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Xplainers

Jay and Miles are professionals. Don’t try this at home.

 

48 comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    Question for Rachel and miles x-plain the x-men. What do you think of the recent announcement of wolverine’s death? Do you think it will last? If it does how will it affect the marvel universe? Lastly what are the best wolverine stories?

  2. Sammy says:

    In episode four, you mentioned about a song/rap dealing with the X-Men. Check out “The X-Men Song” by the Ray Wall Band. X-Men…the musical!

  3. Sam Wilson says:

    Question: How does wolverines hair fit with his mask. Is it pinned down on the back when he puts the mask on, or is his mask designed specifically to mimic the shape of his hair so it fits right into the black bit?

  4. Cory says:

    Question for Rachel and miles x-plain the x-men: Where is Sage after the X-Terminated story line? She’s my favorite forgotten X-Man. She has Roma’s memories and a computer brain. She should be leading a team. Can you mention any of the big hanging plot lines that never got resolved (ex: Summers Bro., the 12).

    Love your show. I listened to the first 7 in one sitting. 🙂

  5. Betti says:

    First I love the podcast, I jumped into X-men because of the Fox cartoon and my first issue was X-Men #28. I collected faithfully all the related X-books until 1999. I have a question, for both of you to answer. Besides Cyclops, in your opinion who is the quintisenal X-Man and why? I know my thoughts on this but Id like to hear yours.

  6. Wayne C. says:

    Hey Rachel and Miles! Love the show! Heard about via recommendation from my other favorite podcast, DCR. I love that you guys are so light-hearted about the frankly detrimental issues that the comics suffers from at times. Also, Greg Rucka is now on my bucket list of people to meet. He’s so hilariously deadpan. Anyway, I guess I should throw a question in here to make it legit, so here goes. I’ve heard not great things about both Wolverine and the X-Men(the comic not the show, which was so great) as well as the current Uncanny X-Men, and I was wondering which currently running X-Men title is the “essential” title to be reading. I’m curious to hear you guys’ opinion.

    Check out some of my art by searching thebaddestfrag on Instagram, and expect to see a skydiving Nightcrawler chugging a Dew, wearing roller skates strapped to a skateboard any day now.

    P.S. I’m from way way south Georgia, and no, no one says “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockingchairs” anymore, if they ever did. Just setting the record straight.

    • Rachel says:

      They didn’t when we lived in North Carolina, either, and that’s a damn shame: it’s a fantastically vivid idiom.

      • Billy Terry says:

        Maybe an Alabama thing? The electric motorcycle adventure rider/writer has a lot of colorful phrases such as “busier than a cat burying a turd on marble floor”,and my favorite one as worn out as a 2 dollar whore on buckle night”.

  7. Tyler says:

    Absolutely love the Rachel & Miles! You two are the highlight of my week! Well, you & comic book day! Just wanted to let you know there is an interesting episode (episode #49…it’s the newest episode) on Nerdist Writer’s Podcast comics edition, with Chris Claremont & Len Wein talking about Wolverine. Just thought I’d let you know, in case you missed it.

  8. George says:

    Ok, since discovering your podcast I have come up with many questions. The most pressing at the moment though, is Rachel, where did you get those rad cyclops shades?

  9. Tyson says:

    Question: I’m a huge fan of Emma frost, what comics would you recommend with Emma frost at her best?

    Second question: If you could have any superpower from the x-men universe what would it be and why?

    p.s- Love the show keep it up.

  10. William says:

    Hi guys! I’m a HUGE fan from Utah, but I’m on vacation here on Portland till Sunday morning. My friend mike is a huge fans and actually introduced me to your amazing podcast. I was wondering if it would be at all possible to pick up a couple signed T-shirt’s from you both. It’d make the ultimate X-mas X-men X-plained present! I hope to hear back from you!

    • Rachel says:

      Unfortunately, all of our t-shirts are print-to-order through Redbubble, which means we don’t have any in stock locally. Sorry!

      (Tangentially: I really appreciate you getting in touch–and you sound like an awesome and very thoughtful friend–but in the future, I’d really prefer that folks e-mail us with requests like this. We both enjoy meeting listeners, and we’d like to accommodate requests like this where we can; but maintaining show/private life boundaries is something I’m pretty hard-line on (Miles is significantly more flexible there, FWIW); and I’m uncomfortable with the precedents that responding publicly to requests like this could set.)

  11. Derrick says:

    Hey, guys, I’ve been a fan of the podcast for about a month now and love the podcast it is the first thing I listen to every Tuesday. Doesn’t Claremont get overrated at times? When was the last time he wrote something great? Keep up the great work, Make Mine Marvel

  12. Major Tom says:

    I’m up to episode #4 and hooked. Thanks EW (also known as ‘The Bible’ in my house) for sending me your way. You guys are really fun and have great insights and opinions! (I never realized what a dick Xavier truly is – but you’re right!) X-cited for what’s ahead you!
    Thanks again!

