"The Native Beast" helps bring a legend back to life.
The connection between professional wrestling and comic books has surfaced a lot in recent years. With names like Dwayne Johnson and John Cena being featured in major movies in the DCEU and Dave Bautista playing Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Guardians of the Galaxy, the old comparison of wrestlers being comic books come to life is taking on a whole new meaning.
Well I can finally talk about one of my awesome side projects… https://t.co/HVxEzJ8q5Z— Beyoncé Bloodlust (@NylaRoseBeast) December 23, 2021
Now, AEW star Nyla Rose is stepping into the world of comic book writing as she helps resurrect the first X-Men character to die in action, Thunderbird. Marvel Comics announced that Nyla Rose is the co-author of a one-shot comic that will see Thunderbird brought back to life.
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?
“At last, the news is out! GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: THUNDERBIRD is coming, and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of it! But this book wouldn't exist without the incredible work of Nyla Rose and David Cutler, who are joining me on this blockbuster to tell a Thunderbird story that's as raw, real, and riveting as possible,” Orlando said. “With their invaluable help, we're taking Thunderbird on a two-fisted quest to reunite with his family and carve out a place for himself in this brave, new, Krakoan era. The world has changed while Thunderbird was away. The threats might've gotten more complex, but Thunderbird's still sure there's not a problem out there he can't solve with his own two hands.”
Check out the main cover by Ken Lashley, Thunderbird’s new costume design by David Cutler, and be there for the beginning of Thunderbird’s next chapter when GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: THUNDERBIRD #1 arrives on April 27.
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: THUNDERBIRD #1
Written by NYLA ROSE & STEVE ORLANDO
Art by DAVID CUTLER
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
Design Variant Cover by DAVID CUTLER
On Sale 4/27
Former WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee also wrote a Wonder Woman comic recently. Learn more here.