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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.

    HAWK TALK – Surviving the (Holiday) Experience

    HAWK TALK – Surviving the (Holiday) Experience

    This would usually be a skip week, but the world is still being a jerk, so we made you a bonus, entirely unedited, and almost entirely off-topic episode. This time, we talked about holidays, winter and otherwise.



    Topics, roughly:



    * Time, which used to make sense

    * Several holidays and feelings, media, and traditions related thereto

    * Flash Gordon

    * Mixed-faith families

    * A New York Christmas Wedding (the lesbian time travel gay dead baby angel movie)

    * Gingerbread

    * Secular rituals

    * Night in the Woods: Lost Constellation

    * The Dark is Rising (again)

    * The Spirit of Christmas (which is to say, exploding)

    * J. Michael Strazynski’s The Real Ghostbusters

    * Community‘s first three holiday specials

    * Justice League: Comfort & Joy

    * Passover and that time Moses gave Pharaoh a frog

    * Passover and Miles trying very hard to play it cool

    * Chocolate bunny funerals

    * Easter basket comics

    * Being excellent to each other and partying on



    Links and further reading:



    * In Defense of Humbug by Jay Smooth

    • 53 min
    315 – Theater Is Dead

    315 – Theater Is Dead

    In which Jay and/or patriarchy ruin everything; Archangel is dubiously aspirational; we need a moratorium on Jack the Ripper stories; there are a lot of Masterminds; and Arcade is a whole bundle of psychosexual weirdness.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Tom Malverne (Jack the Ripper)

    * Lunch

    * Wolverine and Gambit: Victims #1-4

    * Loeb & Sale

    * Jack the Ripper in fiction

    * Alexandra Davies

    * Fun on international flights

    * That one time Jay thought the NSA was going to come for him

    * Martinique Wyngarde (Mastermind II)

    * Mastermind, Mastermind, and Lady Mastermind disambiguation

    * Collateral damage

    * Various Dies Hard

    * Several heists

    * Several hallucinations

    * Variations on the death of Miss Locke

    * Problematic third brothers



    NEXT EPISODE: Hawk Talk!



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    • 50 min
    314 – Feelings, Alaska

    314 – Feelings, Alaska

    In which Haven deserved better; Cyclops and Havok have a lot of feelings in Alaska; X-Factor is the cop team; breaking up with your girlfriend between issues is a massive faux pas; Haven got a bad deal; no one cares about Random’s feelings; Spiral is weird Twitter; and Alex Summers once again fails to finish his dissertation.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Chaos (Daniel Dash)

    * Pie

    * Power suits vs. power suits

    * X-Factor #115-118

    * Haven (more) (again)

    * The Adversary (more) (again)

    * Naze (more) (again)

    * Several people who may or may not be holograms

    * One of Jay’s all-time-favorite single issues

    * Howard Mackie

    * Wally Wood’s 22 Panels

    * The Summers Family plane crash

    * Cyclops and Havok’s relationship

    * Havok’s Silver Age origins

    * Trans readings of Alex Summers

    * Shard (more) (again)

    * Canadian drama

    * A trap

    * The return of Random

    * Roma (again)

    * Mojoworlders on social media

    * Which X-teens should be audience surrogates in a new animated series



    NEXT EPISODE: Wolverine & Gambit!



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    • 1 hr
    313 – Iguanafall

    313 – Iguanafall

    In which sky pirates are the best pirates; Wolverine eats chicken in the woods; Xavier’s area loses its status as our least favorite panel; Cable is suspiciously credulous; we search in vain for a consistent metaphor; Storm has a thing or two to learn about restorative justice; and this entire miniseries should probably just have been an annual.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Storm’s pirate adventures

    * Storm #1-4

    * Mark Trail

    * The Morlocks (more) (again)

    * Unacceptable gradients

    * Butt murder

    * Fashion

    * Several memes of yesteryear

    * Product placement

    * The new Worst Panel

    * Several variations on the Ceremony of Light

    * How not to identify a body

    * The Hill (Limbo)

    * “Daddy”

    * The inconsistent portrayals of Mikhail Rasputin

    * Still more members of Gene Nation

    * A new costume

    * The most obscure stories we’ve covered

    * That time Wolverine at his own arm



    NEXT EPISODE: Jay’s favorite issue of X-Factor (and some others)!



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    • 55 min
    312 – Something Amazing Had to Be Done, feat. Bob Proehl

    312 – Something Amazing Had to Be Done, feat. Bob Proehl

    In which author Bob Proehl joins Jay to discuss the Resonant Duology and what it means to write original work rooted visibly in the X-universe!

    More Bob:



    * Website

    * Twitter





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    • 55 min
    311 – Love Makes a Super-Team

    311 – Love Makes a Super-Team

    In which we decide to stop recognizing the nominal difference between X-Men and Uncanny X-Men; time travel may or may not wait for you; Mister Sinister has probably appeared in at least one Ed Wood film; we are a pro-Tingle podcast; X-Men is about family; the Braddock twins catch up; Sailor Moon > Shinobi Shaw; Generation X is inducted into the baseball tradition; and Storm does what she does with Morlocks in sewers.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Franklin Richards’ impressive lineage

    * 311

    * Yet another structure for annuals

    * X-Men Annual 1995

    * Uncanny X-Men #325

    * Serious academic discussions

    * Faye Livingstone

    * Mister Sinister’s Hollywood adventures

    * Tyler Dayspring / Tolliver / Genesis (again)

    * Teenage optimism

    * An absolutely nonsensical villainous plot

    * A Hank McCoy that might have been

    * Friendship

    * Fraternal correspondence

    * Romance

    * Morlocks

    * The first time Storm stabbed a Morlock leader in the heart

    * Gene Nation

    * A really excessive cover

    * An intergenerational baseball game

    * Another fairly nonsensical villainous plot

    * The second time Storm stabbed a Morlock leader in the heart

    * X-horror

    * Other media X-fans may enjoy reading, playing, or watching



    NEXT EPISODE: Bob Proehl X-Plains the Resonant Duology!



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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Angus Livingstone ,

New listener!

Hi guys--love the show. Your casual approach caught my eye and I love it so much. Glad to have a new X-Men podcast to listen to.

CreakyD ,

Tough to get past the hosts

Started this one a couple weeks ago and have listened to 60+ episodes. Boy, there is just so so much these two hosts know about the X-Men, and that is fantastic. Unfortunately, it’s obvious the hosts have absolutely no personality outside that X-Men realm. Their childhood was X-Men, their education was through the lens of X-Men, their home life revolves around X-Men, their jobs are X-Men-reliant.
Again, this makes for two VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE hosts who also happen to be EXTREMELY ONE-DIMENSIONAL, so you can’t get the good without the horrible.

X-Pod Super Fan. ,

4 STARS

PROS:
-Clearly they genuinely love the subject matter.
-Extremely knowledgable on it.
-High production value.
-If you can get past the cons, this IS one of the best X-Pods.

CONS:
Easily triggered, social justice warrior, know-it-all, uber virtue signalers...is how I would describe them. This applies more-so to Jay. Miles is more chill.

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