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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #3 - Patreon First!

November 1986

In a Nutshell
The X-Men return Thunderbird home to lay him to rest. 

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski  
Colors: Glynis Oliver 
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Following Thunderbird's death, the X-Men, as well as Jean Grey, accompany his body back to New Mexico for his funeral. When his body suddenly disappears, Thunderbird's parents strangely ask the X-Men to leave it be, but they insist on investigating. As they search, the X-Men reflect on their brief relationships with Thunderbird. Eventually, Wolverine tracks the body to the mountains, where he oversees Thunderbird's younger brother James giving him a warrior's funeral. He also discovers a box left by Thunderbird containing medals and a picture of him alongside fellow soldiers in Vietnam, and Wolverine realizes his experiences in war likely made him the angry, bitter person Wolverine knew. He then rejoins his teammates and the X-Men return home. Later, at Thunderbird's gravesite, James swears vengeance on Xavier, declaring it will be another Thunderbird who will claim Xavier's life as payment for the death of the first Thunderbird. 

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1 comment:

  1. I take it Adams’ X-Men vs AniMen cover in CXM 2 was put in that comic due to the 25th Anniversary cover mandate?
    More than a decade ago I helped a Historian focusing on Comic Books and the Vietnam War by showing this story as a source (along with stories on Iron Man, Professor Power, Devil Slayer, Karma, Deathstroke the Terminator, etc.).


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