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Tabby, Boomer, Boom-Boom, Firecracker, Time Bomb, Mutate #35, Nancy Forrester



Formerly Nextwave, Cable's Underground, X-Force, former member of the New Mutants and X-Terminators, former associate of X-Factor and the Beyonder, Genoshan Mutates, Fallen Angels, 198

Marty Smith (father), Amanda "Mandy" Smith (mother), Wanda Jo Bialowsky (step-mother)



5' 5"

122 lbs (55 kg)




Marital Status

Adventurer, former student, thief, member of HATE

Tabitha is a mutant, born with her powers

Place of Birth

First appearance

Secret Wars II #5
(November, 1985)



Tabitha Smith as "Boomer"

Teenager Tabitha Smith had not gotten along with her parents for most of her life, so when her mutant powers emerged, her parents were appalled. Resentful towards her father, Tabitha put a small explosive ball of energy in his food. In retaliation, her father beat her severely. Somehow learning there was a school for mutants in New York's Westchester County -- which was, in fact, Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, headquarters for the hero teams X-Men and the New Mutants -- Tabitha ran away from home, journeying there by train and giving herself the code name Time Bomb.

Near Washington DC, the train was wrecked on a whim by the cosmic entity calling itself the Beyonder. Thinking he was a mutant, Tabitha accompanied him. The Beyonder abandoned her but returned and took her to Xavier's school. There the X-Men and New Mutants attacked the Beyonder, who escaped. Tabitha, frightened and bewildered by witnessing the attack, left, but was later found by the Beyonder, who brought her to a distant planet that he called "World Complex Headquarters" of the alien Celestials. There, threatening to destroy the universe, the Beyonder fought and seemingly defeated a number of Celestials. However, that planet was not truly the Celestials' headquarters, and the Celestials allowed the Beyonder to "defeat" them, presumably in order to observe him in action.

Terrified, Tabitha demanded that the Beyonder transport her back to Earth and leave her, and the Beyonder complied. Back on Earth, Tabitha alerted the Avengers about the Beyonder. Summoning the Beyonder, Tabitha thereby led him into an ambush by the Avengers and other costumed champions before fleeing the scene. The Beyonder, who had regarded Tabitha as his only friend, allowed the Avengers to defeat him, but then left.

Making her way to Los Angeles, Tabitha, calling herself Boom-Boom, encountered the mutant criminal known as the Vanisher, who made her a member of his gang of thieves, the Fallen Angels, and taught her how to steal. Believing that the Vanisher was treating her badly, Tabitha alerted X-Factor to his presence, as she believed the group to be mutant hunters. When two members of X-Factor arrived, the Beast and Iceman, Tabitha changed her mind about turning in the Vanisher and used her "time bomb" power on the Iceman as a prank. The Beast and Iceman pursued her and caught up to her in their costumed identities. She agreed to leave the Vanisher's gang and live at X-Factor headquarters instead.

At one point, Tabitha had set off another of her "time bombs" in the X-Factor laboratory as a prank, and Iceman pursued her through the headquarters. Another member of the Fallen Angels, Ariel, used her powers to enable Tabitha to escape X-Factor headquarters. Tabitha again stayed for a time with the Fallen Angels, but after an adventure on another planet with them, Tabitha returned to X-Factor headquarters.

She was immediately captured, however, by the anti-mutant organization called the Right. Tabitha and other mutants associated with X-Factor regained their freedom, however, and she and her fellow X-Factor trainees went into action as the team called the X-Terminators. About the same time, the New Mutants were left without a headquarters of their own and lived temporarily at X-Factor's. Tabitha was one of the X-Terminators to join the New Mutants when the two teams merged.

As a member of the New Mutants, she followed the group under the leadership of Cannonball and, later, Cable. She also remained with the group as Cable transformed it into X-Force. During this time, she became enamored with Cannonball and the two developed a romantic relationship.

During her time with X-Force, Tabitha underwent a series of progressive changes in attitude, growing more and more serious as her role as a costumed hero. For a short time at the beginning of her tenure, she called herself Boomer. Later, she changed her code name to Meltdown to better match her more drastic changes in looks and attitude. Eventually, Tabitha was forced to confront her past and deal with the broken relationships of her family.

When Cannonball was asked to leave X-Force and join the X-Men, Tabitha reluctantly let him go, knowing their relationship would end. She continued to adventure alongside X-Force, and briefly became enamored of her teammate Sunspot. However, when Cannonball returned to the team months later, the two resumed their relationship.

X-Force later agreed to be led by the British ex-government agent Pete Wisdom, who once again turned the team into an underground paramilitary force, at one point faking their own death in order to operate more clandestinely. After one adventure, X-Force survived being in the center of a Vibranium bomb explosion. The team decided to let the world believe them dead and to use this status to secretly infiltrate and destroy anti-mutant organizations around the world. After half a year of this hit-and-run strategy, they learned of a great underground complex where Wisdom's sister Romany was infecting people with alien DNA to alter the human race. In the final battle, X-Force destroyed the alien complex and was believed dead.

