Marissa was later captured for study by a Quintesson scientist, along with Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus and Wreck-Gar, but when the entire group was trapped in a negative universe beyond a black hole, they all worked together to liberate themselves. The Quintessons crept into Marissa's life again when she was briefly reverted into a baby by unstable chronal energy leaking from a malfunctioning Quintesson time portal.
Marissa had a very brief tumultuous fling with smuggler Dirk Manus, as the smuggler both used her to further his own deals with the Quintessons, and aided her against them. It is apparent that both Marissa and Manus cared about each other to some degree, but although Manus avoided arrest, Marissa did manage to switch his ill-gotten gains with counterfeit "mimic dust", which made even Manus laugh; the straight-and-narrow law enforcement officer had conned a conner.
Marissa's final appearance saw her aiding the Autobots' diplomatic relations in Japan.
Holding the rank of Commander, rather than Captain, Marissa is again portrayed as a member of the EDC, which in Dreamwave continuity clandestinely handles terrestrial/extraterrestrial encounters. Following the Transformers' return to activity on Earth after a period of absence in the early 21st century, the EDC stepped in to control the situation, capturing Warpath and Bumper, along with the bodies of several deactivated Autobots who had previously been attacked by Bruticus. Taking them to their subterranean desert base, the EDC reactivated Jazz, Sunstreaker and Sideswipe, who joined with Warpath, Bumper and Marissa in investigating the mysterious events going on in the town of San Desto, which turned out to be the hive of the Insecticons. The Insecticons' plans were stopped, but Marissa's superior officer did not share her fondness for the Transformers.
Dreamwave's bankruptcy and subsequent closure left remaining stories of Marissa Faireborn untold.
Marissa wears various skull-themed accessories. As they have a pattern of renaming one another's possessions, Optimus Prime has dubbed the design on her shirt "The Three Skull Brothers." She has been known to carry several knives, at least one of which is sharp enough to slice through reinforced metal when hurled through the air.
Marissa considers Optimus Prime to be her boyfriend, and merges with him to share her knife-wielding skills by kissing him. Marissa is also a professional surfer, this comes in handy as her surfboard doubles as a knife.
Whilst Marissa's relationship with Prime is exclusive to Japan and the nature of Kiss Players is often criticised by fans outisde the country, it has become one of vast interest, as not many Transformers save for Powerglide and Starscream have had intimate relationships with human beings. Marissa's status as the daughter of established GI Joe characters also makes her an ideal candidate for a love interest for the heroic and wise Prime, and further "marries" the canonical universes.
In the Dreamwave comics, the connection between Flint and Marissa is not so cleanly drawn — the G1 comics instead make reference to her grandfather, Nathaniel Faireborn, who established the EDC. Then, in the second Transformers vs. G.I. Joe miniseries — which, it is important to note, is not set in the same continuity as the G1 series — a relative of Flint's is cited, named Nathaniel, although it is never stated that he is his father. Though this could just be because Flint is a G.I. Joe character, and that property is handled by Devil's Due.
IDW Comics has recently acquired the license to G.I.Joe and already publishes Transformers, so perhaps some closure may eventually be reached on this matter.