Working with Zekiel
Valentina began working with Zekiel sometime between 1975 and 1986. They began creating their very own version of Bionicstorm, having had 10 years to research his abilities before Andrew Davenport reappeared. The project to create Bionicstorm was dubbed "Operation Bionik", based on the Russian word for Bionic,
In 1986, the BSSSD made their way to the Soviet Union to try and find out what Zekiel had been planing since their last encounter. After Berry Figgenbottom Jr failed to trick Valentina into making him the private investor for her research, she was seduced by Zack Martin, which lead to Zack to taking the ID card she used to access her research facility. As the team infiltrated her facility, she interrupted them, revealing that she had been working alongside Zekiel the whole time and was fully aware of his intentions. She, along with additional forces, then kidnapped Douglas, Cody, and Berry Jr.
The three were transported to a Russian gulag prison. Valentina repeatedly attempted to get Douglas to divulge the secrets of Bionicstorm's creation, as her previous attempts at creating her own nuclear men had been unsuccessful; Douglas, however, refused to comply, even though Valentina had him drugged and his teammates were physically tortured. After spotting a message carved into Douglas' arm from Heather Montoya, she came to the correct conclusion that two people were necessary to create a stable matrix, and that Douglas was one half of the Bionicstorm that Zekiel had battled eleven years earlier. Valentina died in a nuclear explosion on Koshmar prison grounds.
Valentina forcibly merged with Douglas, briefly becoming an unstable version of Bionicstorm. Andrew and the rest of the BSSSD arrived to free their friends and Cyd was able to convince Douglas to fight Valentina for control of Bionicstorm, eventually causing their union to collapse and for Douglas to be ejected from the matrix. As Valentina had ignored Douglas' pleas that she use a quantum splicer when they merged, her body was left completely unstable from all of the nuclear energy that she had absorbed. She subsequently exploded outside of the prison.