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First Mailbag of 2018 and it’s extra spicy, just as we promised. We’re tackling head-on the idea that T’Challa and Ororo (Storm) represent black love and excellence and should be together. That’s wrong, very wrong and we break down why. From the shoehorned way it was done and bad writing, to erasing Monica Lynne to the hard truths that no one wants to talk about (Ororo was raised in Harlem not Cairo). We’re taking on the Storm/T’Challa truthers and holding nothing back.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Everyone is excited for Black Panther
    • Who makes for a better couple in a movie than T’Challa and Ororo?
    • Favorite “Back of the closet” series
    • 5 X-Men movies/storylines for getting the X-Men back to where they should be
    • Jon Malin doesn’t understand the X-Men
  • Topic of the Day: Storm deserves more respect than slapping her into a marriage with T’Challa

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

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Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd we're back!

Trying to reconcile a crazy week damn near drove me mad, so I didn't want to expose anyone else to the levels of ridiculousness within sports. From Michigan State to the XFL to Boogie Cousins' Achilles exploding, not a whole lot to cheer about in real sports. No one is allowed to ask me why I love wrestling, because at least the WWE wants me to go home happy. Or do they?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

The first season of Fox’s The Gifted has come to a close and what a season. If you told me that a X-Men TV show without the actual X-Men with the focus on a family with two mutant children would be the best live action X-Men we’ve ever gotten, I would have called you crazy. But here we are. The entire season was great but the last 3 episodes put the icing on the cake. We find out the Cuckcoos represent the Hellfire Club and plan to fight back by recruiting some of the Mutant Underground. It sets up next season to have a showdown between the two ideologies that are core to the X-Men/Mutant story without having Professor X or Magneto on screen.

Topics:

  • Andy’s slow turn to the dark side. Darth Andy is here
  • Jace Turner officially goes full villain (and we can’t blame him)
  • Polaris’ bipolar disorder and the way the show hands it
  • The sneaky underhanded nature of the Cuckoos
  • The Reed parents are finally earning their keep
  • One ship is on the rocks but the other heats up
  • Purifiers, a Humanity First hate convention and all the reasons the humans are terrible

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We're quickly approaching the end of the first arc of this season of Agents of Shield so you know that means heart break is on the way. Agents of Shield does a great job of ensemble storytelling. We get two separate focuses, one on the team on the surface and the second with Mack & YoYo leading the resistance. On the surface we see Daisy struggling with the belief that she could be the one that causes the destruction of the earth. Should she get her powers back? Can she just be Daisy Johnson and not Quake? Oh and Fitz finally freaks out over the realization that they're in a time loop and therefore things can't change.

With Mack and YoYo, we get zombie Tess and Kasius revealing that he knows who YoYo is. So now the real question: Does he have a past version of Mack or YoYo locked up in that room telling him what's going to happen?

This show is great and we all need to be prepared for the heart break that is eventually coming. We all know it is.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

We finally get more information on why Cayden James has beef with Oliver and it makes us ask, who is setting Oliver up? As much as folks say Arrow is rehashing old stories, they still have managed to add in small changes. Oliver is letting the new team try to spread their wings even though he knows they're wrong. Showing a bit of growth. Also Felicity gives William a pretty good speech on why Oliver has to put the suit on. 

We also talk about why Arrow has been better than The Flash the last two seasons. I know folks have been calling for Arrow to end but we explain why The Flash has the same issues as Arrow but worse.

William gets caught in the cross hairs as Oliver attempts to stop Cayden James with just the original Team Arrow.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

This is a special Insanity Check. This week Kriss was reminded that he launched his first website, TheInsanityReport.com which then led to the Insanity Check podcast, 11 years ago. He's joined by Rod from The Black Guy Who Tips and they talk about what got them into Podcast, what lessons they've learned and give advice to those who want to start. They also reminisce about the infamous 4LOKO Podcast Party.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

