Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

431 – Doctor Jennifer Murder’s Drop-In Deathatorium

No notes. (Generation X Underground Special #1)

In which Synch is a more versatile character than he originally got credit for; “eep” and “eek” are likewise underused; space makes everything better; Nate Grey is the proto-himbo; and if you can decipher the secret code in this episode, you, too, can win a Silver Surfer jet ski!


  • Diablo
  • Generation X Underground Special
  • X-Men Unlimited #30
  • X-Man: All Saints Day
  • Jim Mahfood
  • Skin’s video-game preferences
  • Strange superpowers
  • Poster pirates
  • Visual representations of the passage of time
  • “Banshee’s Angels”
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • The infamous donut-day riots
  • Perfect costumes
  • Adequate restraints for small children
  • The raw power of funk
  • Generation X vs. the Beat Generation
  • The greatest disco event in the universe
  • Nate Grey
  • Some kid named Jerome
  • Countess Absynthia Von Mort
  • Transylvania
  • Dr. Cindy’s Castle
  • The state of Phoenix affairs
  • The color bar at the top of the page in ‘90s comics

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  1. Good stuff, guys! You were really on form. I think Absynthia Von Mort’s name is a case of nominative determinism. She was named after something green, she became green. See sprinter Usain Bolt or archeologist Flint Dibble.

    Also, I wonder if she was inspired by Elizabeth Bathory, who was alleged to bathe in the blood of virgins in order to preserve her youth.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. 🙂

  2. A little “well, actually” on this one — Avengers Assemble Omega establishes that Echo is a former Phoenix host, the fire having been burned out of her when The Avengers re-ignited a universe (or something like that). So current issues of Jean Grey being an asterisk, I believe the Phoenix Force is currently without a host.

    …someone should see if Feron’s got anything going on right now.

  3. I suspect that if the comic had been called “Doctor Jennifer Murder’s Drop-In Deathatorium” I might have been more inclined to pick it up.

    I’m not sure I remember even seeing the Underground Special, though I might have assumed it was a pastiche in the same vein as Grant Morrison’s “Doom Force Special” rather than something akin to an actual underground comic.

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