• Episode 113: Hope Summers (feat. Kieron Gillen)

    In Episode 113 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Kieron Gillen meet their maker with the mutant messiah, Hope Summers! Created as an infant by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo, then developed extensively by writer Duane Swierczynski, baby Hope was the first mutant somehow born after the Decimation eradicated the future potential of the x-gene, and her prophesied birth made her a target from her first breaths. Quickly orphaned in a massacre and spirited away to the future by her adoptive father Cable, Hope had a number of false starts on her long messianic journey, but finally achieved her cosmic purpose on Krakoa.

    This is also the afterparty for Kieron's remarkable second tenure on X-Men, and a salute to the First Krakoan Age.

    Kieron's new creator-owned book The Power Fantasy is coming soon from Image Comics, and the final order cutoff date for issue #1 is today, July 15th! Call your local comic shop and ask for it by name.

    The CEREBRO character file on Hope begins at 43:19.

    (Content Advisory: Hope's story includes genocide, suicide, and the mass murder of infants. You know. Messiah stuff.)

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    S4E14 - 4h 10m - Jul 15, 2024
  • Episode 112: Gloria Dolores Muñoz (feat. Alex Segura)

    In Episode 112 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Alex Segura get down to business with Gloria Dolores Muñoz, the ravishing Risque! Created by Jeph Loeb and Luciano Lima in X-Force, Gloria is a half-Cuban half-Seminole mutant mercenary and thief from Miami, Florida, with the power to condense and implode inorganic matter.

    When she's assigned to target James "Jimmy" Proudstar, the X-Force member Warpath, Gloria finds herself falling in love with him despite her best efforts. After an unceremonious off-panel death in Grant Morrison's New X-Men a few years later, Risque returned in 2021 as part of Al Ewing and Valerio Schiti's S.W.O.R.D., where she played a major role in Krakoan galactic diplomacy.

    The CEREBRO character file on Risque begins at 49:54.

    (Content Advisory: Gloria's story includes racism and torture.)

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    S4E13 - 4h 9m - Jun 18, 2024
  • Episode 111: Eva Bell (feat. Karen Charm)

    In Episode 111 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Karen Charm (a.k.a Karen Czap) jump through the timestream with Eva Bell, the tragic Tempus! Created by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, and Chris Bachalo, Eva is one of the signature characters of the Bendis era of X-Men. After some time away from the spotlight, the character found new purpose on Krakoa as part of The Five, the mutant circuit responsible for enabling resurrection.

    The CEREBRO character file on Tempus begins at 48:31.

    (Content Advisory: Eva's story includes the loss of a child.)

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    S4E12 - 3h 4m - May 29, 2024
  • Episode 110: Trish Tilby (feat. Patrick Sullivan)

    In Episode 110 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Patrick Sullivan get the scoop with the tenacious Trish Tilby! Created by Louise Simonson and Butch Guice, hard-nosed news anchor Trish debuted in the 80s run of X-Factor as Hank McCoy's love interest. While that relationship didn't survive the turn of the millennium, Trish and her broadcasts have remained a fixture of the broader Marvel universe.

    In an unplanned and unexpected coup for this episode's timing, she recently had a memorable turn in the animated series X-Men '97.

    The CEREBRO character file on Trish Tilby begins at 1:55:16.

    (Content Advisory: Trish and her stories serve to represent the news media's treatment of marginalized people, which is discussed generally in this episode.)

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    S4E11 - 3h 50m - May 10, 2024
  • Episode 109: Arcade (feat. Annalise Bissa)

    In Episode 109 of CEREBRO, Connor and Marvel editor Annalise Bissa hunt the most dangerous game with the arrogant Arcade! Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, spoiled brat Arcade never really grew up, instead becoming a whimsical assassin and creating Murderworld, a grisly amusement park of death.

    The CEREBRO character file on Arcade begins at 58:02, after some hopefully soothing conversation about the new From the Ashes X-Men relaunch taking place this summer.

    This episode is dedicated to the memory of Steven Attewell, featured in Episode 97 on Sebastian Shaw, who recently died of cancer. Steven was an essential part of the CEREBRO community and wrote in wonderful questions for nearly every single episode, including this one.

    (Content Advisory: Arcade's story includes child abuse, domestic violence, and torture.)

    You can support CEREBRO on Patreon!



