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1 – The Strangest Podcast of Them All

April 13th, 2014


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

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2 – Sentinels in the Mist

April 20th, 2014


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 …

3 – Cartoons, Lies, and Video Tape

April 27th, 2014


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...

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4 – American History X-Men

May 4th, 2014


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,

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5 – The Retcon That Walks Like a Man

May 11th, 2014


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 …

6 – Days of Future Whatever

May 18th, 2014


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; …

7 – Cyclops Has a Good Day

May 25th, 2014


With guest Greg Rucka! In which death is a revolving door, we really liked Days of Future Past, space pirates are the best pirates, Vulcan is (still) …

8 – What We Talk About When We Talk About Claremont

June 1st, 2014


In which Chris Claremont defines the X-Universe; Sunfire quits the team (again); Nightcrawler is the best; the narrator is nobody’s friend; Colossus …

9 – Leprechaun Surprise Party

June 8th, 2014


In which Rachel refuses to back down from a challenge, we reject a point of canon, Leprechauns know Wolverine’s secrets, Erik the Red is (still) …

10 – Not All Mandroids

June 15th, 2014


In which Phoenix has nothing on Jamie Madrox when it comes to retcons, Pterosaurs have super punchable faces, Colossus gets laid, we are uninterested …

11 – Who Would Win in a Fight

June 22nd, 2014


In which we answer 45 straight minutes of your questions and alienate everyone with our answer to Jean vs. Emma, Miles is probably too nice to win in a fight,

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12 – Inner Circle Jerk

June 29th, 2014


In which we wade into the first arc of the Dark Phoenix Saga, Rachel does not like Sage, the Hellfire Club are the mean girls of the Marvel Universe, Cyclops

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13 – Last Stand on the Moon

July 6th, 2014


In which Jean commits genocide, the Shi’ar are total dicks (again), we have feelings about X-Men #137, Claremont and Byrne do what they do best, shit gets real on the

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14 – Look Upon My Man-Thing and D’Spayre

July 14th, 2014


In which Canada is complicated, the X-Perts join Twitter, Rachel cares about a Wolverine story, Angel had one job, Kitty Pryde is pretty cool, …

15 – The Ballad of Harvey and Janet

July 20th, 2014


In which we announce exciting new developments, the ASPCA should probably have a word with Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde gets a new costume, Lee Forrester …

16 – The Official Unofficial Not-at-SDCC (Rachel and Miles X-Plain the) X-Men Panel

July 28th, 2014


In which we correct a startling omission, explore the current state of the X-Universe, and speculate wildly; Quentin Quire has excellent fashion …

17 – The Island of Dr. Corbeau

August 4th, 2014


In which we make our Comics Alliance debut, Cyclops makes a startling discovery, Carol Danvers joins the team (sort of), Chris Claremont calls out …

18 – You’ve Got a Dracula Problem

August 10th, 2014


In which Dr. Nemesis is delightful, Bill Sienkiewicz foreshadows himself, Dracula hits on absolutely everyone, Blade Godwins a crossover event, …

19 – Acorns and Swords

August 17th, 2014


In which we continue our delve into the eldritch end of the X-Universe, Illyana Rasputin has a rough childhood even by X-Men standards, Kitty Pryde is a Niven fan, Limbo

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20 – The Brood They Carried

August 24th, 2014


In which Claremont levels up; the Brood are legitimately scary; Colossus is an ethical dude; Nightcrawler and Wolverine share beers in the face of …

21 – Kurt Busiek at the Coffee-a-Go-Go

August 31st, 2014


In which special guest Kurt Busiek is the J. Robert Oppenheimer of X-Men, Rachel and Miles learn to love the Silver Age, Cyclops gets a job, Bernard the Poet falls

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22 – Through Death and Through Life

September 7th, 2014


In which Rachel and Miles celebrate an anniversary with a retrospective of one of the great romances of the Marvel universe; the Summers/Grey family tree is more of a transdimensional

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23 – Meet the New Mutants

September 21st, 2014


In which Rachel and Miles return triumphant, the X-Men get a second ongoing series, we hit peak Moira MacTaggert, R-A-H-N-E is definitely pronounced “rain,” Sam Guthrie is the nicest henchman,

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24 – Ororo, Queen of the Galaxy

September 28th, 2014


In which Professor X is (canonically!) a jerk, Miles has Sidrian Hunter feelings, Kitty Pryde is Clarissa Darling with a dragon, we introduce a drinking game, the X-Men do Barbarella,

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25 – The Best at What He Does

October 6th, 2014


In which Wolverine gets his first miniseries, Yukio is still (and forever) the best, we categorically reject the classification “manic pixie …

26 – The Other Team America (featuring Chris Sims)

October 12th, 2014


In which Danielle Moonstar is the Wolverine of the New Mutants, Henry Peter Gyrich is the Walter Peck of the Marvel Universe, Michael Rossi is no …

27 – NYCC 2014 Special with Kris Anka and Russell Dauterman

October 19th, 2014


In which we sit down with two of our favorite X-artists for an hour of continuity, character design, and a lot of wine; Corsair is the coolest; Emma …

X-TRA – Greg Pak at New York Comic Con

October 23rd, 2014


Rachel caught up with Greg Pak during NYCC–on no sleep, and on the con floor, so apologies in advance for the sound–to talk about Storm, Storm, team …

28 – What’s New, Shadowcat? (Featuring Greg Rucka)

October 27th, 2014


In which we welcome back Greg Rucka, Rachel makes a valiant effort to read Secret Wars, Earth-200500 is still the best Earth, Kitty Pryde and …

29 – Mutant in a Box

November 3rd, 2014


In which Cyclops is the worst at vacations, Mystique is your favorite MurderMom™, Havok is eternally ABD, Kitty Pryde does science, Callisto doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation,

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30 – New-Wave Superteens in Love

November 9th, 2014


    In which the New Mutants are the Bobbsey Twins to the X-Men’s Sam Spade; Nina da Costa is Ms. Frizzle; New Mutants does a Rachel-and-Miles cold …

31 – Chekhov’s Raygun

November 16th, 2014


In which there is a whole, whole lot going on; we continue to have no use for Michael Rossi; Wolverine should be an advice columnist; Forge makes …

32 – Off the Map

November 24th, 2014


In which we hit the definitive arc of New Mutants; Bill Sienkiewicz blows our minds; Rachel gets choked up over a credits spread; Rahne gets a makeover; Doug Ramsey is

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33 – Crossoverload

December 1st, 2014


In which we dive into two crossovers; our DCU is the DCAU; the Greys just cannot catch a break; Darkseid is basically Santa Claus; the Phoenix Force has Cyclops feels;

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34 – Mordenkainen’s Marvelous Mutants

December 8th, 2014


In which we venture forth into an age undreamed of, there are so many reasons to have Northstar on your team, Selene is the worst guest, Rachel X-Plains Conan, Cyttorak is

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35 – Post-Disco Panic

December 15th, 2014


In which literally every character in Dazzler: The Movie is the absolute worst; Beauty and the Beast is secretly kind of awesome; Ann Nocenti is an …

36 – Steal This Podcast

December 21st, 2014


In which we play Six Degrees of Lila Cheney; Cannonball gets a makeover; Earth does not in fact blow up; the X-Men like their s’mores with thinly veiled allegories; and

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37 – Giant-Size Special #1

December 28th, 2014


In which we launch our first-ever giant-size special; God Loves, Man Kills is the definitive X-Men story; Bobby makes his R&MXtXM on-air debut; …

38 – Welcome to Murderworld (Feat. Chris Sims)

January 5th, 2015


In which we welcome back Emergency Backup Co-Host Chris Sims; comics writers are basically supervillains; Cyclops is not here to have fun; Spider-Man flirts with objectivism; Murderworld is probably...

