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84 – The Fourth Horseman

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available until 11/29/2015 at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.In which Franklin Richards is the center of a disproportionate number of X-Men specials; Quicksilver without powers is comedy gold; Luna is the best little girl on the moon (but it's kind of a low bar); Jay accidentally cares about the Inhumans; Jean Grey may or may not be the Wesley Willis of X-Factor; Cameron Hodge's exit interview is weirdly professional; Boom Boom is the best reluctant hero; and Archangel makes his debut.X-PLAINED: Quicksilver's team associations Knights of Wundagore Chthon X-Factor Annual #2 X-Factor #21-23 The Inhumans Black Bolt Medusa Crystal Lockjaw QWOP Quicksilver Leech's wildly inconsistent powers Gorgon Luna Headbutting ghosts, or, why sentence structure matters Maximus Several methods of mind control A really terrible place for a date Cameron Hodge: Bureaucrat Supervillain The last will & testament of Warren Worthington III Another superpower pet peeve A theoretical team-up we would love to see The Arlington Interactive Museum of (evil) Science Some really dumb armor Archangel Our preferred third Summers brothersNEXT WEEK: Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts!You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!Rachel 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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

53mins

23 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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98 – Between Alien Visitations and Drunken Sulks

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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; your name will never be as cool as Doctor Crocodile's; Technet writes their own cold opens; and we announce the upcoming debut of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men!X-PLAINED: A large number of acronyms Irony Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men Mighty World of Marvel #14-16 Captain Britain #1-14 The aftermath of the Jaspers Warp Inspector Dai Thomas How to work out a superhero's secret identity The Crazy Gang (more) (again) Slaymaster Captain Britain's costume Sidney Crumb Gatecrasher's Technet (more) (again) Earth-794 Kaptain Briton Sat-Yr-Nin The R.C.X. Agents Gabriel & Michael The Warpies The Cherubim Meggan (more) (again) Doctor Crocodile Jamie Braddock Betsy Braddock's short and calamitous tenure as Captain Britain Women in Refrigerators Our thoughts on the X-movies Mutant heredityNEXT EPISODE: Genosha Is for LoversYou can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!Rachel 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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 6mins

29 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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178 – Giant-Size Special #6

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!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 story with a space fight; Nick Fury has so many pouches; experimenting on babies unsurprisingly backfires; psychic powers are pink; Claremont deserved better; Producer Matt makes his on-air debut; and you (yes, you!) are once again the recipients of a Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Award for Excellence in X-Cellence.X-PLAINED: Loa The 1991 relaunch of X-Men X-Men vol. 2 #1-3 Chris Claremont's departure from Marvel X-Men vs. Uncanny X-Men Blue Team Gold Team Why Magneto is emblematic of Claremont's vision for the X-Men Why there are so many copies of X-Men #1 How comics sales are counted Our very different perspectives on X-Men #1 A space fight Revision vs. reversion What may or may not be in Nick Fury's pouches Daring loungewear worn well Fabian Cortez Flatscans Disproportionate escalation The Acolytes Delgado, kind of, maybe Several notable absences The Magneto Protocols That one time Magneto got turned into a baby Some dubious science A semi-invisible plane Code Silver Further miracles of magnetism Producer Matt Hunter Chiptunes Podcasting about video games The Fourth Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence at X-Cellence Best X-Toon holiday episodesNEXT EPISODE: Havok gets a job!Special thanks to Cordelia for her help on the episode opening!Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

2hr 19mins

25 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!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 love; no one will ever be as extra as Mister Sinister; X-Cutioner's Song is secretly a farce; we achieve Peak Cable; and the quintessential '90s crossover event begins!X-PLAINED: The Black Bug Room A good deal of pre-event status quo Uncanny X-Men #294 X-Factor #84 X-Men #14 X-Force #16 Trading card taxonomy The opening strains of a crossover event A concert that worked out better in theory than in practice An abduction Several attempted murders A large number of awkward reunions An even larger number of inter-team brawls Two villains pretending to be other villains Cape logistics Peak Cable Many pouches Many guns The origin of Hope Summers Our hopes for mutants in the MCUNEXT EPISODE: Aw, Stryfe, no.NOTE: At one point in this episode, Miles said "X-Force" when he actually meant "X-Factor." If you can tell us where, you win the prize of eternal smugness (not as much smugness as Sinister, but still a lot).Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

55mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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 expectations; Captain Britain secretly derives his powers from genre; sometimes things turn out to be simple; Kitty Pryde is better at everything than you; manipulation and murder are the new flowers and candy; context may or may not ruin everything; Meggan gets a new outfit; Technet takes Brighton; and some universes are just too silly to survive.X-PLAINED: Rick Jones, Sidekick Supreme The Cross-Time Caper Excalibur #12-15 Three love triangles Jay's mom's late iguana Captain Marshall, Lord Champion of the Realm Prince William Butch the ogre Princess Kate Fisticuffs Instant air conditioning, Excalibur-style Bagpipe Vader An anticlimactic solution to a protracted problem Sorcery 101 Several profoundly unethical ways to initiate a relationship Arrested Excalibur The Campsite Rule of relationships The logistics and social history of tarring and feathering A protracted parody A very large number and several names for it A theoretical team-up Ultimate Hunger An unidentified comic that is not Ultimate Hunger Some less-than-ideal creative choices A multiversal montage Jamie Braddock (more) (again) A duck The unenviable fate of Doctor Crocodile Pairing mutants with metal genres Inconsistent flight safety measuresNEXT EPISODE: Killing the X-Men, with Charles SouleYou can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 2mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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 Star-Trekkiest story that doesn't actually involve Star Trek; monster ladies are super important; if you can be a green dude, you should be a green dude; and Cyclops gears up to fight some gods.X-PLAINED: One way to kill a Celestial Judg(e)ment War Drunk Mark Trail X-Factor #43-46 Walls you should maybe not bust through even if you're X-Factor A completely inappropriate show pitch Celestials The true secret purpose of Ship The Chosen The Rejects Dualers Perfect Seera Rask Zarka Monster ladies in cultural context Lev A stupid way to die Jammers Plot-relevant amnesia The Most Perfect ZZ-105 Baby theft (more)(again) Ryest The Beginagains Whether and when there'll be another all-question episode The current status of the Jean Grey schoolNEXT EPISODE: The Cross-Time Caper begins!You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

56mins

3 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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137 – Kicky Kinko Killers (feat. Sarah Kuhn)

Art by David Wynne. Prints, cards, and coffee mugs available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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 all; representation isn't a Boolean state; Wolverine fails at pop culture references; and somewhere there's probably a really dark alternate universe where Betsy teamed up with Jamie instead of Brian.X-PLAINED: Crimson Dawn Sarah Kuhn Uncanny X-Men #256-258 A proactive approach to career advancement Matsuo Tsurayaba The Mandarin A highly symbolic dream sequence A controversial transformation Kwannon What badass looked like in 1990 Several varyingly successful Batman references Rose Wu A fairly novel approach to hallucination Some high-quality invective Psylocke as a villainNEXT WEEK: What (almost) everyone else is up to!You can find the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 23mins

5 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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230 – Touchstones

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!In which tragedy strikes; leisure suits are underappreciated; Jubilee is fundamentally opposed to feelings; that MCU joke would definitely have been hilarious; we have trouble accepting Beast as a 20-something; when Gambit and Rogue work, they work; Wolverine makes an unlikely agony aunt; Dr. Strange was the mentor Illyana Rasputin really needed; and What If: Magik is pretty much a perfect comic.X-PLAINED: The Human High Council Many terrible things that have happened to the Rasputin family Uncanny X-Men #303 X-Men #24 What If: Magik A tonal disconnect Leisure Suit Larry A prospective movie marathon Insecurity Molecular Cohesion Unit The death of Illyana Rasputin (and its aftermath) Death in America A dubious idea for a theme park A reunion Papa Gumbo’s Cajun Cookout Illyana Rasputin and Dr. Strange Navigating vs. erasing trauma Why What If: Magik is absolutely amazing How to cite X-Men volumes Earth-242 (Earth on Fire)NEXT EPISODE: The other X-Cutioner!Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

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14 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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235 – Fatal Extractions (Fatal Attractions, Part 2)

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 flashers; there are a lot of reasons to be mad at Fatal Attractions; Charles Xavier is surprisingly durable; the X-Men know their Aeschylus; Jean Grey goes in through the face; and bringing Wolverine to fight the guy who controls metal was probably not a great idea.

