It was revealed by Marvel Comics on Thursday that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star and former AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose was joining the writing staff of Marvel Comics as co-writer for the upcoming Giant Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1, which will focus on one of the members of the X-Men’s second team – the one who debuted in Giant Size X-Men #1 in 1975 and featured a new X-Men team that featured names like Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus. Another member of that team was Native American John Proudstar – aka Thunderbird – who possessed superhuman strength and endurance, but who, unfortunately, became the first X-Man to die in the course of duty (in X-Men #95, shortly after his debut). John’s brother James would later become a super-villain and then a hero, adopting his brother’s mantle of Thunderbird as well as his own name, Warpath.
Be there for the beginning of Thunderbird’s next chapter when 'Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird' #1 arrives this April! https://t.co/42vSjuro0w
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 23, 2021
According to Marvel’s synopsis, the new comic book will focus on John Proudstar’s recent resurrection.
In yesterday’s dramatic conclusion of Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck’s X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO limited series, fans witnessed the stunning resurrection of a legendary hero in the X-Men mythos—John Proudstar, AKA Thunderbird! The first X-Man to die in action, Thunderbird’s time on the X-Men may have been brief but his impact was mighty, and now his long-awaited return to the Marvel Universe will be explored this April in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: THUNDERBIRD #1.
This mega-sized one-shot will mark the exciting Marvel Comics debut of All Elite Wrestling superstar Nyla Rose who will team up with comics star Steve Orlando and First Nations artist David Cutler. Together the trio will grapple with the ramifications of Thunderbird’s recent resurrection while setting him up for a bright future on Krakoa and beyond.
The world John Proudstar has returned to is completely different from the one he once knew. Looking to find refuge in the familiar, Thunderbird seeks out someone from his past at an Apache reservation…and uncovers a horrifying threat to the Indigenous mutant community. Will Thunderbird be able to save his people? Or will his justified rage lead him astray?
Nyla Rose joins several other pro wrestlers who have written comic books, including her AEW co-worker CM Punk, who previously worked for Marvel Comics on runs for Thor and Drax The Destroyer. Marvel Comics has a history of Indigineous superheroes who are past due their mainstream exposure. We’ve already seen one, Echo, make her MCU debut in the Hawkeye series before launching her own, as well as Alpha Flight’s Shaman, New Mutants‘ Danielle Moonstar and the Spider-Man anti-hero Puma, as well as DC Comics’ Apache Chief, Mirage (of Team Titans), and Dawnstar of Legion of Super Heroes.
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