Tempo (comics)

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Tempo as an Acolyte.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #86 (Feb. 1990)
Created by Louise Simonson
Rob Liefeld
In-story information
Alter ego Heather Tucker
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Acolytes
Mutant Liberation Front
Notable aliases Harriet Solomon
Abilities Flight
Time manipulation

Tempo is a fictional African-American mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She was first introduced as a member of the Mutant Liberation Front in New Mutants (February 1990).

Publication history[edit]

Tempo first appeared in the comic New Mutants issue #86, although in her first cameo appearance she is incorrectly referred to as "Strobe", which is actually the name of her teammate.[citation needed] Her debut appearance is made in issue #87 of New Mutants in March 1990.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Tempo (alter ego Heather Tucker) is a founding member of the terrorist organization known as the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF). Tempo is a mainstay in the team's adventures, including fighting Wolverine, Sunfire, X-Factor and others in the name of mutant rights, using her time-bending powers.[volume & issue needed]

The MLF destroy the Tucker Clinic, an institute for pregnant mothers to undergo prenatal DNA testing to determine whether or not their babies would be mutants, resulting in the death of Dr. Tucker. The story hints that Tempo may have been his daughter.[1]

Soon after, a tyrannical despot named Reignfire reforms the MLF and tasks them with killing Henry Peter Gyrich. Tempo intervenes to save Gyrich and is exiled from the MLF.[volume & issue needed]

After leaving the MLF, Cable invites Tempo to join X-Force but she declines, choosing instead to go to college and put aside the super-powered lifestyle.[volume & issue needed] She is again briefly affiliated with the MLF during Operation: Zero Tolerance.[volume & issue needed] [2]

After M-Day, Tempo is one of the few to retain her powers. She then becomes a member of the reformed Acolytes.[volume & issue needed] When they disband she joins Utopia and works alongside the X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

In Age of X, Tempo is transformed into a soldier of Fortress X.[3] Tempo is fatally wounded while battling humans, but before she dies Legacy absorbs her memories.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Tempo can manipulate time. She is able to slow or stop her opponents and speed up either herself or her teammates. She has prevented grenades from exploding by keeping them in suspended motion, and was also able to successfully attack Rogue by amplifying Rogue's speed, causing her to crash into a wall while flying.

Strain limits how long Tempo can maintain a major time manipulation. While it was never established how long that limit is, she was able to completely freeze the X-Men for several minutes while she and the Acolytes conducted a thorough search of the X-Men mansion.[5] Tempo can also levitate herself and fly at subsonic speeds.[volume & issue needed]

Besides offering her physical protection, Tempo's helmet also contains electronic equipment that provides her with resistance to Cable's telepathic probes.[6]


  1. ^ X-Factor #78 (May 1992)
  2. ^ X-Force #67 (June 1997)
  3. ^ George A. Tramountanas (2011-06-21). "X-POSITION: Mike Carey on the "Age of X" Aftermath". CBR. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  4. ^ X-Men Legacy #245
  5. ^ X-Men #202 (Oct. 2007)
  6. ^ X-Factor #78 (May 1992)

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