John Lynch worked his way up the ranks of America's most secret intelligence organization the hard way. In the early days of the Vietnam Conflict, Lynch was a Naval ensign who was tapped by the Navy SEALs. His record of confirmed kills coupled with his accuracy and the usefulness of his intelligence reports brought him to the attention of the C.I.A. Transferred stateside, he spent time at Langley before being hand-picked by C.I.A. Operations to head up his own covert operations bureau. From there he was promoted to Central Officer of MOBat U.S SOCOM (Special Operations COMmand) an arm of the U.S. military establishment. His skills continued to attract the notice of higher-ups, with National Security Czar Miles Craven recruiting him into I.O. During his early career with Craven in the 1970's, he formed and led I.O.'s new special operations unit, Team 7, continuing his outstanding record.
Team 7 was intentionally exposed to the Gen-Factor, giving Lynch strong psionic abilities, which he was initially reluctant to use due to the danger they posed to himself and to others. While on a mission in Leningrad, Lynch faced another superhuman alone, tearing out his left eye in order to kill the powerful Russian. He has developed greater control over his powers.
When the director of I.O. retired, Lynch became his natural successor.
He is the father of Burnout of Gen-13, and often acts as a mentor/advisor for the team.
As Director of Operations of I.O., Lynch placed Holden Carver undercover within Tao's criminal syndicate. Lynch reorganized I.O. into Internal Operations, with Mark Slayton as his second-in-command.
Post-Flashpoint, the DC Universe merged with the WildStorm Universe and characters were given altered origins and roles to various extents. John Lynch is again the head of Team 7 now compromised of agents including Amanda Waller, Slade Wilson, Black Canary and Grifter.
Lynch used the team to test the meta-gene possibilities in order to create his own "Superman". He turned member James Bronson into the powerhouse Majestic whose instability threatened the entire world.
However he grew corrupted and tried to sell a team of Wannabe Justice League to a third world country, but his plan was aborted by the Suicide Squad.
In the reinvention of the Wildstorm universe by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt, The Wild Storm, John Lynch was reintroduced as the ex director of IO and the head behind the Thunderbook project. After decades leading IO against its war against Skywatch, Lynch grew paranoid of everyone, includinghis own organization and left his position, hidding and destroying the most he could about Thunderbook.
However when he discovered than IO had started to investigate about his works, he went to alert all previous Thunderbook subjets about IO, but most of them had become very untrusty of him and very perturbed. Lynch also discovered than most of them had offsprings who could had inherited their parents abilities.
After warning the last person of his list, Lynch had decided to search after the kids.
John Lynch appeared in the animated Gen 13 Movie. He was voiced by John De Lancie.