1hr 6mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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108 – What Price Glory

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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; Scrambler may or may not be an exchange student from the Riverdale Marauders; Marc Silvestri is excellent at some things and less so at others; nothing good happens in Nebraska; Trish Tilby is the April O'Neil of X-Factor; and we swear that it was a total coincidence that this episode went up on Mother's Day.X-PLAINED: One solution to the existential conundrum of the Carol Danvers who is also kind of part of Rogue Pretty much everything that's happened since the Dark Phoenix Saga The structure of Inferno Uncanny X-Men #239-241 X-Factor #36-37 The rise of the Goblin Queen Several deaths in elevators Mister Sinister and his amazing action-figure collection The evolution of Mark Silvestri Madelyne and Alex A very symbolic dress The Rainbow Room M-Squad That damn costume 1989 in outfit form Jay's favorite Marauder Rats-R-Us Wolverine vs. a mail box The X-Men, but evil The secret origin of Madelyne Pryor A long-anticipated reunion Objects we'd demonically animate Which X-Man should do your taxesNEXT WEEK: The Passion of Madelyne PryorYou can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 3mins

9 May 2016

Rank #10

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97 – The Crooked World

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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 Fury is legitimately terrifying; the Special Executive is the best at heists; Brian Braddock knows exactly what he's getting into; Merlyn is the multiversal Charles Xavier; and this is really just the tip of the iceberg.X-PLAINED: Various Contests of Champions ISO-8 Marvel UK Marvel Superheroes 377-388 Daredevils 1-11 Mighty World of Marvel 7-13 Captain Britain (Brian Braddock) Jackdaw Earth-238 Mad Jim Jaspers The Crazy Gang Algernon the Rat Omniversal Majestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne Life-Enhancing Fluid The Fury Alan Moore juvenilia The (first) death and rebirth of Captain Britain How to make a retcon work Mastermind (but not that Mastermind) Emma Collins Pre-Psylocke Betsy Braddock S.T.R.I.K.E. Vixen Slaymaster The Trial of Saturnyne The Special Executive Mandragon The Captain Britain Corps Captain U.K. (Linda McQuillan) Marvelman vs. Miracleman Future Traumatic Stress DisorderNEXT EPISODE: But wait! There's more!You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!Rachel 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!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 7mins

22 Feb 2016

Rank #11

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96 – Horsemen of the Playground

Art by David Wynne. Prints, cards, and travel mugs available at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.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 Doug; horses are jerks; it's probably really dangerous to be Longshot; Storm has the coolest friends; the High Evolutionary is very high indeed; and we make a (very token) nod to Valentine's Day.X-PLAINED: Secret Origins of the High Evolutionary Evolutionary War The actual history of eugenics in America X-Factor Annual #3 New Mutants Annual #4 Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 Classic X-Men #22 Purifiers (but not those purifiers) Stack Purge How to tell when an event has major psychic repercussions A Silver-Age callback An Apocalypse-style intervention Toga Steve (Val-Or) The return of Bulk and Glow Worm Equal-opportunity Hellfire lingerie Mirage's power upgrade Miles vs. puberty vs. Uncanny X-Men The coolest civilization ever Colossus's illegitimate kid The cutest sound effect Origins of the Scott/Jean/Logan love triangle Stuff Jay likes and Miles doesn't The Elle Collins Theory of Podcast RolesNEXT EPISODE: Captain Britain!You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!Rachel 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!Buy prints (or travel mugs) of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

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15 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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197 – Wolverine and the Honker of Doom

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!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 represents an unattainable beauty standard; the Easter Bunny flies at dawn; Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure is delightful; Logan inadvertently starts a cult; Gahk does as she pleases; Jay and Miles are going to FlameCon; and we are all now Honkers forever.X-PLAINED: What Bloodscream and Roughouse have been up to Albert and Elsie Dee An unorthodox vocal warm-up Wolverine: Bloody Choices Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure The Wolverine formula Kamehameha Day (which Jay mispronounced; sorry!) Mr. Bullfinch Mr. Kapeland Shiv Doc Corbel Nick Fury's penmanship How retail works Secret agents, maybe A stimulating combination Karate pants A darker, grittier version of the Easter bunny Wolverine's apocryphal childhood Characters who can pull off the Wolverine hairstyle Don Adams as Wolverine Win/win murder scenarios Two adult men discussing their feelings Honkers Cargo cults The Tribe of Fire Gahck Some romance A Spiny Honker The Honker of Doom Pit traps, with and without shallow holes A dastardly but ineffectual plot Apocalypse, kind of One of Wolverine's many kids (who may or may not be Erista) Jay & Miles at FlameCon 2018 How to get us at your local convention Reading comics with Miles's dad Seriously, though: honkersNEXT EPISODE: Even more ExcalibursCheck out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr 16mins

