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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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