ROLLING THUNDER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Vietnamese) mutant

Occupation: Agent of Elias Bogan

Group Membership: Elias Bogan's agents (Bludgeon, Cudgel, Manacle, Revenant)

Affiliations: Elias Bogan, Elias Bogan's agents (Bludgeon, Cudgel, Manacle, Revenant)

Enemies: Kitty Pryde, Skids (Sally Blevins), Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta), X-Men (Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Rogue/Anna Marie)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Rollin' Thunder," "Thunder" (nicknames called by Gambit)

Base of Operations: Valle Soleada, California, USA

First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men I#40 (March, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Rolling Thunder could fire concussive blasts from her fingertips like a gun. These blasts could be fired in rapid succession and were strong enough to rend fortified stone.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (X-Treme X-Men I#40) - During a night-time run, Bishop was attacked by a mutant named Manacle and when he remarked that Manacle did not normally work alone, Rolling Thunder fired several concussive blasts at Bishop and announced that Manacle was not working alone. Recognizing Rolling Thunder from her adult counterpart in his own alternate future timeline, Bishop barely had time to react before he was hit by twin mutants Bludgeon and Cudgel. Bishop was quickly defeated and Rolling Thunder stood over the captured Bishop as another of her allies, Revenant, introduced herself to Bishop. Surrounded, Bishop fought back using the energy he had absorbed during Rolling Thunder's attack, forcing Rolling Thunder and her allies to briefly flee before Elias Bogan, secretly possessing the body of Rachel Summers, rendered Bishop unconscious. 

(X-Treme X-Men I#41) - After being captured by Elias Bogan and given the performance-enhancing drug Rave, Bishop fought against his captors, nearly impaling Manacle before Rolling Thunder arrived and fired several of her concussive blasts. Absorbing the kinetic energy of her blasts, Bishop fired his own energy blasts back and Rolling Thunder was saved only by Manacle pulling her out of the room by her hair. Rolling Thunder and Manacle were then buried under rubble when Bishop burst through the stone wall in an escape attempt, only to be subdued once more by Elias Bogan, who was unaware Bishop's X-Men teammates Gambit and Rogue had found signs of Bishop's capture in the beach sands where he was attacked. While the X-Men began to realize Sage and Bishop had worked to have Bishop purposely captured to gain intel on Elias Bogan, Rolling Thunder and the rest of Bogan's goons watched as Elias Bogan psychically transformed the captive Bishop into a perfect killing machine to take down the X-Men.

(X-Treme X-Men I#42) - When the X-Men set up an ambush for Elias Bogan and his agents, many of them fell for the ambush, attacking the X-Men allies Sunspot and Skids, who were used as bait. After Bludgeon and Cudgel were taken down by Sunspot and Skids, Rolling Thunder fired a flurry of concussive blasts at the two, causing damage to the beachside fort that the X-Men were using as a base. Despite the fort's damage, Rolling Thunder proved unable to harm the force-field generating Skids or the arriving Cannonball, who fired his own concussive force field outward, knocking Rolling Thunder off of her footing. With Rolling Thunder, Bludgeon and Cudgel all downed, Elias Bogan entered the fray himself, possessing the body of Bishop.

(X-Treme X-Men I#43) - Rolling Thunder accompanied Elias Bogan, his possessed captive X-Men and Bogan's other agents to confront Kitty Pryde and Rogue in the catacombs beneath the Los Angeles X-Corporation building. A battle quickly broke out when Gambit revealed his ruse of not being possessed, with Rolling Thunder accidentally hitting the Bogan-possessed Sunspot when she was accidentally hit by Cudgel's club due to the cramped fighting space within the catacombs. Gambit jokingly warned Rolling Thunder to watch where she fired her blasts before using Cudgel's club to take down Cudgel himself. He then grabbed Rolling Thunder and prepared for a kiss, asking Rolling Thunder where the pleasure in hurting people was when there was so many other fun things in the world. A confused Rolling Thunder muttered that she liked hurting people and when Gambit replied that he liked her more, Rolling Thunder puckered her lips for a kiss, angering Rogue before being interrupted by Elias Bogan, who was angered that Gambit had deceived him.

(X-Treme X-Men I#44) - After Bishop revealed that he, too, was not possessed by grabbing the head of the Elias Bogan-possessed Rachel Summers, Rolling Thunder watched as Bogan turned the tide and hurled Bishop away.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Igor Kordey and Greg Adams.

Bishop recognized Rolling Thunder from his own alternate future, only older, suggesting that she has a counterpart there.

Some sources have placed Rolling Thunder as appearing in X-Treme X-Men I#45 but I did not see her anywhere in that issue. It's very possible that she was BTS in that issue, as the X-Men were still fighting Elias Bogan in the catacombs where Rolling Thunder and Bogan's agents were, but it's also possible, since we didn't see Bogan's agent in X-Treme X-Men I#45, that they escaped off-panel at some point between X-Treme X-Men I#44-45.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Rolling Thunder has no KNOWN connections to:


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X-Treme X-Men I#40, p20, pan1 (Rolling Thunder, main image)
X-Treme X-Men I#43, p22, pan7 (Rolling Thunder, headshot, about to kiss)


Appearances:
X-Treme X-Men I#40 (March, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#41 (April, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#42 (April, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams, Andrew Pepoy, Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#43 (May, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams, Andrew Pepoy, Norm Rapmund, Sandu Florea (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#44 (May, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams, Sandu Florea, Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 04/11/17

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