|“||I found you. Trust me, I can find him||”|
|— Thunderbird to Blink[src]|
He comes from an Apache and military background. He is also the leader of the underground network. Thunderbird is often seeking out mutants who are on the run from the Sentinel Services, in search of refuge.
Character Description Edit
"The strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network."
Early Life Edit
Very little is known about Thunderbird's early life. He was born on an Apache Reservation, joined the military as a young man and served in Afghanistan. His father is also a veteran who served in the Gulf war.
In Phoenix, Arizona, Thunderbird attempted to raise money for the victims of 7/15. However, his attempts at doing so were met with disdain by an anti-mutant man, who tried to hurl an explosive at Thunderbird. Thunderbird's enhanced senses were able to detect the man's plans ahead of time, and he warned all nearby civilians to flee as he threw the bomb somewhere outside of harm's way. Sometime after this, he co-founded the Mutant Underground with Polaris and was appointed leader by the X-Men before they disappeared.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
In "eXposed", Thunderbird, Eclipse and Polaris are in a race against the Atlanta police to track down an escaped mutant fugitive, Blink. With Thunderbird's tracking skills, he concludes that the fugitive must not be far from their position. After locating her, they try to gain her trust by explaining that they are mutants as well. Eclipse and Polaris introduce themselves are Marcos and Lorna. However, their introductory meeting is interrupted as the police have tracked them down at the abandoned workshop. They head into the main room. Polaris steps out in front of the window and takes out the police cruisers. That's when the police open fire. Thunderbird then looks for a way out. They exit through the back, making a run for it. Despite their efforts, Eclipse is shot in the alley. Polaris, in a fit of blind rage, attacks the officer with great force. Distracted by her rage, more officers arrive and taser her. Meanwhile, Thunderbird holds Eclipse back, knowing they can't do anything to save Polaris as she is apprehended, forcing them to leave her behind.
As John bandages up Marcos' wound, they argue over recusing Lorna. Marcos wants nothing more than to get a team together, but John is not convinced they can take on hundreds of cops when they were nearly subdued by merely a dozen of them at the abandoned workshop. They can't afford to take that risk, not right now. When Sage comes in to alert them of a news story in Atlanta, where two mutant siblings, Andy and Lauren Strucker, committed an act of terrorism at the local high school. With this, John and Marcos realize that their plans of rescuing Lorna will have to wait.
Later in the night, Clarice goes to John to inform him of Marcos receiving a phone call and meeting the person about helping his family. John wonders why she didn't tell him this before, to which she responds that Marcos told her not to. But after an hour had passed and he hadn't returned, trusting her judgment to do right by Lorna, she decided to tell him. John then tells her that they have to go find him. John found Clarice, so he can certainly find Marcos.
Just as he said, Thunderbird and Blink manage to track them down, Eclipse and the Struckers, to a warehouse. When they arrive, Eclipse and the Struckers are already surrounded by Sentinel Services. The seven of them sprint through the warehouse, as Sentinel Services unleash their mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels, which Thunderbird sees coming ahead of time due to his foresight. Eclipse and Lauren are able to keep them at bay using their mutant abilities while Blink creats a portal for them all to retreat through. Everyone, except Andy and Reed, make it through the portal. With Andy hyper-focused on destroying the sentinels, he telepathically rips them apart before joining the others through the portal. Blink can't hold the portal open for much longer. Just as Reed is about to go through, he gets shot before he gets the chance. Having strained her abilities, Blink collapses, causing the portal to close and for Reed to be left for capture on the other side.
In "rX", after jumping through the portal Clarice created, Andy, Caitlin and Lauren are panicking about leaving Reed behind. John explains that they are in the Mutant Underground's headquarters. As much as John wants to help the Struckers with going back to retrieve Reed, the chances of them being captured or worse, killed, are greater. What is within their ability, however, is tending to Clarice, who has overexerted her power to save them from Sentinel Services and collapsed.
John and Sonya discuss Clarice's condition and housing for the Struckers. While Sonya had attempted to reach a doctor in Gainsville, chances are they would have to wait given the late hours though John insists that she keep trying, as well as find a place for Caitlin, Lauren and Andy. However, Sonya isn't so sure that welcoming the Strucker into the Underground is worth the risk as John almost got killed because of them. Furthermore, they didn't discuss bringing more people in. Which leads John to his next point of interest, Marcos' freelance job to meet with Reed without consulting anyone. Marcos explains that they help mutants in danger, and by his account, the Struckers are mutants and they all saw the dangers they faced. However, John sees through Marcos' explanation, claiming that his interest is only in Lorna. Lauren then interrupts to inform them of Clarice's worsening condition.
Caitlin informs him that Clarice is in respiratory distress and her temperature is spiking. Caitlin, who is a nurse, advises John and Marcos to seek medical attention for Clarice, otherwise she will die. Just then, Clarice begins convulsing causing her powers to become unstable. As Clarice goes into shock, her powers start to uncontrollably manifest, causing her to involuntarily open a portal to stretch of road where a truck is headed straight for them. As the truck tries to avoid them, it skids out of control, resulting in the truck being sliced in half. The back half unfortunately makes it through the portal and is headed directly towards the Strucker kids, who John shields from impact with his own body, though he suffers little to no damage due to his dense skin and invulnerability to physical harm.
John pulls himself up, then helping up Andy and Lauren before checking on the rest of the facility. With Clarice's condition growing increasingly unstable, John moves her to a table in the back of the room by the vault. As Clarice starts convulsing again, a new portal emerges to the same road as before. Civilians with loaded rifles stand on the other side of the portal looking in. Seeing this, Marcos is prepared for a fight. However, John grabs his wrist and urges him to show restraint as they aren't to hurt innocent bystanders. Lauren walks in front of them and manages to close the portal using her shields, thus preventing any possible altercation. This shuts down Clarice's powers as she falls unconscious. He then asks Caitlin if she could help Clarice from Headquarters if they manage to obtain the medicine needed, which she can. So Marcos and Caitlin set forth a plan to raid the hospital for the medication to treat Clarice while John, Lauren and Andy stay behind.
