Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

450 – Live at the Clinton Street Theater

In which we celebrate our tenth anniversary by X-Plaining what may be the most reviled X-arc; you should not try this at home; Mystique is so much better than this story; Azazel is a really boring devil; Nightcrawler should probably be missing a hand; the Xavier School definitely does not have an HR department; and we would prefer that you not pee on Iceman.


  • Nightcrawler’s (most recent) parentage
  • Uncanny X-Men #428-434
  • X-Men Blue: Origins #1
  • The X-Men, like, in general
  • Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
  • Some narrative choices
  • Mystique
  • Baron Christian Wagner
  • Marvel Europe
  • Azazel
  • Church sex
  • Nightstreaker
  • Isla des Demonas
  • Foibles of Warren Kenneth Worthington III
  • Annie and Carter Ghazikhanian
  • Abyss
  • Kiwi Black
  • The Cheyarafim and Neyaphem
  • Bad times with psychic therapy
  • Post-traumatic supervillainy
  • Uncool Hell
  • A miracle of magnetism
  • The only cool thing in Uncool Hell
  • A very elegant retcon
  • X-Muppets
  • Characters who deserve more page space
  • Miles’s favorite X-Person
  • What the Worthington Corporation does
  • A character who could reasonably be Azazel’s kid

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  1. If Alex can produce a body’s worth of urine, either he has a very strange, previously unmentioned mutation or he needs to see many, many doctors.

  2. I think I can imagine someone being into that Havok costume easier than I can imagine being attracted to someone who tries to express inuendo with Annie’s super wholesome expression. It’s unsettling.

  3. Somewhat overdue congratulations on the podiversary!

    An… interesting choice for a topic, so kudos for that. I knew most of the bits, but there were still some bewildering elements I had no memory of.

    Though I appreciate a race to the bottom is never ideal, I’ve always felt that “The Draco” tied with “Holy War” in terms of the.. well, in the words of a wise rabbit: “If you can’t say something nice….”

    The Draco messed up Nightcrawlers past and was incoherent, but was incoherent on it’s own terms.

    “Holy War” was depicted as an X-Men story which was also a scathing indictment of the Catholic Church, except it displayed such shocking ignorance that Austen (Who was apparently raised Catholic) seems to be going out of his way to get things wrong. But let’s save that for when it crops up naturally.

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