We’re back for more Star Trek Discovery Season 1 discussion. This time we’re covering episodes 10 - 12 (Despite Yourself, The Wolf Inside, Vaulting Ambition). First thing first Kriss is out of control. He’s entirely too happy to troll The Doctor over the Ash/Voq reveal. There’s something seriously wrong with him. But there’s a lot to talk about for these three episodes. Star Trek Discovery has been such a joy to watch and these last three episodes will definitely make you want to go back and rewatch the previous episodes. Here are some of the things we discussed:
  • Captain Tilly and Captain Burnham
  • Did Burnham taste Captain Georgiou on Ash’s lips?
  • Sonequa Martin-Green thighs
  • No not Hugh...
  • What does Saru (Kelpien) taste like? Is it good with hot sauce or fried?
  • Lorca’s creepiness has peaked
  • Star Trek Discovery manages to balance old school Star Trek & action
  • Will the show stay in the mirror universe moving forward?
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Shanna and The Doctor discuss the Supergirl Roadtrip to space as they seek more information on Reign from an old dark Priestess.  Through some convoluted challenges, only women can go, so Kara must recruit LiveWire and Psi.  Along with Imra, they infiltrate Fort Rozz but are quickly intercepted by Reign.  We also debate the appropriateness of sharing your romance grief with a 12 year old.

Later, P-Funk and DB who host the Premium Star Wars Rebels cast join us to discuss the Blackity Black show Black Lightning, in an episode that saw a lot of bodies fall.  This show is so gritty and realistic with its stories, and has already started sparking debate, from the meta narrative on the futility of respectability to the debate around the use of the word "fast" to discuss young Black girls.  We also discuss the fact that this ain't your momma's CW DC television show, as the pacing is rapid and the stakes are high.  And yeah, about White thieves-thank you Black Lightning for giving us one this week.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:10am EST

Either you're in or you're out on Ralph Dibny. That's pretty much the takeaway from The Elongated Knight Rises. If you don't like Ralph, then this campy filler episode is a drag. If you do like him, then this was a nice distraction from the DeVoe storyline which has been pretty dark. We debate whether folks are being too harsh on Ralph because it's not what they expected or if it's just that bad.

One thing we do agree on though is that the scenes with Barry in jail just don't make any sense. Last week Barry was so fast he had a full conversation with Iris in the courtroom that no one saw. This week he's worried about being spotted by cameras in the prison? None of it makes sense and we feel that they could easily solve these issues with simple throwaway lines.

Finally we talk about how the "mystery girl" (It's Dawn Allen folks) fits into the storyline and what it could mean for this season or the next.

Oh and if you're gonna take on Bill Goldberg in prison, use the shank. 


Big Four WWE season means I get to dedicate an entire podcast to the world of sports entertainment, I mean professional wrestling, and who better to help us navigate the upcoming Royal Rumble than three true friends of the show. Sam Franco is back, and joined by Rich Fann and Cam Hawkins of PWTorch to help break down the WWE's Raw25 'celebration' and more. Come for the love of rasslin, stay for a master class in fantasy booking.

Topics:

  • Still not a Rumble guy - PUT DOWN THE PITCHFORKS.
  • Raw 25, and the Manhattan Center Comic Con.
  • WWE: Departures, Arrivals, and Shocking Returns.
  • NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 12, and the timelessness of Chris Jericho.
  • Is anyone else potentially #AllIn?
  • NXT Phily Card Breakdown
  • Handicapping the 2018 Royal Rumble - Men and Women

Rich Fann - @rich_fann - The Deep Dive, presented by PWTorch

Sam Franco - @samjfranco - 960 The Ref Morning Show

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Welcome back to Secret Sauce! Happy New Year! On this episode my co-host Diane from BLK Proverbs. We talk about a wide range of topics. Obviously a new year means everyone has New Year "Resolutions" and we discuss what our goals and motivations for the year are. We talk about what it's like to be stuck at a job you hate and finally being able to take the leap to building your own brand and business. Not everyone has the opportunity to do it but sometimes you need to take that leap to do what makes you happy. We also touch on The Crown, Proud Mary, Black Panther and yes, even 45's ridiculousness in the White House. You won't want to miss this episode. 

In addition to the chat with Diane I also have two interviews throughout this episode:

  • I interviewed Kiara Madison of Madison Square Bakery who started selling her baked goods in high school and is successfully juggling her business and being a full time college student.  Check out her instagram account @madisonsqbakery. 
  • To get our year started right, I interviewed  Ashley Chatman a certified fitness coach from Fit Body by Ashley.  Ashley is passionate on helping women get fit while having fun and has a variety of resources available so that you can join her. Diane's black woman shoutout.
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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:11am EST

The Doctor, Ashanti, Ejiro, and Tai are back to discuss the glorious mess that was Margaret, the soft peddled Nazi leanings of the royal family, Elizabeth's evolving role in light of her diminishing kingdom, and more.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:10am EST

*We had a slight problem with the audio this episode. We will make sure its fixed next time*

It has been an absolutely insane week in sports, and I called in a real deal, no lie professional broadcaster in to help navigate the everything that went down. Sam Franco from 960 the Ref is back to help the NBA not screw up a potential money maker, make weirdly prescient predictions about the outcome of the Pats game (ugh) and dip into some listener mail regarding perhaps the greatest "When Football Quit You" story I've ever heard. We also take the time to get serious, as we discuss the inexcusable inaction of every level of authority with the tragedy coming out of the US Olympic Gymnastics team and the lack of coverage of the same.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

Agents of Shield Season 5 Episode 8: The Last Day.
 