With Marcos and Caitlin out to recover the medicine from a nearby hospital, John stays behind to watch over Clarice, as well as Andy and Lauren. John tells Andy and Lauren that Clarice is a refugee who escaped from jail. Regarding her arrest, she used a portal to steal food from the back of a supermarket. It happens a lot with mutants who can't pass for human. They can't get jobs and one thing leads to another. John is cut off as Clarice's powers being to manifest yet again to the same road. This time around, the road is filled with police officers. Fortunately, Lauren manages to close the portal, but not before John uses his super senses to overhear the officers call in the SWAT.
John and Sonya become increasingly more concerned with Clarice and the portals that she continues to open. While Lauren has managed to keep them closed for the time being, John isn't sure how much longer she can continue to. He informs Sonya that the cops are gearing up and that the S.W.A.T team is in route. If they come through, John believes that they will have to evacuate, but Sonya argues that they should remove Clarice as evacuating the building would take far too long. However, John fears that moving her will only make matters worse. Leaving them with only one option, to hope that Marcos and Caitlin return in time with the medicine.
With Clarice's condition worsening, John wants to begin evacuation as Clarice continues to open portals, but Sonya again objects to the notion of abandoning the Underground. John calls out to Clarice as another portal opens but on a larger scale. Lauren attempts to close it but fails. With S.W.A.T closing in, the Underground is left with no other choice but to fend them off. As one of the officers enter the portal with his weapon drawn, John disarms him of his firearm, lifts him to the ceiling, and then tosses him back onto the other side of the portal. Just as the rest of the S.W.A.T team prepares to open fire, Andy runs out in front and in a great display of power, sends the officers flying backward into the air, as well as Clarice, who is knocked to the floor and falls unconscious, causing the portal to close. However, after the closing of that single portal, many opened in its place within the Underground. And so John instructs Sonya, Lauren, and Andy to evacuate the building as he calls out to Clarice to wake up.
Fortunately, Caitlin returns with the medication as the Underground is in disarray due to Clarice's unruly abilities. John assists her as she stabilizes Clarice's potassium levels, which in doing so saves Clarice and the facility. Later that night, as the Underground regains order, Clarice awakens. She ask s John if she was responsible for the damage and if everyone was okay, to which John responds that there were no casualties. He then asks her about the road that she repeatedly opened the portal to, but Clarice claims to have no recollection of the ordeal.
In "eXodus", John attempts to defuse Marcos who is dead set on breaking into jail and rescuing Lorna. Also in the room is Caitlin, Sonya, Sage and Shatter. John reminds Marcos that the prison he wants to break into is armed with 20 foot walls and guards, ready to shoot-to-kill. However, Marcos counters that Clarice can get them past security. Unfortunately for Marcos, John and Caitlin are in agreement that Clarice's powers are too unstable. Which is why Marcos suggests that John train her as he did for some of the other mutants in the Underground. Sonya reminds John that Clarice freed herself from jail, suggesting she may be possible of accomplishing what Marcos' plan calls for. John reluctantly agrees though Caitlin isn't backing down. She reminds them all that they still have laws to abide by. She recommends calling a lawyer as some members of congress are sympathetic to mutants, but John claims that she may be overestimating their sympathy. Caitlin has connections. She can reach out, but contact with the outside world is disallowed. They can't risk the exposure with Sentinel Services on the look-out. Much better odds, they will get turned on, which is a risk that Marcos and John refuse to take.
John approaches Clarice in hopes that she'll agree to break Lorna out of jail. While Clarice is willing to help in any way she can as she owes Lorna for saving her, transporting them all into the prison isn't one of ways she can be of assistance. Since her episode, where she nearly tore down the station, she's been unable to create portals. Something changed after she got sick, such as the strange, purple dagger-shaped mark that appeared under her right eye. Not mention her powers which as she put it, are broken. John informs her that abilities don't break. Most mutants first access their abilities from strong emotions like fear, anger and pain. But those are all unreliable. The challenge is to tap into something positive. Clarice sarcastically asks if they are to do hot yoga and find her spirit animal. "No thanks. I'm pretty sure your spirit animal would bite me", John replies. More than just a bite, Clarice claims that her spirit animal would rip his head off. John retorts that this is impossible given that he is physically invulnerable.
John is approached by Sonya, who wonders if Clarice has agreed to help free Lorna. Unfortunately, she can't. At the very least, it will take some time before she can. Clarice's power has always been fueled by fear. She needs to find something she cares enough about to get pass it. But, Lorna didn't have that kind of time. Sonya offers her "help". As she say this, pink smoke flows from her mouth. Apparently, Sonya possesses the ability of memory manipulation. She wants to give Clarice a memory that'll make her think Lorna is her best friend, thus providing incentive. However, planting false memories in peoples' heads always go bad, John states, case in point, Walker and Eve.
The next morning, John and Clarice take a walk around the compound as they discuss her lack of control over her powers. Clarice had given John's advice some thought, but her ability, when it comes down to it, is the power to bail out of dangerous situations. So being scared is just a big part of it. However, John refuses to believes that fear is all of it. In the marines, when you want to give up, they train you to focus on what you care about most, to hold on to it as if your life depended on it, because at some point it will. Back then, John had a lot to prove in regards to him being Apache and a mutant. Clarice claims that she doesn't have anything personal to hold onto as he did. So, John wants her to think about something she loves, however, the best Clarice can come up with at the time is a warm jelly doughnut. John instructs her to relax, breathe, and picture the thing she wants most, and go to it. Clarice follows John's instructions precisely, causing a portal to emerge though she fails to maintain it. As he is telling her not to focus on the fear, John's foresight and tracking abilities kick in, allowing him to see a glimpse of the past. He can see Caitlin leaving the Underground in the middle of the night with Andy and Lauren.
