Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill
X-Lapsed, Episode 254 - Hellions #15

X-Lapsed, Episode 254 - Hellions #15

September 30, 2021

Welcome to the Future - The Future is... Chimera!

It's a shoe-drop issue of Hellions, where secrets are revealed - betrayals become apparent - and many interesting questions are raised!  There is so much to get into here, your humble host can hardly contain himself!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 253 - Wolverine #15

X-Lapsed, Episode 253 - Wolverine #15

September 29, 2021

Wolverine and Seyvr Blackmore talk... and fight... then talk again...

That's really about it!

It's not BAD or anything... but, there isn't much more to say about it!

Plus - Mailbag, Shout-Outs, Thank Yous, and X-Men Green???

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X-Lapsed, Episode 252 - Cable: Reloaded #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 252 - Cable: Reloaded #1

September 28, 2021

In which your humble host gets FAR too hung up on lazy use of "dur-hur, pouches!" references - and we meet our All-New X-Terminators team... in what's definitely not a back-door pilot for a post-Inferno ongoing series!

It's also part of the Last Annihilation crossover - so, if you're following that story, you'll wanna check this out!

Plus - Mailbag, Shout-Outs, Corporate Intrigue and much, much more!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 251 - X-Men Unlimited #3

X-Lapsed, Episode 251 - X-Men Unlimited #3

September 27, 2021

In which the opening arc of X-Men Unlimited creeps ever so slowly forward, and your humble host makes the argument that Jeff the Land Shark could save the comics industry (well, not really... but sorta!)

Plus: Great Mailbag, Voicemails, X-News and Rumors, This Week in X, more sappy thank yous, and much much more!

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Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 7 - ElfQuest #7 (2/86)

Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 7 - ElfQuest #7 (2/86)

September 26, 2021

Questerdays is back - and today we get a sandwich-type story wherein we learn the value of teamwork!

When the elves work together... nothing can stop them!  Not half-snake/half-cat demons... and not half-horse/half-camel abominations!

We talk more about the generational schism among the elves regarding the curse of Recognition... and also, an almost unhealthy amount about Go-Bots!  It's a great time as always, we hope to see you there!

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 21 - X of Swords, Volume 1

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 21 - X of Swords, Volume 1

September 25, 2021

Welcome, friends - to a giant-size installment of The Collected X-Lapsed!

It's time to kick off EcksofTens... and so, let's spend the next eight or so hours tracking down swords we're not going to use!  This episode includes the entire first-half of the... twenty-two part crossover event, plus as a special "bonus", I've included my look at the X-Men Free Comic Book Day 2020 special - so we can see the potential changes that were made to X of Swords during the Covid-hiatus... and also, you can hear me kvetch about what a waste FCBD truly is!

It'll be a good time... or, at the very least I'll help getcha through an entire day of work!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Free Comic Book Day 2020: X-Men
(00:37:20) X of Swords: Creation #1: "X of Swords, Part 01"
(01:40:31) X-Factor (vol.4) #4: "X of Swords, Chapter 02"
(02:34:59) Wolverine (vol.7) #6: "X of Swords, Chapter 03"
(03:03:16) X-Force (vol.6) #13: "X of Swords, Chapter 04"
(03:28:18) Marauders #13: "X of Swords, Chapter 05"
(04:19:24) Hellions #5: "X of Swords, Chapter 06"
(04:52:39) New Mutants (vol.4) #13: "X of Swords, Chapter 07"
(05:31:13) Cable (vol.4) #5: "X of Swords, Chapter 08"
(05:53:29) Excalibur (vol.4) #13: "X of Swords, Chapter 09"
(06:31:50) X-Men (vol.5) #13: "X of Swords, Chapter 10"
(07:02:08) X of Swords: Stasis #1: "X of Swords, Chapter 11"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 250 - X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 250 - X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

September 24, 2021

Friends, we have arrived at 1/4 of 1000 episodes of X-Lapsed... and what better way to celebrate than by kicking off one of our most anticipated series'?  This one's been a long time coming... and, we might eventually look back at is as the first domino being tipped over in wrapping up the Hickman Era!

Plus: Mailbag, Shout-Outs, Gushy Thank Yous, and the announcement of the X-Lapsed Patreon Launch (along with the entire first episode of the Patreon X-Clusive X-Lapsed Point One!)