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    S4E10 - 3h 42m - Apr 13, 2024
  • Episode 108: Hepzibah (feat. Jordan Blok) — Part Two: Skunk, Interrupted

    In the GALAXY-SIZE Episode 108 of CEREBRO, Connor and fan favorite guest Jordan Blok arm up for bird season with the marvelous Mam'selle Hepzibah! Created by Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont, Hepzibah is the femme fatale of the Starjammers, the Shi'ar galaxy's most notorious space pirates and freedom fighters. An escaped slave who dedicated her life to rebellion against her former oppressors in the Imperium, Hepzibah is also the paramour of Corsair, Christopher Summers — long-lost father to Cyclops, Havok, and another guy it later turns out.

    Also, she's a skunk person. She's Cyclops's sexy skunk alien stepmother. This is Connor and Jordan's nine hour skunkstravaganza.

    This is Part Two! Start with Part One, or check out Patreon for the complete Extended Skunkery Mix.

    (Content Advisory: Hepzibah's story includes racism, slavery, genocide, sexual violence, torture, and a lot of other very heavy stuff.)



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    S4E9 - 4h 41m - Feb 28, 2024
  • Episode 108: Hepzibah (feat. Jordan Blok) — Part One: Stepmutha Has Arrived

    In the GALAXY-SIZE Episode 108 of CEREBRO, Connor and fan favorite guest Jordan Blok arm up for bird season with the marvelous Mam'selle Hepzibah! Created by Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont, Hepzibah is the femme fatale of the Starjammers, the Shi'ar galaxy's most notorious space pirates and freedom fighters. An escaped slave who dedicated her life to rebellion against her former oppressors in the Imperium, Hepzibah is also the paramour of Corsair, Christopher Summers — long-lost father to Cyclops, Havok, and another guy it later turns out.

    Also, she's a skunk person. She's Cyclops's sexy skunk alien stepmother. This is Connor and Jordan's nine hour skunkstravaganza.

    The CEREBRO character file on Hepzibah begins at 1:36:46.

    This is Part One of Two. You can check out Patreon for the complete Extended Skunkery Mix.

    (Content Advisory: Hepzibah's story includes racism, slavery, genocide, sexual violence, torture, and a lot of other very heavy stuff.)



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    S4E8 - 4h 51m - Feb 28, 2024
  • Episode 107: Candra (feat. Kat Driscoll)

    In Episode 107 of CEREBRO, Connor and Kat Driscoll offer up their tithes to the capricious Candra! Created by Howard Mackie and Lee Weeks, Candra of the Floating Spires is one of the Externals, part of a secret coterie of immortal mutants who have shaped world politics for hundreds of years. As the Benefactress of the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds of New Orleans, Candra has been a notable foe to Gambit and Storm in particular.

    She's fun! She lives in a jewel.

    The CEREBRO character file on Candra begins at 1:52:05.

    (Content Advisory: Candra's story includes child abuse, and features the general bad vibes one might expect of a centuries-old French imperialist.)

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    S4E7 - 5h 56m - Feb 3, 2024
  • Bonus Episode: Sky Masters (feat. The Jack Kirby Museum)

    Happy New Year, Zalagang!

    Today, for a special interview, Director Rand Hoppe and President Tom Kraft of the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center join the show to talk about their new crowdfunding project at Zoop: a hardcover collection of Jack Kirby and Wally Wood's full-color Sunday strips for Sky Masters of the Space Force (with writer Dave Wood).

    A syndicated newspaper strip that launched in 1958, shortly after Sputnik 1 launched the space race in earnest, Sky Masters imagines the near future of the American space program.

    Regular CEREBRO programming will resume soon. In the meanwhile, you can support the podcast on Patreon!



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    53m - Jan 8, 2024
  • Episode 106: Laurie Collins (feat. Alex Abad-Santos)

    In Episode 106 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Alex Abad-Santos just want to be popular with Laurie Collins, the wilting Wallflower! Created by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Keron Grant as one of the new students in the 2003 relaunch of New Mutants, which evolved into New X-Men: Academy X, Laurie is a shy and reserved teenage girl terrified of social contact because her mutant pheromones make her feel like a predator. An interesting arc takes shape as she develops more control over her powers, but sadly she's swiftly killed off when the writing team changes in 2005.

    But now, thanks to Krakoa, she's back!

    The CEREBRO character file on Wallflower begins at 49:15.

    (Content Advisory: Laurie's story hinges on the premise of sexual violence through mind control. This episode also discusses at length the student-teacher romance plot at the core of New Mutants vol. 2.)

    You can support CEREBRO on Patreon!



