Abigail Brand (Marvel)
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Agent Brand is a contact pyrokinetic, as well as being proficient in both armed & unarmed combat.
Abigail Brand is a Special Agent of the United States Government and the head of S.W.O.R.D., a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D., charged with defending the Earth from extra-terrestrial threats. It was in this capacity that Brand encountered the alien Ord, who was convinced that a mutant from Earth was destined to destroy his planet. In order to avoid an interplanetary war, Brand acquiesced to Ord's plan to avert the destruction of his world by creating a cure for the mutant condition. It has since been learned the mutant prophesized to destroy Breakworld is Colossus; furthermore, statements made by Ord suggest that neutralizing Earth's mutant population is just one step in an as-yet unrevealed plan.
After her involvement in this plan became known to the X-Men Brand faced a board of inquiry to face charges against her conduct. She defended her actions on the grounds that averting interplanetary warfare was a responsibility so great as to justify courses of action that would otherwise be considered immoral or illegal. This defence seems to have convinced the board as she was subsequently seen still in command of S.W.O.R.D.
In a final attempt to draw Breakworld's forces away from the Earth, Brand has the X-Men (including Colossus), Ord, and Ord's ally Danger, teleported aboard a S.W.O.R.D. vessel speeding to the Breakworld itself. Ord is able to contact his homeworld to alert them of Colossus' location, not knowing that this is all part of Brand's plan. Despite their past differences, and Brand's continuing high-handed attitude, she attempts to work with the X-Men to find a solution to the crisis. However, Breakworld's forces catch up with the S.W.O.R.D. vessel earlier than expected, before Brand has a plan in place. The X-Men and S.W.O.R.D. team attack and finish the mission, but not before Brand gets wounded.
Despite the antagonistic relationship she and Nick Fury demonstrated toward each other, she is considered a Nick Fury loyalist by new S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill. Brand has made no effort to hide her dislike for Hill, and no further contact between the two has been shown.
After a Skrull posing as Dum Dum Dugan destroyed S.W.O.R.D.'s HQ, Brand is one of a few survivors floating in space in protective suits. She is able to break into a Skrull ship after the Skrull armada approaches Earth and witnesses the destruction they are causing on the planet. She also finds and frees Reed Richards, and they both eventually head to New York for the final battle.
While with S.W.O.R.D., Henry Peter Gyrich attempts to have several alien superheroes deported from Earth. Brand is able to get his order reversed and him removed from the organization.
Brand worked with the Guardians of the Galaxy when Thanos invaded Earth and S.W.O.R.D. was attacked.
She is later seen on the Alpha Flight Space Station as Lt. Cmdr under Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers).
Created by John Cassaday & Joss Whedon.
First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men (2004) #3
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Age of Ultron (2013)
#10 Astonishing X-Men (2004)
- 'Age of Ultron: Book Ten'
#3 Astonishing X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Sketchbook (2009)
- 'Gifted, Part 3'#5
- 'Gifted, Part 5'#6
- 'Gifted, Part 6'#7
- 'Dangerous, Part 1'#8
- 'Dangerous, Part 2'#10
- 'Dangerous, Part 4'#13
- 'Torn, Part 1'#14
- 'Torn, Part 2'#15
- 'Torn, Part 3'#16
- 'Torn, Part 4'#17
- 'Torn, Part 5'#18
- 'Torn, Part 6'#19
- 'Unstoppable, Part 1'#20
- 'Unstoppable, Part 2'#21
- 'Unstoppable, Part 3'#22
- 'Unstoppable, Part 4'#23
- 'Unstoppable, Part 5'#24
- 'Unstoppable, Part 6'#27
- 'Ghost Box, Part 3'#30
- 'Ghost Box, Part 6'#31
- 'Exogenetic, Part 1'#32
- 'Exogenetic, Part 2'#33
- 'Exogenetic, Part 3'#34
- 'Exogenetic, Part 4'#35
- 'Exogenetic, Part 5'#38
- 'Meanwhile, Part 1'#40
- 'Meanwhile, Part 2'#42
- 'Meanwhile, Conclusion'
#15 Avengers Arena (2013)
- 'Sent And Received'#22
- 'To the Earth...'
