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X-Men (2004) (Collected Editions) #4

X-Men/Black Panther: Wild Kingdom

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Whilst investigating a sudden outburst of strange, mutated wild animals in Africa, the X-Men, led by Storm, encounter something far worse. They are faced with mutant bio-organisms, the likes of which the world has never seen, and the key to defeating them, may lie in that region's protector, the Black Panther.

Collects X-Men #175-176 and Black Panther #8-9.

96 pages, Paperback

First published February 1, 2006

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Peter Milligan

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Peter Milligan is a British writer, best known for his work on X-Force / X-Statix, the X-Men, & the Vertigo series Human Target. He is also a scriptwriter.

He has been writing comics for some time and he has somewhat of a reputation for writing material that is highly outlandish, bizarre and/or absurd.

His highest profile projects to date include a run on X-Men, and his X-Force revamp that relaunched as X-Statix.

Many of Milligan's best works have been from DC Vertigo. These include: The Extremist (4 issues with artist Ted McKeever) The Minx (8 issues with artist Sean Phillips) Face (Prestige one-shot with artist Duncan Fegredo) The Eaters (Prestige one-shot with artist Dean Ormston) Vertigo Pop London (4 issues with artist Philip Bond) Enigma (8 issues with artist Duncan Fegredo) and Girl (3 issues with artist Duncan Fegredo).

* Human Target
* Greek Street
* X-Force / X-Statix

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Profile Image for Chad.
8,139 reviews906 followers
August 9, 2022
This team of dysfunctional X-Men plus Storm heads to Africa to investigate mutant animals where they come across Black Panther, the Red Ghost and a mad scientist. Reginald Hudlin wrote half of this making it instantly better than anything Milligan has written so far.
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512 reviews73 followers
August 1, 2018
I almost rated it 2 stars despite all the nonsense with mad scientist, talking apes, "comrades" and everything but then the last page happened and... Seriously? After all the annoying quarrelling you give me this? I don't think either Ororo or T'Challa ever got on my nerves as much as in this book. I wanted them both to shut up and get as far from each other as possible. Instead I got an ending that was supposed to be... what? Romantic? Nah, my friends, nah.
Profile Image for Keith.
Author 12 books236 followers
July 18, 2018

I always want to say good things about Black Panther, but I really don't know anything about Reginald Hudlin's run on the character, and as a part of Milligan's run on X-Men the only thing that makes sense about this crossover is how little sense it makes. The crossover is centered on weird beasties and science run amok, which is great, but much of the rest of it leans a little too heavy on Black Panther lore for a casual fan to follow. It's also a Storm story, and Storm isn't a character that Milligan used outside of this crossover, which adds to the feeling that his own run on X-Men is sort of put on pause. Which is fine, really -- but the series is then put on REAL pause with a series of company-wide crossovers, which makes Wild Kingdom feel a little ill-placed.

BUT this volume continues Milligan's pet fascination with bad relationships during this time period -- Storm and T'Challa (Black Panther, nerds) are on the outs and trading barbs even as they fight monster apes and alligators, plus at least one mad scientist (maybe more, it was hard to keep track).

And props to Hudlin for doofy story titles based on hip-hop songs, which is absolutely a thing I hope he maintained throughout his own run.
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367 reviews17 followers
October 30, 2017
This was okay. I enjoyed both the X-Men and the Black Panther issues. The BP ones specifically were pretty good, especially the beautiful Dean White colors. Overall weak plot, but very good characterization by both writers.
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1,498 reviews136 followers
April 15, 2016
Apes and mad scientists and marital strife oh my?

T'Challa (whose name reminds me of Jewish traditional bread, doesn't it?) tried non-aggression until his borders were invaded by the usual corrupt African warlord (because there's no hint of lazy racism in that supposition, thank the culturally-neutral deity figure).

Then discovered that the mad scientist was growing intelligent simians and other animals (though thankfully wasn't a bloated facsimile of Marlon Brando on his own private island of Cheetos), so of course the X-Men break into his labs at exactly the wrong time and set him loose - because that's what the fuck-up X-men seem to always do, don't they? (Why is it that superhero *teams* more often seem to step on their external genitalia than the lone heroes? Is it that there's more external genitalia to go around?)

