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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 – 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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    • 1 hr 5 min
    298 – Unlikely Avengers

    298 – Unlikely Avengers

    In which the moments of X-Universe are better than the whole; the code name “Dirigible” carries some inherent risks; Tony Stark is often more interesting without Iron Man; Clint Barton is no James Rhodes; there is somehow a Matt Murdock who makes even worse choices than the one from Earth-616; nobody should ever trust Mikhail Rasputin; and the baby’s name really doesn’t matter.

    X-PLAINED:



    * J. Jonah Jameson’s stance on mutants

    * A way to get cool stuff AND support Trans Lifeline

    * X-Universe #1-2

    * Gwen Stacy (Earth-295)

    * Some really obnoxious white savior tropes

    * The Marauders (Earth-295)

    * How to waste Arcade

    * Spider-nostalgia

    * Owl noises

    * Tony Stark (Earth-295)

    * Clint Barton and/or James Rhodes (Earth-295)

    * Dr. Donald Blake (Earth-616)

    * Dr. Donald Blake (Earth-295)

    * Blark

    * Mikhail Rasputin (Earth-295)

    * Ship, but not Ship

    * Ben Grimm (Earth-295)

    * Sue Storm (Earth-295)

    * Bruce Banner (Earth-295)

    * A great many overplayed references

    * Matt Murdock (Earth-295)

    * Manuel de la Rocha (Earth-295)

    * Victor Von Doom (Earth-295)

    * Marte and Rafe McGuffin

    * The Upscale Program

    * A very hazardous plan

    * The Stryfe Force

    * The dreams of Donald Blake

    * A red herring named Frankie

    * Augmented humans in a mutant-centric world

    * How Wolverine communicates with animals

    * How Professor X lost his hair



    NEXT EPISODE: What-ifs and might-have-beens!



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    297 – Blood Is Compulsory

    297 – Blood Is Compulsory

    In which Nate Grey is a drama kid; Forge-295 is the hero we need; Mister Sinister is a graduate of the Danielle “Moonstar” Moonstar school of secret identities; and we really, really, really wish that the theater troupe had gotten the ongoing series.

    X-PLAINED:



    * Just how powerful Nate Grey is

    * X-Man’s somewhat baffling ongoing appeal

    * X-Man #1-4

    * A theater company

    * The Best Forge (Earth-295)

    * Toad (Earth-295)

    * Sauron (Earth-295)

    * Brute (Earth-295)

    * An extended Tom Stoppard allusion

    * “Essex”

    * Domino (Earth-295)

    * Theater in and as resistance

    * An ineffectual ruse

    * A lot of death

    * Caliban (Earth-295)

    * A family reunion

    * The story we really wanted out of this series

    * The X-Man ongoing series

    * Chronically missing New Mutants

    * X-arcs we’d like to see animated



    NEXT EPISODE: X-Universe!



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    Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is 100% ad-free and listener supported. If you want to help support the podcast–and unlock more cool stuff–you can do that right here!

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    • 57 min
    296 – Hard Choices

    296 – Hard Choices

    In which Magneto doesn’t really do work/live divide; Amazing X-Men is a bit of a misnomer; Exodus is the lawful evil to Fabian Cortez’s chaotic evil; smoking is bad for you; moisture molecular inversion is fairly definitely not a real thing; Earth-295 Quicksilver and Earth-616 Cyclops would probably get along; OSHA would probably like a word with the Madrii; Gambit had ONE JOB; and there are no superheroes in the Age of Apocalypse.

    X-PLAINED:



    * An unlikely team-up

    * Relative amazingness

    * Amazing X-Men #1-5

    * Color separations

    * Comics credits

    * The Brotherhood of Mutants and/or Chaos

    * The Great Human Airlift

    * Exodus (more) (again)

    * Best Quicksilver (Earth-295)

    * Abyss

    * A dubiously aerodynamic cape

    * One last job

    * Several points of semantic distinction

    * Lone Nanny & Cub

    * The most punchable man on Earth-295

    * A difficult choice

    * What it means to be X-Men

    * Dick Valentine

    * Jamie Madrox (Earth-295)

    * A world without superheroes

    * Universe numbering



    NEXT EPISODE: X-Man!

    CORRECTION: The line about fence-straddling that Jay attributed to Wonder Woman was in fact spoken by Hawkgirl.



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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Sheephead4786 ,

Comic Shop Friends

I recently started reading all of x-men starting with giant sized, and this is the perfect companion. Jay and Miles provide great discussion and commentary of X-men lore, and keep me from getting lost.

agreen616 ,

Enjoyed Early Episodes

I really enjoyed the early episodes, and Miles has an enthusiasm that is a pleasure to hear. I highly recommend the Thor podcast (The Lightening and The Storm) that Miles did with a different cohost.

samb6255 ,

Great hosts!

Love this show!

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