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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 friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men: a weekly podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.

Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men Jay Edidin & Miles Stokes

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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 friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men: a weekly podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.

    285 – Immediately if Not Sooner

    285 – Immediately if Not Sooner

    In which Goldballs is still a better name than Egg; we continue our progress towards Earth-295; Legion pulls a Stryfe; we’re still pretty shaky on how to pronounce “M’Kraan”; Xavier and Magneto were absolutely and unquestionably doing sex in the 1970s; it’s time time; the Watcher is watching you m********e; and what happens immediately before the end of the world is often as important as what happens immediately after.

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    * Balls

    * Legion (more) (again)

    * Uncanny X-Men 320-321

    * X-Men #40

    * Establishing stakes

    * Slang of the mid-1990s

    * Time travel as a dick move

    * Issues vs. episodes

    * The M’Kraan Crystal (more) (again)

    * Hebrew vowels

    * Latent time travel abilities

    * Charles Xavier’s “first” bar fight

    * An exceptional caption

    * A very bad narrative choice

    * The death of Charles Francis Xavier

    * A load-bearing moment in time

    * Jahf the Guardian

    * Waiting for the end of the world

    * The best-drawn kiss in X-Men, ever

    * The many Krakoas

    * Integrating Legion into Dawn of X



    NEXT EPISODE: More Legion Quest!



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    284 – Precious Baubles, feat. Chip Zdarsky

    284 – Precious Baubles, feat. Chip Zdarsky

    In which we sit down with writer Chip Zdarsky to talk crossovers, continuity, metaphors, and X-Men/Fantastic Four!

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    * X-Men/Fantastic Four

    * A reunion

    * Richards kids

    * The state of Franklin Richards’ powers

    * Balancing characters in team books

    * Superhero teams as families

    * Several metaphors

    * Chip’s definitive X-Men

    * Reed Richards vs. Charles Xavier

    * Doom

    * Krakoan fashion

    * Switching gears

    * An exchange of portraits

    * Whether Garfield is a mutant

    * Evolution



    NEXT EPISODE: Legion Quest (for real, this time)!



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    • 58 min
    283 – Legion Quest Quest

    283 – Legion Quest Quest

    In which Jay is writing a Cyclops one-shot; It is honestly truly almost Legion Quest; Mystique plays the long game; sometimes filler is a good thing; Havok is a geophysicist, not a geographer; Lila definitely stole it; and more stories should be set in space junkyards.

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    * How Betsy Braddock got her original body back

    * Marvel Snapshots: X-Men

    * The lead-up to Legion Quest

    * X-Factor #108-111

    * Mystique’s skill set

    * Legion (David Haller) (more) (again)

    * Freedom Force

    * The most powerful of devices

    * A dream about a dream

    * An intersection of unreliable narrators

    * The narrative justification for Legion Quest

    * A rock monster

    * Jornick

    * Lila Cheney (more) (again)

    * A Kurt Vonnegut reference

    * The K’Lanti

    * A space junkyard

    * The end of X-Factor’s second iconic era

    * Our favorite male/female X-friendships

    * Pros and cons of line cohesiveness



    NEXT EPISODE: Chip Zdarsky!



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    282 – The Tide Takes the Castle

    282 – The Tide Takes the Castle

    In which the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning should really be the setting of a stoner comedy; Garrabed Bashur’s brain is probably 90% porn by now; the tide always takes the castle; William Drake remains terrible; Adam X the X-Treme deserved better; Jay pitches a series; disability is not a boolean and exclusively medically-defined state; and we are all about some weird X-Men tie-in products.

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    * Mariko Yoshida in the afterlife

    * Moon Talk

    * Some upcoming X-books

    * X-Men #38-39

    * Uncanny X-Men #319

    * Many unhealthy coping mechanisms

    * Sinister foreshadowing

    * Fancy hair

    * Commcast (Garabed Bashur)

    * Hawk sex

    * An exceptionally resonant callback

    * Intersectional bigotry

    * The domestic dynamics of the Drake household

    * The remarkably poignant return of Adam X the X-Treme

    * The opposite of a Jack London story

    * An unlikely intergenerational frienship

    * A novel use of a novel superpower

    * Mutation as and intersecting with disability

    * X-Men tie-in products we’d like to see



    NEXT EPISODE: X-Factor fills in!



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    281 – Memories

    281 – Memories

    In which Warpath and Colossus should start a support group; X-Force gets a new HQ; we make an unprecedently large number of musical-theater references; Cable is a highly qualified individual; tranq darts don’t work like that; Emma Frost gives fairly decent advice; the malls of Boston will never be the same again; and we need mutant body diversity now.



    CONTENT WARNING: This episode involves discussion of child sexual abuse, murder, and cruelty to animals. If you want to skip that part, head to 34:42 for happier times!



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    * An early adventures of the brothers Proudstar

    * The new New Mutants trailer

    * Starlight Express

    * X-Force #40-42

    * Feral (Maria Callasantos) (more) (again)

    * X-Force’s new digs

    * Little Shop of X-Force

    * Thornn (Lucia Callasantos)

    * Code Blue

    * Cable’s law degree

    * How tranq darts (don’t) work

    * A lot of murder

    * Several family reunions

    * A terrifying team-up

    * Body diversity and fat representation in X-books

    * Feral’s Jellicle name

    * Cats, kind of, I guess



    NEXT EPISODE: We get really intense about Adam X the X-Treme.



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    • 59 min
    280 – Business-Casual Basilisk

    280 – Business-Casual Basilisk

    In which the future is not great at codenames; spot foil is cool as hell; Mountjoy is bafflingly business-themed; Bishop goes full Point Break; Jean Grey and Lorna Dane should absolutely be friends; and Jay & Miles are heading to ECCC 2020!

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    * Lola vs. L.O.L.A.

    * A very good cat

    * Bishop #1-4

    * Lucas Bishop

    * Earth-1191

    * X.S.E.

    * A surprising convergence

    * Guilt

    * Bantam

    * Mountjoy

    * Some terrible banter

    * Several nontraditional modes of possession

    * Shard Bishop

    * How the kids talk these days

    * Hancock

    * Fashion of the future

    * A complex ethical struggle



    NEXT EPISODE: More Cats references.



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