FIRST APPEARANCE: HEADMASTERS # 1
"Following leaders leads nowhere."
Profile: Quick to anger and even quicker to attack, Afterburner isn't one to
wait around for orders. Confident his heavy armor protects him, he likes to turn up his speed and burst through
enemy lines, firing away as he plunges through. But his defiance doesn't end there. He's generally uncooperative in
every way and his nasty temper only makes things worse. He's a decidedly disruptive machine. Technobot Leader Scattershot is often compelled to take disciplinary
measures and forcibly confine Afterburner for periods of time. This only intensifies Afterburner's hatred of
authority, and of Scattershot in particular. Afterburner often takes off on his own and invariably gets into some
kind of trouble unrelated to the Autobots' war with the Decepticons. Afterburner is a rebel with a cause, but
one that he all too often chooses to ignore.
Abilities: In his vehicle mode, Afterburner uses solid rocket fuel packs to
boost his speed up to 450 mph for several minutes at a time. A special adhesive substance secreted by his tires
allows him to drive up all but the most slippery walls. He carries two laser-guided incendiary missiles and a
rapid-fire plasma pulse cannon, which shoots discrete packets of energy that explode on contact. In robot mode, he
uses a semi-automatic sonic blaster pistol with infrared sight. He combines with his fellow Technobots to form the
giant robot known as Computron.
Weaknesses: Afterburner's impetuous, defiant nature usually works to his
disadvantage. He often winds up in situations where he is clearly overmatched by his enemies. He occasionally runs
out of fuel, a result of his careless nature. He sometimes goes on uncontrolled shooting binges that wind up harming
him (from the powerful recoil of his weapons) more than his enemies.