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Daunted by complex continuity? Can’t tell a mutate from a warpie? We are here for you. We have trained for this responsibility for decades. We have the backissues, the calluses, and a really detailed map of the Summers family tree. We’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to our frien…

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    • Jan 29, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 57m AVG DURATION
    • 505 EPISODES
    • 1 SEASONS

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    399 – The Cybertronic Spree

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2023 66:27


    Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line! In which the X-Force road trip era begins; Team X takes on a new dimension; Dani Moonstar gets her subtext back; pointing out a stereotype doesn't excuse using it; Tabitha Smith generally deserves better; platypuses are underrepresented in the superhero genre; Hell becomes Stryfe; and Domino gets back in the game. X-PLAINED A dastardly plot X-Men 2099 Road trips X-Force #71-74 Team X A Love & Rockets reference Stan and Ollie The Triplets of Belleville How not to fund your film Michael Whitecloud Project Stepladder Colossal Man Several references to X-Force -1 Platypuses Edwin Martynec Weaponized humming The death of Warpath Hell Blackheart Friendship A mysterious villain NEXT WEEK: A brief break NEXT EPISODE: The return of Erik the Red! Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher! Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!

    398 – Shanna the Wee Devil

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 67:51


    Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line! In which the rest of the X-Men return from space; Maggott is the new cool; Gambit's past catches up with him; Chris Bachalo takes over as regular artist on Uncanny X-Men; Deathbird flirts singularly aggressively; Eany and Meany eat a truck; dating a telepathic ninja is going to take some getting used to; and Havok predictably remains ABD. X-PLAINED Motormouth (Harley Davis) Motormouth and Killpower Uncanny X-Men #347-349 Grovel and Spat A horse guy who is actually a cat-frog-lizard guy An extraordinarily half-assed action figure Load-bearing backstory Landscape The other Nanny Elegant foreshadowing Beast's appearance as a mutant power Gambit's chest hair The end of playtime CCA-compliant foliage Deathbird and Bishop A vanity plate Eany and Meany One-off psychometry Psylocke vs. Maggott Decompression Havok's enduring lack of a Ph.D. NEXT EPISODE: X-Force hits the road! NOTE: In this episode, Miles theorized Grovel's voice as sounding halfway between Cable and Kermit the Frog without realizing that he was in fact just describing Sweetums. -Jay Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher! Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!

    397 – Mürdr at IKEA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 65:33


    Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line! In which Al Kennedy and Miles enter a somewhat post-OZT world, the art of Frank Teran (whose uncle built a jetpack) elevates an otherwise merely decent story, Puck is played by Bob Hoskins, Wild Child gets a chance to shine, Mystique and Forge are sitting in a tree, and Swamp Thing is amazing. X-PLAINED: Spider-Man's head cold Sabretooth: Back to Nature #1 Sabretooth (Victor Creed) Wild Child (Kyle Gibney) Horrible violence, expertly implied The ubiquity of sewers Saturday morning cartoons of R-rated movies Serial killers with G.I. Joe names Improbable tracking Bilingual crime Chekhov's waterfall DRUGS X-Factor #136-137 The Hound program Skeumorphism Doctor Valerie Cooper and Major Edmond Atkinson, excellent exes Questionable wound-dressing Holograms Government jobs The sad fate of the Chase family Nimrod disambiguation The Marvel Universe According to Doctor Seuss NEXT EPISODE: The X-Men return from space! Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher! Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!

    396 – Giant-Size Special #11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 140:05


    Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line! In which we spend too long trying to place a time-travel miniseries in continuity, Al Kennedy does us a solid, Bernard Chang draws some excellent New Mutants young and old, Al Ewing x-plains X-Men: Red, Forearm and Random play Nintendo, and we reveal the winners of The Ninth Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence at X-Cellence! X-PLAINED: Jay's spatial and temporal whereabouts Cannonball, Mirage, Magik, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Karma, Magma, Cypher, Warlock, and Douglock New Mutants: Truth or Death Kitty Pryde and Illyana Rasputin, gal pals Triple-dog dares Nova Roma, or not Mikhail F**king Rasputin The arrogance of reality warpers How to write Magma The Technarchy and the Phalanx Hardee's X-Men: Time Gliders Farmboy chic Bernard Chang's 21 Panels Branching vs. overwriting timelines The effects of de-aging and history rewriting on immunology Found family She Who Swam With The Acanti Sleep-Eeze Mattresses Starring The Hulk Arrako Continuity synchronicity S.W.O.R.D. as a workplace drama The moral downfall of Abigail Brand The leadership styles of Storm, Magneto, and Sunspot Himbo disambiguation The fates of Armor, Risque, and Peeper Mysterium Clicker Santa Claus The Ninth Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence at X-Cellence (Note: Our interview with Al Ewing contains spoilers for X-Men: Red!) NEXT EPISODE: Sabretooth betrays an X-team! Again! Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher! Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!

