The Brood


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The Brood

(pop culture)
Introduced by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum in Uncanny X-Men #155 (1982), this extraterrestrial race may remind comics readers of the creatures designed by H. R. Giger for Twentieth Century Fox's Alien blockbuster film series. The Brood resemble gigantic insects, averaging 8 feet in length, with six legs, and with a tail that ends in two stingers. Their large heads seem more reptilian, with rows of sharp teeth. Their thick carapaces serve as armor, and “warrior” Brood have transparent wings, enabling them to fly. Like ants or bees, the Brood organize themselves into a hive-like society, under a queen, which is far larger than any other Brood and is capable of laying eggs. As with another similar race, Star Trek's Borg, the Queen can communicate telepathically with her subjects. Fox's Aliens use humans as hosts for their young, which then burst out from their bodies. Claremont's Broodqueens implant eggs into the bodies of humans or other hosts. But when the egg hatches within the host's body, the embryo takes over the host's body from within, genetically transforming the host into an adult member of the Brood. The Brood member can retain the host's form or change back and forth between the host's form and its Brood form. The Brood member will retain any superhuman powers that its host possessed. No mere animals, the Brood have developed highly advanced science, including the genetic engineering methods they utilized to endow the XMen's ally Carol Danvers with the superhuman powers she used as Binary to manipulate cosmic energies. The Brood enslave the Acanti, creatures resembling whales that can travel through space, to use them as living starships. Nonetheless, Brood culture seems to have no higher goals than satisfying their needs to feed and to reproduce. Besides the X-Men, the Brood have also clashed with the Fantastic Four and Ghost Rider.
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Instead of serried rows of bees sealing up every gap in the combs and keeping the brood warm, he sees the skillful complex structures of the combs, but no longer in their former state of purity.
If," he continued, laying his finger on his cheek, like one who considered deeply all sides of the embarrassing situation in which he found himself,--"if an invention could be framed, which would set these Siouxes and the brood of the squatter by the ears, then might we come in, like the buzzards after a fight atween the beasts, and pick up the gleanings of the ground--there are Pawnees nigh us, too
These buffaloes have crossed their path, and in chasing the animals, bad luck has led them in open sight of the hill on which the brood of Ishmael have harboured.
And she rose up and drove them before her, till the bride saw them from her window, and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood.
We believe it important that the hen harrier recovery plan includes this practical trial of a well understood raptor conservation tool, the brood management scheme.
Hence, the aim of the current study was to assess the natural nest volumes, bee spaces and the brood cells dimensions of A.
The present results demonstrated that the Yigilca local honeybee colonies adapted to their local ecological conditions and regulated the brood production and population development according to regional flora.
None of the colonies tested positive for SINV-1, -2, or -3, so the brood loss observed in this study (Fig.
Cleft-lipped, navel-less miniature mutants--dressed inexplicably in Devo-esque jumpsuits--are the chilling bogeymen in David Cronenberg's 1979 horror film, The Brood.
The same pair raised a second brood at a site 120 m S of the first site; the brood was close to fledging when observations ceased on 13 August.
Caption: Cicadas such as this one in Virginia, from the Brood II group of the Magicicada genus, began to emerge in May after living underground for 17 years.