Issue(s): Defenders #84, Defenders #85
Meanwhile, there's a weapons sale going on between some rogue Wakandan elements and some ambitious Atlanteans. This happens on Kiber Island, which is described as a protectorate of Wakanda.
The Black Panther, who apparently has to handle every aspect of governing his country personally, shows up to put a stop to things.
Misunderstandings and a phony sense of honor eventually escalates this into war between the two countries.
When the Hulk leaps out of Atlantis in anger, the Wakandans think he's a nuclear missile, and they fire a nuke at Atlantis as a counter-strike. When Black Panther hears about it, he warns Namor, who diverts the missile. It lands on the barren Kiber Island.
After an uneasy ceasefire, the Defenders let Black Panther know that the Mandrill is plotting against Wakanda. The Defenders' association with the Panther drives Namor away.
The Defenders go after the Mandrill but fail to capture him.
This is better than the Unnameable One storyline, but still not very good. The political conflict between the two fictional nations should have been soooo much better.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place soon after Defenders #83, before the Hulk or Doctor Strange appear elsewhere. Therefore it's been pushed back a bit from its publication date.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlack Panther, Clea, Dr. Strange, Hellcat, Hulk, Mandrill, Milton Rosenblum, Nighthawk, Sub-Mariner, Valkyrie, Vashti
Was the aggression here between Atlantis and Wakanda brought up at all in the third "New Avengers" series? That title focused on the Illuminati and the falling out between Namor and T'Challa after Namor flooded Wakanda in the "Avengers vs. X-Men" miniseries, so I'm curious if this was ever referenced.
Posted by: Jeff | January 29, 2016 10:45 PM
First meeting + first clash between Namor + T'Challa warrants a Historical Significance point IMO
Posted by: cullen | March 8, 2018 5:04 PM
Thanks for brining this to my attention, guys. I would never have read this story on my own.
Perhaps it rates a "Should be Historically Significant, But Somehow Just Isn't" rating...
The map of Wakanda in my mind has always been the one in the OHotMU handbook, which seems to be landlocked, but has an arrow pointing to the Indian Ocean (to the left, meaning South is up on the map). The first map, of which I was unaware, has Wakanda on the Atlantic. Now, of course, it's landlocked again, though bordering Lake Victoria. Map of the Week has a history of Wakanda's changing geography.
Posted by: Andrew | March 8, 2018 6:53 PM
It can't be their first meeting due, at least, to the Avengers/Defenders War, not to mention the earlier Kang story featuring the pre-Invaders.
Posted by: Shaun Regan | March 9, 2018 10:21 PM
You're absolutely right. I misread some of the panels, and don't have the original issue.
Posted by: cullen | March 10, 2018 1:12 AM
So now we have Strange throwing the Hulk into a coma by practicing nonconsensual magical brain surgery on him? Nice. Some doctor!
Posted by: Holt | April 3, 2018 7:58 PM
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