This whole crossover/team-up feels pretty contrived (was someone in editorial thinking that a little X-action would prop up the sales of this book?), but whatever, it wasn't awful and at least I got to see Wolvie pop his claws. And simians trash-talking each others' species:

Plus the amazing Storm comes back to Africa, but not to Wakanda:
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110 reviews3 followers
August 21, 2010
Whatever should have made this graphic a page turner did not do that -- at least for me. The Black Panther and the X-Men team up to uncover the what is behind the strange attacks from animals being experimented on to make them more human-like. My main interest in the story was to see the Black Panther in action, but he comes off being just another super hero full of bravado like the men in among the X-Men team, including Wolverine. Between their verbal sparring, the villains in this story behave in the same manner. So I'm left wondering what this whole issue was trying to teach, that men's egos can get in the way of working together toward a common goal? Whatever . . . hasn't this story been told many times over?
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213 reviews7 followers
November 26, 2008
This one disapointed me - the plot started out interestingly enough (mutated beasts eating people in a country near Wakanda, in Africa), but the X-men were consistantly idiotic, bickered incesently, and just basically got in the way of the story. Black Panther did better, but since he had to mostly resort to cleaning up the messes the X-Men made and getting yelled at by Storm, that's not saying much.
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4,337 reviews150 followers
September 1, 2010
Muy a mi pesar, Milligan sigue decepcionando en su paso por esta serie, con una aventura en África que resulta difícil de tomar en serio. Los personajes principales siguen portándose como adolescentes celosos y la representación que se hace de los africanos parece una caricatura (lo mismo con un viejo "villano soviético" que aparece). Cuando leí que la etapa de Milligan en X-Men era floja, me negué a creerlo, ahora no puedo más que sucumbir ante las evidencias.
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Author 22 books141 followers
February 11, 2013
A surprisingly strong crossover, especially given the weird combo of Genosha, the Red Ghost, the (newest) Super Apes, and Dragon Man(??). Storm’s reactions to Africa and the continuing story of Genosha are both quite thoughtful, but it’s really the Ghost and the Apes that steal the show.
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854 reviews5 followers
June 13, 2022
This was a little out there but there were some nice angry moments from Storm. (Though at one point someone --Logan--calls her Stormy and in post-Drumpf presidency America, I can only think of Stormy Daniels.)
2,841 reviews
June 1, 2020
I feel like I read this three times: once as part of the Reginald Hudlin collection: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin: The Complete Collection Vol. 1. Once in, like, my nightmare or something. And here again.

It just feels kind of sloppy. Storm is a sex object. These scientists keep double-crossing each other.

Black Panther doesn't know how to communicate. Wolverine has never been a spy before. The giant monsters turn out to be a subplot that doesn't go anywhere. Same for the whole country where the story was set.

There are some fun moments, but not fun enough to build around.
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1,631 reviews21 followers
October 8, 2018
I'm in the midst of reading through the X-Men, so I'm going to be focused on their involvement in this story, which is lackluster.

I also read it as part of a Black Panther read earlier this year, though, and it wasn't better.

This is a messy crossover setting up the Storm/T'Challah relationship that flourishes in and beyond the Marvel Civil War. The rest of it is the X-Men dealing with their interpersonal trauma from the hideous previous storyline (X-Men Bizarre Love Triangle), and encountering mutated bio-organisms in Wakanda.

It's not very interesting. the quality of dialog between the Milligan issues and the Hudlin issues are staggering, what with Hudlin actually having an ear for how people talk to each other, and the art is...fine.
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1,754 reviews44 followers
November 5, 2017
Continuing the great x-read of 2017…

This one was disappointing to me, particularly after the strength of the Black Panther story in House of M. Its plot is a bit of a mess and it mostly consists of everyone yelling at each other through the whole thing (other than Storm and Black Panther who spend each issue sort of oddly and creepily flirting with each other).