John returns to the station to inform Marcos of the Struckers' ill-advised departure. They left last night without taking much with them. Caitlin believes that she can help, that whatever connection she has can make a difference in getting Reed back. She spent her whole life in believing in the system. Some people have to learn the hard way, John concludes as Marcos tells him that he had already spoken to Caitlin about the way the prejudice mutants face. Nevertheless, they have to go after them, which is unfortunate given that Lorna could disappear into a federal hellhole at any moment. However, should the Struckers get arrested, they could lead the authorities right back to the Underground, compromising their entire operation.
Thunderbird and Eclipse track Caitlin and the kids to her brother's house in Buckhead. They find Caitlin sleeping on the couch. John slowly approaches, tapping her on her shoulder, which startled Caitlin, who then pulls out a kitchen knife from under her pillow. Thunderbird and Eclipse tells her that she and the kids are in danger and that they need to leave immediately. Moments later, her brother, Danny, enters the room. Thunderbird's suspicions prove to be of legitimate cause as a crew of men armed with guns pull up outside the house. While Thunderbird can get them through a wall, a fight will surely ensue should the mob begin shooting while they ran. Andy questions why they should run when they have the advantage. Thunderbird explains that if that happens, people will die which Andy doesn't seem to have any quarrels with. Danny then goes outside to talk to them, hoping to calm the mob. Upon Danny being struck down, Andy completely obliterates the door and sends Chuck and the mob flying back. Chuck Sanders stands back to his feet, retrieves his gun and aims it at Andy. Fortunately, Thunderbird gets Andy out of the line of fire while Eclipse projects powerful rays of light from his hands to deter the mob. Thunderbird, Eclipse, Andy, Lauren and Caitlin then get into the truck and leave.
On their way back to Headquarters, Thunderbird calls Dreamer from the SUV while being shot at by the "local mutant welcoming group". He tells Dreamer that they can't afford a fight and that they need a way out that doesn't end with death. She tells him to get back to the Underground and by then, she will have devised a plan. As promised, Dreamer has come up with a plan. Thunderbird drives down the street, rounding the corner to the sight of Blink, standing in the middle of the road, holding open a portal large enough for the entire truck to fit through. They pass through the portal, finding themselves just outside the entrance of the Underground. Thunderbird exits the SUV, telling Eclipse to get everyone inside while he talks to Blink and Dreamer. Blink oddly greets him with a hug, displaying a great show of affection that Thunderbird is not expecting from her. He tells her that everyone is fine and that she should go inside, where he will meet up with her. Realizing that something is off, Thunderbird looks to Dreamer, asking what she has done. Dreamer explains that with Blink needing something to connect to, she was given a memory of Thunderbird and Dreamer together, though in the memory, Blink replaces Dreamer. Thunderbird is furious, as he doesn't believe that she fully understands the consequences of her actions.
The next day, Thunderbird and Eclipse drive back out with Caitlin, so that she can speak with her brother. From Danny, they learn that Reed is alive and that Sentinel Services is taking him to a top secret mutant detention center with Lorna.
In "eXit strategy", two years ago, the Underground infiltrates a mutant relocation facility. Thunderbird and Pulse, a fellow member of the Underground, stand on the outside of a fence. They discuss their plan to infiltrate the building. Pulse is upset that Thunderbird didn't send him in first to knock out the power. However, had they done that, Sentinel Services would immediately know of their arrival. Thunderbird insists that they stick with the plan that is already in motion; for Eclipse and Sage to send them a signal after reaching the second fence. Pulse is noticeably more upset than usual. He blamed it on the building, which they refer to as a relocation facility, but in actuality, is a prison. Thunderbird reminds Pulse that they saved him from within the facility and they plan to do the same with all the other incarcerated mutants. Eclipse and Sage then come running back to the fence as gunshots ring out in the night. They have been discovered. Eclipse regrettably informs them that Randall and Elsa has been killed in the escape. The facility's defense system is far more advanced than they had expected. With his ability to disrupt systematical electronics, Pulse volunteers to shut down their system to the automated weapons in order for them to escape. After successfully doing so, he is shot, and Thunderbird watches as he hits the ground, yelling out "Gus", as he lays there motionless. Under the impression that he is dead, and with Sentinel Services agents in route, Thunderbird is force to leave Pulse behind.
Present day, John and Marcos call a meeting at Headquarters to discuss breaking Lorna out of prison. They know that she is being held in a cell at the Sentinel Services Regional Headquarters with Reed. They are being moved soon to an ultra secure facility. The people who are taken there don't come back, thus forcing their hand in attacking Sentinel Services head on. Many members are reluctant in volunteering to help save Lorna, Sage included. She reminds John and Marcos that they lost six people the last time they went up against the Sentinel Services directly, which was merely a relocation center with a fence and a few guard towers. This time around it is a prison they are attempting to infiltrate, whose systems have improved. Extrapolating from other attacks, the Underground has an 86.5% chance of failure, Sage determines. But as Marcos explains, if they do nothing, then there's a 100% chance of never seeing Reed or Lorna again. After Marcos reminds them how Lorna has risked her life for everyone in the room, they asks for a show of hands from those willing to save Lorna. Unfortunately, Sonya, Clarice, and Harry are the only ones willing to help.
In the monitoring cell, Marcos is reasonably upset with the fact that only five people (John, Sonya, Marcos, Clarice, and Harry) are willing to help save Lorna. John on the other hand is a bit more understanding given that a lot of them lost friends the last time they attacked Sentinel Services. Caitlin corrects Marcos, saying that it is six them of them against the Sentinel Services as she will be joining them. The six of them began to strategize on how best to infiltrate the building. Clarice's portals and Harry's cloaking abilities will do them little good. However, Caitlin suggests that rather than going into the building, they rescue Lorna and Reed while they're in route to be relocated. While in theory, the idea is plausible, they don't know the transit route. However, Marcos suggests using his connection to the Cartel to gain access on the route. John advises him against it but they are out of better ideas.