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39 – Forever Alone Together

January 12th, 2015


In which Miles and his Doom voice return triumphant; we reach an understanding regarding Lila Cheney; Mob science is pretty shoddy; Magneto has fancy hair; New Mutants Xavier is Best Xavier; no

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40 – Give Them Something to Punch (With G. Willow Wilson)

January 19th, 2015


In which writer G. Willow Wilson joins us to talk about her new run on X-Men; the Future is really confusing; we consider the many iterations of Rachel Grey; Storm

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41 – Hated and Feared

January 25th, 2015


In which Nimrod is probably an honorary Summers by this point; Claremont hits a centennial; it’s probably pretty hard to get an unconscious person into tight leather pants; the X-Men

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42 – A Firestar Is Born

February 1st, 2015


In which Miles has a brush with nostalgia; Angelica Jones is secretly a Thomas Hardy protagonist; it doesn’t need to make sense if it’s awesome; and Emma Frost really needs

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43 – It’s Not a Secret If It’s in the Title

February 9th, 2015


  In which we cover 21 issues in one episode; Secret Wars is a toy commercial; Jim Shooter’s X-Men are not the X-Men to which we are accustomed; Doctor Doom

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44 – Assembling Legion, with Si Spurrier

February 16th, 2015


In which Legion grows from setting to protagonist; Rachel is a master of narrative rationalization; “Claremont” is a verb; Warlock befriends an airplane; Xavier owns a significant mistake; New...

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45 – A Woman Who Could Fly

February 22nd, 2015


In which we discard our regularly scheduled programming to focus on Storm and Lifedeath II; no one draws motion like Barry Windsor-Smith; Storm goes …

46 – Shadows Over Cairo

March 1st, 2015


In which we bid a fond farewell to Bill Sienkiewicz; Secret Wars II continues to ruin everything; the New Mutants end up in an improbable number of gladiatorial arenas; Shadowcat’s

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47 – The Price of Power (feat. Elisabeth Allie)

March 9th, 2015


In which Emergency Backup Co-Host Elisabeth Allie saves the day; the Berserkers are not the breakout hit you’ve been waiting for; Paul Smith …

48 – Guitar Solos of the Gods

March 16th, 2015


In which Asgardian Wars occupies the precise intersection of Miles’s favorite things; Marvel Asgard is your favorite metal album; no one appreciates …

49 – Of Mullets and Miracles

March 23rd, 2015


In which we meet Miles’s favorite X-Man; Longshot is Secret Wars II done right; we are fairly committed to the idea of Ann Nocenti as a post-apocalyptic daredevil superhero; Longshot

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50 – The People Vs. Erik Lehnsherr

March 30th, 2015


In which Magneto makes an official alignment shift; Claremont does a court drama; Professor Xavier makes poor choices; Rachel Summers comes by her communication skills honest; the Strucker kids are

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51 – The X-Istentialists, Featuring Kris Anka, Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen, and Peter Nguyen

April 6th, 2015


In which Rachel and Miles go to Emerald City Comicon; six people try to share one microphone with varying success; you will never love anything as much as Kris loves Broo;

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52 – Previously on Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men…

April 13th, 2015


In which we recap a year’s worth of podcasts–and 23 years’ worth of X-Men–in under an hour. X-PLAINED: Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Episodes 1-51 Uncanny X-Men #1-200 &

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53 – Sometimes They Come Back

April 20th, 2015


In which Wolverine doesn’t care about your baby; Storm takes charge; duels are terrible bases for systems of government; editorial mandate is hell on …

54 – Who You Gonna Call? (feat. Elle Collins)

April 26th, 2015


In which the X-Men get their third ongoing series; Elle drops in to x-plain the Defenders; the band gets back together; rich people are not like the rest of us;

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55 – How Nightcrawler Got His Groove Back

May 3rd, 2015


In which Secret Wars II ruins everything (more) (again) (forever); Rachel Summers hates the Beyonder almost as much as we do; Miles gets mad at comics; Nightcrawler does not do

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56 – Death by Crossover

May 11th, 2015


In which nothing comes between Sam Guthrie and his classic sci-fi allusions; Sunspot tries; the Beyonder is really scary; you can have Danielle Moonstar’s agency when you pry it from

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57 – Apocalypse Soon

May 17th, 2015


In which Miles tries to find things to like about Bob Layton’s X-Factor run; Cyclops’s life is literally an anxiety dream; X-Factor is very Leverage; …

58 – Miniseries Mayhem

May 25th, 2015


In which Nightcrawler does Weird Tales; Iceman does Back to the Future; we want a vacation home in Dave Cockrum’s brain; Bamfs are terrible; the 1983 Iceman miniseries is straight-up bananas;

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59 – X is for Xtinction, with Chris Sims & Chad Bowers

June 1st, 2015


In which Chris and Chad teach us to stop worrying and love the ‘90s; the line between parody and homage is thin and flexible; everything happens at the mall; no

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60 – Rachel Summers and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

June 8th, 2015


In which Rachel Summers went to sleep with Wolverine’s claws in her dreams and now there’s claws in her lungs and when she got out of bed this …

61 – Even Horses

June 15th, 2015


In which the band gets back together; Dani faces down Death; Sam takes Lila home to meet his mom; revenge is a dish best left unserved; there is nothing sadder

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62 – Giant-Size Special #2

June 22nd, 2015


In which we welcome Logan Bonner, Mikey Neilson, and AdministratriX Tina to the gaming table for an original X-Men Animated Adventure; the real enemy is BS&P; Australia is kind of terrible;

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63 – Wildways

June 29th, 2015


In which cartoon logic is terrifying; it’s immensely frustrating to be Doug Ramsey; Psylock gets evil robot eyes; queer subtext is not just for the …

64 – Ski Lodge of Apocalypse

July 6th, 2015


In which Louise Simonson saves X-Factor; Apocalypse gets off to a rough start; Cyclops is bad at people; Apocalypse should be the Kingpin of X-Men; …

65 – The Mutant Massacre, Part 1

July 13th, 2015


In which we hit the first big X-centric crossover; a lot of Morlocks die; X-Factor is a dark farce; Kitty Pryde talks down a mob without using racial slurs; when

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66 – The Mutant Massacre, Part 2

July 20th, 2015


In which we wrap up our first official two-parter; Gambit ruins everything; Rachel has a theory about Mister Sinister; Marvel communication …

67 – Shadow of the Technarch

July 27th, 2015


In which the New Mutants get unstuck in time; Robert the Bruce is surprisingly shallow; Sentinels dabble in decoupage; Rachel pitches a comic; there’s no such thing as a happy Magneto

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68 – The Most Dangerous Game

August 3rd, 2015


In which we catch our breath after the Mutant Massacre; Miles’s taste is both epic and adorable; Dazzler’s Achilles heel is fame; Madelyne Pryor; it’s hard to be a teenage

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69 – Weird Science, with Elle Collins & Graeme McMillan

August 10th, 2015


In which Elle and Graeme save the day; Hank McCoy joins the real world (sort of) (briefly); Carl Maddicks may or may not be undead; academic discourse in the Marvel

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70 – Forget It, Jake; It’s X-Factor

August 17th, 2015


In which everything is terrible; miscommunication triangles are way more awkward than love triangles; Boom Boom is universally delightful; Miles has …

71 – The Once and Fuchsia King

August 24th, 2015


  In which the New Mutants return from space; Professor Xavier ruins everything; Magneto is the Craig Pelton of X-Men; Cypher carouses shamefully …

72 – Thrown Under the Plot Bus

August 31st, 2015


  In which Dazzler is not a team player; Longshot is the Zonker Harris of the X-Men; Juggernaut is That Guy; Rachel and Miles channel Statler and Waldorf; and Alex

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73 – Evolving Evolution, with Robert N. Skir

September 7th, 2015


In which Rachel holds down the fort; Robert N. Skir X-Plains several cartoons; teenagers are basically mutants; Southern goths are the best goths; …

74 – This Dumb Rumpus

September 14th, 2015


  In which Franklin Richards is definitely a normal human meat child; Thing’s code-name is delightfully ambiguous; your kids are probably robot …

75 – By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them

September 21st, 2015


  In which Masque is the worst Morlock; makeouts are a good reason to learn to control your powers; Cyclops and Marvel Girl are terrible role models; …

76 – Live at Rose City Comic Con, with Ann Nocenti, Jeff Parker, & Chris Yost

September 28th, 2015


  In which we record our first live episode; Rose City Comic Con is AMAZING; Ann tells us how to torture the X-Men; Jean Grey needs more friends; Chris survives