14 May 2018

Rank #13

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37 – Giant-Size Special #1

Art by David Wynne. Prints available until 1/15 in the shop, or contact David for the original.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; we repopulate the world with X-writers; Rachel is really excited about x-plaining X-Cutioner’s Song; Miles takes a strong stance on Wolverine’s mask; we award some awards; and it’s all your fault.X-Plained God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel Graphic Novel #5) William Stryker An inappropriate analogy Keeping it interesting Favorite episodes Bridging the fan/critic divide Our ongoing obsession with bit characters The challenge of keeping Charles Xavier relevant X-Planation Curation Several stories we’re really looking forward to covering X-Writers on a desert island Internet fights Favorite stories vs. best stories Stupid hats of the Marvel Universe Dr. Doom as Tim Gunn Havok vs. ceiling fans Educational standards of the Marvel Universe The First Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence in X-CellenceNEXT WEEK: Rachel and Chris Sims X-Plain ArcadeCORRECTION: In this episode, Rachel claims that there is only one Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau in the Marvel Multiverse. This is patently untrue. There are numerous versions of Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau in the Marvel Multiverse, who may or may not be able to combine Voltron-style into a giant Corbeau Singularity.You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!Support us on Patreon!Buy prints of this week’s illustration at our shop, or contact David Wynne for the original!

1hr 52mins

28 Dec 2014

Rank #14

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

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; it's hard to be Quicksilver; Val Cooper is not your friend; Polaris pretty much always deserves better; Charles Xavier should not be allowed to inhabit positions of power; and labels are often not the best tools for good representations of mental illness and neurodivergence.X-PLAINED: A very high-stakes 3-D puzzle X-Factor #87 Doc Samson Making talking heads interesting Wolfsbane's relationship to pop culture Appropriate boundaries Several remarkable fashion choices Pietro Maximoff in perspective Therapeutic assessment vs. intervention The extremely tragic backstory of Jamie Madrox Imposter syndrome A brief history of Polaris's brushes with possession A really poorly planned and presented sequence Consequences of armchair diagnosis Interactions of telepathy and psychology Legion as a portrayal of mental illness Writing mental illness in fictionNEXT EPISODE: Rasputin Family Reunion!Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr 12mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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162 – Naked In Canada

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!In which almost everyone is better than Romulus; Barry Windsor-Smith continues to draw the best naked X-Men; Jay has strong feelings about Wolverine's origins; Miles still hasn't seen The Prisoner; when in doubt, it's probably Kang the Conqueror and/or Mystique; we remain unqualified to give bear-fighting advice; you should not hide out in a nuclear reactor; and the Coffee-a-Go-Go has probably been turned into a new-wave sushi bar or something.X-PLAINED: The Professor (Truett Hudson) Romulus Jay & Miles at Rose City Comic Con Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 "Weapon X" Backstory attrition A really good opening montage Some very effective use of color Healing hair The original villain behind Weapon X A retconned origin of Wolverine's claws Dr. Abraham Cornelius Carol Hines Terry Gilliam's Weapon X Audio vs. text-based mind control An action figure in dubious taste The Milgram Experiment An adaptation we'd like to see A bad place to hide Subsequent "Weapon X" retcons How Cyclops's powers have (and haven't) developed Jay's general failure at X-tourismNEXT WEEK: More MCP, featuring "The Retribution Affair" and "God's Country"!You can find the visual companion to this episode on our blog.Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr 8mins

4 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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161 – Do You Even Howl, Bro?

