Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

As Mentioned in Episode 89: Giant-Size Special #3

Listen to the episode here.




  • Best X-Writer – Dennis Hopeless
  • Best X-Artist – Mike Norton
  • Best X-Colorist – Jordie Bellaire
  • Best Soap Opera – Inferno
  • Irene Adler Award for Most Anticipated Upcoming Book or Series – X-Men ’92 ongoing
  • Harvey and Janet Award for Best Walk-On – Falcon Pirate (Wolverines #1)
  • About Damn Time – Iceman comes out (All-New X-Men #40 and X-Men #600)
  • Cyclops Has a Good Day Award – Uncanny X-Men #600
  • Shameless Pandering – X-Men ’92
  • MetaCorbeau for Exemplary Use of Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau in a Comic Book – Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers #8)
  • Best Ongoing X-SeriesX-Force (w: Si Spurrier; a: various)
  • Rising Star – Wolverine (Laura Kinney)
  • Best Withering Sneers* – Kristafer Anka
  • The Didn’t-Fit-Into-Any-Other-Categories-and-Isn’t-Technically-an-X-Book-but-We-Wanted-to-Give-It-an-Award-Anyway Award – Siege (w: Kieron Gillen, a: Filipe Andrade)
  • Still the Best Listeners of Any Podcast, Ever – YOU. Again.**

*Kris Anka owns this category so thoroughly that, in the name of fairness, he will be disqualified starting in 2016; at which point the name of this category will officially change to the Kristafer Anka Award for Best Withering Sneer in an X-Book.

**Seriously. We may be a wee bit biased; but honestly, you’re just wildly unfair to the competition.

CLASSIC CORBEAUS (for older X-material covered in the podcast during 2015)

  • Buried Treasure – Fallen Angels
  • You Tried – Magneto (New Mutants)
  • Jack Kirby Award for Best Intersection of Weird and Epic in a Single Character Design – Walter Simonson (Archangel, X-Factor)
  • Improbably Endearing Moppet – Franklin Richards
  • High Bar Award – Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants)
  • Most Heroic Hair – Alan Davis
  • Most Organized Supervillain – Cameron Hodge




  1. Sorry Elle, but Captain Britain/Brian Braddock is actor Kevin McKidd. Check him out in tv series Grey’s Anatomy, Rome or Journeyman. That’s near perfect casting, if I do say so myself.

    1. I very much like Kevin McKidd (in fact I’ve mentioned him in the past as a good actor for Banshee). But if I cast him as Captain Britain, I’d have to recast Meggan. Hollywood may be comfortable with 40something men playing opposite 20something women, but I’m generally not. And honestly I just really want Hannah Murray as Meggan.

      1. Frankly it was a fantasy draft, I was imagining McKidd younger. He is old for Captain Britain now. McKidd is great at bullheaded alpha male Brits.

        Hannah Murray is a good choice. I’ve only seen her as the servant girl on Game of Thrones, but have been impressed by the shading and depth Murray brings to that character.

  2. Awesome Podcast! You guys are almost at podcast 100, are you gonna do another recap of the series like in 50 or maybe something else? A Q&A Maybe? That would be Radical.

  3. First – Congratulations, Jay! I have no frame of reference for the challenges and joys which ahead of you, but I sincerely wish you all the best. I am excited for you and what 2016 holds for you.

    Second – Jay and Miles,
    My 2015 has been a shitshow, too. Thanks so much to you both for providing an hour of fun every week. If it were up to me, I would give you both a Corbeau for professionalism and positivity in the face of a difficult year.

    Happy New Year to you both!


  4. Congratulations, Jay!

    Thanks for another year of awesome podcasts. …X-Plain is always the first podcast I listen to each week.

    Double thanks for recommending Fallen Angels! I bought it last week and thoroughly enjoyed it! I think FA didn’t catch on because it lacked a big-name creative team and popular characters. Jo Duffy did a great job writing Sunspot & Warlock, and the new characters were very original. Gamill & Co.drew in a clean house-style, not flashy but featuring good storytelling. I wish we’d gotten the sequel with the amazing Colleen Doran. Oh well…

  5. I was so confused when I walked into my first comic store but I remember reading Excalibur but then I could not find it past the first 5 issues! But then Jim Lee’s X-Men happened and I was hooked!

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