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Strobe (comics)

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #86 (February 1990)
In-story information
Alter ego Juliana Worthing[1]
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Mutant Liberation Front
Abilities Depowered, formerly:
Heat/light generation,

Strobe is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe. She was created for the villainous team the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF).

Publication history

Strobe made her first appearance in New Mutants #86. However, in this issue she appears in only one panel, with her face obscured, and is not identified, though one of her teammates, Tempo, is incorrectly addressed as "Strobe". Her first full appearance is in New Mutants #87.

Fictional character biography

The Mutant Liberation Front (MLF), including Strobe, first came on the scene to demand the liberation of two incarcerated mutants, Skids and Rusty Collins. They destroy an energy plant as proof of their convictions. The group tries to free them by force, but this only ends in confusion. During the break-in, Cable tries to intervene and a prison guard accidentally shoots Rusty. Skids believes that it was Cable who shot her friend, so she decides to side with the MLF.[volume & issue needed]

The New Mutants track the team down to Madripoor and get in a few conflicts with them. Even with the help of Sunfire, the MLF manages to capture several of the New Mutants. However, their victory is short-lived with the arrival of Wolverine who helps the teens liberate their kidnapped friends. But before the MLF can be caught, they teleport to safety.[volume & issue needed]

Strobe next appears with an MLF strike force who attempt to break Nasty Boys members Slab and Hairbag out of prison. They succeed and then set their eyes on destroying the Tucker clinic, however they are thwarted by X-Factor who had been tipped off by MLF member Tempo. With their leader almost being captured, the MLF once more escapes to freedom.[2]

As the events of the X-Cutioner's Song begin to unfold, the MLF finds itself collecting an array of ancient relics. The team, including Strobe, split into strike forces to steal the various artifacts that will help Apocalypse from his slumber. Later on, in X-Factor #85, the New Mutants, X-Factor and the X-Men discover the latest MLF base in Dust Bowl, Arkansas. After an intense battle, all member of the MLF are captured and taken into custody, though Strobe severely damages Rogue's eyesight, resulting in a long recovery.[volume & issue needed]

In the wake of M-Day—an event in which a mentally ill Scarlet Witch depowered over 90% of the mutant population—Strobe was shown to be one of the many who lost her powers (revealed in New Avengers #18).

Powers and abilities

Strobe formerly had the ability to project heat and light blasts capable of blinding, scorching, or melting opponents and objects, and create energy shields.

In other media


  • Strobe appears in the X-Men episode "Secrets Not Long Buried." She is one of the many residents of the mutant-dominated community of Skull Mesa.


  1. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 8, MLF entry
  2. ^ X-Factor #77-78 (1992)

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