No Other Known Alias
First Official Appearance
Uncanny X-Men #155
First Appearance Together
Ghost Rider Vol 3 #26
Powers & Genetics
Earth 616, Marvelverse
The following characters are also associated
with The Brood:
The Brood are a race of insectoid, parasitic,
extraterrestrial beings. The Brood possess wings, fanged teeth and a stinging
tail. They have a hive mentality and mindlessly follow a queen. To reproduce,
they must infect other races with their eggs. Despite their resemblance
to insects, the Brood have endoskeletons as well as exoskeletons. Also
unlike insects, they have fanged jaws instead of mandibles. Their skulls
are triangular and flat, with a birthmark (such as the battle axe which
is most common in broodlings but are different for each Brood) between
their large eyes. Their two front legs are actually long tentacles they
can use to manipulate objects. The Brood has infested the planet Earth
several times to lay their eggs inside humans.
The Brood had attacked the Earth and
heroes of the Marvel Universe several times before Gambit was introduced
to them, but the first time was personal for him. The Brood infiltrated
the New Orleans Assassins Guild. Bella Donna showed up at the X-Men's Mansion
to recruit her husband for help. Teaming up with Ghost Rider, Gambit and
the X-Men located the Brood Queen's nest destroyed it, with consequences.
Bella Donna was mortally wounded in the fight against the Brood.
Following this, another Brood Queen sought to make hosts of
both Ghost Rider and Gambit, and sent out drones disguised as policemen
to find them. Teaming up, Ghost Rider, Gambit, and Wolverine located the
Brood Queen's nest in New York City and destroyed it.
Trying to invade Earth yet again, the
Brood intercepted NASA's Mar's Lander and used it to infiltrate the space
station Simulacra. Receiving a distress call, the X-Men teamed up with
the Fantastic Four to investigate, bringing them into conflict with the
Brood. In an attempt to stop the Brood entering Earth's orbit they pass
through a cosmic storm, causing Gambit and the other X-Men to develop the
powers of the Fantastic Four and lose their minds. The situation escalated
with the arrival of a Brood invasion fleet in Earth's orbit. The X-Men
were able to gain back their minds and original powers, allowing them to
tid the Earth of the Brood.
The following titles will catch you up
on the history of The Brood and Gambit.
Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #26-27 - Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 #67-68 - X-Men,
Vol. 1 #9 - X4 #1-5 -
Contest of Champions II #1-4