Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

Jay Edidin & Miles Stokes

Because it's about time someone did

  • 1 hour 31 seconds
    449 – Dressing the X-Men, with Russell Dauterman

    In which artist Russell Dauterman joins us to discuss super-powered costume design!

    X-PLAINED:

    • Why it’s important to get a professional to design your superhero costume
    • Why Miles doesn’t trust the government
    • Russell’s history at Marvel
    • Designing for the Hellfire Gala
    • Mutant fashion
    • The word “fashionize”
    • Iconic looks
    • Modernizing superhero costumes
    • Powers vs. personality
    • Punk goddess Storm
    • Designing for drawability
    • Magic hair
    • Russell’s influences
    • Definitive Rogue costumes
    • X-Men ‘97
    • Best X-team costumes
    • Jay’s holy grail cosplay
    • Magic hair, cosplayed
    • Costume retrospectives
    • Where to find Russell online
    • Evil twin trends of the 1990s
    • Fuck You Pink

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    13 May 2024, 2:16 am
  • 55 minutes 33 seconds
    448 – Skamageddon
    Feral’s back – just in time to wreck Jay’s voice again! (And Siryn’s, but we’ll get to that later.) (X-Force #88)

    In which timeline math is almost never worth it; Tarot comes back from the dead (kind of) (maybe); Magma makes a heel turn; “King Bedlam” would be a great name for a ska band; not every nude man can turn into a bear; and you don’t have to talk to your supervillain relatives.

    X-PLAINED:

    • The Triune Understanding
    • Birthday party follow-up
    • X-Force #87-90
    • Legacy and continuity
    • Bedlam (Jesse Aaronson)
    • Tarot (Marie-Ange Colbert)
    • Goat Simulator
    • King Bedlam (Christopher Aaronson)
    • The New Hellions
    • Perils of body-swapping
    • Linear time
    • Science
    • Armageddon Man
    • Paradigm
    • Senator Owen Danville
    • Family
    • A fancy hat
    • Madame Web
    • Many natural disasters
    • Early Genoshan history
    • Longshot as a villain

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    6 May 2024, 12:55 am
  • 44 minutes 23 seconds
    447 – Minor Altercation of the Mutants

    In which everything is an event these days; Skin may or may not have a skeleton; everyone has a crush on Synch; we are intrigued by Integer; and it’s hard to be Emma Frost.

    X-PLAINED:

    • War of the Mutants
    • Generation X #50
    • X-Man #50
    • Nate Grey (again)
    • Adrienne Frost
    • Science
    • Dark Beast (again)
    • Gene Nation
    • Vessel
    • Hemingway
    • Membrain
    • Fever Pitch
    • Dark Opsidian
    • Iron Maiden
    • Wynter
    • Tattoos
    • More science
    • Integer
    • Trauma
    • Multiversal designations
    • The Morlock Tunnels

    NEXT EPISODE: X-Force vs the New Hellions

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    29 April 2024, 1:37 am
  • 51 minutes 33 seconds
    446 – Live at the Magnetosphere
    Ah, the age-old question: would you scissor your clone while yelling? (Uncanny X-Men #367)

    In which the Magneto War comes to a close.

    X-PLAINED:

    • X-Men #86-87
    • Uncanny X-Men #367
    • Quite a few other things, which we’ll add to this post tomorrow!

    NEXT EPISODE: Nate Grey meets Generation X!

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    15 April 2024, 4:18 am
  • 49 minutes 8 seconds
    445 – Dick War

    In which not every story needs to be an event; Alan Davis returns to the X-line; X-mansion security is not what it once was; Rogue needs some new fantasies; and Magneto wants a country.

    X-PLAINED:

    • A poor governance decision
    • X-Men: The Magneto War #1
    • Uncanny X-Men #366
    • Astral demerits
    • A very dramatic dream
    • The yolk of oppression
    • Several Acolytes
    • Nightcrawler’s nightcap
    • Our standards for advertisers
    • Suburban Magneto
    • Ferris
    • Magnet problems
    • Forged DNA
    • Mutants from Georgia, Florida, and Indiana
    • Flying with Storm

    NEXT EPISODE: Magneto wins.

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    8 April 2024, 2:14 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    444 – Damnit, Magnus

    In which it’s difficult to flee with soup; Miles may or may not be haunting the X-Men; Colossus collaborates involuntarily; Marrow is full of surprises; Magneto is a dick; Jay continues to carry a torch for Secret Wars: Siege; and you should totally come to our birthday party.

    X-PLAINED:

    • Several rather pointed allusions
    • X-Force #86
    • Uncanny X-Men #365
    • X-Men #85
    • Almost Reno, NM
    • Where mutants come from
    • The Aguilar Institute (more) (again)
    • Abandoned towns
    • Mary the telepathic moppet (more) (again)
    • Odysseus Indigo
    • The Damocles Foundation
    • Sibling names
    • The Fundamental Attribution Error
    • A haunting
    • Christmas beer
    • Christmas ghost exquisite corpse
    • Bill Jones
    • A rescue mission
    • Essential stories of the ‘90s
    • Our weird favorites
    • Siege
    • Our upcoming 10th birthday party (more) (again)

    NEXT EPISODE: Magneto War begins!

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    1 April 2024, 1:33 am
  • 10 seconds
    A Brief Update

    Jay is dealing with an ongoing family medical emergency, so episode releases may be somewhat unpredictable for the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience!

