Thunderbolts (vol. 1) #-1 (July 1997):
“Distant Rumblings!”
by Kurt Busiek, Steve Epting, Bob Wiacek

Thunderbolts (vol. 1) #-1

Title: “Distant Rumblings!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: July 1997

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Kurt Busiek
Art by: Steve Epting, Bob Wiacek

17 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor) hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Dr. Leonard Samson hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
E.D.I.T. (leader); Initiative Marvel 304
Moonstone Karla Sofen villain hero
CBR Scale: U Buddhist
Dark Avengers; Femizons...  Marvel 235
HYDRA villain group
[largest worldwide subversive organization] Marvel 283
Citizen V Helmut Zemo villain hero
  Redeemers; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 142
Erik Josten villain hero
  Emissaries of Evil (Egghead); Initiative...  Marvel 197
MACH-IV Abner Jenkins villain hero
  black; Initiative...  Marvel 152
Melissa Joan Gold villain hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Femizons; Grapplers...  Marvel 229
Techno Fixer (Norbert Ebersol) villain hero
  HYDRA; Initiative...  Marvel 136
Hallie Takahama hero
  Asian; Redeemers...  Marvel 83
Citizen V Citizen V (John Watkins Sr.) hero
  V-Battalion Marvel 6
Baron Zemo Baron Zemo (Dr. Heinrich Zemo) villain scientist
CBR Scale: M Nazi
The Masters of Evil (founder); Thunderbolts (Counter-Earth) Marvel 121
Stan Lee Stan Lee supporting character real/historical person
CBR Scale: I Jewish
[principal Marvel Comics creator] Marvel 258
Jane Takahama supporting character
  [Jolt's mother] Marvel 2
Robert Takahama supporting character
  [Jolt's father] Marvel 2
unnamed Indian laborers supporting character group
CBR Scale: D Native American
[Baron Zemo quashed uprising of his Indian laborers] Marvel 1
Mr. Carruthers supporting character
 prob. indeterminate  [1st app: Thunderbolts (vol. 1) #-1 (July 1997)] Marvel 1

This publication is also known as: Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings. This issue really does feature the issue number "minus 1" (i.e., "-1" or "negative one") on the cover. This was published as part of a special "Flashback" month at Marvel wherein all regularly-published series featured a "-1" issue which depicted events before the series began. Alternatively, we have seen this issue indexed as a special Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings "one-shot," outside of regular Thunderbolts volume one publishing. But listing this issue that way does not best reflect what actually happened. Thunderbolts #-1 fits solidly within the collection of comics published as part of the first (and, at that time, the only) volume of the Thunderbolts comic book series.