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77 – Die Hard With a Lobster

October 5th, 2015


  In which we relax our definition of X-book; we really want Sunspot to grow a mustache; Miles gets an excuse to say “shillelagh”; Bill the Lobster goes on a

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78 – The Eye Killers and Other Cautionary Tales

October 12th, 2015


  In which we persevere in the face of adversity; Storm goes on a quest; Mr. Sinister makes his first appearance; Dazzler learns about teamwork (again); it still sucks to

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79 – Bear on a Boat

October 19th, 2015


  In no one trusts Magneto; Dr. Druid is the comfiest superhero; She-Hulk wants to punch a meteor; Rachel and Miles are really bad at both nature and …

80 – For the Mutant Who Has Everything

October 26th, 2015


  In which we go back in time to take a look at two annuals; everyone is really excited about Excalibur; Claremont ups his illusion game; Horde …

81 – The Kids Are All Right, with Dennis Hopeless

November 2nd, 2015


In which we sit down with one of our favorite writers to talk about his upcoming series; the X-teens take to the road; Season One is kind of Friday Night

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82 – Birds and Boys

November 9th, 2015


  In which Louise Simonson’s New Mutants run gets off to a rough start; drugs are not a reliable way to impress your space girlfriend; Magma gets a character arc;

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83 – Live at Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival

November 16th, 2015


  In which we travel back in time to 1979 for our second live convention special; X-Men Annual #3 desperately needs a Queen soundtrack; George Perez …

84 – The Fourth Horseman

November 23rd, 2015


  In which Franklin Richards is the center of a disproportionate number of X-Men specials; Quicksilver without powers is comedy gold; Luna is the …

85 – Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts, Part 9: Complex Continuity, with Paul O’Brien and Kieran Shiach

November 29th, 2015


In which Miles finally makes it to Battlepod; we delve into our favorite continuity snarls for the benefit of the Beyonder; Kang is everyone; we’re …

86 – Legends (Fall of the Mutants, Part 1 of 3)

December 6th, 2015


In which we begin our 3-part coverage of Fall of the Mutants; Roma is very good at her job; strange things are afoot in Dallas; Mystique’s parenting skills are somewhat

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87 – It’s Always Darkest… (Fall of the Mutants, Part 2 of 3)

December 14th, 2015


In which the New Mutants learn that they are not, in fact, immortal; Louise Simonson finds her stride; the Ani-Mator makes Cameron Hodge look downright reasonable; hating humans is Magneto’s

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88 – …Just Before Dawn (Fall of the Mutants, Part 3 of 3)

December 21st, 2015


  In which X-Factor finally comes out ahead; Jay and Miles weigh in on the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer; En Sabah Nur is better at theater than tactics; no one does

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89 – Giant-Size Special #3 (feat. Kyle Yount, Logan Bonner, Elle Collins, & Chris Sims)

December 28th, 2015


  In which Jay and Miles finally X-Plain some Excalibur; Kyle interviews the X-Perts; Logan gets up-close and personal with the X-Men; Elle casts Excalibur; Chris X-Plains Santa Claus; and

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90 – Ghosts of the Outback

January 4th, 2016


  In which the X-Men move to Australia; O.Z. Chase is definitely not a werewolf; Dazzler is a smart, glittery laser cookie; Gateway falls into some …

91 – The Saddest Story Ever Told

January 11th, 2016


  In which New Mutants #64 is the saddest single issue of any X-book ever; the New Mutants have to grow up fast; Warlock comes to terms with mortality; The

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92 – Living in Ship

January 18th, 2016


In which X-Factor loves press conferences, Archangel provides many opportunities for terrible puns, Cyclops gets to be happy for a whole five pages, …

93 – The Discreet Charm of the Brood

January 25th, 2016


In which airplanes are really dangerous if you’re a mutant, Magik remembers that time she dreamed about remembering a dream, those who live by mystically bad judgment die by mystically

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94 – WELCOME TO DIE! (feat. Elisabeth Allie)

February 1st, 2016


In which Miles and Elisabeth X-Plain Pryde of the X-Men; Magneto is somehow even worse at branding than Mystique; the X-Universe is in desperate need …

95 – Earthfall

February 8th, 2016


  In which the X-Men finally follow up on a dropped plotline; you should probably not mess with abandoned star sharks; “Dawn of Blood” is a sometimes …

96 – Horsemen of the Playground

February 15th, 2016


  In which we play Evolutionary War Mad-Libs; it’s probably a bad sign when Apocalypse decides you need an intervention; Dani is (briefly) the new …

97 – The Crooked World

February 22nd, 2016


In which we venture out of our wheelhouse; Contest of Champions is ridiculous in any medium; Captain Britain would like you to unhand that elf; the …

98 – Between Alien Visitations and Drunken Sulks

February 29th, 2016


  In which we continue our coverage of pre-Excalibur Captain Britain; S.T.R.I.K.E. is D.U.C.K. is W.H.O.; the R.C.X. is one lapse in judgment away from on-the-job cosplay; Meggan levels up;

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99 – Those Who Walk Away from Genosha

March 7th, 2016


In which the podcast gets a new name; Jay starts (another) imaginary band; mutant issues break away from the metaphor; Genosha’s leading industry is cognitive dissonance; invisibility to electronic...

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100 – Unexpected Wonder, with Chris Claremont

March 13th, 2016


In which Miles follows his heart; subtext becomes text; and we celebrate a very special milestone with a very special guest. NEXT EPISODE: Gossamyr …

101 – Not Bad, Just Drawn That Way

March 21st, 2016


In which it’s pretty much always terrible to be Magik; Y is a sometimes vowel; Wolfsbane is a secret Disney Princess; feelings ruin everything; and …

102 – Baby Race 2000

March 28th, 2016


In which Beast’s DNA is basically held together with spit and baling wire; Boom Boom wins MVP; Angel goes full goth; Cameron Hodge loses his head; …

103 – Warwolves of London

April 4th, 2016


  In which Excalibur is x-tra x-ceptional; we once again gush at length about Alan Davis; Kurt Wagner is reliable with the ladies; nothing in Excalibur is ever perfectly normal;

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104 – The Noodle Incident (feat. Brett White & Dennis Hopeless)

April 11th, 2016


In which Brett White joins us for a look at the current state of the X-line; Dennis Hopeless helps shed some light on a persistent mystery; Brett has a lot

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105 – Live from ECCC with Kris Anka, Al Ewing, Scott Koblish, & G. Willow Wilson

April 17th, 2016


  In which continuity has its eyes on you; the multiverse is so complex that we have to drag Al Ewing out of the audience to X-plain it; the X-Men

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106 – The X-Terminators

April 25th, 2016


In which Nextwave is both canon and not-canon; Inferno officially begins; X-Terminators is basically a cartoon; Bill Gaines cannot catch a break; Artie and Leach are superbabies; Takeshi Matsuya is

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107 – Fairy Tale Ending

May 2nd, 2016


  In which everyone’s got Inferno issues; Brett Blevins makes it work; Belasco is conspicuously absent from Inferno; you should never go into Hell …

108 – What Price Glory

May 9th, 2016


In which we recap nearly 200 issues in under three minutes; Madelyne Pryor is the Medea of X-Men; Mister Sinister takes the stage; Dazzler is basically an ’80s movie refugee;

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109 – The Passion of Madelyne Pryor

May 16th, 2016


  In which you should not presume to judge Madelyne Pryor by your standards; we wrap up the core plot of Inferno (but still somehow have two episodes …

110 – Lights, Camera, Apocalypse!