    24 March 2024, 5:17 pm
  • 55 minutes 9 seconds
    443 – X-Retail (feat. Katie Pryde of Books With Pictures)

    In which we walk down X-Plain Memory Lane; everyone needs Bitch Planet; HoX/PoX wouldn’t stay on shelves; we learn how to make sure a comic doesn’t get canceled; Marvel should have kept publishing those Krakoa-era anthology TPBs; X-Men is indeed a soap opera; and you can jump in here ’cause we’re all confused.

    X-PLAINED:

    • The most crowded X-year
    • Books With Pictures, official best comics shop in the world
    • Our upcoming 10th birthday party
    • Katie Pryde’s X-history
    • Prioritizing marginalized nerd identities
    • Lapsed X-readers
    • X-sprawl
    • The Dawn of X books that worked (and the one that didn’t)
    • The frustration of discontinued collection formats
    • The perfect number of X-books (again)
    • Drama and kissing
    • What we want after Fall of X
    • Readers’ single issue vs collection preferences
    • The power of the preorder
    • Katie’s (naming) origin story
    • Readers versus speculators
    • How to organize a comic book store
    • Non-X recommendations for X-fans
    • The glory of Judge Dredd
    • X-Men who can be trusted to watch a comic book store

    NEXT EPISODE: Deviants, Christmas ghosts, and Magneto!

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    11 March 2024, 12:41 am
  • 55 minutes 37 seconds
    442 – MimeQuest 64

    In which Marrow remains a connoisseur of dead rats; Jay has opinions about the NYC Subway system; U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. are snazzy dressers; Doctor Doom gets excited about Onslaught; Magneto can have a rocket pack if he wants; villainous game recognizes villainous game; weird retcons are the best retcons; and you should totally come to our birthday party.

    X-PLAINED:

    • A peculiar side effect of Wolverine’s healing factor
    • Jay & Miles on Bluesky (and other social media)
    • Our upcoming 10th birthday party and live show (and related announcements)
    • X-Men Unlimited #22
    • X-Men/Doctor Doom Annual 1998
    • An unpleasant way to wake up
    • That’s so Kraven
    • Avengers and transit cops
    • U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.
    • Flag Smasher
    • Some miscellaneous New York Subway trivia
    • Audience stand-ins (and how the reading experience changes when the audience stand-in isn’t human-passing)
    • Additional New York Subway trivia
    • Premonitions of Onslaught
    • An X-Men highlight reel
    • A delightful little retcon
    • One way to ruin X-Men #137
    • Healing factor preferences

    NEXT EPISODE: Miles and Katie Pryde X-Plain Comics Retail!

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    3 March 2024, 8:46 pm
  • 52 minutes 29 seconds
    441 – Dracu-tastic

    In which Banshee should eat the rich; the real Monet is way more of a jerk than the fake one; the Marvel Universe is the world inside your brain-case; Maggott joins and quits Generation X at almost the speed of Sunfire; Dracula gives Chamber the D; and if Jay and Miles die in this episode, they die in real life.

    X-PLAINED:

    • Dracula as a universal standard
    • Earth-441
    • Generation X #48-49
    • The missed potential of 13,000-year-old teenager Gaia
    • The Jay Faerber run of Generation X
    • Emma and Banshee’s forgotten X-friendship
    • That time that Moira ripped off Banshee’s skin and wore it like a Halloween costume (again)
    • Cordelia Frost, Emma’s younger sister
    • Adrienne Frost, Emma’s older sister
    • Interpersonal arguments by way of Asgardian combat scenarios
    • Jubilee, fox; versus M, scorpion
    • Alaska, moping capital of the Marvel Universe
    • Clever scene transitions
    • Constantine Francis Slaughter IV and his mustache
    • Puberty as body horror
    • Husk’s breakup haircut
    • Slug emulation
    • Generation X / Dracula Annual 1998
    • The Council of Cross-Time Draculas
    • Chamber’s goofy face
    • Vampire fonts
    • Jubilee’s bunny slippers
    • Charlie Brown in Snow Valley
    • Count von Count (again)
    • Monsters as class metaphor
    • What would happen if Synch synced with Legion
    • Who would pronounce Cable like Britta Perry pronounces bagel

    NEXT EPISODE: Victor Von Doom X-Plains the X-Men.

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    26 February 2024, 3:06 am
  • 45 minutes 49 seconds
    440 – Fightin’ and Ballin’
    From organic steel to organic... whatever that is. (X-Men #83) In which the Hunt for Xavier remains vaguely disappointing; Gambit is good with kids; nanomachines are the new unstable molecules; Marrow is a walking armory; and we recommend comics for babies. X-PLAINED: The Hunt for Xavier, Part 2 Babies and/or ghosts Chekhov’s repowering X-Men #83-84 Uncanny X-Men #364 Cerebro / Cerebro Prime Cerebrite Alpha Cerebrite Beta X-Men serial numbers What Gambit’s friends call him How Miles stopped worrying and learned to love Gambit Evil robot sperm Mary Purcell Multiple-monitor displays A computer with a computer AI The Florida facility Post Pile-Driver X A glimpse into the butt of all humanity Comics for babies Name-based powers NEXT EPISODE: Generation X has Dracula problems! Check out the visual companion to this episode on our blog! Find us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify! 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!
    12 February 2024, 3:58 am
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