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    S4E6 - 3h 56m - Dec 16, 2023
  • Episode 105: Cain Marko (feat. Anthony Oliveira)

    In Episode 105 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Anthony Oliveira become huge and unstoppable with Cain Marko, the jealous Juggernaut! Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Cain is the elder stepbrother of Charles Xavier, empowered by an ancient occult artifact and bent on destruction. One of the most famous X-Men villains, over time Cain became a fairly reliable ally, particularly under the character's signature writer Fabian Nicieza. He won the fan vote for this year's X-Men roster before the tragedy at the Hellfire Gala that launched Fall of X.

    Cain is often teamed up with Black Tom Cassidy, whom many readers — and some writers, including Nicieza — have interpreted as his romantic partner, but to date this remains subtextual.

    This episode is very long, very silly, a little spicy, and features a weirdly lengthy tangent about Broadway legend Julie Taymor.

    The CEREBRO character file on Juggernaut begins at 3:22:45. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

    (Content Advisory: Cain's story includes child abuse, including potential implications of sexual abuse.)

    You can support CEREBRO on Patreon!



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    S4E5 - 6h 56m - Nov 26, 2023
  • Episode 104: Amanda Sefton (feat. Anna Peppard)

    In Episode 104 of CEREBRO, Connor and Oh Gosh, Oh Golly, Oh Wow! co-host Dr. Anna Peppard (Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero) walk the Winding Way with Amanda Sefton, the devil-may-care Daytripper! Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum in 1976 as a love interest for Nightcrawler, flight attendant Amanda was later revealed in a retcon to be a disguised figure from Kurt's past: his first love Jimaine, daughter and disciple of his foster mother, the powerful Romani sorceress Margali Szardos.

    Despite a lot of interest from Claremont, some time as a member of Excalibur in the 90s, and a moment in the spotlight as the second Magik following the death of Illyana Rasputina, winsome witch Amanda has never managed to stick around as a consistent starring player.

    Here is the longest conversation anyone has probably ever had about this character, in which Anna and Connor argue she should be a big deal.

    The CEREBRO character file on Daytripper begins at 2:48:53. (I know. I know.)

    (Content Advisory: Amanda's story includes racism and antiziganism, abusive parenting, torture, and a complex romantic relationship between foster siblings — which we get some people are just gonna find too weird!)

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    S4E4 - 6h 51m - Oct 10, 2023
  • Bonus Episode: Marvel Move (feat. Ryan Penagos)

    Hey there, Zalagang!

    Today, for a special interview, Vice President and Creative Executive at Marvel Ryan Penagos joins the show to talk about the new fitness app Marvel Move, a collaboration between Marvel and Zombies, Run! developers Six To Start.

    Ryan was a major creative coordinator for this immersive game, which features an X-Men scenario, "Age of Orchis", written by friend of the pod Tini Howard.

    Regular episodes of CEREBRO will return soon!

    I'm in the middle of editing Amanda Sefton feat. Anna Peppard. It's a lengthy edit, because we went for... a while... but so far I'm very happy with it. Stay tuned!

    In the meanwhile: you can support CEREBRO on Patreon!



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    42m - Sep 29, 2023
  • CEREBRO Appendix: Gosamyr (feat. Jordan Blok)

    Hey there, Zalagang!

    You've likely noticed, but a combo of scheduling issues and personal life stuff has led to a brief production delay.

    The next regular episode of CEREBRO will be Amanda Sefton feat. Dr. Anna Peppard! It should be in your ears about two weeks from now. Trish Tilby feat. Patrick Sullivan will follow later in the month.

    In the meantime, there will be new bonus content releasing on Patreon — and I'm publicly releasing this past April's CEREBRO Appendix bonus episode on Gosamyr feat. Jordan Blok! It's a fun sample of the joy awaiting you for just $5 dollars a month in the House of Z.

    Thanks for your patience! More soon.

    An odd and brief addition to the classic New Mutants, the glamorous Gosamyr spins a wanton web of chaos. She's a very sexy baby, and this is a very silly episode.

    (Content Advisory: Gosamyr's story includes slavery, xenophobia, sexual violence, and allegorical reference to child sex abuse.)

    The CEREBRO Appendix is a bonus episode series spotlighting characters who do not have a full Zaladane of 12 appearances, or who never get the personal focus that would merit a full episode of CEREBRO.



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    2h 11m - Sep 7, 2023
  • Bonus Episode: Dark X-Men (feat. Steve Foxe)

    Hey there, Zalagang!

    Today, returning guest Steve Foxe and I dig into his new title Dark X-Men, which debuted last week as part of the Fall of X event!