May 23rd, 2016


In which the X-Men cinematic universe is a really mixed bag; Kang the Conqueror ruins everything; everyone wants a Sphinx hovercraft; Elle was right; and we bring you up to

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111 – You’ll Have to Look Inside for That

May 30th, 2016


In which Wolverine gets a wolverine; the Crazy Gang meets their match; Inferno is business as usual for Excalibur; Alan Davis covers are the best …

X-TRA – Jay & Miles Overthink X-Men: Apocalypse

June 1st, 2016


In which we release a mid-week bonus episode and generally spoil the hell out of X-Men: Apocalypse! This episode comes courtesy of our rad Patreon subscribers. If you want to join their

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112 – Embers of Inferno (feat. Sam Humphries)

June 6th, 2016


In which we cover (almost) all of the Inferno tie-ins with the help of writer Sam Humphries; the Marvel Universe used to be really X-Centric; Jarvis is unstoppable; Daredevil fights

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113 – Play It Again, Patch

June 13th, 2016


CONTENT NOTE: Episode 113 contains fairly extensive discussions of fictional violence, including gun violence. If you don’t want to listen to that …

114 – Meltdown

June 20th, 2016


In which Havok and Wolverine head to Mexico; Havok tries his hand at noir; Wolverine gets serious about hair gel; Meltdown is probably not actually a …

115 – So Many Teeth (feat. Max Carleton)

June 27th, 2016


In which Jay and Max brave the X-Men anime; the problem isn’t in Wolverine’s pants; Xavier is for once less villainous than he seems; Emma Frost gets …

116 – The Pooper of This Party

July 4th, 2016


In which Jubilee makes her fabulous debut, the X-Ladies visit Hotbods, the X-Dudes accidentally (and drunkenly) save the world, Longshot is Sexy …

117 – How to Pee Like a Supervillain

July 18th, 2016


In which Gossamyr definitely probably doesn’t get blown up; we engage in a long and surprisingly canon-based exploration of Hellfire Club bathroom etiquette; the New Mutants break up with Magneto;

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118 – Extrude the Grappling Arms!

July 25th, 2016


In which you really can’t compete with Cable; the X-Men may or may not ditch a funeral; Nanny extrudes the grappling arms; Boom Boom is more responsible than she looks;

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119 – Red Night of the Soul (feat. Elisabeth Allie)

August 1st, 2016


In which Elisabeth hacks the Matrix; Magneto is the worst at small talk; Hela overreaches; parents just don’t understand human speech; everything is better with super-rings; Selene has a Xena

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120 – Observed by a Family of Lizard People

August 8th, 2016


In which everything is worse with Nazis; Excalibur gets its groove back; Meggan has an identity crisis; Kitty gets a crush; a dragon gets interdimensional sanctuary; and the Cross-Time Caper

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121 – Two Sides of a Narcissistic Coin (feat. Ben Acker)

August 15th, 2016


In which Jay may or may not have sold their voice to a sea witch; Gambit and Deadpool are somewhat lackadaisical superheroes; everything Fat Cobra …

122 – Boom Boom Von Doom and the Ontology of Monsters

August 22nd, 2016


In which the back-up stories of Atlantis Attacks are way better than the main event; the Serpent Society is hilarious; Longshot finds a rock; the S.U.R.F.E.R.S. are no Neutrinos; our

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123 – Mojo Mayhem

August 29th, 2016


In which Jay and Miles return to Rose City Comic Con; “Having a Wild Weekend” is the mash-up t-shirt of Excalibur stories; swears are for everyone; Arcade is not a

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124 – The Cruelest Planet

September 5th, 2016


In which everyone dies (or something); every Summers is miserable in their own way; we are pretty done with Nanny and the Orphanmaker; Lady Deathstrike is a surprisingly astute art

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125 – Giant-Size Special #4

September 12th, 2016


In which Logan Bonner, Max Carleton, and Crystal Frasier hike up their boxers and join us at the gaming table for an X-Men: Evolution tabletop …

126 – Live at Rose City Comic Con, with Greg Pak

September 19th, 2016


In which we return to Rose City Comic Con and somehow manage to one-up last year’s Stryfe cold open; Greg Pak has secretly written all of the …

127 – Disaster City

September 26th, 2016


In which we get back on the continuity train; everything is the aftermath of Inferno forever; you should never fight a tractor or a horse without …

X-TRA – Sofa Special (feat. Al Ewing)

September 30th, 2016


We’re celebrating International Podcast Day with a bonus mid-week episode! In which Jay and Al settle down in the living room to talk about cats, conventions, X-karaoke, Summers Brothers road

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128 – A Stupid Way to Die (Judgment War, Part 1)

October 3rd, 2016


In which X-Factor goes to space; Miles gets judgmental about spelling; Paul Smith returns to an X-title; Celestials are a pain; Judgment War is the …

129 – They Don’t Allow Dragons in Here (The Cross-Time Caper, Part 1)

October 10th, 2016


In which “Cross-Time Caper” is something of a misnomer; Excalibur is an awful lot of fun to summarize; none of us will ever live up to Oscar Wilde’s …

130 – The Soule Protocols (feat. Charles Soule)

October 16th, 2016


In which writer Charles Soule joins us for a (spoiler free) discussion of Death of X and how to make mortality matter in universes where death is a …

131 – The Reaver Bunch

October 24th, 2016


In which Jubilee is the sassiest Xenomorph; Lady Deathstrike is way too good for the Reavers; Wolverine gets a sidekick; Forge arm wrestles the …

132 – Nornheim Lemonade

October 31st, 2016


In which Rusty is an honorary Bluth; we bid a sad farewell to Bret Blevins; Hogan the Grim is probably the best at bedtime stories; Asgard has really tight hat

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133 – Feisty Little Fellow from the Stars (Judgment War, Part 2)

November 7th, 2016


In which the plot thickens; Jay and Miles fix Avatar; Ship is a good bro; you are in space right now; the Beginagains go full This Island Earth; …

134 – Live at Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (feat. Scott Koblish)

November 14th, 2016


In which Deadpool and X-Men ’92 artist Scott Koblish joins us to present the Summers Family Tree as you’ve never experienced it before; the X-Men go …

135 – Kurt Wagner, Warlord of Mars (Cross-Time Caper, Part 2)

November 21st, 2016


In which the Cross-Time Caper continues; alliteration is awesome; someone else’s geopolitical conflict is not an appropriate place to play out your …

136 – Fill-In Frenzy

November 28th, 2016


In which we find the idea of Jack Kirby as G-d deeply comforting; “Jercules” is our new favorite insult; the difference between camp and divinity is …

137 – Kicky Kinko Killers (feat. Sarah Kuhn)

December 5th, 2016


In which author Sarah Kuhn joins us to talk about Asian-American and Asian-British representation in superhero comics; Psylocke is the literal embodiment of British imperialism; Jubilee speaks for us...

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138 – What Would Dazzler Do?

December 12th, 2016


In which we continue to follow the post-Siege Perilous X-Men; Dazzler finally makes her big-screen debut; Callisto gets a day job; Colossus gets a …

139 – Starjammed

December 19th, 2016


In which Spotlight on Starjammers is basically a RPG module; Jay may or may not have developed superpowers; artfully tattered clothing is a Summers …

140 – Unto Us a Retcon Is Given (feat. Dennis Hopeless)

December 26th, 2016


In which writer Dennis Hopeless returns to the show for an informal introduction to the (first) mutant messiah; Cable is the best-case retcon …

141 – Reason to Go to the Devil

January 2nd, 2017


In which we ring in the new year with Cable’s on-page debut; it’s really the ’90s now; we enter the third major era of New Mutants; what Liefeld lacks in

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142 – The Monster at the End of This Comic

January 9th, 2017


In which Jay and Miles make a personal announcement; moles (probably) don’t lay eggs; Angel is full of angst and flechettes; there’s always room for …

143 – Seduction of the Innocent

January 16th, 2017


In which the Cross-Time Caper has finally outstayed its welcome; we bid a reluctant farewell to Alan Davis; Inferno may or may not finally actually be over; Evil Doug Ramsey

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***TO ME, MY X-MEN***

January 21st, 2017


We got up to plan for the new episode and decided that if the X-Men stand for anything, it’s fighting injustice. The Winter Special will go up on Sunday, January

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144 – Giant-Size Special #5 (feat. Kid Apocalypse)

January 30th, 2017


In which we get a visit from Kid Apocalypse and debut a track from his upcoming album; Jay No-Prizes Community; Rahne of Terra is pretty damn …

145 – Remy & ‘Ro

February 6th, 2017


In which Val Cooper remains the club queen of U.S. Intelligence; the Shadow King is a huge jerk; Storm is a badass at any age; Gambit gets off to a