John approaches Sonya to ask if she has told Clarice the truth about implanting a memory in her head. Sonya admits that she hasn't, and she's not quite sure that she wants to considering that Clarice seems fine. However, giving Clarice a memory without her permission is wrong, John notes. Sonya attempts to explain that the memory is more like a dream or impression that'll fade but John isn't so sure it will. He wants Sonya to tell Clarice the truth or else he will. However, Sonya fears how Clarice will react when she learns the truth. Maybe she gets upset and leave, putting an end to their plan of saving Lorna and Reed. Sonya insists that she had no choice. She did what she did to save the team. If she had more time, she would've asked Clarice's permission, but that wasn't the case. And if Clarice had said no, Sonya admits that she would've done it regardless. They are at war, she reminds John.
Later that night, John get a call from Marcos, who has gotten in touch with the Cartel. After making some calls to their contacts at Sentinel Services, they learned that Lorna and Reed are being moved by truck. It is a convoy that Marcos will later send him the route to. He then learns that Marcos is dealing with his ex-girlfriend,Carmen Guerra, who has taken over for her father, the former Cartel leader.
The next morning, in the monitoring cell, John tells the others about Marcos' discovery that a convoy of military vehicles is taking Lorna and Reed to a military airport. Based on the route, the best place to hit it would an old warehouse district off Peachtree. John asks Clarice if she can open a portal. She explains that if the driver can see out, then she can see in, but if the bus is moving, it can get messy, meaning they have to stop the bus. Clarice suggests that Marcos melt the tires, but Caitlin objects as that would be far from subtle. Should that happen, a battle will ensue, in which people die. The goal isn't just to get Reed and Lorna, it's to get them alive. John agrees. They need to find another way to stop the bus as their goal is to get in and out without dropping bodies.
While they were working on a plan to disengage the bus without arousing suspicion, Andy and Lauren have devised a plan of their own by combining their abilities. Lauren uses her ability as an element of precision and focus to Andy's destructive powers, which in turn allows them to tear objects apart with great accuracy. John is impressed after watching them perform this combined ability on the tire of a broken down taxi, so much so that he asks if they are capable of doing it from a longer range. Which they are. The best part is that no one will see where it came from. However, Caitlin is against using them as child soldiers to attack a convoy. John and Andy stay back while Lauren pleads her case with Caitlin to allow them to fight, as it was what she had always taught them to do. After a persuasive speech from Lauren, Caitlin agrees to allow them to stop the transport bus, but only if John can guarantee her that Andy and Lauren wouldn't be in harms way.
With Marcos' return to Headquarters, John learns that the prison convoy leaves at 10:00 a.m. the following day. They will sweep the route at 9:30, giving them half an hour window to set up. How did it go with Carmen, John asks. Marcos claims it was fine and that he did what he had to do, but John is greatly concerned given that he didn't want to see Marcos get caught back up with the Cartel. Afterward, while drawing up plans for the attack on the prison convoy, he is approached by Sonya.
The day of the convoy has arrived. The team gets in place at their designated position within the warehouse district. Thunderbird and Blink take up position inside an abandoned warehouse. From their position, they should be able to see into the transport bus once Andy and Lauren blow out the tire. When he asks Blink if she is alright, she says that she hasn't been sleeping well. Thunderbird reasons that this is due to the adjustments at the station, with people constantly coming and going. Anything's better than jail, she remarks. For Thunderbird, it was almost impossible for him in the beginning, which comes as a surprise to Blink due to his military background and her thinking that nothing could be hard for him. He explains that originally, it was just him and Polaris with an impossible task. Blink wonders if he ever thought about walking away. All the time, Thunderbird replies. The only thing stopping him is his mission to save those in need. Blink then asks about the night that they first met, wondering if they went outside together. Thunderbird tells her that they didn't, though he knows this to be a result of Sonya's memory manipulation.
Thunderbird and Blink prepare themselves as the convoy enter the warehouse district. They wait for Andy and Lauren to disengage the bus' tire at the designated location, though they fail to do so. While they did eventually manage to stop the bus, it isn't at the location in which Thunderbird had planned, forcing him and Blink to go looking for it. After ramming his way through a solid wall, he finds the bus a little further down the road. Blink's and Thunderbird's powers are being interfered with as she tries to portal them into the bus and he tries to track. There is only one person he had ever know who could disrupt mutant abilities — Pulse. Though, he died two years ago or so they thought. Thunderbird looks out the window and as he suspected, it is Pulse, who is now working for Sentinel Services and disrupting their abilities, which he is capable of doing for at least two blocks. Thunderbird then instructs Blink to check in on the others while he stops Pulse.
Despite having his abilities deactivated, Thunderbird makes quick work of the Sentinel Service agent that is guarding Pulse. In a purely tactical attack, he disarms the agent in hand-to-hand combat, then takes the agent down by throwing him into the nearby Sentinel Services vehicle. Thunderbird then tackles Pulse to the ground, before calling out to him, hoping to reason with him. Though there is something visibly wrong with Pulse, as he is unresponsive. Thunderbird's nose began to bleed as Pulse strengthens his disruptive abilities. With no other choice, Thunderbird knocks him unconscious with a single punch. After doing so, he notices an unfamiliar tattoo or branding on Pulse's right wrist.
After dealing with Pulse, Thunderbird finds Eclipse hiding behind a car. He tells Eclipse that he will explain the nose bleed later, which is unusual given his physical invulnerability, but for the time being, they needed to leave because Sentinel Services likely has reinforcement on the way. But Eclipse refuses to go without Polaris. Fortunately, she no longer needs rescuing. With Pulse out of commission, Polaris is with full use of her abilities, breaking down the bus door and escaping on her own from the transport bus, with Reed in tow. Upon exiting the bus, Sentinel Services agents begin shooting. Polaris stops the bullets mid-air, sending the gunfire back into the agents' direction before taking their guns and forcing them to retreat. Thunderbird and Eclipse proceed to greet Reed and Polaris. With Caitlin pulling up moments later, the four of them get inside and speed off.
