Strobe's history is largely unknown. It is known she was a young mutant girl whom felt great anger towards humanity and therefore likely later joined the Mutant Liberation Front.
Strobe was created by Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld and first appeared in The New Mutants Vol. 1 issue 86 (1990).
Major Story Arcs
Mutant Liberation Front
Strobe made her first appearance as a member of the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF). Her first mission was helping to blow up a government facility in Wyoming. She melted through the walls to allow her cohorts entrance. She next attacked a government compound to liberate two mutants by the name of Rusty and Skids. During this attack, Strobe would do battle against the powerful Cable and best him by easily melting his cybernetic components. Many battles would follow and in each Strobe would display her vicious personality and fiery temperament. She was willing to do anything to ensure a victory for her team and was given lead a couple times as well. During one of the battles she was engaged in, she used her powers directly upon Rogue's eyes, blinding her for a very long time. Strobe showed great potential to become a villainess of the highest order but she would never be given this opportunity.
The initial incarnation of the Mutant Liberation Front was simply pawns of their leader and organizer, Stryfe. Strobe's true reasons for joining the group were never revealed. Stryfe had used numerous different tactics when recruiting members, including mind control. In their last battle, a majority of the team was caught and taken to jail. When the next incarnation of the MLF was being organized some of the members would be broken out of jail. Sadly, Strobe would not and likely is still there to this day.
Strobe was de-powered after the events of M-Day, which happened after the 99 procent of the mutants lost their powers due to a spell of the Scarlet Witch. Her status was revealed in New Avengers #18.
Powers and Abilities
Strobe had the mutant ability to project a field of thermal energy, most generally acting as an aura, around her body. This aura was generated at such an intense level of heat that once around her it provided superior protection against most physical attacks and could absorb energy, too. If anything or anyone got close enough to her, the aura would melt it almost immediately. When stretched out she could create energy shields capable of protecting her from most harm. Strobe could also focus that same thermal energy to project heat and light blasts capable of blinding, scorching, or melting opponents and objects, usually with devastating effects. By providing thrust behind herself with her thermal energies, Strobe was able to fly. Some of her abilities included:
Heat Projection: She was capable of generating heat, not needing the use of an outside source.
Fire Manipulation/ Pyrokinesis: She had displayed the ability to control the fire she projected.
Energy-Based Force Fields: She was able to focus her heat energies into a tight field around her body which provides superior defensive capabilities and can be used offensively too.
Concussive Energy Blasts: She had to ability to also release her heat in powerful blasts of concussive energy.
Flight: By focusing her energy below her she was able to provide thrust enabling flight.
Special Equipment: Metallic suit to enable better heat conduction for enhancing her heat field.
Special Abilities: Strobe is a highly trained athlete and skilled hand to hand fighter.
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Green; When using her mutant powers, Strobe's eye's become fully white with no apparent pupil.
Known Relatives: Unknown
Citizenship: United States; with a criminal record.
Place of Birth: In the US, specific whereabouts unknown.
Marital Status: Single
Strobe appears in the episode "Secrets, Not Long Buried." She is one of the many residents of the mutant-dominated community of Skull Mesa.