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146 – Asshole Factor (feat. Elisabeth Allie)

February 13th, 2017


In which Elisabeth plans for her reign as Omniversal Majestrix; Hulks and moons are two great tastes that go great together; Nightcrawler takes the …

147 – The Beginning of the End of the Beginning

February 20th, 2017


In which the New Mutants get a new status quo (and new costumes); we have deeply mixed feelings about Rob Liefeld; Cable is the comprehensive sex-ed to Xavier’s staunch denial

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148 – That’s So Ravens

February 27th, 2017


In which Archangel falls in with the LARP crowd; all yuppies are (probably) vampires; Beast is kind of a jerk; there are a lot of reasons to be mad at

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149 – Panning for Callbacks

March 7th, 2017


In which Old Man Logan is probably better than it deserves to be; Steve McNiven is magical; the post-apocalyptic future probably belongs to the LARPers; Miles’s dad may or may

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150 – Live at ECCC, feat. Dennis Hopeless & Charles Soule

March 13th, 2017


In which writers Dennis Hopeless and Charles Soule join us for a live episode at Emerald City Comic Con, Age of X is the world’s worst morale boost; …

151 – Czars of Kung Fu

March 20th, 2017


In which Laura easily is worth a dozen Old Mans Logan; Charlotte Jones is the EveryCop; Genosha remains a fairly versatile allegory; Hydra are totally Nazis; Jubilee gets the best

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152 – Ghosts of Future Present

March 27th, 2017


In which Franklin Richards makes everything more complicated; Reed Richards is a terrible parent; Days of Future Present is a surprisingly good ghost story; Valeria Richards is awesome (but does

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153 – Mermaid Parade

April 3rd, 2017


In which Miles gets an etymology lesson; Nightcrawler is the most dateable guy in the X-Universe; Meggan is basically all the cryptids; Michael …

154 – Leaning into the Metaphor (feat. Sina Grace)

April 10th, 2017


In which incoming Iceman writer Sina Grace joins us to talk about the coolest X-Man; Adult Bobby Drake gets the spotlight; no one looks too closely …

155 – X-Tinction Event

April 17th, 2017


In which the X-Tinction Agenda begins in earnest; Jim Lee rocks our world; Cable doesn’t need any Mickey-Mouse schedules; Jean Grey is not paid by …

156 – Genosha Strikes Back

April 24th, 2017


In which we hit the Empire Strikes Back of X-Tinction Agenda; it’s hard to be Laura Kinney; the psychic knife makes its debut; Evil!Sexy Moira retains some moral high ground;

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157 – Melted to Slag

May 1st, 2017


In which the X-Tinction Agenda reaches its Return of the Jedi; Wolverine is a weaponized nuisance; HR would like a word with Gambit; Havok gets …

158 – No Focus, Less Direction

August 7th, 2017


  In which we return triumphant from hiatus; it’s still always Inferno in here; no one should ever under any circumstances date Cameron Hodge; …

159 – Childhood’s End

August 14th, 2017


***NOTE: We’re aware of the audio issues in this episode. We’re still troubleshooting our cross-country setup. Thank you for your patience!*** In which Stryfe is the Jan Brady of the

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160 – Hank McCoy and the Hickey of Destiny

August 21st, 2017


  In which the ladies love Hank McCoy; feelings are terrible; wereStarlins stalk the night; Stan Lee is definitely trying to sell you a car; Iceman has a lot to

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X-TRA – FlameCon 2017 Sofa Special, feat. Sina Grace, James Tynion IV, and Niki Johnson

August 23rd, 2017


WHAT?! Less than a month back, and it’s a brand new mid-week bonus episode! In which Jay, Niki, Sina, and James drink fancy Scotch and talk FlameCon; what X-Men means

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161 – Do You Even Howl, Bro?

August 28th, 2017


In which we return to Excalibur, and Excalibur returns to form; “Girls’ School from Heck” is way better than we remembered; Jay has strong feelings …

162 – Naked In Canada

September 4th, 2017


In which almost everyone is better than Romulus; Barry Windsor-Smith continues to draw the best naked X-Men; Jay has strong feelings about …

163 – Shut Up, Conscience

September 11th, 2017


In which Rose City Comic Con was in fact pretty awesome; we return to Marvel Presents; Colossus has a bad day; Ann Nocenti engages in some bipartisan …

164 – This Is the Mutant Revolution: Live at Rose City Comic Con

September 18th, 2017


In which Jay and Miles finally sit down for an in-depth discussion of the political weight of superheroes and what the X-Men mean to us in America’s …

165 – Pop Rocks

September 25th, 2017

  In which Charles Xavier returns to the pages of Uncanny X-Men; Storm is out of our league forever; Miles would be a terrible president; Psylocke …

166 – Proteus Has Two Mommies

October 2nd, 2017


In which we finally announce our NYCC panel lineup; Boom Boom is the Gina Linetti of X-Force; we don’t actually know very much about the New Warriors; Cable grows as

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167 – Full Circle

October 9th, 2017


In which things are not as they were; “yaybopunk” is definitely our aesthetic; Cable is officially foreshadowed; and the NYCC live show did in fact go really well! X-PLAINED: Cable’s

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168 – Live at NYCC, feat. Chris Claremont & Louise Simonson

October 16th, 2017


In which X-Legends Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson join us for our first-ever live show on the East coast! NEXT EPISODE: Bits ‘n’ Bobs No visual companion this week, but

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169 – Bad Kansas

October 23rd, 2017


In which Justin Thyme is a forgotten superstar of comics; Nazis should pretty much never be used as a metaphor; Charles Xavier is somehow even worse …

170 – Minor Punitive Heart Attacks

October 30th, 2017


In which Miles speculates about superheroes’ sex lives; Doctor Doom is an incorrigible scamp; the Lady of the Lake visits California; Captain Britain …

171 – Badly Punctuated Equilibrium

November 6th, 2017


In which 1991 runs right into 2010, X-Factor: Endgame (and everything after it) never happened, Jay covets the hell out of Cyclops’s X-Factor: Forever jacket, Apocalypse’s alternative universe...

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172 – The Muir Island Saga, Part 1

November 13th, 2017

In which you are probably more familiar with this show than Jay and Miles are; Paul Smith makes good art; the Shadow King is so extra that his …

173 – The Muir Island Saga, Part 2

November 20th, 2017


In which Abs-lantis will not be denied; “slightly traumatized” is basically the default state of Xavier’s original students; we pick up the slack for …

174 – Ed Piskor’s Grand Design

November 27th, 2017


In which Jay sits down with cartoonist Ed Piskor to talk about the upcoming X-Men: Grand Design! NEXT EPISODE: X-Men: Gal Pals! The visual companion to this episode can be found

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175 – Lady Windermere’s Fan Club

December 4th, 2017


In which Gambit is transatlantically terrible; Rick Leonardi is the poor man’s Alan Davis (but in a good way); we try and fail to care about British …

176 – My Flashback With Andre

December 11th, 2017


In which we were on public radio; it’s probably best just to ignore Romulus; Miles still hasn’t seen the Prisoner and should be very ashamed of …

177 – The Less You Know

December 18th, 2017


In which we discuss several Very Special Issues; the real cautionary tale is not to trust Hank McCoy; horses are vehicles of lies and heartbreak; the X-Men shill for a

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178 – Giant-Size Special #6

December 25th, 2017


In which we enter a new era of X-Men; Magneto reluctantly returns to villainy; Jay tries to like X-Men volume 2; when in doubt, you should open your …

Not Exactly 179…

December 31st, 2017

Hi, Listeners! Due to travel-related connectivity issues, we’re taking an involuntary holiday break. We’ll be back with the actual episode 179 next …

179 – Sincerely, An Evil Individual

January 8th, 2018


In which X-Factor gets a revamp; Larry Stroman is the best part of 1991; Havok used to have principles; Multiple Man is his own worst enemy; Jay’s …

180 – Lawful Badass

January 15th, 2018


In which Jay is deeply invested in The Gifted; Trevor Fitzroy is generally inexcusable; there are a lot of reasons to be uncomfortable in the Hellfire Club; the mix just

