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It’s the end of February and not only does that mean that we made it to see Black Panther in theaters but we’re also around to watch it smash all the box-office records. Truly amazing. This Mailbag was a fun one because while we obviously do have some Black Panther talk in it, we actually got some pretty diverse emails and discussions going. Loads of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it.


  • Emails
    • New Segment: The Pull-List
    • If we could develop powers what would we want?
    • Kriss & Dpalm need to watch Legion
    • Our feelings on the Injustice Comics
    • Favorite alternative versions of characters?
      • Age of Apocalypse
      • Planetary
      • The Boys (shhh…don’t tell anyone)
    • Kriss is adamant that he’s seen at least 1 full season of Young Justice
    • We sing praises to Dan Slott
    • Potential Black Panther 2 plot points
  • Quick Hits
    • Black Panther continues to break records
    • Joss Whedon is off of Batgirl
    • Marvel’s Refresh – do they need better PR or should they just keep their head down and keep doing what they’re doing?

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

We're back with another Character Corner. This time we're doing double the trouble with two classic X-Men villains: Apocalypse and Mister Sinister. It's actually pretty fitting that we do these two at this point. We recently did an episode on the Summers brothers, Scott & Alex. And we're also planning on doing an episode on Cable and the rest of the Summers bloodline. Throwing Sinister and Apocalypse in between those two seems pretty fitting considering how tied these villains are to the Summers clan. So in this episode we skip over some stuff but only because we'll be diving into more detail when we do that other episode.

The interesting thing about Apocalypse and Mister Sinister is how due to their longevity they've been incorporated into almost everything. Some for the good and some for the bad. But their tale is one that spans generations and overall, is pretty damn good. So sit back and give this episode a listen to find out just out evil these two are.

And for the record, we should make it very clear, neither of these characters are #VillainAgenda. They're just pure evil. It's like Hitler and Josef Mengele. 

Oh and Louise Simonson is a national fucking hero. Put some respect on her name.

Key Issues:


  • X-Factor Volume 1
    • Issue #5 – First Cameo
    • Issues #6 – First full appearance
    • Issue #15 = First appearance of The Horsemen
    • Issue #24 – Archangel revealed as Death
    • Issues #65 – 68
      • First appearance of the Dark Riders
      • Infects baby Nate Summers with techno-organic virus
    • Cable Volume 1
      • #75
    • X-Cutioner’s Song
    • Cable Vol 2 #19 – Resurrected
    • Age of Apocalypse
    • The Twelve
    • Uncanny X-Force

Mister Sinister

  • Mutant Massacre
    • Uncanny X-Men #213 – Sabretooth first mentions the character
    • Uncanny X-M3n #221 – First appearance
  • Inferno
    • Uncanny X-Men #241 – Reveals that he cloned Madelyne Pryor from Jean Grey
    • X-Factor #39 – Cyclops “Destroys”
  • Classic X-Men #41 – 42
  • X-Factor
    • #74 & #75 – The Nasty Boys
  • X-Cutioner’s Song (1992-1993)
  • X-Men #23 – Brothers
  • The Further Adventures of Phoenix and Cyclops
  • Cable Annual 1999
  • Gambit Ties
    • X-Men Volume 2 #6 – Sabretooth suggests that he has ties to Remy
    • X-Men #41 – 45
    • Uncanny X-Men #350
    • Gambit #13 – 23
      • Explains some of Sinister’s new powers including shapeshifting (got them from experimenting on Courier)
    • X-Men 99 – 103
    • Messiah Complex
      • Mystique “kills” him
    • X-Men Legacy #211 – 214
      • Xavier Ties
    • X-23
    • Uncanny X-Men #544
    • Uncanny X-Men #14 - 17 (AvX Tie-In)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Whole lot of content dropping here at MTR, including our brand new interview series on UDPod, but today is a plain old sports show with a plain old guest. Best man and my wedding, and NegroCon 1.5 attendee Mike is my gues today, and we cover everything from the surprisingly good All Star Weekend, naturally disappointing pre-draft opinions, and the creeping apathy surrounding the Winter Olympics.


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Kriss is joined by Rich (@RichJones15) to talk about the last couple of crazy weeks. From the high of Black Panther to the lows of yet another mass shooting in America. 


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Legends of Tomorrow continues to shine and what better way to prove that than a good ole fashion time loop episode? But wait! It's not a regular time loop episode, instead it's really a clever way of doing some character development for Zari as well as moving some interpersonal relationships on the Waverider forward. Here I Go Again proves that the Legends of Tomorrow writing room really knows how to work an ensemble cast as well as make good use of their shortened season.

Of course now we need Mick's Sci-Fi romance novel to be real. Oh and the Legend of Sara Lance continues!

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Zari finds her place on the team when she gets caught in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

We’re back with episode 2 of our Oscar 2018 Award Show. This time we’re breaking down the categories for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.  We have a lot of opinions on the Best Supporting Actor category as we think there are some significant names missing from the list. How the hell did Jason Mitchell not get nominated for Mudbound? No love for Armie Hammer? Did Woody Harrelson get nominated for the wrong movie? Should the Academy expand the actor/actress categories to match the number of nominated Best Pictures?

Just like the first show, we break down each category by

  1. Who we’re rooting for
  2. Who we think deserves to win
  3. Who we think will win


Best Actor

  • Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq

Best Supporting Actress

  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer – All The Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outisde Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water

Best Film Editing

  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

Dope Talk is back, and this time we're joined by Susan Simpson from the Undisclosed Podcast and the 45th Podcast. We talk about how she got into podcasting in the first place, how they find the cases featured on Undisclosed, and how in the word you keep track of all the psychosis pouring out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave these days. Plus, we get to the bottom of a missing turtle mystery 20 years in the making.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

Ashanti (DocuDrunks and Scarestalgia) and I interview Devyn C. from Nyvedna Productions, a consummate cosplayer who made fabric to celebrate Black Panther and we discussed:

  • What got her into cosplay
  • What costumes she's created
  • How she gets inspired
  • How did cosplay translate into forming a business
  • Where she sees her business going in the future
  • Her Dora Milaje costume
  • Our current loves and hates
  • Our black women shoutouts
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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:33am EDT

You know what time it is. Kriss and Phenom discuss (without spoilers) Marvel's Black Panther. Seriously, its better than it has any right to be and you're not going to be prepared. This is less of a review and more of just a non-spoiler discussion of why we loved it so much. We already know you're going to go see the film (we'll see some of you on Saturday!). 

  • The story's connection to present day struggles of Black Americans
  • #ErikKillmongerWasRight - We have a new Villain Agenda inductee
  • All the black female characters steal the show but particularly Letitia Wright's Shuri
  • Andy Serkis had fun making this movie, we can tell
  • The visuals and action were amazing
  • You're not prepared

We'll have several spoiler reviews coming out soon and don't forget to check out Kriss's solo video review!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

Shanna, D and Parrish spend way too much time anticipating seeing Black Panther and discussing which classic 70s and 90s figures should guest star on Black Lightning. 

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper - in all situations.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:17am EDT