The Blasters were a team of metahumans somewhat inadvertently created through experimental conditions by the Dominators during their invasion of Earth. They formed their own team named after the fact that they were the only survivors of the invaders' cruel blaster gauntlet.
Fifty humans from around the world were abducted by the Dominators and their allies. These humans were placed in a special "Blaster Field" arena full of horrifying high tech weapons and land mines in order to test for the possibility of a metahuman potential. Of the fifty test subjects, only six survived the carnage. The six tested positive for superhuman abilities and a unique genetic marker that High Caste Dominator scientists would later dub the "Metagene". This proved beyond a doubt to the Dominators that humanity was a threat, justifying their conquest with their Alien Alliance.
The six survivors were locked away on the prison satellite in the Vega System known as Starlag. In time, they discovered that their fellow prisoners were the legendary Omega Men and the super genius Vril Dox of Colu as well as other future members of L.E.G.I.O.N. Working together, they overthrew the Citidelian guards and hijacked an independent shuttle piloted by Churljenkins, a feline alien female. En route to Earth, their shuttle encountered a superhuman task force headed for the Dominator homeworld in order to find a cure for the Dominators' Gene Bomb. The two groups combined, and the six humans now nicknamed The Blasters helped end the invasion. The Blasters were then returned to Earth by the Omega Men in Churljenkins' ship.
Each human had trouble adjusting to their new powers. Frag had to take tranquilizers to maintain his temper so that he would not spontaneously combust. Children taunted Dust Devil for 'pretending' to have super-powers. Jolt was slowly going mad trying to control her Unus-like repulsion field. Snapper Carr was placed in a psychiatric ward and considered mad for believing he had powers; it seems that whenever Snapper teleported with his eyes open, the effect was mentally unhinging.
Snapper later escaped from the asylum by teleporting directly to Churljenkin's ship which had broken down on a tiny alien world, which they then "steal" from the Omega Men, leaving them stranded there. The two of them reclaimed her ship intending to return Churl' to her home. They discovered that her home planet had been destroyed to make a spaceway to Earth for the Alliance. Returning to Earth, Snapper and Churljenkins discovered a secret Spider Guild weapons depot. Snapper re-united the Blasters, putting an end to the Guild's operation and alerted the Justice League to its existence.
The team decided to stay united and travel the spaceways as goodwill ambassadors in order to repair Earth's reputation among the galactic community. After wandering for a while, the Blasters later began to question the wisdom of their decision. Just when they were about to disband and return to Earth, they received a distress call from Babbage, Valor's digital assistant. Valor was wrongly imprisoned in Starlag II by its warden Kanjar Ru, sister of Kanjar Ro. When the team broke into Starlag II, they unintentionally released the being known as the "Unimaginable." The Unimaginable set in motion forces that threatened to destroy Starlag II. The Blasters were trapped as the prison began crumbling..
At some point after this, Snapper Carr was separated from his teammates. He did not know if they were dead or alive and expressed some guilt over their unknown fate. While searching for them, he was captured by some Khunds, who cut off his hands. He was rescued by operatives of L.E.G.I.O.N. but knew nothing about the fates of his fellow Blasters. Vril Dox gave Snapper new hands but he had now lost the ability to teleport. Snapper was then returned to Earth..
- The Blasters were supposedly a pet project of Robert Loren Fleming. Fleming brought the Blasters in as guests when he took over the Valor series. He was later forced to leave them in limbo as the Zero Hour plans for the Legion soon overshadowed the book.
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- Team Gallery: Blasters (New Earth)
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