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181 – Badgers Everywhere

January 22nd, 2018


In which X-Force is the cotton candy of comics; Jay & Miles overanalyze; eye spots are not the new domino masks; Feral is all about some murder; Black Tom and

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182 – Lunch With Technet

January 29th, 2018


In which Alan Davis spins dangling plot threads into gold; comics artists are storytellers; Technet is a feature, not a bug; Brian Braddock’s issues …

183 – Mutant Death Factor

February 5th, 2018


In which Miles is almost caught up on The Gifted (but still hasn’t seen The Prisoner and should be very ashamed of himself); Omega Red is a cool …

184 – Sweetcakes

February 12th, 2018


In which the 616 was inside Age of X all along; everyone is very sassy; an attempt at political commentary falls very flat; Wolfsbane kills a straw …

185 – Becoming Wolverine (feat. Tom Taylor)

February 19th, 2018


In which All-New Wolverine and X-Men Red writer Tom Taylor joins us to talk friendship, heroism, pelican statues, and how to build on legacy without …

186 – Right in the Melee

February 26th, 2018


In which you are the wind beneath our wings; Sunfire doesn’t quit the team even once; the X-Men do “Judgment War,” kinda; Iceman’s clothes are mostly incidental; Mikhail Rasputin is

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187 – Mermaids at the Center of Time

March 5th, 2018


In which Lee Forrester deserved better; we have somehow made 187 of these; Bizarre Adventures is accurately named; the Grey sisters do not steal a yacht; trite jerks are doubly

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188 – Live from ECCC, feat. Bret Blevins, Rachelle Rosenberg, & Ramon Villalobos

March 12th, 2018


In which Jay makes a sartorial switch; Hope Summers is less confusing than you might expect; we are very happy to present our first all-artist convention special; Ramon kills his

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189 – How Do You Solve a Problem Like Nate Summers?

March 21st, 2018


In which Jay’s mom broke the Internet; correct credits are important; everyone has a Danger Room; no one needs that many teeth; there are so many reasons to laugh at

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190 – Local Yokels

March 26th, 2018


In which the term “bloodlust” shows up a lot in popular culture; Wolverine pees between panels; Michael Higgins has a lot to answer for; Jay wants to …

191 – Unconscionably Sexy (feat. Kelly Thompson)

April 1st, 2018


In which writer Kelly Thompson joins us to talk Rogue and Gambit; Antarctica is Earth’s answer to the Blue Area of the Moon; Kelly unfreezes one of the great X-romances;

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192 – Meet the N-Men

April 9th, 2018


In which Alan Davis’s Excalibur is a spiritual sibling to The Muppet Show; Captain Britain gets a Captain Britain lesson; Opal Luna Saturnyne has no time for your nonsense; Meggan

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193 – Sewers of Tomorrow

April 15th, 2018


In which we pour one out for Malcolm and Randall; Cyclops is the worst at fun; Storm is better than you and always will be; Bishop forgets his first …

194 – Brood Trouble in the Big Easy

April 23rd, 2018


In which Ghost Rider has some fairly serious medical issues; you should probably never invite Bishop to a picnic; Gambit’s past catches up with him; …

195 – Johnny Got His Robot Arm

April 30th, 2018


In which Jay may have Stockholm syndrome; Nick Fury is objectively sillier than G. W. Bridge; we get a brief artistic reprieve; Cable’s legal …

196 – The Power Is Yours

May 7th, 2018


In which space bugs break time; you may already be a member of Excalibur; Earth-616 remains somewhat baffled by basic telecommunications technology; …

197 – Wolverine and the Honker of Doom

May 14th, 2018


In which Wolverine is an eternal teenager; most of what Jay knows about Hawaii comes from Lilo and Stitch; Shiv is a complicated fellow; Nightcrawler …

198 – How to Destroy the Universe Without Really Trying

May 20th, 2018


In which Excalibur goes 16-bit platformer; Alysande gets new threads; Shadowcat should probably just change her code name to Ripley; Captain Britain …

199 – Space, Geeks, and Gaveedra Seven

May 28th, 2018


In which Shattershot is definitely better than the Cold War; Beast X-plains the X-teams; Cyclops is a tired babysitter; sustenance is not frivolous; …

200 – Lightning in a Bottle, with Louise Simonson

June 3rd, 2018


In which we celebrate a major milestone with the coolest person ever to work on the X-books and look back at the last four-plus years of the podcast; …

201 – Pump Up the Jam

June 18th, 2018


In which we begin our third podcast century; Cyclops is bi-inclusive; we have high standards for Mojoworld; Dazzler can survive your big-budget horror show; Jim Lee makes his exit; video

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202 – Rhapsody in Blue (and Gold)

June 25th, 2018


In which music is dangerous and confusing, Jamie Madrox has a weakness for femmes fatale, the term “f-holes” makes Miles turn 12, and we bid a fond …

203 – The X-Man’s Burden

July 1st, 2018


In which the Morlocks used to have more agency, we have a surprising amount to say about the Rat King from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Archangel receives some exceptionally disturbing

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204 – Naughty By Nurture

July 9th, 2018


In which Jay runs away to Latveria (but Hub is here to save the day!); you shouldn’t eat the brown promethium; Magneto and Cap fight over the world’s …

205 – Back to Basics

July 16th, 2018


In which Jay returns from Latveria; Sabretooth is significantly less menacing in French; Fabian Nicieza takes the reins; X-Force wins our hearts and minds; Gideon plunders Flash Gordon’s wardrobe;...

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206 – Anatomy of a Phoenix

July 23rd, 2018


In which you should all come see us at FlameCon; all lizards are good lizards; we recap a recap; the Phoenix force is really complicated; Earth-99476 …

207 – Blood and Metal

July 30th, 2018


In which Miles has a Dracula problem; we are really, really excited about FlameCon; Fabian Nicieza is the unsung hero of the early ’90s; Jay doesn’t …

208 – The X-Patriots

August 6th, 2018


  In which nobody wears the pants in the X-Plain family; Havok is a remarkably okay boss; Polaris may want to find a new doctor; Quicksilver has no …

209 – To Me, My X-Books; feat. Jordan D. White

August 12th, 2018


In which we welcome Marvel editor Jordan D. White to the podcast to talk about the current state of the X-Universe! X-PLAINED: The cosmic luck balance Mr. Dapples A remarkable

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210 – The End of Tomorrow: X-Cutioner’s Song (Part 1 of 3)

August 20th, 2018


In which you may or may not have your own Black Bug Room; FlameCon was in fact every bit as wonderful as we projected (and more); Caliban hates true …

211 – A Cornucopia of Mayhem: X-Cutioner’s Song (Part 2 of 3)

August 27th, 2018


In which Jubilee is underwhelmed by X-Force; Havok and Gambit make weirdly good buddy cops; Department K is a hot vacation destination; Cable is secretly a Coen Brothers protagonist; you

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212 – Drumbeats of Despair: X-Cutioner’s Song (Part 3 or 3)

September 3rd, 2018


In which nobody but Stryfe’s diary understands him; Apocalypse is the best at what he does (and what he does is remarkably versatile); Scott and Jean weaponize their clichés; Jae

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213 – Live from FlameCon, feat. Sina Grace, Magdalene Visaggio, and Leah Williams

September 10th, 2018


In which Leah dives headfirst into the world of con panels; Magdalene will burn down your idols; Sina is a fashion icon; none of the X-Men are …

214 – Stryfe’s Burn Book

September 17th, 2018


In which “wolves” proves a remarkably broad category in the 616; we at least nominally wrap up X-Cutioner’s Song; Stryfe could really use a style …

215 – Mon de Orb Uno

September 24th, 2018


In which we finally emerge from the other side of X-Cutioner’s Song; rich people are different from us; Brian Braddock is probably not comfortable with menstruation; Dai Thomas cleans up

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216 – X-Amining X-Factor (feat. Dr. Andrea Letamendi)

October 1st, 2018


In which Dr. Andrea Letamendi of Arkham Sessions joins us to analyze some analysis; Doc Samson has major scope-of-practice issues; Ren & Stimpy references continue to fail to age well;

