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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.

    303 – No Simple Answers, feat. Laura Hudson

    303 – No Simple Answers, feat. Laura Hudson

    In which writer and editor Laura Hudson joins us as we take a break from X-Men comics to discuss the complicated ethics of consuming and covering comics by creators we’re not comfortable promoting.



    LINKS:



    * Read more of Laura’s work!

    * We were going to discuss this very germane Orwell essay but ran out of time.

    * CW: Description and discussion of abuse and harassment:



    * So Many of Us

    * An overview of some of the Lobdell allegations and Jay’s response to 2013 discussion of same.









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    • 57 min
    302 – Space Junk

    302 – Space Junk

    In which you should probably not mess with space junk; Exodus is terrible at many things; Rusty Collins deserved better; X-Men #100 references are dirty (but effective) pool; Magneto goes through a lot of orbital bases; Nate Grey makes things worse; Frenzy is generally the most competent member of any team she’s on; and we sincerely regret not making more Satellite of Love jokes about Avalon.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Consequences

    * The foundations of Onslaught

    * X-Men #42-44

    * The Acolytes (more) (again) and several members thereof

    * How not to toast

    * Milan

    * A teleportation incident

    * Juggernaut problems

    * A break-in

    * Several things not to do in space

    * Prioritizing problems

    * A very dramatic confrontation

    * X-Men #100 references

    * An extremely counterintuitive use of Amelia Voght’s powers

    * The return of Cyclops’s castaway uniform

    * A reluctant team-up

    * Cyclops as catalyst vs. focus

    * An unexpected reunion

    * Marrow

    * Determining characters’ ages

    * Dazzler’s powers



    NEXT EPISODE: The ethical tangle of creators, creations, consumers, and critics, with guest Laura Hudson



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    • 52 min
    301 – Can’t Beat the Real Thing

    301 – Can’t Beat the Real Thing

    In which we enter our fourth century of podcasting with brand new theme music; we have both Wolverine questions and wolverine questions; it is extremely rough to be Bishop; the creator of Garfield may or may not live in a sewer on Earth-616; Rogue needs better coping mechanisms; bigotry is depressingly timeless; and everything is Onslaught now.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Joseph’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

    * Our new theme music

    * X-Men Prime #1

    * A genuinely cool cover gimmick

    * What happened after the end of the world

    * Boundaries

    * War crimes vs. fashion crimes

    * Destruction of real landmarks in fiction

    * A mysterious assailant

    * Actual embodied chaos god Jim Davis and his Earth-616 namesake

    * Several memorable Garfield stories

    * Marrow (Sarah Rushman)

    * The secret origin of the Morlocks

    * A friendship we miss

    * Unhealthy coping mechanisms

    * The perennially dubious journalistic ethics of Trish Tilby

    * Dennis

    * The death of Dennis

    * Flaws of the mutant metaphor (more) (again)

    * Several refugees from Earth-295

    * Mr. Summers and Mr. Summers

    * The secret origin of the Genoshan mutates

    * The Acolytes

    * The continuing relevance of the mutant metaphor (more) (again)

    * Cross-universe characterization



    NEXT EPISODE: The fall of Avalon!



    NOTE: The Garfield strips Jay mentions appeared in newspapers, on purpose, in October 1989.



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    HAWK TALK – Attack of the Franchise Cartoons

    HAWK TALK – Attack of the Franchise Cartoons

    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 the television shows we grew up on (and a few current ones)!



    Topics, roughly:



    * Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

    * Masters of the Universe

    * She-Ra

    * The Real (vs. non-Real) Ghostbusters

    * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    * Little Shop of Horrors

    * Beetlejuice

    * Toxic Crusaders

    * Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    * The Adventures of Pete & Pete (and the not-so-secret origin of this podcast)

    * Les Schtroumpfs (and the time they maybe fought Satan)

    * Batman: The Animated Series

    * X-Men: The Animated Series

    * X-Men: Evolution

    * Wolverine & the X-Men

    * The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour

    * The X-Files

    * Star Trek: Voyager

    * Earth 2

    * VR5

    * M.A.N.T.I.S.

    * The Simpsons

    * Daria

    * Tuca & Bertie

    * Gravity Falls

    * Over the Garden Wall



    You can check out Waiting for October, our zine based on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, on Gumroad!

    • 47 min
    300 – Götterdämmerung

    300 – Götterdämmerung

    In which the Age of Apocalypse comes to an end; Angel briefly lives up to his potential; Bishop was sometimes right; It’s not a climactic ending without an X-Men #137 reference; Colossus breaks our hearts; X-Men: Marvels Snapshot will be out in September; and somehow we have made 300 of these things.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Beast vs. Dark Beast

    * X-Men: Omega

    * The entirety of the (first) Age of Apocalypse

    * Potpourri vs. incense

    * Dramatic hair

    * Many, many errors

    * Unforeseen consequences

    * A long-anticipated team-up

    * Many deaths

    * Art as artifact

    * Narration that has haunted Jay for 20 years

    * One of the more persistent deaths of David Haller

    * Blast Attack

    * The end of a world

    * Refugees from the Age of Apocalypse

    * Our favorite X-milestone issues

    * Theoretical teams

    * Orphans

    * When X-Men: Marvels Snapshot is actually coming out

    * Our favorite show bits

    * How Jay’s chickens-in-law are doing



    NEXT EPISODE: X-Men Prime



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    299 – Toaster Ovens of the Gods

    299 – Toaster Ovens of the Gods

    In which some universes are more pleasant than others; Havok is basically a Care Bear; Wolverine is a P.R. nightmare; Nate Grey tries; stealth is not among the Silver Surfer’s strengths; Night Thrasher ascends to godhood; Jay and Miles dive down the What If rabbit hole.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Earth-200500 (again)

    * Earth-42409

    * What If? vol. 2 #77

    * What If? Featuring X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

    * What If? vol. 2 #81

    * Earth-77995

    * Fashion editorials

    * One of the worse versions of Forge

    * Superheroes x fashion

    * Care Bears vs. X-Men

    * The Hellfire Club of Earth-77995

    * A surprisingly normal Grey-Summers family

    * Several uses for the Phoenix Force

    * Worst-case scenarios

    * Earth-93074

    * Savage Land home ec

    * Bad choices

    * The Defenders of Earth-93074

    * How to manipulate Nate Grey

    * Narrative benefits of omnipotence

    * A time loop

    * Earth-9601

    * A meeting on the moon

    * What the Watcher watches

    * Galactus

    * The Silver Surfer

    * Grandpa Magneto

    * Some remarkable technology

    * A heavy-handed metaphor

    * Our takes on What If scenarios

    * The Corbeau-Grey scale of decision making

    * Storm’s eyes

    * Our character voices



    NEXT EPISODE: X-Men Omega



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Customer Reviews

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KaraDMa ,

All the X-Men information you want & need

Such a treat. If you want to hear a detailed and hilarious exploration of the amazing history of X-Men comics, this is the podcast for you.

Official Apple Podcast Reviews ,

Jay thinks minorities are sub-human

If you’re the type of person that thinks minorities are human beings then this podcast isn’t for you. If you think minorities should be treated like injured fawns who need to be nursed by benevolent white people, you might like this podcast. The x-men aspects are great, but jay (fka rachel) cannot make it through an episode without demonstrating that she has never had a normal interaction with a black person.

Spencer Carnage ,

Good idea, lousy execution

Gets 2 stars for the idea but the scripted parts completely ruin it for me. It’s a shame because I’m in the market for a good X-men podcast but this ain’t it.

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