Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

440 – Fightin’ and Ballin’

From organic steel to organic… whatever that is. (X-Men #83)

In which the Hunt for Xavier remains vaguely disappointing; Gambit is good with kids; nanomachines are the new unstable molecules; Marrow is a walking armory; and we recommend comics for babies.


  • The Hunt for Xavier, Part 2
  • Babies and/or ghosts
  • Chekhov’s repowering
  • X-Men #83-84
  • Uncanny X-Men #364
  • Cerebro / Cerebro Prime
  • Cerebrite Alpha
  • Cerebrite Beta
  • X-Men serial numbers
  • What Gambit’s friends call him
  • How Miles stopped worrying and learned to love Gambit
  • Evil robot sperm
  • Mary Purcell
  • Multiple-monitor displays
  • A computer with a computer
  • AI
  • The Florida facility
  • Post
  • Pile-Driver X
  • A glimpse into the butt of all humanity
  • Comics for babies
  • Name-based powers

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  1. Re: reading comics to babies: depending on how comfortable you are with screen time for your child, a lot of the Marvel Unlimited exclusive animal series (It’s Jeff, Alligator Loki, Marvel Mutts) are great for young kids. I read them to my nephew (who admittedly is a little older, but I started about 2 years ago when he was 2). They’re age appropriate, you mainly make up the narration so it’s not overly wordy, they’re enjoyable for adults to read, and they do a good job at incorporating newer and more diverse characters alongside the older ones (since I know a lot of my friends with kids are trying to make sure their kids can empathize and enjoy the narratives of many different people).

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