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217 – Piotr the Obscure

October 8th, 2018


In which it sucks to be a Rasputin; X-Men and Uncanny X-Men muddy the waters; Cyclops and Psylocke’s weird flirtation somehow manages to get even …

218 – Careful What You Lick

October 15th, 2018


In which X-Cutioner’s Song may be over, but its repercussions continue; Uncanny X-Men hits a major milestone; superhero comics are and always have …

219 – Brutal Hearts: An Appreciation of Emma Frost (feat. Seanan McGuire, Leah Williams, Tea Fougner, Kel McDonald, and Diana Fox)

October 22nd, 2018


In which Jay recruits X-writers Seanan McGuire and Leah Williams, cosplayer Tea Fougner, and innocent bystanders Kel McDonald and Diana Fox, for a night of Emma Frost appreciation. X-PLAINED: Why

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220 – On Your Bike

October 29th, 2018


In which we approach the end of Alan Davis’s Excalibur run; “duopenultimate” is not actually a word; Captain Britain pops the question; we do in fact …

221 – Better Than LEGO

November 6th, 2018


In which Miles stops worrying and learns to love X-Force; you should absolutely not google the phrase “face jam”; the kids take a field trip to …

222 – A Tale of Two Betsys

November 12th, 2018


In which it has been a pretty intense month; there is a lot to unpack about Psylocke; we are confused by hip teen lingo; Cyclops definitively lacks game; organized crime

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223 – Live at Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival

November 19th, 2018


In which Dracula probably doesn’t drink his blood from a World’s Greatest Dad mug; Miles massively underestimates the cultural ubiquity of Sexy …

224 – Fix the Future

November 26th, 2018


In which Alan Davis performs his pièce de résistance; the personification of Death is surprisingly supportive; Rachel Summers is the One True …

225 – Class Reunion (feat. Austin Gorton)

December 3rd, 2018


In which we check in on Firestar and the New Warriors; superheroes often celebrate Bring Your Mom To The Amazon Day; Fabian Nicieza employs only the finest of lampshades; and Emma Frost still

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226 – Les Mutants

December 10th, 2018


In which Havok actually used to be pretty great; there are at least four attorneys in the Marvel Universe; Genosha continues to be wildly problematic; Hieronymus Bosch was not Comics Code-compliant;...

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227 – Wolverine, Killing

December 16th, 2018


In which Cowboy Poet Wolverine is the best Wolverine; the Masters of the Universe basically had Internet Cat names; Miles has an Early Metallica …

228 – Thinkin’ Shorts

December 24th, 2018


In which it still sucks to be a Rasputin; John Romita Jr. has a solid, if muscular, grasp of anatomy; Jay and Miles are better exes than Forge and …

229 – Giant-Size Special #7

December 31st, 2018


In which we are beset by festivity; Scott Summers still can’t take a vacation; the Daysprings are a really good family; “G’journey” is a really good greeting; Stryfe is his own namesake; retcons have...

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230 – Touchstones

January 14th, 2019


In which tragedy strikes; leisure suits are underappreciated; Jubilee is fundamentally opposed to feelings; that MCU joke would definitely have been …

231 – Life Bites

January 21st, 2019


In which DC is out of our bailiwick; Random gets around; someone finally makes an explicit reference to disability politics; death has not improved …

232 – Careful With That Axe, Cerise

January 28th, 2019


In which we’re still not over Into the Spider-Verse; Excalibur becomes an official X-book; Feron tries to help; Butts are fundamental; we care about the weird stuff; threats are unnecessary; and we...

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233 – Electromagnetism Unlimited

February 4th, 2019


In which X-Men Unlimited begins; Cyclops’s powers remain wildly inconsistent; electromagnetic fields are the gamma rays of the early ‘90s; Siena …

234 – Magnetic Feels (Fatal Attractions Part 1)

February 11th, 2019


In which the Acolytes are pretty terrible; Exodus considers his options; Val Cooper is not wildly trustworthy; Cable uses his words; and people with …

235 – Fatal Extractions (Fatal Attractions, Part 2)

February 18th, 2019


In which Magneto may or may not own a Namor body pillow; Cyclops probably doesn’t color-code his files; Colossus is Not Okay; bats are nature’s …

236 – Baggage of Traumas Past (Fatal Attractions, Part 3)

February 25th, 2019


In which Decimation was kind of sketchy; you should definitely come see us in Seattle; Wolverine has a rough day; Colossus has yet another rough day; …

237 – X-Treme

March 4th, 2019


In which there is only one Big Pine Key; Empyrean is actually a pretty sensible dude; the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are ride-or-die; you should …

238 – Meet Them Where They Are

March 11th, 2019


In which X-Force is the new New Mutants; Professor is what Cable has instead of a burn book; Cable develops emotional literacy; Jay has a lot of feelings about Shatterstar; Cowboys can be wizards,...

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239 – Rap and Rumble (feat. Max Carleton)

March 19th, 2019


In which we enter the era of bomber jackets; the covers are the cards; Genosha remains neither green nor pleasant; the A is for “Avengers,” not “A-list”; Henry Peter Gyrich is the straightest of men;...

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240 – Live at ECCC 2019, feat. Vita Ayala, Seanan McGuire, & Leah Williams

March 25th, 2019


In which we sit down live at Emerald City Comic Con with writers Vita Ayala, Seanan McGuire, and Leah Williams to talk Age of X-Man, the intergenerational legacy of X-Men, and telling stories in the...

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241 – Conducive to Moral Subversion

April 1st, 2019


In which Quicksilver wants you to know that he’s not cool; X-Factor gets a new government liaison; a danger room on a jet is a terrible idea; this …

242 – Spider-Mansfield Park

April 8th, 2019


In which we encounter one of comics’ greatest rarities; Spider-Man cannot actually do whatever a spider can; Flash Thompson subscribes to the …

243 – And Now We Are Five

April 15th, 2019


In which we celebrate a red-letter birthday with a look back at five years of milestones, favorite moments, dubious headwear, and our own convoluted …

244 – Terminal Nudity

April 22nd, 2019


In which X-Men don’t get to take vacations; Jay makes a somewhat belated announcement; sometimes Gambit is legitimately pretty cool; the assassins …

245 – Natural Causes

April 29th, 2019


In which Rogue flouts air traffic regulations; Jay is very sorry for how badly he butchers Gambit’s accent; stealth is directly proportionate to how …

246 – Foreshadow Puppets

May 6th, 2019


In which Danielle Moonstar is not a master of disguise; the MLF are bad enough dudes to kidnap a guy who works near the president; Tempo wasn’t even supposed to be here today; Reignfire is no...

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247 – The Butt-Kick Scale

May 13th, 2019


In which the Hand probably doesn’t even offer dental; literally everyone is less creepy than the Joker and Harley Quinn; toxic masculinity is …

248 – Destructo Woman

May 20th, 2019


In which Tom Cassidy and Cain Marko may be the most stable couple in the Marvel Universe; Rory Campbell is no Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau; Siena Blaze remains a big jerk; the Cassidy family...

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249 – The Parent Trap

May 27th, 2019


In which Sabretooth is weirdly ubiquitous; Maverick is a terrible guest; not all second chances are equivalent; Graydon Creed is the red delicious apple of people; Mystique is the master of murder...

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250 – Minding the DNA, feat. Fabian Nicieza

June 3rd, 2019


In which writer Fabian Nicieza joins us to talk ‘90s crossovers, narrative legacies, and what Adam X’s word balloons really sound like!

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251 – Triple Word Score

June 10th, 2019


In which Jay proposes a new way of comparing superheroes; Beast faces an ethical dilemma; Mister Sinister has an Xavier moment; Sabretooth is a terrible houseguest; Cyclops totally gets what you see...

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Jay & Miles Spoil the Hell out of Dark Phoenix

June 14th, 2019


We had a long conversation about Dark Phoenix; and we have uploaded it here for your edutainment!


