A duel between Lindsay Kellerman and Hell Burnbottom took place at the start of the Third NoHead War on 22 May, 2031 in the Lioness graveyard following Burnbottom's rebirth. While Lindsay managed to escape physically unscathed, the emotional toll of the traumatic experience was great.
After Red X joined the S.M.S.B. in 2031, Sebiscuits made plans for a fencing tournament. Master Intelligence taught his students a variety of courses, including fencing, math, telekinesis, and science. At the same time, Hell Burnbottom, with his minions, devised a plan to rise from the dead. They needed Lindsay Kellerman's help, but were eluded on how to find her without setting off the entire S.M.S.B. Master Intelligence also led the others in making their own plates. However, on Hell Burnbottom’s orders the Lunch Money Bandit snuck in at night and jinxed Lindsay’s plate. Eventually the plates were complete, and everyone sat down to supper.
Return of the Dark LordEdit
Lindsay noticed blood dripping off her steak and asked Master Intelligence why it was there. But in doing so, she put her elbow on the plate, whisking her away, much to Intelligence’s shock. Lindsay was transported to the graveyard and was shocked to see Whammo emerge from a small hut. Whammo proceeded to deploy a gadget that knocked Lindsay against a metal board. She was then trapped there so that Whammo could take her flesh to use in a Dark potion to restore Hell Burnbottom's physical form. After Whammo had placed Burnbottom’s severed head into a cauldron containing the near finished potion, he added the first two ingredients — a crow’s egg and a vulture’s bone — causing it to turn from a poisonous-looking blue to burning red before he proceeded to obtain a small slab of Lindsay’s skin for his master’s rebirth. Once the final ingredient was added, the potion turned blinding white, sending out bright sparks as it simmered before dying down and a thick white steamed the ritual now complete. Burnbottom regained his physical body and emerged from the cauldron as Lindsay screamed in horror. A cloak washed over Burnbottom, rendering his body covered. The Dark Lord then took some time examining his body and getting reaccustomed to it. After Whammo gave him his sword back, he summoned the Lunch Money Bandit to the graveyard. The NoHead symbol appeared in the air, and a lengthy cloud emerged and plummeted to the ground. The Lunch Money Bandit emerged from it and apologized for being late to the meeting. Then Burnbottom made both of his new servants NoHeads officially.
From her chains, Lindsay realized she should kill Hell Burnbottom’s new form before Burnbottom could make trouble. She disappeared from the ropes and hid behind a bush, her sword at the ready. Burnbottom noticed her and goaded her until she came to face him. Using his cloak to conjure fire, Burnbottom swung it at Lindsay. Lindsay ducked and began a brief bout of swordplay before the fiery cloak plowed into her hair. Lindsay took the hit and tumbled to the floor. After twirling his sword in a victorious pose, Burnbottom brought it on the hinge of a nearby statue’s wing. Lindsay used her sword to block the crash, causing the wing to break into shreds. Then she reengaged Burnbottom in sword combat. She utilized Form I to defeat him, but Burnbottom’s mastery of Form VII kept him in control. Attempting to rally, Lindsay spun around the villain while blocking a slash. However, her slight decrease in speed allowed Burnbottom to kick her to the floor. Lindsay used a technique Master Intelligence had taught her to avoid a nosebleed from the impact.
And then the ghost of Rotta Hecks emerged from between the duelists, encouraging Lindsay not to let go of her sword or let herself be overpowered by Hell Burnbottom. While Lindsay went for the plate, Rotta briefly distracted Burnbottom while Lindsay appeared back at the MBH.
Upon arriving, Lindsay told Master Intelligence what had happened. Intelligence did his best to comfort Lindsay, but he realized a mission was in place that hadn’t been undertaken for ten years. After the fencing tournament ended, he kept a patrol should Burnbottom attack the MBH.
After the battle, a newly restored Burnbottom returned to his headquarters, Bast Castle, with his henchmen. He set to rob another bank and then return to the base, where he plotted how to best defeat the S.M.S.B. Master Intelligence was his target, and growing in power, had no fear when the S.M.S.B. headed for his home seventeen months later.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Although Nagatha was in the graveyard during the rebirth, she was not seen during that sequence. The reasons for this are unclear. In a deleted scene, Rotta destroys her, but this cannot be considered canon as Nagatha dies shortly before the Battle of Bast Castle at Sebiscuits’ hand. Also, Jonathan shows up with Rotta and voices to Lindsay his shock that he was killed by a mutant and tells Lindsay to stand her ground.
In the book, Whammo levitated Lindsay high above the tombstone and had a metal board hold Lindsay with a neck-lock. In the novelization, Whammo tied Lindsay to a wooden board so tightly and gagged her that she could neither move nor speak.
Originally, D. Isaac Thomas planned Hell Burnbottom’s way he was reborn slightly differently. In earlier drafts, Hell Burnbottom rises from the cauldron naked and is clothed by Whammo. In the actual book, however, the cauldron dissolved in flame and quickly merged with Burnbottom, making him appear dressed in the black robes already. This was changed for censorship reasons.
- The X-Children - Part 1 (first appearance)