In "boXed in", Thunderbird, Eclipse, Polaris, Reed and Caitlin pull into a vacant lot to ditch the Sentinel Services registered SUV and retrieve the untraceable getaway cars they had earlier stashed nearby. Thunderbird stops to explain that Pulse was responsible for them losing their powers at the warehouse district. Polaris and Eclipse are in disbelief given that they all were under the impression that he died two years ago at the relocation facility. Furthermore, he would never work for Sentinel Services. He protected all his people in Macon, which as Thunderbird informs them, is a station that had been recently raided. Thunderbird then hears an incoming Sentinel Services drone. So Eclipse and Polaris volunteer to draw it away while Thunderbird, Caitlin and Reed head back to Headquarters.
Thunderbird arrives at Headquarters with Reed and Caitlin to find the station crowded with new arrivals. He asks Shatter what's going on, but Shatter only redirects him to Sage. From Sage, John learns that Sentinel Services hit back soon after they hit the convoy. They raided every place they even suspected of being mutant sympathizers, with no warrants. Sentinel Services is out for blood. The Underground has their hands full and they can't even consider moving anyone with the heat Sentinel Services is applying. All they can do now is continue to man the scanners and keep their people off the grid. They need to keep listening because if anything turns up on the radio, they have to know about it.
John is forced to intervene in a fight between Reed and Fade. From Fade, John learns that the last time he and Reed crossed paths, Reed was working for Sentinel Services. As the crowd erupts in anger, John advises everyone to calm down and hear what Reed had to say.
John plays mediator between Fade and Reed as the two go back and forth with one another. Fade questions how they can even consider trusting Reed after the stunt he pulled, nearly leading the Sentinel Services to the Underground. Reed replies that his own children are mutants and that he'd never betray the one place protecting them. The tension between the two only seems to grow and before John can do anything to solve it, Sage calls him back into the monitoring cells after picking something up on the scanners. Until a few minutes ago, the radios were going wild with activity, but it suddenly stopped. Now, a traffic stop is being called in. Before that, a drunk and disorderly by the freeway. But there's no word on the manhunt, leaving Sage to conclude that the police have given up, though Reed is unconvinced. He offers to help as he used to work similar manhunts and therefore knows the protocol. Dispatch calls in all units for a petty theft. So Reed asks for a map, marking on it the last three calls; a burglary in Stratford, lewd conduct at a bar in Hapeville, and a 586 in Glen Haven. They sent multiple units to all of three places, which means that they know the Underground is listening. So they have resorted to speaking in code. While Sentinel Services searched for Eclipse and Polaris, Atlanta PD is tightening a net, working a grid, looking for the Underground.
As they continue to listen to the scanner, John contemplates evacuating the station. Sage however advises him against such actions given that any identifiable mutants leaving the Underground will be apprehended before they are out of city limits. Since they are looking for fugitives, Reed suggests that he go out there to draw them away from Headquarters by making it seems as if they are in a different direction. Reed explains that Sentinel Services made an educated guess about the direction they went in, so if they were to see Reed anywhere in the opposite direction, they would assume that he is going to 85 South, toward Alabama, and they would redirect the search that way. But as Sage points out, if he gets caught, they will arrest and interrogate him, thus compromising the station. Maybe there is a way we could avoid that, John states, as he looks over to Fade.
John asks Fade if he can help save the station, informing him that Reed will lure the cops in the wrong direction, and that all he has to do is be the getaway driver. Fade is hesitant to sign on, as it means working with Reed. John explains that Harry took a bullet in the gut while saving Reed because he is that important to their mission. After telling Fade that he is going to do what is commanded of him, John tells Reed to say goodbye to his family as he's leaving in five minutes.
John and Sage monitor the scanners for the call to come in of Reed. Before long, dispatch makes the call, which results in the search being redirected, as theorized. While they are in the clear, Reed still needs to get out of site, so John tells Sage to text Reed's phone. Moments later, the officer on scene reports that the suspect (Reed) has fled the scene in a vehicle.
Later that evening, with Fade, Reed, Marcos and Lorna all safe at Headquarters, John learns that Marcos and Lorna had kidnapped a Sentinel Services agent and used Sonya to gather information about Pulse from his memories. She can confirm that he at least knew Pulse. Sonya has sketched out all that she could gain from the short time she spent in Agent Turner's mind. In the sketches is a building, some documents and a logo, which is the same marking that John had discovered on Pulse's wrist. While Reed doesn't recognize the logo, he did however recognize the building, which he identifies as the Baton Rouge Federal Building. Some people he had prosecuted were transferred there, but he doesn't know what happened to them because they disappeared.
In "got your siX", four years ago, in Phoenix Arizona, John canvasses the area to raise money for those affected by the 7/15 incident. He introduces himself as a mutant veteran who had served in Afghanistan, like his father before him, who served in the Gulf. Unfortunately, there aren't too many interested in donating. One man in particular is outraged at the notion of raising money for those in need after the Dallas explosion. The man accuses him off attacking the country, only to later beg for money. John becomes angry to the point of him bending his steel clipboard and shouting out that he defended the country as he went on two tours. But a fellow mutant veteran calms him down. As a truck rounds the corner, John's super senses allows him to hear the individuals in the truck, who are plotting an attack. As everyone heads for cover, the man in the incoming vehicle throws out a pipe bomb. John grabs the bomb and tosses it across the street to blow up in a vacant parking lot. While no one is hurt, the bomb does however cause a car to explode, sending sharp metal flying. Luckily, John is there to catch it.
