Archive for November 2015

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 62

Week of November 11, 2015:


In which Laura Kinney is our Wolverine and everyone else is a pale pretender; Secret Wars continues to be shockingly excellent; and you should seriously go read All-New Wolverine #1 RIGHT NOW.

REVIEWED:

  • All-New Wolverine #1 (00:26)
  • Secret Wars #7 (05:24)

*Pick of the Week (09:44)

Here’s the Erica Henderson drawing we referenced in the All-New Wolverine review: http://ericafailsatlife.tumblr.com/po…


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82 – Birds and Boys

Art by David Wynne.

Art by David Wynne.

 

In which Louise Simonson’s New Mutants run gets off to a rough start; drugs are not a reliable way to impress your space girlfriend; Magma gets a character arc; Tarot’s powers are kind of iffy; it’ll take more than a few illegal fish to stop Magik; and Bird Brain thoroughly fails to live up to his potential.

X-PLAINED:

  • Sunspot’s brushes with villainy
  • The de-aging of the New Mutants
  • New Mutants #55-58
  • A memorable dress
  • Raek
  • A cautionary tale
  • The New Mutants as a Saturday morning cartoon
  • Bird Boy / Bird Brain
  • June Brigman
  • A romantic dilemma
  • Several alternative foci for Tarot’s powers
  • Redemption and humanization of villains in X-books
  • Undignified birds
  • The best and worst of Bret Blevins
  • Non-comics writers we’d like to see write X-books
  • Other teen time travelers we’d add to All-New X-Men

NEXT WEEK: Live in Las Vegas!


You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!

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We’ll have prints of this week’s illustration up at our shop later this week. As always, you can contact David Wynne to inquire after the original!

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 61

Week of November 4, 2015:

In which we’re very guardedly optimistic about Extraordinary X-Men; Uncanny X-Men #600 is worth the wait; and the sunglasses come off.

REVIEWED:

  • Extraordinary X-Men #1 (00:33)
  • *Uncanny X-Men #600 (05:07)

*Pick of the week (14:23)


Jay came out over here on Monday: http://postcardsfromspace.tumblr.com/post/132414301818/in-which-i-achieve-a-state-of-perfect-self-parody

Here’s Brett White’s phenomenal write-up of Uncanny X-Men #600: http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/in-your-face-jam-heres-what-uncanny-x-mens-iceman-coming-out-scene-got-right

Come see us at Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on November 7: http://www.vegasvalleycomicbookfestival.org/


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Halloween X – 2015

 

As is our annual tradition, we put out a last-minute call on Twitter for pictures of your X-Men Halloween costumes, and dang are you a stylish bunch! Check out the full roundup–along with some really spectacular jack-o’-lanterns–below!

ETA: I know I missed a handful–and a few came in after the post was done–so if you’ve got an X-costume that’s NOT here, please drop a link in the comments below!

As Mentioned in Episode 81 – The Kids Are All Right, with Dennis Hopeless

Listen to the episode here.


LINKS & FURTHER READING

81 – The Kids Are All Right, with Dennis Hopeless

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available until 11/8/2015 at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.

Art by David Wynne. Prints and cards available until 11/8/2015 at the shop, or contact David to purchase the original.

In which we sit down with one of our favorite writers to talk about his upcoming series; the X-teens take to the road; Season One is kind of Friday Night Lights; good relationships make good stories; and we are really excited for All-New X-Men.

X-PLAINED:

  • Genesis (Evan Sabahnur)
  • Dennis Hopeless
  • Secret origins of X-Men: Season One
  • All-New X-Men, vol. 2
  • How to write Jean Grey
  • Building a team
  • Why Quentin Quire isn’t in All-New X-Men
  • All-New in the larger X-line, and the X-line in the larger Marvel Universe
  • Definitive X-eras
  • Cable & X-Force
  • What makes Cable tick
  • Boom Boom
  • Colossus and Domino
  • The narrative case for solid relationships
  • Favorite villains
  • Mark Bagley
  • Character evolution across multiple creative teams
  • X-teen hobbies
  • Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest

NEXT WEEK: The New Mutants meet Bird Boy, with mixed results.


There’s no visual companion this week, but you can find a list of links mentioned in 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!