Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1

Writer: Rose, Nyla, Steve Orlando Artist: David Culter Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 4, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 17
8.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

All Elite Wrestling superstar Nyla Rose slams into Krakoa with a back-breaking one-shot featuring the first X-Man to die in action! In this mega-sized one-shot, Rose teams up with comics star Steve Orlando and First Nations artist David Cutler to grapple with the ramifications of Thunderbird's recent resurrection! 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 justi more

  • 10
    AIPT - Lia Williamson May 3, 2022

    Thunderbirdmakes me want to read more of this team taking on this character in the future. The characters they crafted in this story are wonderful and the issue itself is beautifully heartwarming. I can't wait to read more of John Proudstar inX-Mencomics in the future. This issue is a perfect opportunity to redefine John Proudstar and introduce a whole slew of new readers to the character they might have never met or forgotten about. As far as X-Men comics go, this was easily one of the most touching issues in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth May 11, 2022

    Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird is the real deal. Orlando helps Rose, a wrestler turned comic writer for this issue and a Native herself, turn in an impressive script about one mans quest to find himself and his people, the latter literally. The art perfectly compliments the script, with the team nailing both the action and the character work. Thunderbirds return bodes well for the future, and this is easily one of the most exciting and well-done issues of the nascent Destiny Of X era. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley May 9, 2022

    A longtime cipher gets his due. This story has needed to be told for a long time, and gives one of the X-Men's most tragic characters his much needed time in the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 4, 2022

    Cutler delivers some awesome art in the issue. The style is great, the action is intense and the expression filled characters are beautifully detailed. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Jaina Hill May 6, 2022

    A fantastic issue that goes above and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus May 2, 2022

    Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 is the kind of story that has been conspicuously rare in the X-Men canon. It treats its title character with respect for all aspects of his identity and the intersectionality where they meet and uses this base to deliver a deep and action-packed issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri May 4, 2022

    This issue is excellent and we can only hope for more of this exceptional, original and fun story-telling going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings May 2, 2022

    Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1brings one of the classic X-Men back to the land of the living, with indigenous creators helping shape his new path in life. This is the perfect example of what the Giant-Size X-Men books should be going forward, and thankfully this isn't the end of Thunderbird's journey since he's set to play a considerable role in X-Men Red. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Rebecca Gault May 4, 2022

    A thoughtful issue concerned with themes of legacy and identity while still forging a new path for this character, all backed by Indigenous creators and strong new design choices. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday May 2, 2022

    A bold and thoughtful issue, Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 is a risk that pays off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura May 4, 2022

    A letter written by John to Krakoas resident costumer extraordinaire, Jumbo Carnation, explains what he wants for his updated look and why its important to him; its a satisfying way for Orlando and Rose to have John speak for himself outside of brief narration boxes and dialogue. Words and pictures obviously have to work in tandem with one another for a successful product in this medium, and Thunderbird exemplifies that pretty well all-around. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez May 4, 2022

    Bits and PiecesGiant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 is a serviceable return for the legendary mutant. The paper-thin resurrection conflict takes a backseat to a generic revenge fantasy about Indigenous people striking back against government injustice. There's nothing wrong with telling that type of story, but the creators tried so hard to make Thunderbird fit in, that they forgot to make him stand out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau May 7, 2022

    Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1 at its base level works. The art is well drawn and colored, and the writing offers a lot of great ideas. I just think the execution could have been a little tighter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett May 4, 2022

    While this issue serves to remind readers of why Thunderbird's return is notable, it's their upcoming appearances in X-Men Red that stoke the most excitement for realizing that potential. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    cincyfan May 7, 2022

    There is just so much I love about this book. I love that they brought back thunderbird, I love the new costume, I love that it was designed by a member of the qalipu mi'kmaq first nation, and I gotta say I absolutely love grandma lozen!

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Nov 22, 2022

    The plot's pretty thin to be the main attraction. The art, while solid, isn't memorable enough to be the main draw, either. But the character work is excellent and the dialogue really pushed my "hoorah" buttons; I had a blast reading this.

    I also like that the question "Is the idea of the government selling minority citizens as lab rats believable?" is a great privilege check. I initially thought it was far-fetched, but I'm very white. And my second thought was of the Tuskegee Experiment, and I realized my first thought was very much mistaken.

  • 4.5
    maljoss May 7, 2022

    This comic isn't awful, but it really isn't good.

    The idea that John is going home after being dead for years is interesting, but barely got explored. The conflict was bizarre - someone sold the x-genes of the mutants on the reservation to the government? Like that's a thing? And the cops are rounding up the elders? I just couldn't buy into it. The script was uneven, so-so in places, and clunky and odd in others. Having John call one of the cops "brah", for example. Unless I'm missing something, it's verbal fad he would have been unaware of, being dead for so long. It's picky, but stuff like that pulls me out of the story. The comic was fast-paced. We go from arrival to trashing a police station, to fighting a werewolf in 10 seco more

  • 3.0
    BDG Comics May 5, 2022

    First half of the book was ACAB propaganda with a nice touch of "the white man is the root of all my problems" Victimhood.

    The second half of the book was actually pretty great with some nice, touching character beats with Warpath meeting his grandma for the first time since he was just a baby.

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  • 1.0
    KFuqua May 13, 2022

    Wow... this was awful. Bad story, awful artwork and just an absolutely terrible and embarrassing new costume for Thunderbird. I hate the I paid money for this garbage.

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