The X-Men Are Poised to Commit Genocide on One of Marvel's Oldest Alien Races

Nov 15, 2022 · 14


The X-Men are headed back to war with the Brood, and Marvel's mutant heroes have every intention of wiping out their insectile enemies once and for all.

The return of the alien aberrations known as the Brood has set the stage for Marvel's next interstellar confrontation of epic proportions. Taking place across two concurrent story arcs entitled "Revenge of the Brood" and "Lord of the Brood," Marvel has described the upcoming sagas as "a reunion of sorts" for the heroes involved, all of whom previously teamed up against the very same threat in 1982's original "Brood Saga" by acclaimed creators Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. The publisher also teased of the mutant's desire to completely eliminate the alien species, "The arc will see the X-Men realizing that despite their efforts, the Brood are still a major threat that needs to be put down quickly and permanently."

First appearing in 1981's Uncanny X-Men #155 by Claremont and Cockrum, the Brood are an ancient race who scour the universe in search of unwitting hosts for their insectile spawn. The Brood have long derived a grotesque pleasure in the suffering they sow, which has lent an extra layer of horror to their presence. They were also directly responsible for Carol Danvers' explosive transformation into Binary, something which is still overtly relevant as the new Binary born from Carol's powers has seemingly fallen into the Brood's clutches for herself.

Captain Marvel and the X-Men Will Face Tough Decisions

"Lord of the Brood" is set to begin in the pages of X-Men #19 by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Stefano Caselli, and will continue in the following issue. The story will mark a return to the spotlight for the young, heroic mutant Brood known as Broo, whose very existence has long posed a threat to his species' ordinary status quo. "The Brood are back, and they're worse than ever," Duggan said. "The X-Men must make some hard choices about their pest control services, and what about Broo, the former student at the X-Mansion, we thought he was the Lord Of The Brood? The problems are galactic and it's all hands on deck including Captain Marvel, Rogue, Gambit and Polaris. Check for parasites."

"Revenge of the Brood," which will also play out over two issues beginning with writer Kelly Thompson and artist Javier Pina's Captain Marvel #46, will see the titular hero make a daring rescue attempt from behind enemy lines. In a recent interview with CBR, Thompson said of the upcoming event, "I have been wanting to write the Brood and have some X-Men guest stars since we started this CAPTAIN MARVEL run in 2019!" She continued, "The Brood were off the table for a long time due to some changes to their role in the Marvel Universe - and that was true, a little, of the X-Men too. So it's really exciting to have all of it coming together finally in one story - our biggest Captain Marvel story yet - feels right, y'know? It especially feels right because The Brood are truly [some] of Carol's greatest nemeses. [Considering] how we've been pushing on her powers, her role in the Marvel Universe, and her commitment to being a hero - it feels like things all coming to a head."

X-Men #19 and #20 are written by Gerry Duggan with art by Stefano Caselli, and go on sale Feb. 8 and Mar. 8 respectively from Marvel Comics. Captain Marvel #46 and #47 are written by Kelly Thompson with art by Javier Pina, and go on sale Feb. 15 and Mar. 15. Connecting cover art is by Juan Frigeri.

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