CEREBRO is a podcast about Marvel's Merry Mutants, the Uncanny X-Men, hosted by Connor Goldsmith. Each episode highlights one character. Tune in for a deep exploration of the 58-year history of this enduring, revolutionary franchise!
Episode 035: Sally Blevins (feat. Jordan Blum)
In Episode 35 of CEREBRO, Connor and MODOK on Hulu co-creator Jordan Blum let down their barriers with Sally Blevins, the slippery Skids! Introduced in Louise Simonson's classic run on X-Factor, teen runaway Skids wants nothing more than a home and a family, but — overshadowed by other characters in her age group — she rarely catches a break.
The CEREBRO character file on Skids begins at 1:15:17.
(Content Advisory: Sally's story includes child abuse, domestic violence ending in murder, and brainwashing. This episode also discusses a story where an infant is murdered.)
Episode 034: Megan Gwynn (feat. Josh Cornillon)
In Episode 34 of CEREBRO, Connor and artist Josh Cornillon keep it tidy with Megan Gwynn, the polarizing Pixie! The secret half-faerie daughter of the villain Mastermind (no, really!), after exposure to black magic Pixie became the primary student character of the Decimation period. She now stars alongside her mentor Nightcrawler in Way Of X by Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn.
The CEREBRO character file on Pixie begins at 1:27:08.
(Content Advisory: Megan's story includes hate crimes and substance abuse. The plot of Way Of X involves suicide.)
Episode 033: Regan & Martinique Wyngarde (feat. Alex Abad-Santos)
In Episode 33 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Alex Abad-Santos shatter the illusions of Regan Wyngarde and her sister Martinique, the ludicrous Ladies Mastermind! Born from an editorial mistake, Regan would rise to prominence in Mike Carey's celebrated run — but wherever these manipulative siblings go, trouble follows.
The CEREBRO character file on Lady Mastermind and the other Lady Mastermind begins at 1:07:00.
(Content Advisory: Regan and Martinique's story includes brainwashing, torture, implied rape and abuse of other characters, and a very creepy dad.)
The episode cover features art of Regan and Martinique by Stuart Immonen, Greg Land, and Tim Sale.
Episode 032: Mojo (feat. Ann Nocenti)
In Episode 32 of CEREBRO, Connor and legendary Marvel writer and editor Ann Nocenti chase a ratings spike with her creation Mojo, ruler of the Wildways! Created for the 1985 miniseries Longshot, Mojo became one of the X-Men's strangest recurring foes: the alien despot of a world built on television. As biting meta-commentary on fandom itself, he has become an engine for social satire in X-Men comics.
The CEREBRO character file on Mojo begins at 48:43.
(Content Advisory: Mojo's story includes slavery, brainwashing, torture, suicide, and metaphors for addiction.)
The episode cover features art of Mojo by Art Adams.
Episode 031: Armando Muñoz (feat. Angélique Roché)
In Episode 31 of CEREBRO, Connor and Angélique Roché (Marvels' Voices, Women of Marvel) adapt to their surroundings with Armando Muñoz, the ever-evolving Darwin! Created in the controversial retcon story Deadly Genesis, Darwin has nonetheless endured as a fan favorite.
The CEREBRO character file on Darwin begins at 1:11:50.
(Content Advisory: Armando's story includes child abuse, attempted suicide, and medical experimentation.)
Episode 030: Stryfe (feat. Anthony Oliveira)
In Episode 30 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Anthony Oliveira swish about with STRYFE, the CHAOS-BRINGER! A delightfully fruity megalomaniac in a cape, Stryfe is an iconic X-Villain of the 90s.
The CEREBRO character file on Stryfe begins at 1:12:13.
(Content Advisory: Stryfe's story includes child abuse, brainwashing, genocide, a suggestion of rape, and incestuous and Oedipal themes. This episode also addresses the Legacy Virus, Stryfe's creation, as an allegory for the AIDS Crisis.)