Present day, at Headquarters, John looks at an old photo of what is presumably himself as a child with his father. Marcos enters his office with new details regarding Pulse. While there is nothing firm, there are rumors of mutants hunting other mutants for Sentinel Services, meaning that Pulse may not be the only one. They are barely staying ahead of humans. If Sentinel Services manages to turn them against each other, the Underground won't last much longer. As for the Baton Rouge Federal Building, Marcos had learned that it is a major mutant justice center for the south east. With Reed working with the judge there in the past, it is possible that he may have information about the program. If they can break in, they might finally have an actual understanding of how Sentinel Services is turning mutants against one another. While this isn't usually how John would operate, he is willing to make an exception.
John approaches Clarice in the vault to ask for her help in teleporting them into the federal building in Baton Rouge. While it is a lot to ask of her, they need to know more about Sentinel Services and what they did to Pulse. Clarice doesn't agree to help, rather she reveals to John that she knows all about the memory that Sonya had put in her head without asking her permission. John apologizes for the unwanted memory. He asked Sonya not to do it, but when she did, he didn't say anything because they had an emergency to deal with and afterward, they still needed Clarice's help. Hearing this only further angers Clarice, as it becomes apparent that they only want to use her for her powers. She has her own issues to sort out and her own people to find. John offers to assist in whatever she is looking for though Clarice denies his help. She just wants to know if the way he looked at her when they were in the warehouse was genuine. John can't give her the answer she wants, claiming it is complicated. As a mean to uncomplicate the situation, Clarice portals out the Underground. In a fit a rage, John dents the steel vault door with a single punch.
John gathers around a table with Reed, Marcos, Shatter, Lorna, Sonya and Sage to discuss their plan of breaking into the federal building. Their mission is no longer just about hiding mutants. They are taking the fight to the enemy, making it a matter of survival. Reed tells them of his knowledge of the building. Some of his cases had been transferred to Baton Rouge. There is a judge James Kresge that works there. He dealt with most of Reed's cases. Shatter questions how many people Reed prosecuted that disappeared through the building. Reed says it was rare and that all they told him was that some of his cases were being prosecuted under a special federal program. Rather than wondering why Reed didn't do more, Marcos is only concerned with getting past the wall to the files, which he plans on Clarice getting them to. John takes that opportunity to reveal to everyone that Clarice left though he neglects to mention the reason for Clarice's sudden departure, which was Sonya's tampering of her memories. Having eavesdropped on their entire discussion, Andy volunteers to get them through the wall, as he can do it faster than Marcos, who claims he can cut through it.
The next day, John tells Marcos to be careful before they head out for Baton Rouge. He won't be joining them due to the Underground needing his supervision. Marcos insists that they will be alright without him and then the two of them engaged in a brief embrace.
While reinforcing the entrance of the station, John is joined by Sonya, who comes inquiring about his conversation with Clarice. She left, so it didn't go well. That's about par for the course these days, he remarks. Sonya figures that he's referring to Pulse, which she ensures John isn't his fault. However, John admittedly left Pulse, allowing Sentinel Services to take him. Sonya reasons that they all though Pulse was dead, but this did not make John feel any better about abandoning him, which leaves him wondering if the X-Men made a mistake in choosing him to be apart of the Underground. While he is doing all he can, it isn't nearly enough. He can't live up to who his father was. They have more refugees in the station than they can possibly save. John can barely protect a group as veterans as it is, though Sonya believes that he was chosen for a reason. The X-Men said a war was coming. However, they didn't say the mutants would win it, John counters.
The next day, John joins Sage and Shatter in the monitoring cell to inform them that a station in Alpharetta was hit. They managed to get about half of their people out and they are on their way to the Underground. However, as Sage explains, housing them will be no easy task given that they are already 78% over capacity. John apologizes for the inconvenience, but they don't have any other choice. While taking a breather, he is approached by Sonya, who inquires about Marcos's mission to retrieve the files from Baton Rouge. John tells her that he was successful. Having done so without Clarice, Sonya comments that not everything requires a portal. John reminds her that what they did to Clarice was wrong, though Sonya would beg to differ considering their actions saved lives. Regardless, they kept the truth from her, which they shouldn't have done. Sonya tells John that it is okay that he made it out, and pulse didn't, and that he need to keep moving forward. The two of them then share a kiss, but he cuts it short. They are at war and he has to remain focused. He can't do that if he is with Sonya, but she disagrees. The fact that they are at war means that all they have is "here and now". They resume kissing, but only momentarily, as John get a call from Marcos, who is almost back with Reed and Andy. Unfortunately, they are being trailed by a cop. Reed instructs John to check the traffic agency public notices to see if there is any directives to avoid Buford Highway, which there is, meaning that Marcos, Andy, and Reed are heading into an ambush.
John immediately alerts Lorna, Caitlin, and Lauren of the ambush. Despite getting away the first time, Lorna explains that the cops stopped them on their way to Baton Rouge. While they didn't find anything, the driver said he was going to Denver, so they were marked by the tollway cameras when spotted in Baton Rogue. With John failing to come up with a plan, Lauren devised a plan of her own, one that involves Wes creating on of his illusion. John and Caitlin stay behind while Lorna, Lauren, and Wes head out to save Marcos, Reed, and Andy.
Later that night, after Lorna, Lauren and Wes succeeded in saving Marcos, Reed and Andy from the police and Sentinel Services, John and Sonya read over the files that they had retrieved from Baton Rouge.
In "eXtreme measures", three years ago, John and Lorna arrange a meeting with Marcos at a diner on the outskirts. They had heard a lot about Marcos' abilities and wanted him to join the Mutant Underground. Marcos is both flattered and amused with their offer, however, they don't seem to fully understand his situation, or so he thinks. They are very much aware of his story; how he is helping mutants cross the border. The only difference is that they want him to do it full time with the Underground. Marcos claims that was merely a side deal, where he had room in a couple of trucks, so he helped a couple people across. John questions if he genuinely wants to run trucks for the Guerra Cartel for the rest of his life, when he can be out saving people, making a difference in the world. Marcos explains that it is more complicated than that, mainly because he is dating the boss' daughter. With the X-Men gone and the government weighing down on them, they are the mutants' only chance of survival.
