I was going to write this post last week but somehow didn't, and apologies to my lovely Sam for being inconsistent.
I come to you with a new podcast obsession: "Rachel and Miles Xplain the X-Men," recommended to me from the lovely Sara (@archivalistic). It's really all there in the title for you. Jay Rachel Edidan and Miles Stokes review the twists, turns, ups, downs and retcons of one of Marvel's biggest series. Their love for the characters and comic books is palpable and their storytelling is inspired.
Each episode starts with a cold open, where Rachel explains a convoluted arc to Miles that occurred in the long-standing run of The X-Men. Though only the cold open is scripted, the rest of the show runs so well and smoothly, I was shocked to learn that Rachel and Miles were only working off of notes and not a fully written script.
The two clearly have a lot of fun making their show and are very successful in attracting more fans to The X-Men (including myself!). I had only really been a fan of the films and had read very few actual comics because I, like many others, had no idea where to start. That's where Rachel and Miles come in. They detail all the major story arcs, characters and plots so you can figure out exactly where to jump in (or know bits to skip over).
You can find out more about "Rachel and Miles Xplain the X-Men" on www.rachelandmiles.com