Thank you all so much for being part of this silly journey of mine back into X-Relevance!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 249 - X-Corp #4

X-Lapsed, Episode 249 - X-Corp #4

September 23, 2021

On the eve of #XLapsed250, we take a look at (hopefully?) the penultimate issue of X-Corp... and, fair warning from your humble host: I don't like this book.  If that's something you take issue with... maybe skip this one.  We can still be friends!

Plus: Mailbag, Shout-Outs, and More!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 248 - Way of X #5

X-Lapsed, Episode 248 - Way of X #5

September 22, 2021

It's a most bittersweet day here at X-Lapsed... as we wrap up the Way of X volume (but thankfully, not its story!).

Here we tackle and deconstruct the Third Krakoan Law "Respect this Sacred Land", discuss the mundanity of Mutant Death, and chat up the Onslaughtian Revelations we are gifted with.  This is (was) a wonderful series... and I am going to miss it dearly.

Also - Mailbag and Shout-Outs, Oh My!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 247 - Marauders #23

X-Lapsed, Episode 247 - Marauders #23

September 21, 2021

When the most consistently good book in the line feels like it's "phoning it in", it still makes for a decent issue.  Unfortunately, I've come to x-pect so much more from this book.

This is the tale of two stories... and, feels more like an issue of (original recipe) X-Men Unlimited than an issue of Marauders!

Plus - Mailbag, Shout-Outs, and news about the rumored futures of several of our X-Ongoings come 2022!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 246 - X-Force #22

X-Lapsed, Episode 246 - X-Force #22

September 20, 2021

Wrapping up our two-part Man-Slaughter storyline... basically because they seemingly ran out of pages to devote to it!  Does the XENO story move forward any?  Of course not, don't be redeekolous!

Plus: Mailbag, Shout-Outs, The Week in X, and a brief news bit about the upcoming Sabretooth series!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 245 - X-Men Unlimited #2

X-Lapsed, Episode 245 - X-Men Unlimited #2

September 19, 2021

Our weekly look at the weekly X-Book continues... and so does our opening Wolverine vs. AIM vs. MODOK... in spaaaaaaaaaace story!

We're going to spend most of this episode talking about how this story is predicated on scrolling for great swaths of time... and, while that isn't a bad thing, it kinda hampers the ability to ever comfortably translate this into a physical product.

Also: The adorable second chapter of... It's Jeff!  What happens when our tiny Land Shark finds his way into a washing machine?  Will Punky Brewster get there in time to save him?  Wait, that was a fridge... nevermind.

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 20 - Juggernaut: No Stopping Now

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 20 - Juggernaut: No Stopping Now

September 18, 2021

With the Dawn of X behind us, and X of Swords on the horizon - I thought it would be nice to take a breather from the heavy-duty Krakoa stuff, and check in on what Professor X's sometimes evil brother is up to (especially since nobody's willing to let the poor guy just live on the island!).

We'll meet D-Cel, who is totally not a mutant... and find out how Cain Marko regained the power of the Juggernaut.

A fun series... here's hoping for a follow-up!

Note: The "Mailbag" segments of the latter episodes of this series might have some X of Swords spoilers! 

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Juggernaut (vol.3) #1: "Picking Up the Pieces"
(00:33:37) Juggernaut (vol.3) #2: "How Green is My Valley"
(01:20:04) Juggernaut (vol.3) #3: "Stuck in the Past"
(01:47:19) Juggernaut (vol.3) #4: "Scalpel to the Soul"
(02:19:52) Juggernaut (vol.3) #5: "A New Beginning?"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 244 - Children of the Atom #6

X-Lapsed, Episode 244 - Children of the Atom #6

September 17, 2021

Today we wrap up the story of the COTA kids... for now!  What will they do with an actual honest-to-goodness Mutant in their midst?  Will they fanboy and fangirl out... or wallow in jealousy that it isn't THEM who's got dem special genes?

Also - We thought we'd gotten away from it, but... much like DC Comics' Manhunters: Nobody escapes the Hellfire Gala!  Yes... we're back at the Gala.

Plus - An X-Tra Size Mailbag, Shout-Outs, Marvel Previews for November, 2021 - and more!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 35 - X-Men #35

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 35 - X-Men #35

September 16, 2021

It's the milestone 25th issue of X-Men!  Wow, remember when volumes of X-Men actually hit twenty-five issues?!  Seems like a lifetime ago, dunnit?

So, how will our Silver-Age Sensations celebrate the occasion?  Well, if you were to guess that they're going to fight another awful bad guy, then you win the world's worst No-Prize yet!  It's time to tangle with the dread El Tigre (no relation to Jean Grey).

