known as "The Professor," who found a time capsule containing the Silver Age Flash's costume. He was able to use a machine to amplify the suit's speed energy, giving himself the abilities of the Flash as long as he wore it. In the process, Thawne reversed the colors of the costume, the suit becoming yellow, the boots and lightning bolt highlights red, and the chest symbol's white circle becoming black.

Taking the new name "Professor Zoom", Thawne used his speed powers to commit crimes, but was stopped by the Flash, who had travelled forward in time to witness the time capsule being opened because it also contained an atomic clock which threatened to explode like an atomic bomb due to the process with which it had been sent into the Future.

The Flash, assuming his counterpart might know where the clock was, pursued Professor Zoom. After a destructive battle, the villain was finally defeated when he boasted how he used a chemical coating to protect himself from air friction. Betting that the invisible aura around his body would be superior protection, the Flash seized Thawne and began to push him forward so fast that the intense air friction overwhelmed the coating and the resulting burns forced him to surrender. It proved a waste of time, as Thawne knew nothing about the clock and the Flash was just barely able to find and remove it to an isolated area before it exploded. He also destroyed the costume to prevent such use again.

Blaming the Flash for his defeat, Thawne began traveling back in time to gain revenge, using his knowledge of history to his advantage. In his second appearance he hypnotized Doctor Alchemy, who was trying to go straight, into helping him. He also became obsessed with "replacing" Barry Allen, not only as the Flash, but as the husband of Iris West. After Iris finally made it clear that this would never happen (actually the second time she had insisted this, Thawne having erased her memory of the first time), Thawne (apparently) kills her at a party, vibrating his hand into her head.

It took a long time for Allen to get his life back together after this. Shortly after he had found love again, Zoom reappeared, threatening to kill his new fiancee on Allen's second wedding day. Terrified that history would repeat itself, Allen instinctively and inadvertently kills his enemy, breaking Thawne's neck in a final struggle.
After he was found not guilty of murder in the subsequent trial, despite the fact that Wally West (the then-Kid Flash and future Flash) testified that Barry could have stopped Thawne without killing him, Barry went to the 30th century to retire and live with the resurrected Iris, as it was revealed she was really an inhabitant of that era sent back for protection and that her mind had been taken from the moment before death, only to later die during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

That was the history and now over to his powers.


Professor Zoom is able to move and travel at super-human speeds. Professor Zoom can travel at speeds faster than the speed of light, deliver many different types of blows a second, run on water, create cyclones, and vibrate his molecules to pass through solid objects. Essentially he has all the same powers as The Flash or other speedsters.

In The Flash: Rebirth, it is discovered that when Zoom duplicated the incident that granted Barry Allen his powers, he created a negative Speed Force by corrupting the positive version of it. Through this Speed Force, he also has the ability to create multiple after-images like Hunter Zolomon (the modern day Zoom) and, unlike The Flash and other users of the original Speed Force, can travel through and alter time, and can erase people from existence (Flash cannot change the past without dramatic consequences). He paradoxically exists Backwards in time.

In the events leading up to Flashpoint, Professor Zoom has developed numerous powers including the ability to absorb other people's memories and experiences, change his age, and drastically alter time.

So as you can see he has many different powers than Barry Allan has.

Well now at last I will give you some recommendation on comic books that Professor Zoom is in.

Reading Recommendations

  • The Flash (vol 1,#139) 139 (September 1963), DC Comics
  • Flash (vol. 1) #324
  • The Flash: Rebirth #1 (April 2009)
  • The Flash: Rebirth #2 (May 2009)
  • The Flash: Rebirth #3 (June 2009)
  • The Flash: Rebirth #4 (August 2009)
  • The Flash: Rebirth #5 (November 2009)
  • The Flash: Rebirth #6 (February 2010)
  • Blackest Night: The Flash #1 (December 2009)
  • Blackest Night: The Flash #2 (January 2010)
  • Blackest Night: The Flash #3 (February 2010)
  • Blackest Night #8 (March 2010)
  • Brightest Day #0 (April 2010)
  • Brightest Day #7 (August 2010)
  • The Flash (vol. 3) #7 (December 2010)
  • The Flash (vol. 3) #8 (February 2011)
  • The Flash (vol. 3) #10 (April 2011)
  • The Flash (vol. 3) #11 (April 2011)
  • The Flash (vol. 3) #12 (May 2011)
  • Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash one-shot (June 2011)
  • Flashpoint #1 (May 2011)
  • Flashpoint #2 (June 2011)
  • Flashpoint #4 (August 2011)
  • Flashpoint #5 (August 2011)
  • Batman Beyond Vol.3 #6 (November 2010)
  • Batman Beyond Vol. 4 #8
  • Impulse #35

Thank you for this time see you next time! :)


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