Wild Child

Wild Child

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Wild Child
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Wild Child.
Art by Simone Bianchi.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Alpha Flight #1 (Aug 1983) (cameo)
(full introduction) Alpha Flight #11
Created by John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego Kyle Gibney
Species Human Mutate, formerly Human Mutant
Team affiliations Weapon X
Alpha Flight
Omega Flight
Gamma Flight
Notable aliases Weapon Omega, [1] Wildheart[2]
  • Superhuman senses, strength, speed, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance, endurance
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Slowed aging process
  • Razor sharp claws and fangs
  • Olympic-level trained acrobat/gymnast, special ops-trained hand-to-hand fighter

Wild Child (Kyle Gibney) alternately spelled Wildchild and also known as Weapon Omega and Wildheart, is a fictional character appearing Marvel Comics publications. The character has been active as both a superhero and a supervillain. He has been a member of Alpha Flight, X-Factor, and Weapon X. He was created by John Byrne in a cameo appearance in Alpha Flight #1, but he did not appear in full until Alpha Flight #11.


  • 1 Fictional character biography
    • 1.1 Decimation
    • 1.2 Post-Decimation
  • 2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 Other versions
    • 3.1 Age of Apocalypse
    • 3.2 Mutant X
    • 3.3 Weapon X: Days of Future Now
  • 4 In other media
    • 4.1 Television
    • 4.2 Films
  • 5 Bibliography
    • 5.1 As Wild Child
    • 5.2 As Weapon Omega
    • 5.3 As Wildheart
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

[edit] Fictional character biography

Kyle Gibney is a mutant who manifested a feral mutation during puberty; this mutation granted him enhanced physical abilities and an increased rate of regeneration. He also suffered from a bestial appearance, which prompted his parents to throw him out of their house. Living on the streets, he was kidnapped by the conspiratorial Secret Empire and subjected to mind- and body-altering experiments. The experiments had the consequence of making him psychologically unstable, and in particular prone to violent and animalistic behavior. During this time, he became acquainted with Dr. Valerie Cooper, a United States government official who was unaware of the Secret Empire’s true nature or activities. He was freed by Wyre, the man who had unwittingly been the source for the genetic material that was used in the Empire’s experiments.

Gibney (now Wild Child) was detained by the military and given over to the custody of Canada’s secret Department H, who oversaw the formative Alpha Flight team. The Flight member Walter Langkowski, wanting to protect the youth from the military, placed him in the trainee team dubbed Gamma Flight. After Alpha Flight and its trainee groups were officially disbanded, Gibney was recruited to join the first Omega Flight team, who fought and were defeated by Alpha Flight twice. Afterwards, he committed a series of murders, which ended when he was captured by Wolverine after he almost killed Alpha Flight member Heather Hudson.

Wild Child was subsequently pardoned under unrevealed circumstances and given membership in the new Gamma Flight. When that team was also disbanded, he went berserk over his deprecated status and attacked Pathway, another trainee. Gamma’s leader Nemesis teleported him away during a fight with Heather Hudson (then Guardian) and Wolverine. Department H would later help him overcome his psychological problems, train him in unarmed combat, and place him in Alpha Flight under the codename Weapon Omega. He eventually changed his codename to Wildheart and became romantically involved with his teammate Aurora.

His appearance eventually deteriorated back to his initial feral form, which prompted him to leave Alpha Flight and Aurora. He followed Valerie Cooper to the United States, where he joined the government operated team X-Factor. There he began a romantic relationship his teammate Shard. His feral teammate Sabretooth frequently attempted, with little success, to convince Wild Child to become a hunter and killer like himself. He remained with the team until his body began mutating towards a more feral form. He eventually degenerated to a near-mindless state and was recruited (either willingly or via brainwashing) by the new Weapon X team.

As part of his draft, Wild Child was paired with Sabretooth to try and recruit Sunfire to the program. The Japanese mutant refused and badly burned Sabretooth. When Wild Child mocked his burns Sabretooth viciously sliced through Kyle’s vocal cords and threatened to kill any Weapon X medical staff who would operate on him, making sure that he would remain mute.

His past flame, Aurora, was also recruited into the team but she was not herself. After the Weapon X upgrades she became cocky and aloof, snubbing the ugly Wild Child and even engaging in a relationship with the horribly disfigured Director of the program. This became fuel for the fire when Brent Jackson attempted to undermine the authority of the Director Malcolm Colcord. Using Aurora’s attitude toward him as motive, Jackson convinced Wild Child to join his splinter group.