This show. Every time we think we have it figured out, they do something new to throw us for a loop. Coulson and the team talk to Robin to figure out just what happened that got them into this situation. This episode is filled with a bunch of clues and information in both the present and the flashbacks. The bond between Robin and May is explained and we now know that May holds the key. Well, May and Flint. There's a lot to go into here.
 
Oh and you get a treat as Kriss & Dpalm discuss the plan to make Dpalm the first Black American to win a gold medal in curling. Yes, we go off the rails.
 
Coulson and the team discover that the most unexpected person from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s past may hold the key to stopping Earth's destruction.
 

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Hey, at least this episode wasn’t as bad as this week’s episode of The Flash right? For all the talk about Arrow doing the same thing over again, we do need to give some credit for the changes they make. Sure, in Divided, Oliver is back to being a lone wolf. And we still don’t know what his plan was (spoiler: he had no plan). But the end of the episode didn’t end how it has in the past. The new team splitting off onto their own is a new development. So credit where credit is due.
 
That said…we’d be okay with this split if the new team wasn’t 100% wrong. Dinah and Rene have no ground to stand on. Rene’s betrayal is what led to this whole thing yet she’s more upset with Oliver? It’s just really weird and doesn’t make sense.
 
Hey, Arrow still has some of the best choreographed fight scenes in the Arrowverse though.
 
Listen to get our full thoughts on this episode. Make sure you subscribe to Super Tuesday Recap so you don't miss a review.
 
Oliver discovers one of Cayden's secrets; he decides to team up with an unlikely ally to defeat him; Dinah spends time with Vince.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

We’re back with the latest Insanity Check episode and we have a lot to talk about. It’s no longer funny: We really have to discuss this whole Sex Bot thing going on. Make no mistake, sex bots will be what kill us all. I’m not even joking. It all goes down from here. 

Oh and we end this episode by scaring the shit out of you. You're welcome.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

The Flash comes back from break with what might be their worst episode of any season. Trial of The Flash should have been a great emotional episode that shows the duality of Barry’s existence. Instead, the episode is pretty worthless. 

This episode is just very frustrating. In this review, Kriss and Dpalm talk about the narrative decisions that are hurting the Flash and question if 22 episodes are just too many for this show. Also, Kriss makes a solid argument for why having Barry reveal his identity is the shot in the arm this show needs.

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CW's shows are back from the winter break and that means that Shanna & The Doctor are here to review not only Supergirl, but the latest addition to CW's superhero lineup, Black Lightning. Both episodes show CW's commitment to super hero content. Having just added Supergirl last season, this season CW is adding even more heroes to the show with the Legion of Superheroes. And Black Lightning represents an entirely different direction with not only lead black characters but black show runners and writers. So how did both episodes turn out? Listen to the full review to find out.

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On Supergirl, Kara languishes in a coma while Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath, No Tomorrow) attempts to help guide her back.  Meanwhile, the DEO works to  develop a plan of attack against Reign, who is bringing her own brand of justice to National City.

On the premiere of Black Lightning, we meet the Pierce family in what has to be the Blackest introduction to a superhero hero in forever!

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Mid-Week Mini-Insanity Check content. I wanted to take a minute to comment on some of the things I've been seeing surrounding the white washing of the #MeToo movement. The bottom line is we have to stop using black women for their ideas while refusing to not only give them recognition but support.

I also comment on the Aziz Ansari situation, R Kelly, Bill Cosby and more. Make sure you check out some of the content from Black Women below who can go into way more depth, nuance and are infinitely more qualified to talk about this subject than I am.

Tarana Burke talking about #MeToo

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Shanna from MTR Network & Project Fandom: Your Fav Is Problematic...Yes Him Too

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

Phenom is joined by Joi from Black Girl Nerds to talk about the movie Proud Mary. This is a film that really got a raw deal. Screen Gems and Sony didn't bother to really promote the film. They did some really specific, targeted trailers and a billboard or two in "urban areas" but it never got the same treatment that Atomic Blonde or even The Commuter. There were no Thursday viewings for the movie and no advance screenings for critics. It would be easy to dismiss it as "well its just not good" but...neither is The Commuter and that still got promotion.

