X-Men Back Issues Ep. 3: God Loves, Man Kills

Ryan, Allen, and Rob got together to discuss arguably the best X-Men story pressed on paper. This discussion brings out the reasons why your hosts truly love the X-Men and everything they stand for. The passion for this story bleeds the microphones and into your eardrums. Thanks for listening!

This episode was originally recorded on 4/7/18 for Patreon Early Access.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 91: X-Men, “The Dream” Part 2: How Young X-Men Fans View Progress in X-Men’s Civil Rights Metaphor

X-Men comics persist to ignite the imagination of readers everywhere. Yet, what originally charmed readers back when the stories first came out may now mean something else for an entirely new generation of young X-Men fans. This podcast explores how much of a divide there is, and what still holds up in modern times.

LISTEN: ICYMI – X-Men, “The Dream” Part 1 explores the real world applications of ideologies held by Professor Xavier and Magneto.

It’s a popular saying to claim age is just a number. While this is true in most instances, what college-aged kids in 1963 valued varies drastically from what they value today. A young X-Men fan is defined as someone who’s love of the stories derives influence from a modern day understanding of the series. This means the added complexities of Magneto are already well established, as well as other crucial plot points that developed later in the series. Political strife consumes the world of the 2010s. This influences the reading of the comics tremendously. Additionally, a young fan is aware of the complexities of their society parallel those in the comic. They respond to the material accordingly, to ensure their society doesn’t become the one in the stories.

HEAR: X-Men, “the Dream” Part 3 examines Emma Frost’s role in INHUMANS VS. X-MEN!

The world of the mutants is timeless, yet their stories aren’t. Sometimes, as political identities shift and the expectations of the consumer changes, the stories that were thought to be groundbreaking no longer are. Characters from diverse ethnic backgrounds became normalized as time went on; making comics that center around this idea trivial at best, patronizing at worst. While some stories fall by the wayside for the new generation, others still resonate throughout time. They might deceive some into thinking they firmly grasp their time and their time only, yet certain problems remain consistent. Debates on race, gender, and sexual identity have progressed but not enough. In conclusion, it is when X-Men tackles these harder subjects that readers, no matter when they were born, can love this unique franchise.

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F BombCast 69: Stupid Editor’s Tricks

Episode 69
You would think that with a number so amazing all three host would be there and everyone would be happy. Well neither is the case, as Mike is suffering from computer issues and TJ is full of Piss and Vinegar at both comic companies, More Marvel really but would you expect anything different from him. The “Cancelled Comics” issues are discussed as well as Marvels sophomoric bullshit stunt to piss on DC. AS the new season of 24 shows is wonderful head of awesomeness, Kev and TJ decide to Discuss who they think are the top 5 TV bad asses and get listener discussion involved as well. To round out the heaping pile of awesome, TJ speaks highly of the Vertigo Crime line of OGNs, Kevin Speaks of Claremont X-men Vignettes, TJ Gives Claremont a second mouth hug with a God Loves, Man Kills review, and TJ’s New Infatuation with Hellblazer doesn’t cross over the the Bad Blood Mini that was released in 2000, and to finish it off some GI Joe Cobra. Enjoy!