[edit] Decimation

Wild Child was seen on a terminal screen[3] as one of the mutants depowered after M-Day. His energy signature was found within the entity known as The Collective, along with the energy signatures of many other depowered mutants.

[edit] Post-Decimation

Wild Child recently demonstrated that his powers had returned as well as previously erased memories. He even managed to best Wolverine in a quick fight. He is now looking like his old Wildheart persona[4]

[edit] Powers and abilities

Kyle Gibney has superhuman senses, speed, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance, and endurance. His teeth and nails are hardened and strong enough to rend substances as thick as bone. His body heals at a rate several times greater than that of a normal human being but not at the rate of Sabretooth’s healing factor. He also has various animal-like mutations common for ‘feral’ mutants: leaf-shaped ears, eyes with neither pupils nor irises, sharper-than-normal teeth with pronounced, fang-like canines and elongated fingernails and toenails, as well as his hunched body posture. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant with both special ops and martial arts training from the Canadian government’s superhero Flight program, and is also trained in acrobatics and gymnastics.

As a result of injuries suffered at the hands of Sabretooth, who prevented him from getting medical treatment, Wildchild was mute for a time. However, along with his renewed powers, he seems to have regained the ability to speak as well.

[edit] Other versions

[edit] Age of Apocalypse

In the Age of Apocalypse alternate timeline, Wild Child was a member of the X-Men and was frequently partnered with Sabretooth. Wild Child possessed a low level of intelligence (comparable to that of a dog) and an inability to communicate verbally. As such, he was kept on a chain leash to prevent him from harming any of the X-Men. For a time, he was Sabretooth’s sidekick but his current fate is unknown, as the 2005 Handbook to the Age of Apocalypse states that Kyle is away on a secret mission with the other X-Men who were not present during the Age of Apocalypse 10th Anniversary Limited Series, though when Sabretooth and Blink revisited their home reality during a mission as Exiles, Magneto and Rogue revealed to them that Kyle had run away after Victor and Clarice had disappeared when they were taken away by the Tallus. He was eventually found and claimed by Quentin Quire. He then moved to the latter’s reality to replace its deceased Wild Child, who was not supposed to have died[5].

[edit] Mutant X

In this alternate reality, Wild Child roams the wilds of Canada, feral, along with that reality’s version of Sabretooth and Wolverine, both as feral as he. They operated under the name ‘The Pack’. For a time, the hero known as Brute ran with them.

[edit] Weapon X: Days of Future Now

Kyle appears as still being a part of the splinter group of Weapon X, run by Brent Jackson.

[edit] In other media

[edit] Television

  • Wild Child appeared in the X-Men episode “One Man’s Worth.” He has the look of the AoA Wild Child and is a member of Magneto’s Mutant Resistance.

[edit] Films

The name Kyle Gibney also appeared in the computers of William Stryker in X2 on the list of known mutants along with Remy Lebeau, Ororo Munroe, and Garrison Kane among others.

[edit] Bibliography

[edit] As Wild Child

  • Alpha Flight #1, 11-13, 26-28, 76, 79-80, 84-90
  • Alpha Flight vol. 2 #3
  • Deadpool vol. 3 #57, 60-61
  • Marvel Comics Presents #51-53
  • Marvel Fanfare vol. 2 #6
  • Sabretooth vol. 2 #1
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual 1996
  • Weapon X vol. 2 #½, 1-4
  • Weapon X: The Draft: Agent Zero
  • Weapon X: The Draft: Sauron
  • Weapon X: The Draft: Wild Child
  • Wolverine: Evolutions
  • X-Factor #112-117, 119-126, 137-138, 141-143

[edit] As Weapon Omega

  • Alpha Flight #102-118
  • Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD vol. 3 #32
  • Infinity War #1-4
  • Moon Knight vol. 3 #41
  • New Warriors #27

[edit] As Wildheart

  • Alpha Flight #118-124, 128

[edit] References

  1. ^ Alpha Flight #102
  2. ^ Alpha Flight #118
  3. ^ New Avengers #18
  4. ^ Wolverine vol. 2 #53
  5. ^ Exiles: Days of Then And Now

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