Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

As Mentioned in Episode 7 – Cyclops Has a Good Day

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Links and Further Reading:

Greg Rucka

A visual introduction to the worst Summers brother

Rachel’s “Cyclops Has a Good Day” sketchbook

Cyclops #1




Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether


  1. Hey guys, love the show. Wonderful way to augment my commute in the morning.
    I was just curious what your guys favorite spinoff X team is, like New Mutants, X-Force or Excaliber. My personal favorite is the New X-Men team circa 2007, right around Messiah Complex. I just loved that team and I feel like they’ve been criminally under utilized in the years since.

  2. (I just tried posting in a different thread, and it ecided not to work. Hopefully I’m not doubling up on this comment, but if I am, I apologize.)

    Hey folks! LOVE the show! Just discovered it yesterday, and so I had to go back and listen to all 7 episodes. Every episode has just gotten better and better! I loved the interview with Greg Rucka. I really, really hope that you can continue to have creators guest-star on some of these podcasts. I have a teeny-tiny comics budget, and so I didn’t pick up Cyclops #1, but now I’m really regretting it. After hearing Greg talk with such passion about the characters and the story he’s telling… man. I don’t know if I can afford to skip it. I may just have to go start picking it up!

    Also, I have a question for you both. As far as I can tell, there are six creative teams from the core X-Men books that are beloved above all others: Thomas/Adams, Claremont/Cockrum, Claremont/Byrne, Claremont/Smith, Morrison/Quitely(among others), and Whedon/Cassaday. My question is this: outside of those runs, who are your favorite creative teams for the core X-Men title(s)? [feel free to insert your favorite Chuck Austen joke here]

    1. To chime in with my two cents…

      I was looking through wikipedia articles on X-Men since I started listening to the podcast, and one of them listed the writers and pencilers of Uncanny X-Men. I think the ‘Claremont era’ is rightfully adored, but the list reminded me of a solid, multi-year run that John Romita Jr. had as penciler, circa Uncanny X-Men 177-ish to about 210-ish. I don’t know what happened to his style in later years, but this early run was pretty good – he had a nice clean style, and there were some good stories from this time (forget that Peter Rasputin looked just like Peter Parker).

      I’m sure Jim Lee has to be mentioned as a top artist collaborator with Claremont as well, what with his style contributing to the 90s cartoon and second monthly X-Men title during the 90s speculator boom.

  3. Y’know I think the reason the X-Men have space adventures is yes because it is cool, but is also because they’re superheroes. I prefer the interpretation of the X-Men as superheroes who happen to be mutants. When movies are made it is much easier for audiences to suspend their disbelief for one thing. They can accept that the X-Men are mutants and deal with mutant issues, but if you started introducing the Shi’Ar or Limbo or whatever, it would pull them out of it, or at least that’s how the execs think. Just like how Thor usually only fights his brother and goes to Asgard in his movies. So, to streamline them and appeal to the non comic book fans, Marvel will prefer an interpretation of the X-Men as street level mutant peacekeepers over straightforward superheroes. I like them going to Asgard or in space or whatever. I like the all encompassing nature of comics to include all genres from fantasy to sci-fi.

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