In which special guest Kurt Busiek is the J. Robert Oppenheimer of X-Men, Rachel and Miles learn to love the Silver Age, Cyclops gets a job, Bernard the Poet falls from grace, we really wish X-Men: The Secret Years was a real book, everyone recites poetry, and we still don’t get around to Marvels.
METOXO, the Lava Man
The true, secret purpose of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
The Phoenix retcon
Archival pocket dimensions
Enid Blyton’s X-Men
Early-to-mid-20th Century American Jewish Socialism
Why the X-Men are terrible mutant P.R.
Band names of the Silver Age
An X-Men series that might have been.
Why Cyclops should be the Rachel Maddow of Marvel
Quicksilver’s childhood dreams
Bernard the Poet
The Barefoot Beats
Next week: The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey!
HEY, INTERNET! WE MADE YOU A PODCAST! THIS WEEK IT IS FULL OF KURT BUSIEK AND ALSO SOME POEMS.
was rachel born with sunglasses, a jacket, and a care free attitude?
Rachel wasn’t born. She sprang into being full-grown, a quantum byproduct of the same unfortunate laboratory accident that created the Memory Eels; and was found and socialized by a pack of feral Modernists.
Pulling way, way back from social media for at least the next three weeks, maybe longer. Will still be around a bit; just less regularly, and definitely reading less (and generally doing deep pruning of follow lists, which have lately gone from colorful to cacophonous).
For folks inclined to worry (HI, MOM): I’m fine. Just need to focus on being a person in non-public spaces for a while. rachelandmiles will continue to update apace, and I’ll probably still be posting here—just less often. Not sure what I’m going to do with regards to questions—probably let them build up and check the box every week or several.
In which Claremont levels up; the Brood are legitimately scary; Colossus is an ethical dude; Nightcrawler and Wolverine share beers in the face of certain death; Storm turns into a space whale; we are Carol Corps for life; New Mutants are really into Magnum, P.I.; Kitty meets a dragon; and Xavier dies (again).
The Brood Saga (X-Men #161-167)
A really terrible awards ceremony
Tim O’Brien’s X-Men
How to tell a good Wolverine story
The single most badass magical-girl transformation sequence of all time
The X-Men’s Kobayashi Maru
Friendship (more) (again)
Whether Cyclops watches Star Trek
The New Mutants
Our secret cold-open formula
Next Week: Kurt Busiek! We would have words with thee!
You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid.
HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN. HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE. SELF DEFESE.
None of this is true. This is how good the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign has been. Not one sentence here is accurate. Let’s break this down:
"MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN." Officer Wilson’s story is that the first shot that went off was an accidental discharge while they were fighting over the gun. However. there was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, meaning that he was absolutely not holding the gun when it went off and furthermore that he was not even that close. He was fired on from a distance.
"HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE." This is actually a compound lie, which is kind of impressive. His friend, Dorian Johnson, did not say that. His lawyer said they were together in the convenience store, the police said there was a robbery, and the media put those two statements next to each other to imply a statement was made that never was. Johnson isn’t being charged with anything because the Ferguson PD “determined he committed no crime." The Ferguson PD also admitted Officer Wilson didn’t know about the scuffle at the convenience store before he stopped Brown and Johnson. You may be wondering why I say scuffle instead of robbery. That’s because there wasn’t one: the owners of the store didn’t call the police and video shows Brown paying for the cigarillos! The clerk confronted Brown about reaching across the counter instead of waiting for him to hand over the cigarillos, he put his hand on Brown, and Brown pushed him. Yes, he pushed him too hard, but the clerk apparently didn’t care enough to call the police. The police were called by another customer in the store, who apparently didn’t know what was actually happening.
"SELF DEFESE." The autopsy shows that he was shot on the inside of his arm, meaning his hands were up, and the top of his head, meaning that, since Brown was 6’4”, either he was on his knees or the officer was 8’ tall. The officer was not 8’ tall.
The evidence clearly shows that Officer Wilson, who had no idea of the not-actually-a-robbery, executed the unarmed Mike Brown while he was on his knees with his hands in the air. Just like all of the eyewitnesses said (except for “Josie,” who turned out not to be real).
But the Ferguson PD’s already tainted public opinion. They’ve spread so many lies so effectively that no amount of evidence will bring justice. Your ignorance here is proof of just how effective it’s been.
Remember how we don’t listen to gossip, but rather to hard science and medical doctors?
This is one of those times. Listen to the facts, listen to the doctor who CONDUCTED THE AUTOPSY, one of the TOP MEDICAL EXAMINERS in the entire country, and let the facts speak for themselves first and foremost. No struggle, no gunpowder, just an unarmed, surrendering boy, who wasn’t even suspected of a crime nor did he commit one… that was executed on his knees in the street. Those are the facts. They are indisputable.They speak for Mike Brown when others won’t.
Today is brought to you by the experience of waking up grimly certain that if the genders were reversed in the Zoe Quinn “scandal,” the headline would not be “dude trades sex for reviews,” but “lady trades sex for scoop.”
Anyone who thinks this story is about integrity and not punishing women for their presence is fucking delusional.
What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.
Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.
And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.
How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.
Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.
This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.
Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.
They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.
Can you explain the difference between All New X Men and Uncanny X Men! Both are headed by Bendis and I just started the All New series and was wondering if I need to also be reading Uncanny so as not to miss anything
I don't know if you're not getting positive feedback or you're just not answering it, but seeing stupid, pointless, day-to-day internet sexism glom on to RaMX is... I don't know. Extra special annoying. I hope this doesn't come off as patronizing; I know you don't need me to tell you that morons are morons, but I want to say that I like the videos a lot and think you bring a lot of personality to them.
Thank you—that means a lot.
As far as the rest: for the most part, our listeners are almost unsettlingly awesome—like 95% of the moderation we do in the website comments consists of deleting accidental double-posts—which is part of why stuff like this throws me as much as it does.
Also, "bring down this fucker." Our system may be run and enforced by corrupt individuals it is not in itself corrupt. It is what we have. Not many human beings would survive in a society in which it did not exist. Don't bring it down. Fix it.
If you want to live in a society in which race is not a factor stop making it one. Stop saying white guy, white people, black person, etc. Worrying about what white people think is small potatoes. If you want change, speak of solutions. Not problems.
Anon, I am legitimately curious: Is this a thing you actually expect to work? Are you seriously anticipating that I will say, “Oh, no! Some anonymous jackass on the Internet thinks I should shut up! Better go reevaluate my life choices!”?