Really very little of import actually happens in this book. I feel like it is an easy pass.
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Author 15 books97 followers
January 26, 2022
What a load of rubbish. There was no continuity between issues. In the Black Panther issues the X-men are useless and I felt the writers didn't understand them (or even like them).
The storyline is ridiculous 🙄 . I mean, most of Milligans issues have sucked but this is terrible
and the art's poor.
2,091 reviews5 followers
October 13, 2017
It's amazing how much the X-Men can drag a title down. After a strong start to his series, Reginald Hudlin's Black Panther has been sidetracked by crossovers. This is kind of a mess, and while the Panther comes out of it looking better than any of the X-Men, it's still not very good.
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Author 42 books23 followers
July 9, 2019
I don't remember Black Panther this way. His language and... everything. Black Panther was a respectable king, not a "good pal" who speaks like that young Spider-Man of the 70's.
The story is a bad story we all will forget in a brief lapse of time just after its last page.
Profile Image for Trevor.
566 reviews14 followers
November 17, 2022
I wonder if Peter Milligan's X-Men run wouldn't be as bad if it had a different artist. Mike Allred suits his style much better than Salvador Larroca does.

I'm also not particularly impressed by the execution of the Storm & Black Panther romance so far.
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26 reviews
January 20, 2019
It was fine but just a waste of time, complete throwaway story and not even a good one
244 reviews3 followers
May 19, 2020
A better run than the last. Action is still a bit off and not well paced
Profile Image for Colm.
327 reviews7 followers
April 17, 2016
A crossover between Black Panther and the X-Men. The X-Men in this come across as a set of totally dysfunctional fuck-ups with Ice Man and Gambit not seeming to understand how best to deploy their powers without ruining everything, Storm having a god complex that leads to her starting a cult in her name with dangerous implications she doesn't understand, and Havok possessing a constant need for validation of his authority. I'm not au fait enough with the X-Men to know if they're meant to come across as a circus act that only do the right thing by accident but that's certainly how they appear. Black Panther is his usual ass-kicking self but even the ultimate statesman doesn't seem to avoid getting dragged into the big swinging dick competition that is Havok's approach to leadership.

All in all I enjoyed the story, the sight of Black Panther riding a dragon is honestly kinda worth the price of admission on its own.
Profile Image for Labyrinth Rossiter.
197 reviews44 followers
January 25, 2016
This was just pure comedy. I remember Red Ghost's first appearance in FF. Here he is a Soviet caricature...and those talking apes! At first, I thought it was a little strange that the X-Men seemed to bicker like children and not work as a team, but at some point, Wolverine mentions that the team is falling apart now that Xavier has left. The leaders of the team are Emma and Havoc, both of whom have behaved childishly in the past. Why not Storm? Guess I need to back up and figure that out. T'Challa gets a big smooch from Storm at the end. <3
Profile Image for Michelle.
790 reviews
February 3, 2012
Storm and Black Panther are reunited - but then no ever knew they were together. I just needed to pad my number, but what was with this X-team? Havok was a crap leader, everyone who isn't Wolverine, Storm, or Black Panther has the same voice. Polaris doesn't talk and is the damsel in distress. Stupid fun but barely fun. Not a fan of the art - it's passable. Love the Frank Cho variant cover included.
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1,384 reviews46 followers
March 13, 2013
A nice and entertaining X-Men tale. Storm is leading the team this time. If you are used to "the usual gang," this is not it; you will find a couple of members missing (which in a sort of meta moment even Black Panther notes, a small detail I found amusing). Anyhow, the team heads off to Africa to investigate reports of mutated animals and some disappearances. They team up with Black Panther when they get there. Nice art, good story, quick read.
Profile Image for Carles Muñoz Miralles.
390 reviews13 followers
April 3, 2013
Crossover entre X-Men (liderados por Kaos) y Pantera Negra, que nos demuestra que Milligan no está hecho para escribir tebeos de superhéroes al uso y que no sabe usar a algunos personajes (Pícara y Gambito) más que para hacer bulto. Tomo aburrido a más no poder.
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2,574 reviews67 followers
July 31, 2012
The Xmen join up with Black Panther to stop a mad scientist in Africa. Some nice moments and it is quite fun. Nothing substantial storyline wise though. A good read.
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549 reviews6 followers
November 19, 2012
Fun dialogue. This is the first of my vacation reading. More to come.
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