After talking with the other station, John tells Marcos, Lorna, Sonya, Sage, and Reed that Sentinel Services is ramping up surveillance across the board, meaning things are going to get worse before they got better. Unfortunately, they are running out of supplies with the influx of refugees. So, Marcos volunteers to take a drive up to Marietta, where he supposedly heard that they had supplies to offer. John turns his attention to the hard drives from Baton Rouge, which Sage and Reed are working on. They are encrypted, but that likely means that there is something worth hiding on them. If they don't find out how Sentinel Services is turning mutants against each other, all their work will have been for nothing. Lastly, John announces that he will be leaving soon to track down Clarice. She knows the station's location, which can compromise the entire organization if she is apprehended. Lorna volunteers to join Marcos on his supply run but he insists that he can handle it.
John manages to track Clarice down to an old abandoned warehouse. He apologizes once more for the memory that Sonya put in her head without permission, which Clarice can still see. She describes it as being a bad soap opera that she can't escape. John came to convince Clarice to return to the station because she isn't safe. He admits however, that Clarice's safety isn't the only reason he came looking for her. The Underground needs her, though Clarice doesn't seem to care, stating that she has other stuff to attend to. What stuff, John asks. Clarice tells him that she is trying to find that countryside road that she kept portalling to when she got sick. She learned from them that nothing is random. There's always a reason to why they use their powers. So, Clarice believes that the road holds some form of significance to her. John volunteers to help her find it because she has no idea where she is headed. He owes her, if nothing else. While she is initially resistant, she eventually agrees to allow him to help her.
John and Clarice track the road that she kept portalling to while sick. John asks if she remembered anything about it, but she didn't as she was unconscious during the repeated portalling. She figured that she would be able to find something about it in the news. However, Sentinel Services is good about covering up mutant incidents. While Clarice appreciates his quest for redemption, he has failed in finding the road, so he is of no use to her. John desperately wants to help Clarice, though she doesn't believe it is possible without a trail to follow. John isn't so sure that this is true, explaining that she could have a trail inside her. When an animal is hurt or scared, their instinct is to take themselves to a place of safety, such as a nest or burrow. Clarice had her very own version of a burrow, where she felt loved and safe. John just needs to know where that was.
Headed down an unknown road, John asks Clarice what did the house she grew up in look like. She tells him it wasn't too big, a one story home for mutant foster kids, the ones that couldn't pass as human that is. She was only there for a couple years, back when she was supposed to be in high school. While the couple who ran it were caring, their idea of keeping the mutants safe was to hide them away forever. As they head further down the dirt road, Clarice recognizes the front gate. Just past the gate is the farmhouse that she lived in. Clarice runs over towards her former home. However, as she does so, John's foresight activates, allowing him to see a glimpse of the past. He sees Sentinel Services storm the house. Under the impression that something bad has happened, he advises Clarice to stay back, but that only makes her want to enter the home more. John punches through the locked door and once inside, they discover two distinct pools of blood and the back door riddled with bullet holes. As Clarice begins to cry, he holds her close.
Just outside the farmhouse, John tells Clarice that he had found whatever traces he could and it looks as if her foster parents died trying to protect some of the foster kids. Clarice blames herself for the attack, as it was her portals that led them to the house. However, as John explains, Sentinel Services pulled the trigger. She isn't to be held accountable for their actions. He then gives her another hug. Clarice seeks to revisit her previous statement about the war with Sentinel Services not being her fight. She doesn't know if it was before, but it certainly is now.
After returning to the station with Clarice, John is greeted by Sonya with a kiss, though he seems upset.
The next day, in the monitoring cell, Sage informs John that the second drive mostly contains information from mutants who were sent into the program. Pulse happened to be one of the first. Unfortunately, all they have are the courthouse's records of who was selected, but it doesn't say anything on where they went. However, Reed explains that if it is ran by the Sentinel Services, then there has to be records given that it is a government program. Sage reveals that it isn't a government program at all. It is run by a private military contractor; Trask Industries, which Reed is familiar with since his father worked there for 35 years. However, it supposedly closed down in 2006. John questions if Reed's father has any involvement with the program, though Reed is unsure.
In "threat of eXtinction", after instructing Shatter to speak with the station in Gainsville, John is approached by Reed, who wants to visit his father in Chattanooga. In spite of the risk, he is their only connection to Trask Industries. A station in Perry had just fell, so John is heading out to pick up survivors, but he tells Reed to prepare a car with supplies and they'd leave once he returns. John then heads upstairs where Marcos informs him that Clarice will be joining them rather than Lorna. John suspects that something is wrong, but Marcos claims that everything is fine. However, a problem between Marcos and Lorna affects everyone since they are both leaders at the station, so John pushes a little harder. When he does, Marcos repeats that Lorna just isn't coming.
Thunderbird, Eclipse, and Blink arrive at the Eternal Grace Church in Perry to collect the survivors of the fallen station. The pastor informs them that a dozen refugees fled when their station got hit, plus a few stray mutants that came along the way. Upon opening the shed where the survivors are hidden, Esme, a mutant telepath, tells Thunderbird that while she was in the shed, she was getting weird thoughts from one of the others, a sickly-looking woman later to be identified as Chloe Tan. Thunderbird approaches the woman, asking to speak with her. When she fails to respond, he grabs her wrist, revealing the very same brand from the Hound program that he had previously seen on Pulse. The woman reacts by delivering a massive kick to Thunderbird, knocking him into the dumpster with great force. Along with her strength comes speed, as she wastes little time in attacking the other refugees, Esme included. Thunderbird manages to get back to his feet and swing at the woman, but she is far too fast, delivering a number of quick strikes before knocking him to the ground yet again. While Eclipse keeps her in one place with his laser beams, Blink opens up a portal, teleporting Thunderbird just over top of the woman, allowing him to deliver a punch from above, before rendering her unconscious.