    395 – Boxer Briefs of Humanity

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 44:14


    Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line! In which Jay has exciting news, Rick Leonardo draws an impressively creepy mad scientist's lair, the clouds are purple and so is the prose, Powers of X gets a subtle prequel 21 years early, Cable's own tolerance has finally reached zero, and we summarize Bastion's backstory way, way faster than Bastion does. X-PLAINED: Machine Man (X-51) (Aaron Stack) Operation Zero Tolerance (more) (again) Jay's upcoming parental leave Bastion (Sebastion Gilberti) M-Tech Powerman 5000 Cable & Machine Man Annual 1998 Hobgits and their sound effects Street Fighter: the Roleplaying Game Batroc ze Lepair Jack Kirby's 2001: A Space Odyssey X-51 / X-23 overlaps Classic Summers Family Bullshit Psionic soapboxes What makes Bastion a compelling villain The necessity of companions Master Mold 3.0 & Nimrod 2.0 Machine Man & Bastion Annual 1998 Terrible font choices ZORCH Cable vs. floors The carbon footprint of robotic fascism Marvel Comics Presents #17-24 (just a little) Incredible Hulk Annual #7 (just a tad) The Siege Perilous The future of Machine Man The hypothetical 2022 version of Bastion Historical events in which we'd love to see long-lived mutants take part NEXT WEEK: We take a break for the holidays! IN TWO WEEKS: The Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men 2022 Giant-Size Winter Special! Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher! Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!

    HAWK TALK – Keeper

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 44:05


    This would usually be a skip week, but thanks to some generous donors to Equality Florida, Hawk Talk is back! This week: Dave Tomaine and Rho Sovia's graphic novel, Keeper! LINKS AND FURTHER READING You can buy Keeper digitally at BigCartel or physically at Studio Two Boys! Check out Dave's band Cave People! Find Dave on Twitter (twice)!

    394 – We All Have to Go Sometime

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 58:35


    In which there's always room for another X-cast; Cecilia Reyes wasn't even supposed to be here today; Sabra has indestructible underwear; prime sentinels are probably even worse pets than quail; Marrow probably swears more than superhero comics allow for; and Operation Zero Tolerance comes to an end.

    393 – Camping With Uncle Mustang

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 50:34


    In which Operation Zero Tolerance continues; the X-Men take over Wolverine; wolverine is the designated John McClane of the X-Men; torsos are confusing places; and we sincerely hope that Jean Grey got to do some off-panel dating.

    392 – The Mullet of Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 54:18


    In which Chris Bachalo changes things up; we theorize about Prime Sentinel hierarchy; the headmasters go undercover; fictional characters spend a lot of time in sewers; M's secret comes to light; J. Jonah Jameson is at his best in X-books; Jay pitches a video game; Marrow gets a makeover; and part of journalistic integrity is choosing what not to cover.

    HAWK TALK – Lawyers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 57:26


    This would usually be a skip week, but thanks to some generous donors to Equality Florida, Hawk Talk is back! This week, we talk about lawyers and law. LINKS AND FURTHER READING Follow Lyra Foster on Twitter! Check out the Trans Family Network!

    391 – Mansion of Theseus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 50:19


    In which the X-Mansion has unusually large vents; Cable's hair should not be floppy; Nate Grey meets his maternal grandparents; and we would really like to know more about the Siege of the Vapor Ants.

    390 – Corners and Conspiracies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 52:23


    In which Danielle Moonstar quiet quits; a bunch of people regular quit; we are pleasantly surprised by the survival of a minor character; tough guys wear hearts; and X-Force once again takes its place as the best comic of the line.

    389 – Wreck Gotta Recognize

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 53:24


    In which some puns are fundamentally visual; Jubilee is a really good kid; Bastion is a bad person but a good villain; Bachalo does Romita; Seagulls are assholes (but reasonably good narrators); Skin has no time for fantasies; Hitch does Cockrum; and Operation Zero Tolerance (unofficially) begins (again).

    HAWK TALK – Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 31:59


    This would usually be a skip week, but thanks to some generous donors to Equality Florida, Hawk Talk is back! This week, we talk about basketball. (Kind of.) LINKS AND FURTHER READING Check out donor Dave Buesing's site, Comic Book Herald!

    388 – Deceit and Death

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 47:23


    In which there's a lot of good television out there; Shang-Chi says the title of the story at every possible opportunity; Wolverine is probably not a Deadhead; Sebastian Shaw thinks he's a bigger deal than he is; and Operation Zero Tolerance officially begins.