Classification: Extraterrestrial/Unknown/Predators/possibly parasites

Location/Base of Operations: Within the Brood Imperiatrix’ Acanti starcraft, possibly reside as parasites within other Acanti

Known Members: None named

Affiliations: Brood (masters and/or predators), Imperiatrix

Enemies: Iron Man, Lockdown, Psylocke, Rosetta Stone

First Appearance: Contest of Champions II#2 (September, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, agility, stamina, strength, leaping ability, razor-sharp claws and fangs.

Traits: These bizarre creatures have relatively small (about four feet long) vaguely reptilian bodies, with large heads possessing two eyes diagonally placed in the forehead, massive, tooth-filled mouths, each containing five points, marked by three large tusks on the upper jaw and two long tendrils on the lower. Their bodies are wiry, with muscular arms and legs, all of which end in three massive claws, and two long, prehensile tails.

History: (Contest of Champions II#1 (BTS))- At some unrevealed point, these creatures were brought aboard the Brood Imperiatrix‘ Acanti Starcraft (if they did not already reside there as parasites), and placed within a massive jungle area, either as pets or as food for the many Brood Princesses aboard the vessel. Psylocke, after being defeated in the Contest of Champions by Iron Man, was teleported away (supposedly they were to teleport her home, but...) and found herself within the alien jungle, where she was quickly attacked by these vicious predators. She managed to defeat them, and then went off in search of Iron Man, to gain revenge for her defeat.

(Contest of Champions II#2)- Iron Man, having been defeated by X-Force during the Contest of Champions, was shunted away to the mysterious jungle by his "hosts." As the hero attempted to determine his location, he was attacked by two of the voracious predators, who quickly overpowered him. As the beasts closed in for the kill, Psylocke emerged, and stabbed the beasts to death with psychic bone daggers. Iron Man was then forced to restrain Psylocke when she attempted to kill him, under the control of the Coterie’s Nanites.

(Contest of Champions II#3)- Lockdown and Rosetta Stone were accidentally brought to the Acanti jungle due to the power of the Scarlet Witch’s Hex blasts, and were almost immediately attacked by a pack of "Brood Pets." With the assistance of Iron Man and Psylocke (by now cured of the Nanite infection) they quickly defeated the beasts.

(Contest of Champions II#4 (BTS))- The Acanti was destroyed due to Badoon treachery, and the creatures were undoubtedly killed in it’s destruction.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Oscar Jimenez, Eduardo Apluente, and Atomic Paintbrush.

These creatures were never named. "Brood Pets" is a moniker I came up with.

I’m not sure what the purpose of these beings was aboard the Brood ship, the Brood seem unlikely to keep pets, yet there was no indication given that they fed off of these beasts, which, of course, doesn’t make it impossible, they could have been kept to either guard the young Princesses, or as prey animals to teach them hunting skills. It seems unlikely that they are natural Acanti parasites, as they seemed to be adapted for jungle life, (but, perhaps some Acanti have internal jungles much as some creatures have fungal infections). We’ll probably never know.

by Darc_Light

The Brood Pets should not be confused with:



Images taken from:
Contest of Champions II#2, page 8, panel 1
Contest of Champions II#2, page 7, panel 4
Contest of Champions II#3, page 12 panel 3-4

Other appearances:
Contest of Champions II#2-3 (September-October, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Oscar Jiminez (pencils), Eduard Alpuente (inks), Ruben Dirz (editor)

Last updated: 11/25/05

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