Upon returning to Headquarters, they lock Chloe in a cell. Marcos describes her as being a cross between a spy and a suicide bomber. She had a beacon in her back that she could've activated when she got into the station, which would've compromised everything by leading Sentinel Services directly to them. She also has weapons, leaving Lorna to conclude that the station in Perry must've been hit by another Hound like her. With Sentinel Services planting Hounds, Sage suggests that they stop taking in refugees for the time being. However, John refuses to turn his back on desperate people just because one of them might be dangerous. He then tells Reed that it is time for them to head up to Chattanooga, where they hope to get answers from Reed's father in regards to Trask. As for the woman, they need to get what they can out of her. John instructs Marcos and Lorna to figure out who she is though he wonders if the two of them can handle it due to the obvious tension being displayed.
John and Reed arrive in Chattanooga, where much to John's surprise, Reed's father is an antique dealer. Given that he worked for Trask, John was under the impression that he is a scientist. Reed explains that he took it over when he retired, as he is big on living in the past. John and Reed then enter the antique shop, where Reed reunites with his father after 20 years.
After introducing himself, Otto sarcastically remarks that his name, "Thunderbird", is very heroic. He then mentions how the agents from Sentinel Services that came by made it seem as if the Underground was a terrorist organization. John insists that they aren't terrorist. Otto replies with another sarcastic remark of them being "Freedom fighters". Reed then asks his father if he heard about the incident at the school, which he had. Otto learned about it from the agents when they interrogated him. As for what he told them, he said that he never met his grandchildren and hadn't spoken to Reed in years. Moving on to his work at Trask, John and Reed have a few questions, but Otto claims that his work was classified and that he can't help them. Reed is upset as his father had told him for years that Trask was just a defense contractor. When Otto says that Trask no longer exists, Reed informs him that it is back and they are now doing anti-mutant research. With Otto working there for 30 years and his grandchildren being mutants, John and Reed find it hard to believe that it is a coincidence. John then informs Otto that Trask is also experimenting on mutants. His own best friend had been turned somehow and was working for Sentinel Services.
As Sentinel Services pulls up outside, Thunderbird runs upstairs to inform Otto and Reed of their arrival. Unfortunately, there is no other way out and to make matters worse, they had brought Pulse with them, rendering both Thunderbird and Otto powerless. Without his powers, they'll cut Thunderbird down the same as anyone else. Hearing this, Otto volunteers to go down there, first apologizing to Reed for his actions, then telling him to not only protect Andy and Lauren, but to protect the world from them. As Otto speaks with the agents, Thunderbird and Reed listen from upstairs. Reed wants to go down, but Thunderbird reminds him that a lot of people are depending on them. After the agents refuse to leave, Otto activates his powers, despite Pulse's presence. However, this results in the agents shooting him. He is hit with two bullets, but that doesn't stop him from unleashing the energy as a blast that sends Campbell and his men wounded and running. Thunderbird and Reed head downstairs, where they find Otto's lifeless body on the floor. Just outside the shop, Thunderbird finds Pulse, wounded and barely conscious. Before dying, Pulse utters that he is sorry, as is Thunderbird, who swears that he'll make Sentinel Services pay for what they did to him. Pulse then passes on.
Later that night, after taking their bodies from the antique shop, Thunderbird and Reed bury Gus and Otto off road in shallow graves. Thunderbird throws a handful of dirt on Gus' grave. On Otto's grave, Reed leaves the family photo of him, Caitlin, Andy and Lauren from last summer.
Thunderbird is a strong-willed and caring individual. He routinely risks his life to help other mutants and is a very militant minded individual with vast skills and leading capability.
Physical Appearance Edit
Thunderbird is a tall, muscular man with a fondness for shirts that show off his arms.
Abilities and Skills Edit
- Superhuman Condition: Thunderbird possesses superhuman levels of physical condition, which grants him a number of different abilities.
- Superhuman Strength: Thunderbird possesses a superhumanly dense musculature, which affords him great strength. He has shown to be strong enough to rip the doors off of cars, as well as leave a large dent in a steel safe after punching it.
- Superhuman Durability: Thanks to his superhumanly dense muscles, Thunderbird possesses a high level of durability. He was able to withstand the severed tailgate of a truck crashing into him without injury, as well as withstand a barrage of handgun bullets without getting hurt, although the latter did seem to cause him a degree of pain.
- Superhuman Speed: Thunderbirds dense muscle allows him to exert great force in his movements to achieve a level of superhuman speed.
- Superhuman Reflexes: His reflexes are fast enough to catch projectiles mid-air, as seen when he grabbed a piece of twisted metal from an exploding car before it could hit an innocent bystander.
- Superhuman Senses/Tracking Skills: Thunderbird possesses greatly enhanced physical senses, having displayed the capacity on two separate occasions to track Blink and Eclipse for miles. He even managed to locate Blink in an abandoned workshop shortly after she teleported herself there. Thunderbird's senses are sharp enough to detect the presence of several Sentinels at a distance before they were deployed and sense them behind a heavy steel door.
- Foresight: Thunderbird possesses the ability to see glimpses of the recent past and near future when focusing on a specific location or person.
- Skilled Combatant: As a former soldier, Thunderbird is naturally adept in physical combat without the need of his enhanced physicality, as he was able to overpower and take down a Sentinel Services agent even while his powers were nullified by Pulse.
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- got your siX
- eXtreme measures
- threat of eXtinction
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- The casting information for Thunderbird was initially presented as a character named "Sam".
- He made his first appearance in 1975 comic series titled "Giant-Size X-Men #1".