And in terms of quality and if the film is good or not, Phenom and Joi have a lot to say about that. Short answer: It's worth checking out and Taraji P. Henson deserves a lot better. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

The Doctor, Ashanti, friend of the show Tai, and Ejiro from Project Fandom come together to discuss season 1 of Netflix's hit series The Crown.  Ejiro provides us with a UK perspective given her years living overseas, as we compare the characterization provided by the show to the reality of the British monarchy. We come to the conclusion that the modern British monarchy should probably just end with Queen Elizabeth's reign since she's transformed it in such a way that can't be topped, and it's always good to go out on a high note. It might seem like you should pass over, but we encourage you to give it a watch-it is that compelling.

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Helluva a 5 days for your boy.

Trying to make sense of it all, we've called in Columbia legend* Barso to walk me through the Bulldogs and Falcons once again coming up short. Unfortunately, while blocking alongside me made him look good, no one could polish the turd that was this past 12 months as an Atlanta sports fan. From 28-3 to Atlanta losing their baseball team, to the events of Monday night and finally 4th and goal drops, good friends are there for you but great friends will make fun of your misfortune. Apparently Barso is a great friend. Ugh.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:53am EST

That time of week again: Agents of Shield review time! So, Kasius didn’t die but he’s the only one that we thought died that survived. It works out though because we get a lot more background information on why Kasius was exiled. And we really get a lot more information on Sinara as well who seems to be the real dangerous one. It’s funny that a character that has barely spoken all season is the one that scares us (even moreso when she finally does speak). 
 
We also love the fact that while all this is going really bad, the agents don’t lose their sense of humor. Fitz being a little upset that he’s not given enough credit for all he went through to get to the future. Flint and Mack bond and we’re back to black fatherhood moments. We end the review with Dpalm’s theories on the end of Infinity War, what Avengers 4 is about and how it all ties into season 5 of Agents of Shield.
 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:28am EST

We're back with a new episode of the Insanity Check. This week Kriss is joined by Dpalm so you know this show is going to go off the rails. But we actually keep it pretty civil. Kriss doesn't even troll Dpalm about Georgia's collapse in the National Championship Game. He's a good friend.

Topics:

  • Thank you to all our supporters
  • Deadpool 2 moves up its date
  • Gambit loses its third director & New Mutants gets delayed 10 months (not good folks, not good)
  • Trump confuses Haiti  and African Nations for his own mouth and calls them a "shithole"
  • At this point, the real problem with Trump are all the shitty people around him (Pence, Paul Ryan, Stephen Miller)
  • No, we don't need (or really want) Oprah as President
  • Rapid Fire Quick rants
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
    • Male sexbots are coming

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Let's cut right to the chase: The Commuter is a terrible film.

Maybe at one point there was an interesting concept here but the execution was just predictable trash. It's not even even one of those "enjoyable" bad movies either. You just spend your time calling out exactly what's going to happen next and glancing at your watch hoping for it to end.

But the real tragedy of this film is that they're going to use Liam Neeson's name and the perception that he's a "draw at the box-office" to keep making films like this. It's one of the greatest lies that Hollywood tells right now. They do a film on a shoestring budget, bring in a known name (most likely an aging white male actor), put out a terrible film but the film makes good profits because the budget was so low. And so continues the cycle of pretending that the actor is good for drawing people to the films. 

Listen to our full review of The Commuter as we go into spoilers for why this film is so bad. Towards the end we then look at the list of highest paid male actors compared to highest paid female actors and it's a travesty.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Kingpins & Pen Kings, hosted by Latoya and PhenomBlak, is a podcast focused on separating the rappers from the gangster they portray.  In this episode, we  discuss one of hip hop's most idolized Kingpins, Scarface and we talk about the Pen King who took on that name and gave it new meaning, Brad Jordan aka Scarface.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Ah, sports heartbreak. We meet again.

One day, a man will rank all of the Atlanta sports losses on some sort of quantifiable scale. His results will be unbiased and meticulously researched, and I reserve the right to beat him to death with a tire iron. For the second time in 11 months, here we are again; me full of misery, processing in front of a microphone and reading listener emails to commiserate - but more usually - mock my pain.

