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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.

    The Strangest Podcast of Them All

    The Strangest Podcast of Them All

    In which we begin at the beginning: everything clicks with #3, Professor Xavier is a jerk, Magneto is a fearless fashionista, Cyclops gets a name, Jean Grey has a chronic case of the Silver Age, and allegorical diversity is not enough.

    X-Plained:

    Mutant genetics and taxonomy
    Practical semantics of "X-Men"
    Charles Xavier's equally dubious ethics and decorating choices
    Superhero couture of the Atomic Age
    Why Cyclops can't control his powers
    The miracle of comic-book magnetism
    A problematic analogy
    X-books for beginners
    Snow grenades
    The word "yaybo"
    The mystery of the ubiquitous plaid suit




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    • 30 min
    Sentinels in the Mist

    Sentinels in the Mist

    In which we introduce the villains of the Silver Age: Magneto makes some valid points, Mastermind is a Nice Guy of OkCupid, the Scarlet Witch predicts Cat Breading, the Trasks should really have known better, and the Comics Code Authority is down with pterosaurs.

    X-Plained:

    Common characteristics of enduring X-villains
    Mutant identity politics and moral relativism
    Context-agnostic Juggernaut flashbacks
    An unorthodox approach to anthropology
    Cyclops's greatest diplomatic achievement
    Silver-Age haberdashery
    An innovative modification to vampire mythology
    Cultural assimilation
    The propaganda-and-sweater-vest machine
    Hex bolts
    Supplemental reading




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    • 43 min
    Cartoons, Lies, and Video Tape

    Cartoons, Lies, and Video Tape

    Featuring Emergency Backup Co-Host Chris Sims!

    In which Rachel and Chris X-plain three cartoons and track a disagreement to its source; Gambit is definitely the worst person you know; Broadcasting Standards and Practices is tired of your death ceremonies; Storm doesn't have an inside voice; and we finally get around to mentioning that one dude with the claws.

    X-Plained:

    Weaponized creepiness
    The evolution (and Evolution) of X-Toons
    Why you hate Cyclops (and Rachel doesn't)
    Adaptation overload
    Broadcast standards, practices, and laser rifles
    How to order pizza like a weather goddess
    A paramilitary after-school club
    G-Rated Wolverine
    Comics based on cartoons based on comics
    Morph
    The Batman Standard
    The Wolverine and the X-Men trifecta of perfection
    Why the Mojoverse works better on TV
    Dazzler's secret second job
    Basic jacketry

    CORRECTION: In this episode, Rachel mentions that Morph's first comics appearance is in Exiles. It's not: he's in Age of Apocalypse. Mea culpa.



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    • 44 min
    American History X-Men

    American History X-Men

    In which Rachel finally gets to say "WHAT?!," we examine three variations on the Silver Age, Twin Peaks is reality TV, we can't believe you hired Hitler, Angel is not Batman, even the most sympathetic Xavier is still pretty creepy, Cyclops has a good day, Marvel Girl is not going to throw a dinosaur for you, Iceman is the Troy Barnes of the X-Men, and we say a fond farewell to the Silver Age.

    X-Plained:

    The X-Axis
    X-Men: Children of the Atom
    Hard-sell noir
    How to party like it's sometime between 1986 and 1991, as filtered through 1999
    The perils of over-referencing
    Why Marvel is in the Tommy Westphall Universe
    The worst guidance counselor ever
    Villain speeches
    X-Men: First Class (but not that one)
    Fun, and several places to find it
    Angst-free X-Men
    Gender politics of superheroism
    X-Men: Season One
    Teenagers
    The solution to the Silver-Age-Jean Grey problem
    Why Iceman matters
    The Silver Age cram book




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    • 49 min
    The Retcon That Walks Like a Man

    The Retcon That Walks Like a Man

    In which the Bronze Age begins; Dave Cockrum is your god now; the band gets together; Sunfire joins the team; cultural sensitivity is not Marvel's strong suit; Sunfire quits the team; it sucks to be Cyclops; Professor X crosses a moral event horizon; Sunfire joins the team; Ed Brubaker channels Thomas Hardy; you are probably a Summers brother; and Sunfire quits the team.

    X-Plained:

    Bamf-Voltron Nightcrawler
    Giant-Size X-Men #1
    The worst hat of the Marvel Universe
    The Mostly-New, Mostly-Different X-Men
    A business-casual angry mob
    The limits of creative good intentions
    Tractor punching on the Ust-Ordynski Collective
    The correct spelling of "fine"
    Canada
    Sunfire's utter disdain for everything, including you
    Krakoa: The Island That Walks Like a Man!
    Characteristics of good X-fights
    Yet another miracle of magnetism
    X-Men: Deadly Genesis
    Summers Family Continuity (Introductory)
    More hats
    The Muir-MacTaggert Research Facility
    Summers Family Continuity (Intermediate)
    The Charles Xavier Scale of Supervillainy
    Relative immunity
    Wolverine's ubiquity

    AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

    What would you do with thirteen X-Men?
    Help us find all-ages-friendly Marvel Girl stories!




    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.

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    • 42 min
    Days of Future Whatever

    Days of Future Whatever

    In which we more or less prepare you for the upcoming feature film; Rachel Summers is a black hole of continuity; Kitty Pryde breaks the Danger Room; Earth 200500 is clearly the best earth; even the X-Men have no idea what's going on; First Class Emma Frost is so boring that we forget she exists; wolverines are definitely not wolves; and you can have Rachel's Community references when you pry them from her cold, dead hands.

    X-Plained:

    Rachel Summers
    "Days of Future Past"
    Gravestone engraving standards of 2013
    The Mostly-New, Mostly-Different Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
    Another unfortunate hat
    Causality in the Marvel Multiverse
    Earths 811, 1191, 295, 311, and 200500
    Hall monitors with laser rifles
    How to fix a broken timeline
    The X-Men cinematic universe, and points of divergence from the comics
    The one thing X-Men: The Last Stand does right
    The Xavier Index of Cinematic Continuity
    The difference between Canis lupus and Gulo gulo
    A Days of Future Past cinematic cram course
    Fix-it fic
    Blink, Bishop, and dark-future mash-ups
    The enduring appeal of Earth-811
    The significantly less enduring appeal of Earth-242
    The Nazi Excalibur of Earth-597



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    Next week: Greg Rucka, Cyclops, and Starjammers!
     

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

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