Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

340 – Retconaganda

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In which the X.S.E. miniseries is future copaganda; Earth-1191 has no room for moral ambiguity; Bishop pulls a Marty McFly; Malcolm and Randall get distinct personalities; and you really shouldn’t give officers a symbol of authority that there’s no way to revoke.


  • Some of Bishop’s further adventures
  • X.S.E. #1-4
  • The future, sort of
  • Earth-1191 (more) (again)
  • The X.S.E. (more) (again)
  • Lucas Bishop (more) (again)
  • Shard Bishop (more) (again)
  • Grandmother (who may or may not be Storm)
  • Hancock (who may or may not be Cyclops)
  • The deeply baffling Bishop family tree
  • The fallability of childhood memory
  • Exhumes
  • Dubious reclamation
  • Heca’te
  • The Witness (more) (again)
  • Trevor Fitzroy (more) (again)
  • Several potential continuity errors
  • Malcolm and Randall (more) (again)
  • Emplates
  • Shirley
  • Mexican-American mutants
  • A cross-media quote

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  1. I was pleased to discover that the Bishops were of Aboriginal Australian descent. While I’m white myself, I’ve got biracial types in my extended family. For fantasy casting, I would like to nominate Madeleine Madden to play Shard. https://www.instagram.com/madeleine_madden/ I’m not really up on Aussie TV and movies for Lucas, I only know her because she’s in the upcoming Wheel of time show.

    As for the whole copaganda thing, yeah. I’ll confess to being a little blind before, but in the last two years every action movie with police characters has aged extremely badly. Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Mad Max, even Dredd. It’ll be a long time before I watch them again.

    1. Probably yeah; Law enforcement will always be needed but police definitely need to be viewed with more skeptically

  2. I’m going to defend the XSE/police in this story (and only in this story) from the perspective that I took when reading it. Which is to say, I saw the XSE as the X-Men of their time, though granted authority that the X-Men have never had. Even being young and reading this I was well aware that the police were not the paragons of virtue that earlier comics in the silver age were forced to portray them as. Do I think this story could have used more nuance? Absolutely. It is ridiculous to assume that the XSE lacked for corrupt members (if not a corrupt working system). However, given the three issue run I feel like such nuance would have been clumsy with what was already being covered. It might be interesting to see a limited series exploring the concept of the XSE today and how certain members might have taken a hard line approach if not outright power abusive members.

  3. Wasn’t Rictor from Mexico? I always thought Skin was too, but can’t remember any specific heritage.

  4. Is the Fitzroy-doesn’t-have-a-soul twist from later a writer commentary on what a one-note villain his original characterization was?

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