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 043: Roxy Washington (feat. Stephanie Williams)
In Episode 43 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer Steph Williams hype up Roxy Washington, the brilliant Bling! While she's a somewhat minor character, lesbian teen Roxy has a unique role in her generation. Plus: Steph's newly-announced DC Comics book NUBIA AND THE AMAZONS! Plus her thoughts on Monica Rambeau, Storm, and whatever else occurred to us to chat about.
The CEREBRO character file on Bling! begins at 56:26.
(Content Advisory: Roxy's story includes homophobic violence. This episode discusses racism and homophobia. When we talk about The Trial of Magneto, I mention the recent murder of a Romani man named Stanislav Tomáš by Czech police. To help the Tomáš family, you can visit their official fundraiser: https://www.betterplace.me/gerechtigkeit-fuer-stanislav-tomas63)
Episode 042: Gaveedra Seven (feat. Luke Ruddick)
In Episode 42 of CEREBRO, Connor and his friend Luke Ruddick (Danger Rooms and Dragons) swing a bevy of blades with Gaveedra Seven, the sensational Shatterstar! A breakout star of the 90s run of X-Force, interdimensional alien/mutant gladiator 'Star is an escaped slave devoted to the liberation of his people. He has become one of Marvel's most prominent bisexual characters.
The CEREBRO character file on Shatterstar begins at 1:06:16.
(Content Advisory: Gaveedra Seven's story includes slavery, brainwashing, self-harm and homophobia. This episode discusses childhood abuse and negative stereotypes of bisexual people.)
Episode 041: Julio Richter (feat. Louis Lopez)
In Episode 41 of CEREBRO, Connor and his friend Louis dig the good vibrations of the seismic stunner Rictor! Introduced in the classic run of X-Factor by Louise and Walt Simonson, Julio Richter became a 90s breakout in X-Force before starring in Peter David's X-Factor Investigations. After a lengthy period as one of the biggest characters to suffer from the Decimation, he was eventually repowered. He now stars in Excalibur by Tini Howard and Marcus To, where he has become the face of mutant magic.
The CEREBRO character file on Rictor begins at 1:07:06.
(Content Advisory: Julio's story includes suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, torture, and brainwashing.)
Episode 040: Jean-Paul Beaubier (feat. Steve Foxe)
In Episode 40 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer and editor Steve Foxe (Spider-Ham, Cheater Code, Razorblades, The Department of Truth) fly into the fairy kingdom of Alfheim with Jean-Paul Beaubier, the nimble Northstar! The first confirmed gay superhero at Marvel Comics, Jean-Paul originated as a member of Alpha Flight, but became an X-Men mainstay under writer Chuck Austen. His 2012 same-sex wedding made headlines, but in the time since, this shining star has struggled to find his light. He is the co-lead of X-Factor volume 4 by Leah Williams and David Baldeón.
The CEREBRO character file on Northstar begins at 1:42:46.
(Content Advisory: Jean-Paul's story includes homophobia, ableism against his sister, a suicide attempt by another character, mind control, and brainwashing. His backstory is tied to the violent Quebecois separatist movement of the 1970s.)
Episode 039: Xi'an Coy Manh (feat. Sara Century)
In Episode 39 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer and critic Sara Century (Bitches on Comics) are possessed by the power of Xi'an Coy Manh, the courageous Karma! The first confirmed lesbian character in the X-Men franchise, Xi'an was the original leader of the New Mutants, but has never received as much care and attention on the page as her classmates. She is a protagonist of the new run of New Mutants by Vita Ayala and Rod Reis.
The CEREBRO character file on Karma begins at 1:56:11.
(Content Advisory: Xi'an's story includes rape, disordered eating, fatphobia, ableism, homophobia, suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, brainwashing, human trafficking, slavery, and limb amputation. Her origin is closely tied to the real world Vietnamese boat refugee crisis.)
Episode 038: Joanna Cargill (feat. Mike Carey)
In Episode 38 of CEREBRO, Connor and celebrated writer Mike Carey (X-Men Legacy, Lucifer, The Unwritten, The Girl With All The Gifts) praise the power of Joanna Cargill, a.k.a. Frenzy! A longtime enemy of the X-Men, Cargill decided to change her ways during Carey's beloved time writing the franchise, and is now a fan favorite antihero. PLUS: Tempo! The Children of the Vault! Lady Mastermind!
The CEREBRO character file on Frenzy begins at 1:16:08.
(Content Advisory: Joanna's story includes child abuse, eugenics, ableism, brainwashing, and genocide.)
Way too long review with a question
This is already one of my all time favorite comics podcasts. I learn so much from this show, and I just like having you and your guests over (through the pod). You’ve somehow captured the moment at the house party where you meet the person who is secretly as nerdy as you and you just never get back to the main room. It’s just all comics and life talk from there on out. As a cishet 40 something Black dad, I love hearing you and your guests perspectives. Each one brings something new to the table. I don’t know where I’d put it, so… I do have a question. The original giant size was in the era of old Star Trek when there were great efforts to represent the world’s continents and well known countries. There *may* have been tokenization but efforts were made to be global. Mutants can be born anywhere. However, in the current era of a global and galactic Mutant nations, there’s a striking lack of representation among the protagonists from continents other than North America or Europe. This is especially the case among the leaders. For example, the best and fairest process of choosing the X-men led to… the current roster. It’s as if the meritocracy myth was validated. And while I love the characters and the Arakki additions; I’m a bit troubled when there are more characters who are Blue than Black, or more to the point, more NEW or lead Blue and Green characters than African, South Asian, East Asian, South American and so on. At the same time, a lot of people who buy X-men are from the places that are represented. Do you see this as something that the authors of Mutant culture are aware of and are looking to address. Will this hegemony burn in the Inferno? Thanks for bringing Zaladane back into the lexicon! And for being you!
Great Geeky Listen
Connor and his Guests are intelligent and opinionated. The chats are friendly and full tilt XNERD. Binged the entire thing and eagerly await his next installment. Five stars.
this castie is iconique
I literally cannot get enough. i love the mutants and love that we’re entering their Queerest era and i think connor and friends are literally so funny and smart in their analysis and idek just like try one you’ll like it and be unable to stop. 10/10 no notes.