  13. Hi guys, I have been listening to your show for quite a while and I finally have a question for you two. I was rewatching the X-men TAS with some friends and in Days of Future Past Part 1 episode in the first season they show Jubilee’s tombstone. It has her death date as 2010. So my questions for you guys are in what issue in Curse of the Mutants does Jubilee actually become a vampire and do you know the release date of that issue? If its in 2010 then X-men TAS effectively predicted the future.

    P.S. You guys have me really interested in Excalibur and have now begun collecting it.

  14. ScreenTalker says:

    Do you guys have a Facebook page?

  15. Luke says:

    So I’ve pretty much binge listened (is that a thing?) to your podcast netflix style. Its great to find a podcast that actually gives Scott Summers his due! He’s my favorite and its refreshing to hear positives! Thanks guys you rock!

  16. Do you guys meet up with fans? I’d love to meet you all if you are ever in the Dallas area. Love you guys podcast. None of my friends are comic book nerds like me so I don’t ever get to talk about it with anyone so I am addicted to listening to you guys. Take care! Thanks for all the fun content!

    • Rachel says:

      We’ve organized one meetup–at ECCC this past spring–which was a lot of fun; and we’re hoping to do that regularly at or around any cons we attend! Right now, most of those are in the PNW, because travel is super expensive; if you want to see us elsewhere, the best way to make that happen is probably to encourage your hometown show that we’d be super cool guests.

  17. Matt says:

    I know Fox has the film rights to the X-Men and mutants, but as far as I know that only holds for feature films.
    I have seen the X-Men in Marvel animated shows. Do you think we will ever see a Marvel produced X-Men (or better New Mutants) show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil?

  18. HeyBrooddontbesad says:

    When are you doing a cold open about Sugar Man? He’s got to be on the list at some point. Love the podcast btw.

  19. Robbie Spil says:

    So question, what tablet would you buy for reading the Marvel Unlimited digital books? Hopefully sub 500 bucks. I need some X-Men in my life.

    • Domenick says:

      I used to use my iPad 3 but, while that is the perfect screen size to act like an actual comic book, it gets heavy to handle one-handed. I got rid of that iPad and got an iPad mini and I absolutely LOVE reading comics on it. Splash pages need to be rotated to be read well but other than that, it’s light, it’s high enough resolution to look good, and it’s SO portable! That said, I see no reason that if you are ok with a tablet that maybe the screen isn’t the best and you just want to use if to read comic books, the $50 Fire Tablet would be great! I’ve thought of getting one just because it’s so cheap to play with. Only problem is that I’m not sure the Unlimited app is on the tablet. However, a quick google search will let you know how to install google play apps on a Fire Tablet.

  20. Wayne C. says:

    Hey guys! Longtime listener to the podcast, and I recently started reading Uncanny X-Men (Post AVX) and since I love Cyclops and love hearing you guys ponder complex character traits, I’m wondering how you reconcile who Scott is now with who he was. I know him from the 90s cartoon and Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, and Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, so help me understand what led that guy to essentially be the new face of the mutant revolution. I’m a little behind on my episodes (Listening to 64 right now) so I hope this hasn’t been covered. Love the show! Thanks!

    P.S. The goose question was amazing.

  21. gratefulduck says:

    Still having a lot of difficulty downloading your podcast…
    I anyone else having trouble? Ive tried everything i can think of with different devices and different internet sources, but i have to refresh 4-5 times every episode because it keeps failing. None of the other podcasts seem to have this problem. Am I doing something wrong? Love the show and plan on continuing to deal with this issue, but I would love some advice if anyone has any!
    Thanks

    • Miles says:

      That’s so weird – we haven’t heard about problems like that from other folks. I’ve found the best way to listen is to use a podcatcher like iTunes, the iOS Podcasts app, or Stitcher, since they pre-download episodes so that you don’t have to worry about buffering or other streaming problems.

      Anyone else have any suggestions?

      • gratefulduck says:

        i semi-solved the problem by going through a podcast directory. still not perfect, but better. i have a lot of problems with technology that make less sense than the marvel universe, so i’ll just live with it. love the show,once again. can’t wait to hear whats next!

  22. Brian Hunt says:

    All right. I’ll endeavor to not get too deeply into The Feels as I write this. Know up front that I only very recently discovered your podcast and am still working to get caught up in order. Just finished Episode 29, “Mutant in a Box”.

    Your podcast is beginning to mean something personal to me. I explained recently via email that the first thing I ever read on my own, much less aloud, was X-Men #104, and haven’t missed anything since. As I said then, if you ever had a Target Demographic, I am that guy.

