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Episode DescriptionEdit

In which the band gets back together; Dani faces down Death; Sam takes Lila home to meet his mom; revenge is a dish best left unserved; there is nothing sadder than Warlock confused by the concept of death; Kitty Pryde has a some opinions about identity politics; and X-Men has not been great with textual representations of neurodiversity.

X-PLAINED:

  • The rotating members of the Guthrie family
  • New Mutants #41-45
  • One way to end a friendship
  • A respectable number of dubious decisions enacted over several issues
  • An epic showdown with an anthropomorphic personification
  • Additional Guthries
  • The Xavier Institute PTA
  • The worst Hellion (more) (again)
  • Legion (more) (again)
  • The second-saddest issue of New Mutants
  • The life and death of Larry Bodine
  • A somewhat bleak recurring continuity error
  • Depression and mental illness in X-canon
  • Care and storage of comic books
  • Autism in X-canon

NoteEdit

Given some of the material covered in this episode, we wanted to link a few resources below, for anyone who might need them:

Listener Questions Edit

  • Recently issue #10 of Mark Waid's current Daredevil run concluded an arc with a simple yet effective and emotional narrative on the horrors of depression. I've suffered from moderate to severe clinical depression for years, and I finally began treatment several months ago. Being a lifelong X-Men fan, I was wondering if you have recommendations for any issues, arcs, or titles that successfully explore depression or other mental illnesses? Reading comics, especially X-Men titles, is a great support system.
  • Hey! I'm new to comics, and how do you store them? Like, not old-first-edition-worth-$100 comics, but just normal trade paperbacks that come out any other week? I mean, the stereotype is keeping them in boxes or whatever, but where do you even get those?
  • I've seen a couple of pages from a comic where one of the X-Men (I forgot who) figures out that Monet has autism. Is that still canon? Also, how well did the writer of that comic handle the topic? I'm wondering because I was recently diagnosed with autism (by recently, I mean literally 14 hours ago.) I'm thinking that reading a comic about one of the X-Men having autism, especially if her teammates are OK with it would, make me more OK with my own diagnosis.

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