Tabitha and X-Force reappeared at a press conference of a new team calling itself X-Force, challenging the team (now, X-Statix) in dispute for their name. During the battle, Tabitha was teleported by X-Statix' U-Go Girl, left high into the air above a busy freeway. As for X-Force, the heroes were ultimately forced to retreat and presumably disbanded shortly afterward.

When Cable discovered hints to the existence of a revamped Weapon X program, one designed to use mutants to hunt down and intern other mutants, Cable created an organization to investigate the program and the existence of its internment camp, Neverland. He dubbed the organization the Underground, and invited Meltdown to join his elite group. Ultimately, Cable's Underground group was joined by Weapon X agent Brent Jackson, who hoped to stage a coup against the Director and had formed his own resistance group with fellow agents -- Washout, Marrow, Wild Child, and Sauron.

With Washout's help and sacrifice, the Underground was able to infiltrate the Weapon X complex, ousting the Director and nearly crippling the program. However, before the final defeat, agent Jackson betrayed the Underground, turning Cable's psychic powers against his allies. Jackson captured the Underground members and altered their memories to erase everything they saw and learned about the program. Even so, Cable and the Underground escaped, aided by Weapon X's Marrow, and believed the program to be nothing more than a military cover story.


Tabitha Smith in Nextwave

Shortly afterwards, Tabitha grew her hair long and eschewed her codename, re-appearing as a founding member of Nextwave[1]. The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation©) formed the team. Tabitha Smith's new team included Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel, the leader of the Avengers), Elsa Bloodstone, Aaron Stack and The Captain.

Tabitha stole the Marketingplan air craft from H.A.T.E after discovers through theft that a former terrorist cell called S.I.L.E.N.T. morphed into the Beyond Corporation©. They found the corporation’s marketing plan, which involved using H.A.T.E. and their own resources to product-test unusual WMDs on the American public. The biological weapon was revealed to be Fin Fang Foom, a giant lizard which clambered from underground and proceeded to wreck the building site.

After putting an end to the threat of Fin Fang Foom in Abcess, North Dakota, Nextwave moved on to Illinois. Tabitha managed to subdue Mac Mangel, a corrupt police officer who had been taken as a host by the Ultra Samurai Seed, with a time bomb. The Ultra Samurai metallic shell disintegrated, leaving Mangel crushed on the ground. Upon learning that he was a police officer, Tabitha and Aaron began to beat Mangel before Rambeau intervened.

The team were later attacked by 'The New Paramounts', a team consisting of Not Brand Echh characters including Forbush Man, The Inedible Bulk and Charlie America. Forbush Man attempted to use his mind control powers on Tabitha, but was shocked to find they didn't work on her as she apparently had no mind. Tabitha subsequently killed Forbush Man, saving her teammates.

Manifest Destiny

Tabitha relocated with the rest of the X-men to San Francisco. On a shopping spree, she encountered Nuwa wreaking havoc on the local shopping scene. After researching Nuwa's weakness, Tabitha defeated her new enemy.

Later abducted by anti-mutant extremists, the Sapien League, alongside Surge and Hellion. Tabitha was held hostage by their leader, the Leper Queen when the mutant strike force X-Force invaded her headquarters looking for the lost mutants. When X-Force were forcibly transported into the future by Cyclops, the Leper Queen, angry at not being killed by the team, shot Tabitha in the head.[2] Arriving just prior to the shot, X-23 managed to prevent Tabitha's death by shooting the Leper Queen.[3]

Powers and Abilities


Meltdown is a Alpha-level mutant.

Time Bombs: can create balls of plasma, which she calls her "time bombs." These "bombs" explode with concussive force. She can produce marble-sized "bombs" which have little concussive impact and which she uses for playing pranks. She has produced "time bombs" ranging up to the size of beach balls, which, when they explode, can smash tree trunks and even metal objects. The amount of concussive impact depends on the size of the bomb she creates, and she can, at least to some extent, control the amount of time until it detonates. After training with X-Factor and adventuring with X-Force, she has learned increasingly greater control over the energy she generates. She can now muffle the sound of the detonation to a limited extent and generate explosive energy as streams that respond to her thought directions. Now possessing greater control over her powers, she can even reabsorb the energy of non-detonated bombs and is no longer afraid to use her time bombs in nearly lethal ways.



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  1. a new off-beat and more than slightly satirical super-hero team featured in an eponymous comic book series created by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen. The series included other 2nd-string characters rescued from Marvel limbo
  2. X-Force Vol 3 #13
  3. X-Force Vol 3 #17

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From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Trypticon's anorexia was harmful to others
The name or term Meltdown refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Meltdown (disambiguation).

Flame prepares for the greatest transformation of all time!

