Komodo was one of Dr. Curt Conner's students at the university. Having lost both her legs earlier in life and eager to regain them, she stole the serum that enabled Connors to transform into the Lizard and modified it so that it would work on her and would merely grant her the regenerative properties Dr. Connors desired or at least allow her to keep her mind.
She was registered by Conners and been made a trainee for the Initiative at Camp Hammond.
Though Pym and Rhodes were initially concerned about her aptitude as a superhero due to the circumstances under which she obtained her powers, she became one of the most successful recruits, and was sent into the field to neutralize Spider-Man by injecting him with S.P.I.N. nanites. She nearly succeeded, but was severely shaken when Spider-Man managed to stun her and escape.
She began dating her Initiative teammate Hardball.
While fighting an insane KIA, he used his Tactigon to infect her with poison so potent that it would kill her before she could regenerate. In a desperate gamble to save her, Hardball used his power to sever her poisoned legs, stopping the poison before it can travel to the rest of her body. Although he manages to save her, this solution is especially painful for her as she is a former amputee who lost her legs once before.
When Komodo completed her Initiative training, she was assigned to Arizona, as a part of the Desert Stars team. She and the rest of her new team fought during during the Skrull invasion. When the new 3-D Man (Delroy Garrett Jr.) and the Skrull Kill Krew arrive and identify team member the Blacksmith as a Skrull, Komodo helps them fight and kill the Skrull infiltrator. As the rest of the Desert Stars team was incapacitated during the fight, Komodo leaves with the 3-D Man and the Skull Kill Krew to travel to Nevada to help Hardball's team and find the Skrull infiltrators on the other Initiative teams.
After the invasion, Hardball becomes the new leader of Hydra and leaves the Initiative. Komodo insists on accompanying the Shadow Initiative to take down Hardball in Madripoor. When the group arrive, Komodo was depowered when Hardball fires a S.P.I.N. tech dart at her, and she is abandoned by her retreating teammates. Komodo was held in a Hydra cell, and later freed by the returning Shadow Initiative.
Komodo later became part of the new Initiative ran by Norman Osborn and the Taskmaster, filed with villains posing as heroes. However, she became disillusioned when the latter released Hardball for assisting in repelling Blastaar from Prison 42. Releasing that the villains were trying to break her spirit and make her conform, Komodo decided to resign from the Initiative, at the cost of being depowered. She then joined up with the Avengers Resistance to help them against the corrupt Initiative.
After the Dark Reign
Lizard Physiology: Melati can take a lizard-form at will. Melati took a serum derived from the Lizard serum created by Dr. Curt Connors. The serum was created from lizard DNA in an attempt to create a serum capable of granting humans the regenerative properties of lizards. Unlike Connors, she maintains control of her human consciousness when she is in her lizard form, and has the ability to control transformations between human and lizard forms for the most part. Since her serum is derived Dr. Curt Conners, it's likely her powers are equal to or at least close to the same level as Lizard's.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Durability/Scales
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Komodo possesses an accelerated healing factor, the extent of it is unknown, but it is shown she is able to regenerate lost limbs in seconds.
- Prehensile Tail: Komodo can use her tail to keep balance or use it as an offensive weapon.
- Fangs and Claws: She possesses razor-sharp teeth and claws on each of her fingers.
Komodo has demonstrated a great understanding of chemistry and genetics which she used to perfect the serum.
Used an Avengers Issue Jet-Pack.
- Curt Connors has said that she "perfected" his own serum for her DNA. Presumably this means she's fairly intelligent and at least attained some college work.
- Later, Steve Rogers mentioned he felt her scientific expertise would be a valuable asset to the superhero community.
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