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Direct download: Fallout_-_Unanimous_Decision_77.m4a
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:21am EST

NEW YEAR NEW ME!

Just kidding. 2018 is here, and it's still me. Which means, you get to listen to me cheer on the future National Champion Georgia Bulldogs for an hour alongside one of my oldest friends who took me to my very first UGA game many moons ago! We talk about Wright's journey to being a coach and athletic administrator, as well as UGA's win over Oklahoma, Alabama's suffocation of Clemson, and (sigh) UGA's last 4 meetings with Saban. Also, we look at the disappointing bowl season, the Falcon's win over the Rams, and Oakland going all in on some decent PR.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Back from a short break, Agents of Shield season 5 continues to impress.  Episode 6, Fun & Games, Clark Gregg takes over as director to give us an episode that might as well be called "Everyone Dies".  We weren't prepared for all the people that get taken out this episode. We should have been though because Agents of Shield has never shied away from a body count. Fitz is finally reunited with Simmons and makes us realize that none of us love anyone as much as Fitz loves Simmons. We also get some great fight scenes with May vs Ben and Daisy vs Sinara. We love the way that they keep evolving how they have Daisy use her powers. And we get more information on Flint as he's rescued by YoYo after going through terrigenesis. 
 
This episode also pulls off something that can be tough for shows and that's seemingly killing off the villain and replacing them with someone else. It works for this episode because Kaisus's brother seems to be even more trouble than he is. Plus we still have Sinara around and she's scarier than both.

Also, we're pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Black Panther Screenings opening weekend. One in LA and one in DC. We're hoping tickets will go on sale Friday, January 12th at Noon est. Below is the theater information for each screener:

  • LA: Friday Feb. 16th 8pm Cinemark at Pike in Long Beach

  • DC: Saturday Feb. 17th 12 pm Regal Cinema Gallery Place Stadium 14 Washington DC

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Happy New Year everyone! The Insanity Check podcast is back for the new year and we're talking breaking the cycle in 2018 with Leslie Mac from Safety Pin Box. 

Also, we're pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Black Panther Screenings opening weekend. One in LA and one in DC. We're hoping tickets will go on sale Friday, January 12th at Noon est. Below is the theater information for each screener:

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:36am EST

We’re starting 2018 off right by going through the essential comic books for Scott Summers and Alex Summers. That’s right it's Cyclops and Havok time. Any chance we can get to talk X-Men, we’re going to leap at it. This was a fun episode to do because Cyclops and Havok have such long and rich histories not only with the X-Men but X-Factor as well. 

Scott Summers first appeared in X-Men #1 and Alex debuted in issue #54. Scott starts off as the boy scout and natural leader while Alex is more reluctant to lead and a bit more rebellious. Throughout their history in the comic books though, they gradually switch places as Alex becomes more of a team player & leader and Scott becomes a revolutionary. 

Here are some of the essential comic issues we covered:

Scott Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 1 - First appearance of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and the X-Men
  • Classic X-Men 42 - Mister Sinister in the orphanage
  • X-Men Giant Size #1
  • Uncanny 125 - 128 
  • Dark Phoenix Saga
  • X-Factor Vol 1
  • Uncanny X-Men 243
  • X-Men Vol 2 
    • #1 - 3
    • #30 - Scott Summers marries Jean Grey
  • Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix
  • Search for Cyclops 1 - 4
  • New X-Men - Grant Morrison - #114 - 154
  • Astonishing X-Men - Joss Whedon
  • Messiah Complex
  • Schism
  • Avengers vs X-Men
  • Uncanny X-Men - Bendis
  • Death of X

Alex Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 54 - First appearance of Alex Summers
  • Uncanny X-Men 58 - First appearance of Alex Summers as Havok
  • X-Factor Minus 1
  • Incredible Hulk #150
  • Uncanny X-Men Volume 1
    • Issue 158
    • Issues 233- 255
  • Wolverine/Havok Meltdown
  • X-Tinction Agenda
  • X-Factor #87
  • X-Factor 101 - 105
  • Mutant X
  • Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire - Uncanny X-Men 475 - 486
  • X-Men: Emperor Vulcan
  • X-Men Kingbreaker
  • Uncanny Avengers
 

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Shanna, DPalm and The Doctor discuss Marvel's latest Netflix series, Punisher, and talk about themes, drama, and most importantly, we rate our thirst levels. Guess who's number one!

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Direct download: Marvels_Punisher_Review_ThirstCast_1.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:26am EST

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