Tuesday, June 22, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 209 - New Mutants #18 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Nine

New Mutants (vol.4) #18 (July, 2021)
Writer - Vita Ayala
Art - Rod Reis
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 26, 2021

Today we continue our discussion regarding a budding Krakoan "class system" when certain rules are bent for one of the more connected members of society...

We're headed back to the Crucible... this time to "make whole" a Mutant who... still has their powers?  Hmm... We've got a lot to talk about!


Monday, June 21, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 208 - Wolverine #12 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Eight

Wolverine (vol.7) #12 (July, 2021) [LGY#354]
Writer - Benjamin Percy
Pencils - Scot Eaton
Inks - J.P. Mayer w/Oren Junior
Colors - Matthew Wilson
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 19, 2021

Wolverine is... still fighting Vampires?  Ya kidding me?  Don't we have a Gala to prepare for or something?

This time out Cranky Chris complains about this story that refuses to end... and wonders how much longer it's going to go.  Oh yeah, we also go to friggin Otherworld for the third time this month, so I'll complain about that too!

At least there's our always X-Cellent Mailbag... and our "This Week in X" segments!


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE - The Comics Code Authority

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE

The Comics Code Authority
Weird Comics History, Episodes 1-5 (2016)

Hello Friends!

Something a little bit different... yet familiar today.  I was recently feeling kind of melancholy, and decided to start digging through the old Chris and Reggie Archives... which, I do from time to time.  Perhaps too often.

We put out a lot of audio content together, but that's just the "end product".  Our endeavors would always start with copious amounts of research... and our first "big" project was our five-part deep-dive into the Comics Code Authority.

It was five years ago, near to the day, where we began deep-diving into the post-war comics landscape... dissecting tons of information, including reading Seduction of the Innocent in its entirety, and going line by line through the Kefauver Senate Hearings on Juvenile Delinquency.

If you've never listened to these episodes before... and you believe that Dr. Frederic Wertham was the sole reason why the CCA was established (he wasn't... not even close), I invite you to take the plunge into this nearly eight-hour compilation of classic Chris and Reggie content.

If you've already listened to these episodes... well, it's probably been awhile - have another listen!  Lemme know how well these aged!


(00:00:00) Part 1: "Before the Comics Code"
(00:39:39) Part 2: "Seduction of the Innocent"
(02:23:04) Part 3: "The Kefauver Trials"
(04:06:27) Part 4: "Life Under the Code"
(05:35:40) Part 5: "Life After the Code"

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 07 - X-Men + Fantastic Four (2020)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Seven

X-Men + Fantastic Four (2020)
(00:00:00) X-Men+Fantastic Four #1: "The Impossible Boy"
(00:33:32) X-Men+Fantastic Four #2: "Broken Borders"
(01:06:00) X-Men+Fantastic Four #3: "To the Victor"
(01:41:49) X-Men+Fantastic Four #4: "Welcome to the New World"
(02:49:53) Fantastic Four (vol.6) #26: "One Stop From Everywhere"
Writers - Chip Zdarsky & Dan Slott
Pencils - Terry Dodson & R.B. Silva
Inks - Rachel Dodson, Dexter Vines, Karl Story, & Ransom Getty
Colors - Laura Martin, Andrew Crossley, Peter Pantazis, & Jesus Aburtov
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Edits - Ballesteros, Biro, Smith, Breevort, Cebulski
Cover Price: $15.99
On-Sale: September 29, 2020

Stepping away from our regular Dawn of X storyline... due to a dramatic event that occurs in the sixth issue of one of our ongoings, we're taking a look at the four-part X-Men + Fantastic Four miniseries, which your humble host was absolutely chomping at the bit for.  Marvel must've known that, as they wasted very little time rendering the entire thing moot by de-Mutantifying Franklin Richards!

In todays Collected Edition, we'll discuss all four parts of the event miniseries as well as the issue of Fantastic Four where it's revealed that Franklin Richards isn't... and never, ever was... a Mutant!

This compilation also includes the landmark 50th episode of X-Lapsed, wherein I spend a good half hour or so being wildly self-indulgent in reflecting on my time in audio comics commentary.


The ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT X-Lapsed Voicemail!

623-396-5375 (or, 623-396-JERK)... as in "Professor Xavier is a..." and not anything off-color!  Shame on you for thinking it was!


Twitter: @acecomics / Instagram: @90sxmen






Friday, June 18, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 207 - Way of X #2 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Seven

Way of X #2 (July, 2021)
"Let Us Prey"
Writer - Si Spurrier
Artist - Bob Quinn
Colors - Java Tartaglia
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews-Balesteros, Thomas, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 19, 2021

It's my favorite day of the X-Lapsed Month... Way of X day!

After reading the first issue of this series, I was sure nothing could ever top it... and then they went and DID!  A truly wonderful issue, indeed - listen to me gush over it for over a half hour!

Plus: Our Always X-Cellent Mailbag!


Thursday, June 17, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 206 - X-Factor #9 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Six

X-Factor (vol.4) #9 (July, 2021)
"Interlude: DJ Mark's Mixtape of Mojoverse Beats to Make Out To"
Writer - Leah Williams
Art - David Baldeon
Colors - Israel Silva
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews-Ballesteros, Thomas, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 12, 2021

When is a penultimate issue more like a finale?  Well, when your actual final issue is a chapter of an Event Crossover... like the Hellfire Gala.

Oh, you didn't know?  There's a Hellfire Gala on the horizon.  They totally don't talk about it every chance they get... so, I don't blame you for not knowing!

Today, we look at a book whose watchword is "truncation".  The axe of cancellation appears to have fallen during the production of this issue... and yet, Williams and Baldeon still manage to deliver an enjoyable outing!  We've got Morrigan and Mojoworld... um, please listen anyway - I promise it'll be fun!

Also: An X-Panded Mailbag Segment full of x-cellent x-chatter!


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 205 - X-Corp #1 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Five

X-Corp #1 (July, 2021)
"Simply Superior"
Writer - Tini Howard
Art - Alberto Foche
Colors - Sunny Gho
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $4.99
On-Sale: May 12, 2021

Welcome, friends... to, hands down, the most difficult episode of X-Lapsed I've ever done!  If you've been following this show for any length of time, you'll know I really don't like being negative about our books... but, this one... hoo boy.  I literally almost threw up the white flag.

I feel like I need to publicly apologize to Fallen Angels, Empyre: X-Men, the Broo King Egg story, X-Men #12 and #14 being the same damn book, and even X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing... because, those were all a dream compared to this!

On a positive note... if you can make it through my negativity long enough - we've got some great mailbag discussion to close out!

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