Since their introduction in 1982, the Brood have been one of the most fearsome X-Men villains, an alien race that can infect mutants (and humans alike!) and transform them into a part of the Brood hive. The buglike swarms are also deceptively intelligent, exhibiting a merciless cunning that makes them terrifying to the X-Men, and an intergalactic presence.
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Below you’ll find a guide to the essential Brood comics throughout Marvel history, with a heaping dose of fights against Wolverine, the X-Men, and Carol Danvers! Turn off your compassion, check your belly for Queen Brood, and enjoy the comics!
The Best Brood Comics!
1) The Brood Saga – Uncanny X-Men #161 to #167
Technically the Brood are introduced as Deathbird’s alien lackeys around Uncanny X-Men, so if you want to run back the Claremont X-Men era binge even more (and you should!), that’s an option.
2) Uncanny X-Men 232 to 234
The Brood are back, this time in a story by Claremont and Marc Silvestri. The Brood come to Earth and once again infect Wolverine, putting his healing factor to the test.
3) X-Men / Ghost Rider vs The Brood!
Following X-Men #8 (1992), there’s a short Ghost Rider crossover, with the X-issues plotted and drawn by Jim Lee, and scripted by Scott Lobdell. The crossover also focuses on Gambit’s family and New Orleans roots, but you know, with a massive brood infestation.
- Ghost Rider #26
- X-Men #9
- Ghost Rider #27
Issues: #1 to #5
In her mid-2000’s ongoing, Carol Danvers once again butts heads with the Brood, the sadistic race that once transformed her into the cosmically powered Binary.
Collects: Astonishing X-Men #31 to #35
This Warren Ellis and Phil Jiminez selection is worth it for the Krakoa-Brood alone.
Collects: Astonishing X-Men #38, 40, 42, 43
A post Annihilation look at the state of Brood in the Marvel cosmic landscape, integrating Abigail Brand, S.W.O.R.D. and the official debut of Broo!
Jason Aaron thoroughly integrates Broo into both the X-Men and Marvel Universe fabric, as one of the most endearing additions throughout Wolverine and the X-Men.
In issue #2 of the Bendis and Steve McNiven Guardians of the Galaxy, a new Queen Brood is introduced as part of the Galactic Council. It’s a relatively small role, but I do like the general idea of the Brood taking a seat with the likes of the Shi’ar when making galactic policy decisions.
Collects: Weapon H #1 to #6
The shockingly fun Weapon H (Hulk and Wolverine hybrid) takes on a Brood infestation!
In the Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver debut of their ancient SHIELD, a Brood invasion is mentioned as the inciting incident bringing the SHIELD together. History of the Marvel Universe goes deeper, as Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez weave the Brood into much grander cosmic designs.
A Brood invasion strikes Krakoa! Check out the full Dawn of X reading order for more!