    This episode contains SPOILERS for Dark X-Men #1, so please read the issue before listening.

    This summer con season has been crazy, and I knew I wanted to have some bonus content to hold you all over between regular installments of the pod. I hope you enjoyed the episode with Gerry, and will enjoy this one with Steve — I'd love to incorporate more interviews like this into the world of CEREBRO as the show goes on.

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    2h 9m - Aug 24, 2023
  • Bonus Episode: Hellfire Gala 2023 (feat. Gerry Duggan)

    Hi everyone! This morning, in a publicly-released CEREBRO Secret File, X-Men and Invincible Iron Man writer Gerry Duggan joins Connor for a postmortem on the cataclysmic events of this year's Hellfire Gala.

    This episode contains SPOILERS for the giant-size one-shot released today, as well as for the epilogue in Invincible Iron Man #8, so please read both issues before listening.

    (Content Advisory: A lot of upsetting stuff happens in this comic.)

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    2h 49m - Jul 26, 2023
  • Episode 103: Calvin Rankin (feat. Chad Anderson)

    In Episode 103 of CEREBRO, Connor and Graymalkin Lane host Chad Anderson get lost in the woods with Calvin Rankin, the mercurial Mimic! Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as an antagonist, arrogant power copier Cal briefly joined the X-Men in the 60s under writer Roy Thomas, but ultimately couldn't mesh with his classmates. Over the decades he's struggled to find a consistent role in the franchise, but his popularity was boosted a great deal by writer Judd Winick when the alternate Mimic of Earth-12 starred in the popular 2001 ongoing Exiles. In the years since, a few attempts have been made to bring Earth-616's Mimic to similar prominence, but none of them have really stuck. 

    The CEREBRO character file on Mimic begins at 1:17:42.

    (Content Advisory: Cal's story includes suicidal ideation, ableism, and substance abuse.)

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    S4E3 - 3h 49m - Jul 17, 2023
  • Episode 102: Nekra Sinclair (feat. Jordan Blok)

    In Episode 102 of CEREBRO, Connor and fan favorite guest Jordan Blok pay homage to Nekra, Priestess of Hate! Created by Steve Gerber and Ross Andru as a nemesis for jungle heroine Shanna the She-Devil, mutant radical Nekra Sinclair instead became a recurring threat to the broader Marvel Universe. After moving to the X-Men franchise during Matt Fraction's 21st century tenure, she has found new prominence (and new dignity) in the Krakoa Era as one of the protagonists of Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk's Sabretooth and its sequel Sabretooth and the Exiles.

    The CEREBRO character file on Nekra begins at 1:53:10.

    (Content Advisory: This episode discusses some very racist stories. Nekra's story also includes sexual violence, brainwashing, and slavery.)

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    S4E2 - 6h 41m - Jun 24, 2023
  • Episode 101: En Sabah Nur (feat. Jonathan Hickman)

    In Episode 101 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 4 PREMIERE, Connor and Head of X emeritus Jonathan Hickman extend a cautious hand to En Sabah Nur, the atrocious Apocalypse! Created by Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, and Butch Guice as the central antagonist of 1986's X-Factor, the ancient immortal Apocalypse spent millennia worshiped by many names, secretly cultivating the mutant race.

    After decades of publication in which the heroes fought his seemingly inevitable ascent to power — particularly when he took on the role of franchise big bad in the 90s — the Krakoan Age changed everything, with the character revolutionized by Hickman and his collaborator Tini Howard.

    The CEREBRO character file on Apocalypse begins at 54:56.

    (Content Advisory: Apocalypse's story includes slavery, genocide, suicide, torture, brainwashing, and involuntary body modification.)

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    S4E1 - 3h 35m - May 30, 2023
  • Episode 100: Madelyne Pryor (feat. Sara Century) — Part the Fourth: Ashes!

    In the DOMINION-SIZE Episode 100 of CEREBRO, Connor and fan favorite guest Sara Century paint the town red with Madelyne Pryor, the glorious Goblin Queen! Created by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith, Maddie was introduced in 1983 as a new love interest for Scott Summers following the death of Jean Grey in 1980's The Dark Phoenix Saga. Intended by Claremont to facilitate Scott's happy ending and retirement from the X-Men, Maddie went in a dramatically different direction after editorial demanded Scott and Jean be reunited in 1986's X-Factor.

    Despite the titles (which are a nod to Inferno), this is Part 5 of 5.



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    S3E29 - 3h 3m - Apr 15, 2023
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