Episode Description

In which we launch our first-ever giant-size special; God Loves, Man Kills is the definitive X-Men story; Bobby makes his R&MXtXM on-air debut; we repopulate the world with X-writers; Rachel is really excited about x-plaining X-Cutioner’s Song; Miles takes a strong stance on Wolverine’s mask; we award some awards; and it’s all your fault.

Cold OpenEdit

The secret origin of the giant-size special.


  • God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel Graphic Novel #5)
  • William Stryker
  • An inappropriate analogy
  • Keeping it interesting
  • Favorite episodes
  • Bridging the fan/critic divide
  • Our ongoing obsession with bit characters
  • The challenge of keeping Charles Xavier relevant
  • X-Planation Curation
  • Several stories we’re really looking forward to covering
  • X-Writers on a desert island
  • Internet fights
  • Favorite stories vs. best stories
  • Stupid hats of the Marvel Universe
  • Dr. Doom as Tim Gunn
  • Havok vs. ceiling fans
  • Educational standards of the Marvel Universe
  • The First Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence in X-Cellence
  • NEXT WEEK: Rachel and Chris Sims X-Plain Arcade

2014 Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence in X-CellenceEdit

Award Winner
Best X-Writer Brian Michael Bendis, for Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men, and general line architecture
Best X-Artist Kris Anka, for Uncanny X-Men and general visual and costuming impact
Best X-Colorist Chris Sotomayor, for Cyclops
Best X-Letterer (Now and Forever) Tom Orzechowski, for everything ever forever
Jean Grey Award for Creative Resurrection Nightcrawler (Amazing X-Men)
Best New Character Forget-Me-Not (X-Men Legacy #300)
Best Complete Arc Cyclops #1-5, by Greg Rucka, Russell Dauterman, Chris Sotomayor, Carmen Carnero, et. al.
Best Soap Opera All-New X-Men, by Brian Michael Bendis et. al.
Silver Lining Award Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy vol. 1 #4, by Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe, et. al.
Golden Retcon X-Men: Days of Future Past
Irene Adler Award for Most Anticipated Future Run G. Willow Wilson on X-Men
About Damn Time Storm, by Greg Pak et. al.
Cyclops Has a Good Day Award Wolverine and the X-Men vol. 1 #40, by Jason Aaron, Pepe Larraz, et. al.
Best Listeners of Any Podcast Ever the listeners of Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men
Classic Corbeaus:
Harvey and Janet Award for Best Walk-On The staff and guests of the Heartbreak Hotel
Lost Treasure Beauty and the Beast, by Ann Nocenti, Don Perlin, et. al.
Sure, Why Not? The Leprechauns of Cassidy Keep
Still the Best Issue After All These Years Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 #137

The "Best Listeners" award involved a colouring contest.


In this episode, Rachel claims that there is only one Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau in the Marvel Multiverse. This is patently untrue. There are numerous versions of Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau in the Marvel Multiverse, who may or may not be able to combine Voltron-style into a giant Corbeau Singularity.

Listener Questions Edit

  • Which version of the school do you guys think did the best job actually teaching mutant teenagers, and which did the worst?