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Daunted by complex continuity? Can’t tell a mutate from a warpie? We are here for you. We have trained for this responsibility for decades. We have the backissues, the calluses, and a really detailed map of the Summers family tree. We’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to our friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men: a weekly podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.
24 Aug 2020 • 59 mins
In which X-Factor gets its own roster shakeup; most bartenders will look at you funny if you order a flight of superheroes; Kaboom is a great name for a nightclub; we lack significant feelings about the clone saga; Yukio probably sends love to everyone’s girlfriends; Forge has terrible coping mechanisms; and Jay’s current life is not conducive to consistent acoustics (sorry!). X-PLAINED: * Mystique’s powers * X-Factor’s new roster * X-Factor #112-114 * The word “wreak” * The issue that made Miles stop reading X-Men * Wild Child (Kyle Gibney) * Wolverine as a role * Cyburai (more) (again) * Unethical management practices * One way to be drunk on power(s) * Scarlett McKenzie (again) * Club Kaboom * Yukio (again) * Fatale * Summers Problems(TM) * Marvel’s 1996 reader survey * A bondage harness that may or may not be made out of dryer tubing * Alex Summers vs. his own powers * Sugar Man in the 616 * Several potential but unexplored story hooks for Scarlett * An implausible implant * Mystique’s new costume * A deeply dysfunctional but narratively plausible ship * A Random tangent * RPF on Earth-616 * Forge vs. Tony Stark NEXT EPISODE: Things get Uncanny! 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! Buy rad swag at our TeePublic shop!