- "Who do you think you are? Do you know what I went through over there? Do you know the sacrifices I made for you? I come back after years of fighting for this country and this is my welcome home?"
- —James Zolomon while assaulting his wife, Ashley Zolomon[src]
When he returned home from service, James found that his wife, Ashley, was attempting to leave him for unknown reasons. James became violent and started assaulting her. Their 11-year-old son, Hunter, walked in on them. James, angry with his wife, gave Hunter his kettle helmet and forced the boy to watch as he murdered Ashley with a shotgun. Following the ordeal, James was convicted and sent to prison, while his son was sent to live at the Central City Orphanage.
James is a mentally unstable person who served in the War of the Americas. While believing he was a hero for serving in the war, in reality he was considered a "monster" by his wife, Ashley. James is a ruthless and cruel individual who physically abused Ashley, and ended up killing her in front of his son, Hunter, in a show of power. This cruel act lead to Hunter becoming even more deranged as his father.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, the name of Hunter Zolomon's father is unknown. His backstory is also significantly different; Hunter's father was not a disillusioned war hero but a serial killer who had killed six young girls. When Hunter's mother told the police, his father murdered her on the day Hunter was to leave for college. Hunter's father was subsequently killed by the police after refusing to give himself up.