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252 – Snakes on a Trolley

June 17th, 2019


In which Miles invokes Freddie Mercury; Polaris is more competent than the rest of X-Factor put together; Armageddon theology does not intersect well …

253 – Autumn in the Uncanny Valley

June 24th, 2019


In which an engagement begins; Jean Grey’s Walden Puddle counterpart is definitely Nicole; Cyclops is the telepathic equivalent of a pit trap with …

254 – Carry Each Other

July 1st, 2019


In which Nicole Miller is fashion designer to Earth-1218 and Earth-616, Jay rejects the word “bestest”, we kind of want to just read every word of …

255 – Rules of the Game

July 8th, 2019


In which the Upstarts are the worst at Calvinball; Moonstar remains a non-mystery; Speedball gets a new costume; Shinobi Shaw never gets to finish a bath; Gamesmaster comes perilously close to...

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256 – Mullets of Time and Space

July 15th, 2019


In which you raised a lot of money for Trans Lifeline; we continue to miss Alan Davis; Rory Campbell should not be narrating a climactic event; …

257 – The Adventures of Rachel Summers in the 37th Century

July 22nd, 2019


In which Rachel Summers’ continuity somehow becomes even more complicated; X-Men: Phoenix is pretty much a Star Wars (minus the stars); cultural …

258 – True Believers, Opportunists, and Crooks (feat. Lisa Winters)

August 4th, 2019


In which Lisa Winters pinch-hits for Jay, we take a trip to the newspaper funnies and back, Spider-Man and Beast are natural BFFs, nothing good ever happens at the Brand

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259 – Kwannon Leap

August 12th, 2019


In which fix-it fic goes canon (or vice versa); Psylocke is a complicated individual and/or individuals; assassins have complicated personal lives; it is probably ethical to tell your teammates about...

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260 – Professor Power’s Prodigal Podcast

August 19th, 2019


In which we explore the aftermath of Multiple Man’s death; X-Factor has a lot of feelings; it probably sucks to grieve with Charles Xavier; neither …

261 – Out of the Subtext, Live from FlameCon with Vita Ayala!

August 26th, 2019


In which we return to our favorite convention; writer Vita Ayala remains an absolute legend; everything was always already queer; and nobody should …

262 – Science Fiction Double Feature

September 2nd, 2019


In which the Phalanx would make pretty fun novelty candy; “B-Plot” implies that we only have 26; nobody will take Jubilee to the movies; Repo Man and …

263 – The Oldest Teens of Them All

September 9th, 2019


In which Cable and Domino may or may not be very old teenagers; disguises are not Dani Moonstar’s strong suit; Empath remains awful; Shatterstar …

264 – Autotune the Phalanx

September 16th, 2019


In which we celebrate our 100th episode with producer Matt Hunter; you should always be kind to robots; Stryfe has a lot of very petty contingency …

265 – Rude Awakenings

September 23rd, 2019


In which Glen Danzig was the most popular Wolverine fancast for a weirdly long time; breasts have physical mass; the Shi’ar empire is not your …

266 – They’re Good Dogs, Miles

September 30th, 2019


In which Havok goes surfing; Malice eats a poodle; Strong Guy’s ex is a big jerk; Sinister’s gotta Sinister; and Miles learns about a meme. X-PLAINED: The Puppet Master X-Factor

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267 – The Saddest Joyride

October 8th, 2019


In which Emma Frost is a better Iceman than Bobby Drake; Generation X is aggressively foreshadowed; Malcolm and Randall are the Rosencrantz and …

268 – Disquettes

October 14th, 2019


In which Excalibur addresses a number of dangling plot threads, Britanic finally gets (somewhat) interesting, Kitty really wants Douglock to be Doug, Professor Xavier and Moira MacTaggert are the...

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269 – NYCC 2019 Sofa Special: Double Dactyl, feat. Seanan McGuire

October 21st, 2019


In which Seanan and Jay break down their favorite X-Villains; technically everyone is always cosplaying Mystique; Magneto remains the gold standard; …

270 – X-Ray Goggles and Mail-Order Lizards (feat. Steve Stokes)

October 27th, 2019


In which we hear from two generations of Stokeses for the price of one, buying comics for your son is a great way to rationalize reading them …

271 – Abs for Days (The Phalanx Covenant, Part 1 of 3)

November 4th, 2019


In which we’re finally both back in the virtual studio; Generation X is the new Inferno; the Phalanx Covenant begins; we’re not talking about Hickman in our coverage of this story; Banshee is the...

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272 – Children of the Phalanx (the Phalanx Covenant, Part 2 of 3)

November 11th, 2019


In which Ship was inside Cable all along; Life Signs is the Two Towers of the Phalanx Covenant (but only in the bad ways), it’s lucky that the Phalanx doesn’t have WiFi; Nightcrawler embraces chaos;...

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273 – The Back-End Creep (The Phalanx Covenant, Part 3 of 3)

November 18th, 2019


In which we have been on All the Podcasts; Full Shred Thrash is easier to say that it sounds; the Phalanx uses dial-up; Cable is a very large man; …

274 – The Red Shoe Prophecies (feat. Chris Eddleman)

November 25th, 2019


In which Chris Eddleman joins us for a close look at House of X and Powers of X; Doug Ramsey is highly relevant; resurrection is problematic in a universe with a documented afterlife; there is no...

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275 – End of the Summer

December 2nd, 2019


In which Professor is too cool for the Phalanx; fatphobia is significantly more dangerous than Fred Dukes; Strong Guy catches a plane; Emma Frost …

276 – Wizard Problems

December 9th, 2019


In which Excalibur gets a regular writer again; we judge a book against against its covers; nothing good ever comes from being sexy on Muir Isle; and …

277 – Hedgehogs of Cairo

December 16th, 2019


In which Sauron is a huge nerd; the Savage Land is where Marvel stores the weird stuff; an etymology detour does not come from the X-Pert you’d …

278 – A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

December 23rd, 2019


In which Moonstar really wasn’t fooling anybody; Bird Brain is somehow still alive; Cassidy Keep is weird; Gene Ha draws excellent Storm; Reeva Page …

279 – Giant-Size Special #8

December 30th, 2019


In which Jay would absolutely fight Christmas; we welcome guest X-Perts Christina Strain and Chip Zdarsky; a gift arrives; we consider the …

280 – Business-Casual Basilisk

January 13th, 2020


In which the future is not great at codenames; spot foil is cool as hell; Mountjoy is bafflingly business-themed; Bishop goes full Point Break; Jean …

281 – Memories

January 20th, 2020


In which Warpath and Colossus should start a support group; X-Force gets a new HQ; we make an unprecedently large number of musical-theater …

282 – The Tide Takes the Castle

January 27th, 2020


In which the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning should really be the setting of a stoner comedy; Garrabed Bashur’s brain is probably 90% porn by …

283 – Legion Quest Quest

February 3rd, 2020


In which Jay is writing a Cyclops one-shot; It is honestly truly almost Legion Quest; Mystique plays the long game; sometimes filler is a good thing; …

284 – Precious Baubles, feat. Chip Zdarsky

February 10th, 2020


In which we sit down with writer Chip Zdarsky to talk crossovers, continuity, metaphors, and X-Men/Fantastic Four!

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285 – Immediately if Not Sooner

February 16th, 2020


In which Goldballs is still a better name than Egg; we continue our progress towards Earth-295; Legion pulls a Stryfe; we’re still pretty shaky on …

286 – Family Before Continuity

February 24th, 2020


In which Sunspot is a bad enough dude to save the president; Black Air is nowhere near as fun as WHO; we reach the end of Fabian Nicieza’s X-Force run; Rictor and Shatterstar talk about feelings;...

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287 – Welcome to the Age of Apocalypse

March 9th, 2020


In which we enter the Age of Apocalypse!

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288 – Cape Citadel Remix

March 16th, 2020


In which Magneto is a drama llama in any universe (but a remarkably decent parent in at least one); the soap opera hits the Age of Apocalypse; Weapon X is a man made of red flags; Gambit has an OT3;...

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289 – Unsolved Mysteries

March 23rd, 2020


In which this episode is way more topical than it was when we recorded it; Apocalypse makes a terrible Statue of Liberty; there are no reliable narrators; Robbie Robertson and Carmen Sandiego are...

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X-TRA – Social Distance Special

March 30th, 2020


Normally, this would be a skip week and there wouldn’t be an episode – but things are pretty weird in the world right now. Let’s talk X-Men comfort …

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