Real Name: Bubba Brown
Identity/Class: Human mutate
former High school student, gangmember
Affiliations: Holocaust's criminal
former Holocaust's Blood Syndicate
Enemies: Fade, SYSTEM, Rocket
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: The Hot Spot, old Downtown Dakota;
former Paris Island, City of Dakota
First Appearance: Blood Syndicate #11 (Milestone, January 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Through an act of will, Bubba Brown can transform into a large carnivorous dinosaur resembling the extinct Carnotaurus ("flesh-eating bull") while retaining his intelligence and ability to speak. As Bubbasaur, he is superhumanly strong and bulletproof due to his sheer size and bulk. Bubbasaur can use his razor sharp teeth and claws as deadly weapons in close combat. He is also skilled in employing his tail as a whip to knock aside opponents.
Due to additional exposure to quantum juice, Bubbasaur can breathe intensely hot flames without harm to himself. The maximum temperature of his fiery breath is unknown though it proved hot enough to completely incinerate SYSTEMatics, SYSTEM's armored soldiers.
There is apparently no limit to the time that Bubba Brown can remain in his dinosaur form.
History: Bubba Brown was among the hundreds of gangmembers who fought in the Big Bang, a major turf war that would determine which gang was Dakota's most powerful. The situation worsened with the arrival of Dakota police officers, who deployed a special tear gas to more easily arrest all the gang members. Unknown to the cops, the gas had been secretly laced with "quantum juice," a bizarre mutagenic substance that killed 90 percent of those at the Bang while the survivors, the "Bang Babies," became genetic freaks. In Brown's case, he could now transform into a large carnivorous dinosaur nicknamed Bubbasaur while retaining his intelligence and power of speech.
After witnessing the carnage at the Big Bang, Brown was determined to get out of the gang life and finish his education at his old high school, Louislier Vocational High School. Unfortunately, his short temper resulted in him being frequently sent to detention by his teachers, who already had doubts a gangbanger could go straight. The final straw for Brown was being expelled from school by the principal, Carlos Quinones, Sr., who then told the stunned student that he should save the taxpayers' money and kill himself.
Now Bubba Brown wanted revenge. Turning into Bubbasaur, he stalked and ate Ms. Capri, the school counselor who refused to help him reverse Mr. Quinones' decision. Bubbasaur intended the same grisly fate for the hated principal who was working late at school. However, Quinones eluded Brown long enough to call the fire department for help. To the principal's horror, Bubbasaur easily swept aside the arriving firemen, but the commotion got the attention of Quinones' son, Fade of the Blood Syndicate, a superhuman gang spawned by the Bang. After a fierce battle, Fade plunged a piece of debris into Bubbasaur's head, mortally wounding him. Indeed, Bubbasaur would have died had he not been whisked away by a mysterious team of paramedics.
In fact, the medics were agents of the Amber Cell of SYSTEM, a malevolent organization that secretly rules the world. Upon bringing Bubbasaur to Garden Station (a SYSTEM underground base), Amber Leader Mom ordered surgeons to repair Bubba's injuries and implant pain-inducing devices in his head. These implants along with regular immersion in brainwashing drugs would turn Bubba and other captured Bang Babies into lethal living weapons obedient to SYSTEM.
The final stage of the process was exposing Bubbasaur and his fellow captives to a second, concentrated dose of quantum juice to enhance their powers. However, a sympathetic SYSTEM agent, Sgt. Rose, blasted his way into the lab and freed the Bang Babies. Now awake, the telekinetic Templo free himself and the other Bang Babies from SYSTEM mind control and led them to freedom, tearing through SYSTEM defenses in the process. It was during the breakout that Bubbasaur learned that he could now breathe fire. After reaching the surface, the Bang Babies parted ways.
Months later, Bubbasaur was hired as the latest enforcer for the fiery crimelord, Pyre. Brown's first assignment was the call out the teen superheroine Rocket to a duel on the destroyed Tenth Avenue Bridge. To Bubbasaur's surprise, Rocket proved to be quite formidable and quickly defeated him. However, he did achieve Pyre's real goal of giving the gangster the opportunity to offer Rocket a position in the revived Blood Syndicate. (The original Syndicate had disbanded just a few weeks earlier.) Rocket accepted Pyre's pitch and joined Bubbasaur as part of the new gang's line-up. In a bit of irony, Bubbasaur found out that another recruit to the new Syndicate was Fade, the very man who nearly killed him. Despite their history, the pair kept their enmity in check lest they face Pyre's wrath.
Thus began the so-called "Blood Reign," in which Pyre used his new Syndicate to arguably become Dakota's most powerful crime boss by taking "tribute" from rival crime families and eliminating those that resisted. This reign of terror finally ended when Holocaust (now having abandoned his Pyre alias) was beaten by an alliance of Dakota's superheroes, including the original members of the Syndicate and Rocket, who revealed herself to be a double agent. Subsequently, the Syndicate's original leader Wise Son regained control of the gang and cut all its ties to Holocaust.
Bubbasaur's current whereabouts are unknown.
Comments: Bubbasaur was created by Ivan Velez, Jr., writer of Blood Syndicate.
Profile provided by Fred Weaver.
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