#3 Avengers Assemble (2012)
- 'Earth Girls Aren't Easy'#18
- 'Boss Level Part 5 of 5'
#16 Avengers Undercover (2014)
- 'The Enemy Within Part 2 Of 5'#17
- 'The Enemy Within Part 4 Of 5'
#10 AVX: Consequences (2012)
- 'Going Native Part Five'
Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter (2009)
#1 Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda (2019)
- 'Godhunter: Part 1'#3
- 'Godhunter: Part 3'
#2 Cable And X-Force (2013)
- 'Eye of the Storm Part 2 of 2'#3
- 'God Loves, Moon Kills Part 1 of 2'
Captain Marvel (2012)
#13 Captain Marvel (2016)
- 'The Enemy Within Part 3 Of 5'#14
- 'The Enemy Within Conclusion'
#1 Captain Marvel (2017)
- 'Rise of the Alpha Flight'#2
- 'Rise of the Alpha Flight Part Two'#3
- 'Rise of the Alpha Flight Part Three'#4
- 'Rise of the Alpha Flight Part Four'#5
- 'Rise of the Alpha Flight Part Five'
#125 Civil War II: Choosing Sides (2016)
- 'Dark Origins: Part One'
Dark Avengers (2009)
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men (2008)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)
#1 Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
- 'Heaven or Las Vegas'#2
- 'Dreams Never End'#3
- 'Burning Up the Future'#4
- 'Gods Will Be Gods'#5
- 'Sister of Mine, Home Again'
Infinity: Against The Tide (2013)
Jessica Jones (2016)
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Monsters Unleashed (2017)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
Old Man Logan (2016)
#16 S.W.O.R.D. (2010)
- 'Return to the Wastelands: Part I'#18
- 'Return to the Wastelands: Part III'
Secret Invasion (2008)
Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? (2008)
Spider-Man & the X-Men (2015)
#1 The Mighty Captain Marvel (2017)
- 'Earth-Lord Part One: There's No Place Like Home'#2#4
- 'Earth-Lord Part 4: Silver & Diamonds'#5
- 'Earth-Lord Part Five: The Heist'#6
- 'How We Die'
#0#1 The Ultimates (2016)
- 'Alien Nation: Part One'#2
- 'Alien Nation Part 2 of 4'#4
- 'Alien Nation Part 4 of 4'#5
- 'Band of Sisters Part 1 of 4'#6
- 'Band of Sisters Part 2 of 4'#7
- 'Band of Sisters Part 3 of 4'#8
- 'Band of Sisters Part 4 of 4'#9
- 'Girl's Night'
#6 Ultimates 2 (2017)
- 'The Rock and the Mountain'
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
#7 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Apocalypse Twins, Part Two'#9
#535 Uncanny X-Men (2012)
- 'Breaking Point: Part One'#536
- 'Breaking Point: Part Two'#537
- 'Breaking Point: Part Three'#538
- 'Breaking Point: Conclusion'
What If? Astonishing X-Men (2010)
#1 Wolverine & The X-Men (2011)
- 'What If Ord Resurrected Jean Grey Instead Of Colossus?'
#7 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
- 'Mutatis Mutandis Conclusion: It Ain't Easy Bein' Brood '#8
- 'A Little Impossible'#15
- 'On the Eve of Battle'#19
- 'More Pencils, More Books, More Teachers' Dirty Looks'#24
- 'Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive'#30
- 'The Hellfire Saga Prelude'#42
#18 X-Men: Legacy (2013)
- 'Exogenous, Part 1'#19
- 'Exogenous, Part 2'#20
- 'Exogenous, Part 3'#21
- 'Exogenous, Part 4'#22
- 'Exogenous, Conclusion'
#7 X-Men: Regenesis (2011)
- 'Holy Ghosts'#19
- 'Mirror Smoke'#20
- 'The Epitaph'#21
- 'For We Are Many'
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""what makes you think i'm human?" -Abigail Brand"
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