Generation One (Marvel UK) > Issue # 168 - 169
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Marvel UK issues #168 - 169

Writer: Simon Furman
Art: Robin Smith
Letters: GLIB (168) GLOP (169)
Colours: Euan Peters

  • Originally published: 28th May - 4th June 1988; Cover date ("off sale") 4th-11th June 1988


Flame is furious that no-one is around to hear his rant.

Flame's computer delivers an update on the various situations. City of Fear! & Legion of the Lost! Springer has reached the surface and joined up with Ultra Magnus and the Sparkabots. They are now proceeding underground. Flywheels is still seeking reinforcements. The other Wreckers are loose in the main complex but contained by zombies. Emirate Xaaron is seeking Flame and being allowed to proceed to central control. And the repairs to the main reactor are complete. The engines will be fired in 4.86 breems and Flame's plans will be complete! Flame cannot contain his glee.

Ultra Magnus and Sizzle are still arguing about whether or not it was wise to send Flywheels for reinforcements. Legion of the Lost! Magnus believes Flywheels has to come through as the Decepticons are also threatened, but Sizzle isn't convinced. Privately Springer also wonders if it was the best idea but understands the pressure on Magnus.

Am I alive again?

Meanwhile the Wreckers are losing against the zombies so Broadside tries to reach the armoury. But a zombie starts to crush his head. Then it is knocked aside by a spear. Broadside turns to see his saviour is Impactor, still wondering who brought him back to life. Broadside tells him it was Flame and the former leader of the Wreckers heads away. Broadside turns to the now open armoury, stocked full of weapons.

Xaaron has reached the main control room and confronts Flame. They are still arguing about whether the reactor is safe, but Flame claims Xaaron is only concerned that the Council of Elders will find out they discredited the wrong person. Xaaron argues that both the Council and Flame's disgrace are ancient history, but the renegade Autobot doesn't agree. Xaaron determines to shut down the reactor but as he heads for the door Flame transforms into his firetank mode and blasts him. Xaaron realises that if he transforms as well the shock to the system might kill him, but it may be the only way to stop Flame.

Ultra Magnus, Springer and the Sparkabots meet up with the other Wreckers but are disappointed to find all the zombies have already been destroyed. The Autobots set off for the central control room but the computer recognises the high threat level and seals the blast doors. Needing heavy artillery to break through, Springer and Broadside head for Autobase. Springer declares that nothing's going to stop him now. But he's not so sure when another set of doors are blasted open to reveal Trypticon!

In the control room Xaaron continues to dodge Flame's blast and sees the computer reporting an imminent meltdown by the main reactor. Xaaron uses this to convince Flame that Cybertron is in danger and proposes to lower the reactor core and seal it to save the planet, but Flame believes it will save the plan and Cybertron will still become a battle station.

Outside Ultra Magnus, the Wreckers and Sparkabots try to laser their way through the blast doors but with no success. Springer and Broadside have not yet returned. Then Sizzle shouts as Trypticon comes down the corridor. The Autobots prepare to fight but Springer stops them. Ultra Magnus's gamble has paid off. Flywheels couldn't get huge numbers of reinforcements so instead brought the largest Decepticon of all. Trypticon smashes open the blast doors and everyone enters, observed from afar by Impactor.

Inside Xaaron is trying to convince Flame to let him get to the reactor controls, but the paranoid Flame believes it is a scheme to discredit him. Then Ultra Magnus enters, picks up Flame and throws him aside. The other Autobots and Decepticons arrive and Xaaron explains that the only way is to isolate the reactor from the blast - but this will involve going through the chamber and the radiation will destroy whoever is in there. Xaaron proposes to go, despite protests from Springer and Ultra Magnus.

Flame has now recovered and summons more zombies. Trypticon and Flywheels lead the Autobots into battle to the surface against them. Meanwhile Xaaron prepares to meet his destiny. Just as he is about to open the door Flame charges at him to kill him. Then Flame drops dead, a spear in his head. Xaaron turns to see Impactor, who now fully remembers. Impactor tells Xaaron that he is already dead and has no place amongst the living, so is the natural person to shut down the reactor. Xaaron doesn't know what to say and leaves his old friend for the last time. Impactor enters the chamber and reaches the control.

Xaaron reaches the surface to the others' surprise, just as the engines around them explode. Xaaron explains that Impactor has succeeded in containing the blast.

"Give thanks, Autobots, Decepticons - our world is safe. The plans of an insane Decepticon and the Autobot who carried on his work have been buried forever! Give thanks... to the Autobot who died twice so that others may live!"


  • Flame's Autobot symbol vanishes from his chest in some panels.

Items of note

  • We learn in this issue that Emirate Xaaron's alternate mode is a "vehicular combat mode" but he hasn't transformed for hundreds of years and the shock to the system could kill him. So in a way he is the first Action Master.
  • In some panels Flame's Autobot symbol is noticeably blocked from view, mainly when he is at his angriest. It's possible that this is a deliberate self-censorship to avoid showing too evil an Autobot.


  • It was reprinted again in the Titan Books trade paperback "City of Fear".

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