There are legends on many worlds of unnatural predators, monsters who hunt in the darkness, sucking the life from any unfortunate victims to cross their path. Bomb-Burst is that dark legend given life. A figure of Cybertronian myth, Bomb-Burst is all too real and all too terrifying. He hunts Autobots alone and in perfect silence, picking them off one at a time, snatching them away to the shadows and then draining all the energy from their bodies through his specially designed fangs. Sometimes the victim is found, drained, dead, and mangled the next morning; sometimes they simply vanish, never to be seen again.
Bomb-Burst's hovercraft mode can move in near silence and features dual lasers that he can also wield as a robot, but he is at his most deadly inside his monstrous Pretender shell. The shell's touch causes a rust-rash on contact and it features serrated fangs to punch through a victim's armor. The more energon Bomb-Burst drains, the stronger he becomes. His shell wields a corrosive slime shooter and a dual-bladed energo-battle axe.
Bomb-Burst cannot relate socially to most other Decepticons. He is at heart not a soldier in a war, after all, but a lone predator in the night. Powerful and intelligent, he excels at this. He is not invulnerable, however; his shell is highly energy-inefficient, requiring him to drain large numbers of victims, and his optics are very sensitive to light. Yet as a creature of the night, Bomb-Burst is unsurpassed.
- French name (Canada): Explosion
- Italian name: Lobos
Marvel Comics continuity
After commandeering a genetics research lab on Earth, Scorponok was able to recreate and perfect the science of Pretender shells using synthoplasmic chambers constructed by him and Vorath. Bomb-Burst was one of six Decepticon volunteers transformed by the process into new Pretenders.
Bomb-Burst once accompanied Iguanus and Skullgrin to an offshore oil rig, hoping to steal fuel from the fleshlings and change it into energon using their converter device. They were interrupted by three Autobot Pretenders, and a battle erupted. When an observing human radio plane was clipped by a laser blast, Cloudburst convinced Bomb-Burst to help him bring it into a safe landing, otherwise it would crash into the rig and ignite the oil, destroying them all. While they were busy, though, Landmine and Splashdown defeated the other Decepticons, leaving Bomb-Burst alone to face the Autobot trio. Grudgingly, he surrendered.
Bomb-Burst continued making regular appearances with Scorponok's army. In the Decepticon Civil War, he feasted on Soundwave's internal fuel pump before moving on to bigger fish like the other Decepticons' leader, Ratbat. Unfortunately for Bomb-Burst's meal, actual "bigger fish" arrived just then, as the Seaconss broke through the ice in order to save their commander from his fangs.
During Scorponok's attempt to harness the power of an electrical storm, Bomb-Burst was assigned along with Bugly to fly Iguanus to safety after he placed the electrostator in position. However, when the intervention of the Autobot Race Car Patrol resulted in Iguanus being incinerated by a lightning bolt, the pair beat a hasty retreat. He participated in the battle of the newly recreated Starscream and Pretender shell but was easily defeated by Starscream's gun blast alongside Skullcruncher.
During the battle against Unicron on Cybertron, Bomb-Burst's Pretender shell was repositioning some artillery with the Autobot Hardhead when Unicron's foot came down on them, crushing the two flat. Bomb-Burst's jet mode was later shown crashed and wrecked among the various deactivated warriors. So he was doubly dead.
IDW comics continuity
Bomb-Burst was a member of a cult-like group, led by Bludgeon, that worshiped the lifeless chassis of Thunderwing on the ruined planet of Cybertron. They ambushed Jetfire, Scattershot, Lightspeed, and Strafe, capturing them and taking them to their subterranean base. Using the latter three as "raw materials" to construct their Pretender shells, Bomb-Burst and the others unleashed Thunderwing's remote-controlled carcass on Nebulos. However, before their plans could be realized, Optimus Prime and the Wreckers invaded their base. In the brief battle that ensued, Bomb-Burst and Skullgrin were blown away by one of Springer's grenades.
- Bomb-Burst (Pretender, 1988)
- Accessories: Pretender shell, 2 wing/lasers, battle axe, left & right shoulder pads, belt
- Bomb-Burst transforms into a Cybertronic jet with VTOL turbines. His twin rifles form "wings" in this mode. In robot mode, like many other Pretender inner robots, he is a fairly generic robot with decent articulation for the period. In this mode, his rifles are arm-mounted blasters.
- His outer Pretender Shell is a vampiric bat-humanoid with enlarged ears. It is also equipped with a belt and bat-winged shoulder pads. It can hold the inner robot's guns using the larger (5mm) pegs on the rifle-butts. The two guns can also combine to form a super rifle for the shell's use.
- One of Meltdown's experiments bears a remarkable (if somewhat more twisted) resemblance to Bomb-Burst's Pretender shell and appears in the Animated episodes "Survival of the Fittest" and "Black Friday".