All'at plus Letters, Bullpens, Merry Marvel Marching, Marvel Heroes on TV, Mailbag, Shout-Outs... oh my!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 34 - X-Men #24

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 34 - X-Men #24

September 15, 2021

If you thought we were hitting rock-bottom with Plant Man and the Porcupine... wait'll ya get a load of - The Locust!

Today, we've got the X-Men fighting giant bugs, and an idiot dressed like one!  All that, and Professor X pulls off some wicked hermit cosplay!  You won't wanna miss it!

Also: Letters Pages, Bullpen Bulletins, our own Mailbag, Shout-Outs and more!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 33 - X-Men #23

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 33 - X-Men #23

September 14, 2021

Wrapping up our two-part Count Nefaria caper, with an all-out action issue!

You'll never see the twist ending coming!  Well, unless you've been following along from the start - then you'll see it coming from a mile away...

All that, plus the 1966 Letters Page, Bullpen Bulletins, a future pro poppin' up among the ranks of the MMMS, and plenty more gestalty goodness!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 32 - X-Men #22

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 32 - X-Men #22

September 13, 2021

Kicking off The Corridor of Cruddy Villains here at The Essentials - with Count Nefaria and his dread Maggia!  These are some winners, indeed!  We're still going to have more fun than should be humanly (mutantly?) possible with it, doncha worry none!

Plus: The Original 1966 Letters Pages, Bullpen Bulletins, and much more!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 243 - X-Men Unlimited #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 243 - X-Men Unlimited #1

September 12, 2021

A surprise Sunday episode wherein we begin our look at the new Marvel Unlimited X-Clusive weekly title, X-Men Unlimited!  Now, listeners of X-Lapsed know that your humble host has been advocating for a new post-HoXPoX take on XMU for quite some time now -- so, is this a case of "Be careful what you wish for..."?  Listen in, and find out!

Plus: A Bonus "Back-Up" story... featuring X-Lapsed favorite, Jeff the Land Shark!  It's Jeff! #1 features our little hero visiting the public pool!

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 19 - Dawn of X, Volume 16

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 19 - Dawn of X, Volume 16

September 11, 2021

We have arrived at the FINAL volume of the Dawn of X Anthology Trade Collection.  Today we will witness the rest of our ongoings being rushed to a stopping point so that their casts can drop everything and search for swords they're not going to use!  Heck, one of these very issues is about a sword... which, even as deep into the Reign of X run as we are at the time of this upload, we STILL haven't seen again!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) X-Force (vol.6) #11: "Red Dawn"
(00:35:46) Excalibur (vol.4) #11: "Blood of the Changeling"
(01:04:19) X-Force (vol.6) #12: "The Cerebro Sword"
(01:36:36) Excalibur (vol.4) #12: "Verse XII: The Beginning"
(02:01:54) Giant-Size X-Men: Storm #1: "Disintegration"
(02:51:53) X-Men (vol.5) #12: "Amenth"
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 31 - Strange Tales #143

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 31 - Strange Tales #143

September 10, 2021

Wrapping up the mesmerizing Mentallo Trilogy!  Prepare your senses to be shocked... or, mildly amused, I suppose!

Today the S.H.I.E.L.D.sters and Tony Stark team up to neutralize their mental (and hydrogen) threat!  Will they make it in time... or will Nick Fury get his patch blown off?

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 30 - Strange Tales #142

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 30 - Strange Tales #142

September 9, 2021

The Middle chapter of the Monumental Mutant Menace of Mentallo Trilogy!

Today we're talking x-tremely deep pockets, and reading the minds of inanimate objects... if nothing else, this story definitely isn't boring!

I hope you're enjoying this trip off the beaten path as much as I am!  Lemme know!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 29 - Strange Tales #141

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 29 - Strange Tales #141

September 8, 2021

Stepping off the beaten path to introduce current-year S.W.O.R.D. cast member, the Mutant Menace of Mentallo!

We're broadening our horizons here at The Essential X-Lapsed... checking out series' that I never would have before!  Today's episode comes from the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. portion of Strange Tales -- Hydra has fallen, ESPers are the new hotness, and Nick Fury tries to get TV from Tokyo!  It's a funner than x-pected time!

Also: Great Mailbag!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 28 - X-Men #21

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 28 - X-Men #21

September 7, 2021

Welcome back to the Essentials!

Wrapping up Roy Thomas' first two-parter... featuring (hopefully) the last we see of Lucifer!  It's kind of a rough formulaic outing for our mutant heroes...