    As I’ve said, I’ve read every issue of everything X-Men-related since the late 70s. Spin-offs, New Mutants, limited series, crossovers. All of it. Much of the larger Marvel Universe, but at any given time in my life it always will come back to any and all X-related shit.

    I live in a small, relatively rural town. I eventually met kids like me later in life, but all this Marvel madness was a solitary pursuit for most of my childhood. Rarely have I had folks in my life with whom I could speak about comics without having to stifle my enthusiasm or mute just how far into these stories I had read. A great example is your great and disgusted reaction to Scott and Madelyne sending a boudoir shot to Xavier from their honeymoon. I remember very well that this was my reaction too, when I read it back then, but have never in my life and small town had anyone I could talk about that with who would have enough frame of reference to understand the hows and whys of that conversation.

    But you guys do, with the same enthusiasm and damn-near eidetic recall to which I approach these things. And I just can’t thank you enough. Your podcast means a bunch to me now, and I just want you to know how grateful I am to have someone to go over all these stories and characters with me.

    Thank you.

    • Kelvin says:

      Those exact gut reactions and heartfelt connections are why so many of us like you gravitate here. And keep coming back.

      Welcome to the family.
      Hope you survive the experience. >|-)

  23. Edward says:

    i just wanted to say thank you so much for your podcast. Ever since the 90’s cartoon x-men show i have loved the x-men. at that point in my life i absolutely would have jumped in and started reading the comics, unfortunately due to my Dyslexia and the way comics are formatted my brain is not able to decipher them. everything is just a jumble in my head and i can’t read them. so when i discovered your podcast summer 2015 i was so excited. i started on episode 1 and just binge it. i had you guys playing when ever i was out of the house, which was a lot. I would even put you on when it was slow at work. i quickly caught up and get excited every time a new episode appears on my phone. you guys are my window into the the world of x-men and i can’t thank you enough for that.

    sorry for being so mushy but ay

  24. Paul Wayne says:

    First of all, the both of you are Awesome. I love the podcast!…I’ve been renovating my building and your show has made my days fly by. Thank you. I was a die-hard Uncanny X-men fan in the 80’s and the both of you have inspired me to dig those old books out and re-read them. Two questions: have the current X-men writers/artists ever reached out to either of you in order to clear-up any current questions about the Marvel multiverse? It seems like the two of you are spot on with your analysis and critique of the X-men…and, do either of you aspire toward writing your own X-men related title? Keep up the good work and keep on keepin’ on.

  25. Tucker says:

    Just started listening to you guys! A little late to the game I know but I was driving with my wife and baby 10 hours both ways on a trip and your podcast kept me sorta sane the whole way. I was loving one of your first episodes, #3 I believe where you talk about the 90’s cartoon. I grew up on that era of comics, I know most people hate all the pouches on costumes from the 90s but I have a spot in my heart for them! Anyway I was hoping someone would talk about sabertooths nude colored costume and flowing mane cause for the longest time I thought he was running around naked ha! Am I the only one who thought that?
    Your podcast is great!

  26. Toby Fathom says:

    I have a couple of questions for Jay about Daredevil. I finished Frank Miller’s run and I’m toward the end of Brian Bendis’s run. I would like more recommendations and I trust their judgement. Also, I want to hear Jay’s opinion on the fridging filled personal life of Matt Murdock.

    Also, if Jay wants to start a Daredevil podcast, they’ve got one listener.

  27. Andrew Yowaiski says:

    I would like to say that you guys are A bright spot in the dark clouds that sometimes surrounds my day to day life. I look forward to your humor and your expertise and the all-around good vibes you guys give off. I don’t really have An X-Men question but I just wanted you guys to know that you are doing something right. Thank you

  28. crackity jones says:

    hey, you rock. I quit reading the x-books around 1992, and I wasn’t really into them, just sort of followed them back then. I’d like to get back into them, but it’s really daunting and I don’t know where to start. do you have a guide or know of one which will could get a x-newbie or former reader back into things?

  29. AJ Gonzalez says:

    Such an amazing podcast just found it a few days ago and I’m hooked. You guys are great I have been hooked on the xmen since I was little and my dads addiction to comics became my own. Definitely will catch up with the episodes quickly.

  30. Jonathan says:

    Wasn’t sure where to post this, but as soon as I saw this video on the terrible things Professor X has done I thought of Jay! You might have seen this already, but, in case you haven’t, here’s a link!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS07llAuLxU

    Side note, I hope you’re enjoying your sabbatical and New York city!

  31. Zach Tonack says:

    Where did Jay get the awesome x-factor hoodie and do they come in the brown and yellow of beasts 2nd x-factor costume

  32. Kelvin says:

    So, did Miles love Ragnarok or did Miles love Ragnarok?

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