30 Mar

Subject: Boom Boom
Real Name: Tabitha Smith
Height: 5’5″ Weight: 105 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Force
First Appearance: Secret Wars II #5, November 1985

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 3/7
  • Mental Powers: 2/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 3/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

It’s really easy to regard Boom-Boom as Rob Liefeld’s Jubilee: she’s more airheaded, her powers are more destructive, and her clothes are more outrageous. So it’s funny to realize that not only did Boom Boom (you know what, I can’t keep calling her that… let’s dignify her as Tabitha, shall we?) not actually get created by Rob, her first appearance goes all the way back to the mid-80’s.

Is it creepy that there’s something about Tabitha, with her Lady Gaga glasses and bubble gum, that I find oddly attractive? You just know she’s up for a good time, shimmying her legginged butt on that pool table. Even when Lee draws a hyper-mulleted… Rictor (is that who that is?), and even though I think it would’ve been good to depict her with powers (you know, to keep her from looking like a Jubilee-class useless teammate), Tabitha’s just too cool for school.

Her Power Ratings somehow give her generous 2/7 marks for Mental Powers, Strength, and Intelligence, and while I find the 3/7 Fighting Ability to be pretty generous as well, it doesn’t seem as offensive.

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3 Responses to “28 – BOOM BOOM”

  1. Drew March 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    I think the 2 in mental powers make sense since she modulates how long her bombs have until they explode psionically. On a whole, though, yeah, an inoffensive card for an underwhelming character. It’s funny that she gets a card but Richter doesn’t.

    • admin March 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      Rictor didn’t make the New Mutants-to-X-Force conversion until the end of Liefeld’s tenure (I can’t remember exactly when, but it was definitely right as Capullo was taking over as artist); same with Sunspot, who DOES have a card, but in the much later “Allies” category, not for X-Force, since he “left” early on to cavort with Gideon.

      Really weird, since Rictor with his mullet and earthquake powers totally seems like the kind of hero Liefeld would love to have at his disposal. That said, Liefeld vastly preferred heroes who either shot guns, slashed/clawed at stuff, or just plain beat things with fists. As destructive as earthquake powers were, he might have just not had the imagination to do anything with it.

  2. Biz March 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    My first thought was of “Angelyne,” the “gas girl” in Earth Girls are Easy (mostly because of the outfit):


    But perhaps skewing a bit more toward Cindy Lauper… Idunno, either way, she screams “1980’s pixie bimbo.”

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