Plus: Original 1966 Letters Pages, the Marvel Bullpen Bulletins, our own Mailbag, and much more!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 242 - X-Men #2

X-Lapsed, Episode 242 - X-Men #2

September 6, 2021

It's the August finale of X-Lapsed, and we are checking back in with the flagship book... which actually features the flagship team!  And guess what -- they're fighting something from outer space!  Whodathunkit?

Thankfully there's much more to this issue than that - great characterization and forward momentum in our overarching story!  This is a book that feels like an EVENT every time out... in a good way!

Plus: Mailbag, Voice Mail, Shout-Outs and Sales Charts!

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Chris and Reggie‘s TOTAL PACKAGE - The Death and Return of Superman

Chris and Reggie‘s TOTAL PACKAGE - The Death and Return of Superman

September 5, 2021
Welcome, friends - to the collection of Cosmic Treadmill episodes wherein Reggie and I commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Doomsday storyline that shook the comics industry back in the Fall/Winter of 1992-93!  In these shows, we broke down what was going on in the world of Superman leading up to his final battle with Doomsday, the story itself... and all of the fallout in Funeral For A Friend and Reign of the Supermen.  If you weren't in the fandom (or perhaps even on the planet back then... you might enjoy hearing about what was going on in the biz and the world.  If you were, well - I hope this scratches a nostalgia itch!
 
Then, as a special bonus, I've decided to include events even more tragic for Superman than death itself... J. Michael Straczynski's opus Grounded from 2010-2011.  Sending the post-Crisis Superman shuffling outta continuity (at least for awhile) with a... thud.
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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 63: Doomsday!
(01:45:08) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 64: Funeral For A Friend
(03:07:32) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 65: Reign of the Supermen
(04:57:09) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 66: The Return!
(06:33:58) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 75: Grounded
Total Running Time: 8 Hours, 13 Minutes, 28 Seconds
The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 18 - Dawn of X, Volume 15

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 18 - Dawn of X, Volume 15

September 4, 2021

With the Empyre-sploitation firmly in the rear-view, it's time to rush our stories to a halt... or at least to a semi-organic point where #EcksofTens can effectively put them on hold for a couple'a months.

This compilation also includes the "milestone" One-Hundredth episode of X-Lapsed!  It's chock-full of my regular nonsense - couldn't have done it without you all.  Thanks you!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Giant-Size X-Men: Fantomex #1: "The World"
(00:43:00) Marauders #11: "To Live and Die on Krakoa"
(01:26:24) New Mutants (vol.4) #12: "Monster Machine"
(01:52:13) Wolverine (vol.7) #5: "Bloodclocks"
(02:36:12) Marauders #12: "The New Phase"
(03:20:20) X-Factor (vol.4) #3: "Suite No. 3: Mojoverse Sonata the 2nd, a Celestial Rondo"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 241 - Hellions #14

X-Lapsed, Episode 241 - Hellions #14

September 3, 2021

It's Episode 2 in the #XLapsedCrownSaga... wherein your humble host is still stammering and struggling through some dental work!  Thankfully, we've got a wonderful book to chat about today in Hellions!

The Sinister Story that's been building since HoXPoX is starting to take shape... and secrets are shared!  It's a goodie - you don't wanna miss this one!  As I always say... if you're not reading Hellions -- READ HELLIONS!

Plus: An abbreviated Mailbag... due to lockjaw (again, not that Lockjaw)!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 240 - Shang-Chi #3

X-Lapsed, Episode 240 - Shang-Chi #3

September 2, 2021

Through gritted teeth we head off the beaten path and take a look at a Wolverine guest-spot in Shang-Chi!  Now, the "gritted teeth" ain't an indictment on the quality of the story... it's due to some dental work I had done earlier in the day!  So, not even lockjaw (not that Lockjaw) will keep us from our (self)appointed task!  Apologies in advance if I sound rough(er than usual) today!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 239 - Wolverine #14

X-Lapsed, Episode 239 - Wolverine #14

September 1, 2021

It's the first Anniversary of X-Lapsed... and somehow Wolverine has weaseled his way into yet another X-Lapsed Milestone!

Today, friends... the comic is basically secondary, thankfully it's just Wolverine doing Wolverine things in Madripoor anyway, so, it's not like there's much to say anyway!

The real "meat" of this episode is the discussion of the genesis of X-Lapsed, and a celebration of the community we've built together over the past year.

Thank you all for helping me to get here... trust me when I say, I couldn't have done it without you!

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