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!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 about penmanship; we examine the semantics of field hockey; the band gets back together; Dai Thomas has no time for your comic-book bullshit; and you should never, ever install a good/evil switch in your technological abominations.X-PLAINED The first appearances of Colonel Vazhin Perks of home recording FlameCon 2017 Jay & Miles at Rose City Comic Con Excalibur #32-36 "Girls' School from Heck!" St. Searle's School for Young Ladies St. Trinian's and a large number of references thereto Regional variations in boarding school hijinks Miss Rutherford A poorly staged panel Phoebe Huntsman Kitty Pryde's penmanship Margaret Thatcher's weirdly wholesome fantasies The kinda-reformation of Mesmero The end of Chris Claremont's run on Excalibur Some complicated contradictions related to the ethics of consumption An abduction The ethics of psychic interrogation (kinda) Mariner disambiguation A rescue An unlikely partnership Darkmoor Research Center Dr. Walshe A somewhat convoluted plot Whether the Danger Room could function as a bathroom The physics of Asteroid MNEXT EPISODE: Weapon X!You can find the visual companion to this episode on our blog.Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)Special thanks to Gavia Baker-Whitelaw for helping us assemble the St. Searle's marginalia!

1hr 28mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #17

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214 – Stryfe’s Burn Book

Art by David Wynne. Wanna buy the original? Drop him a line!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 guide; we issue our first-ever music challenge; Jubilee is an agent of chaos; Gambit's powers are a metaphor; Charles Xavier has a complicated relationship to disability; the quality of Jay's penmanship is a matter of official record; Boom Boom is a remarkably good costume designer; Cannonball comes into his own as a leader; and every "WHAT?!" you hear on this show is fresh and original.X-PLAINED: Wolves, to a very limited extent Jay & Miles (kinda) at NYCC Transcripts X-Cutioner's Song Stryfe's Strike File Uncanny X-Men #297 X-Force #19 A gentle bird caught in a swirling tornado of lust and desperation Shades of me Shades of you Shades of them Our first-ever music challenge Some foreshadowing Nostalgia A very nice hug The one good side effect of Stryfe's technoorganic virus Charles Xavier vs. disability politics Several practical jokes in very poor taste Teacher-student bonding An excellent epithet Some lettering choices An extended Hail Caesar riff The Clooney Scale An enduring mystery Clone powers Exclamatory logisticsNEXT EPISODE: Hey, remember Excalibur?MUSIC CHALLENGE: Write and record a song based on or using text from Stryfe's Strike File (or any of his rants from X-Cutioner's Song)! Send your masterpieces (or links to 'em) to xplainthexmen(at)gmail(dot)com, with the subject STRYFE SONG!Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr 2mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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155 – X-Tinction Event

Art by David Wynne. Contact David to purchase the original!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 the word; Havok makes a heel turn; Boom Boom's pretext of self-interest fools no one; Cameron Hodge is STILL the worst; and Jay and Miles make an announcement.X-PLAINED: Warlock across the multiverse Uncanny X-Men #270, New Mutants #95, X-Factor #60 X-Tinction Agenda The first modern crossover The creative state of the X-line Limitations of Marvel Unlimited Dramatis Personae Mickey-Mouse schedules The X-Men, who do not die the old-fashioned way One-way nude teleportation Magistrate Summers The return of Cameron Hodge's angry severed head Wipeout (again) Mutates The death of Warlock The esoteric paraphernalia of war Silver Age misogyny What we'd do differently if we introduced the X-Men in 2017 Our upcoming hiatusNEXT EPISODE: It gets worse.You can find the visual companion to this episode on our blog.Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr

17 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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190 – Local Yokels

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 fight a comic book; Nightcrawler's limbs have never seemed more potent; Florida kids don't understand basements; and Doug Ramsey didn't die for this.X-PLAINED Chaos War Destiny's diaries Wolverine: Bloodlust Excalibur: The Possession Bloodlust Several approaches to sound effects The greatest sound effect Perfect binding Several men who may or may not be Santa Claus The Christmas spirit Saskia The Hair Some varyingly graphic murders The Alshra The Neuri Wendigo rules Adamantium vs. healing factor Where Wolverine pees A statement of enmity Potent limbs Mr. Kaplan Weird happenings A man who is very obviously Merlin Some pedagogy An unfavorable Ed Wood comparison The Changeling (again) X-Force P.R. Space brosNEXT EPISODE: Romance and Banter with Kelly Thompson!Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog!Find us on iTunes or Stitcher!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!We’re in the process of migrating our official shop to TeePublic! Click over to check it out! (You can still find the designs we haven’t moved yet at Redbubble.)

1hr 6mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #20