X-Ray Vision

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From Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion and Crooked Media comes X-Ray Vision, a new weekly podcast that transcends pop culture and entertainment by taking listeners from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, and everything in between. Hold on to your cape as we journey through the zeitgeist-iest (patent pending) of film, TV, and comics– guided by Jason’s one-of-a-kind analysis and expert guests. Test your fandom knowledge with panel discussions on the latest nerd news, casting, and show lore while staying tuned for deep dives into all of your favorite franchises. New episodes released weekly. Editors’ Notes: “There’s not a secret sauce to podcasting, there’s only ever two ingredients: information and entertainment value,” Jason Concepcion tells Apple Podcasts. “Every episode is an attempt to combine those two things in a way that feels true and engages the audience.” In each weekly episode of Crooked Media’s X-Ray Vision, Concepcion and co-hosts Rosie Knight and Cody Ziglar share insightful analysis of the shows, movies, and comic book properties that are dominating the pop culture conversation—whether it's the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, DC Comics fandom, or the latest episode of Succession. Concepcion got his first taste of podcasting when he worked as a Senior Creative for the sports and pop culture website The Ringer. In addition to covering the NBA, he and Mallory Rubin collaborated on Binge Mode, in which they went beyond the surface coverage of phenomena like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to get deep into the detail and backstory of the original texts. “It was an incredible experience just from a learning standpoint, but also was incredibly fun and gratifying,” he says. “It tapped into just things that I'm passionate about and that I cared about.” While he believes X-Ray Vision is also research-heavy, Concepcion wants to make the show more conversational and doesn't want listeners to feel like they were listening to a Wikipedia article. “We always go into covering something with the idea of respecting the material—which helps in the fact that we’re sincerely passionate about the stuff we like,” he says. “I think one of the most important things, granular knowledge of a topic aside, is making that knowledge accessible.” Jason is also the host of Takeline, a fast-paced exploration of the NBA, world of sports, and pop culture.

Episode Date
I Am Groot & Prey + Harley Quinn Animated Series Co-Creator Justin Halpern
01:15:54

Send all House of the Dragon inquiries to askthemaester@gmail.com & don’t forget to rate five stars and review the show with your weirdest, strangest, funniest take and we might read your review in the episode.

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight take a bath with Groot! First in Previously On (2:15), Jason and Rosie continue to break down the breakdown in the Warner Bros Discovery merger. In the Airlock (24:07) they dive deep (deeep) into both the delightful I Am Groot short animated series streaming now on Disney+ and the quiet, subversive thrills of Prey – the latest in the predator franchise – now streaming on Hulu in both English and Comanche. Then, in the Hive Mind (39:02) Jason and Rosie are joined by Harley Quinn c0-creator Justin Halpern to discuss the inspiration behind the series, working with writing partner Patrick Schumacker, how the two of them almost ruined Harlivy, how they squeeze so many jokes into every minute, and the incredible voice work and cast.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it? 

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PLUGS:

Rosie’s IG, website, author archive, & Letterboxd.

The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Silly Symphonies - the Skeleton Dance is a classic 1929 Walt Disney Animation that uses non post-sync sound. It can be found here.

In Rosie’s article, she commemorates Fry’s electronics and its Hollywood preservation in the movie Nope. Found here

The Mary Tyler Moore show is an American sitcom airing on CBS from 1970-77, depicting an independent woman focused on her career during the second wave of feminism. Watch here.

Aug 12, 2022
Batgirl Canceled?! + Harley Quinn S3, Paper Girls, & Godzilla vs. Battra with Artist Oliver Ono
01:31:35

Want a pretty much free SIGNED copy of Rosie and Oliver’s Godzilla one-shot from friend of the pod comic shop Secret Headquarters? Visit Secret HQ in person if you can or make your purchase online. Listen to the pod to hear how…while supplies last!

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight plant a garden with Poison Ivy! First in Previously On (8:08), Jason and Rosie discuss the insanity that is the Batgirl movie cancellation by Warner Bros. In the Airlock (32:30) they dive deep (deeep) into season 3 of the raunchy, joyful, layered series that is Harley Quinn; plus, they give an overview of the first episodes of Amazon’s adaptation of Paper Girls – exploring why you may want to check it out and how there actually is no comparison to be made between Paper Girls and Stranger Things. Then, in the Hive Mind (59:16) Jason and Rosie are joined by Rosie’s Godzilla comic collaborator Oliver Ono to discuss their creative process on the comic (out now!) and why you should put yourself out there regardless of your artistic insecurities. Finally in Nerd Out (1:27:11), CJ pitches us on the classic animated series Gargoyles.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it? Plus, send all House of the Dragon inquiries to askthemaester@gmail.com!

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PLUGS:

Rosie’s IG, website, author archive, & Letterboxd.

The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

In the second series, the 2013 Harley Quinn has a more humorous and lighthearted demeanor while starting over in her hometown and creating a life on Coney Island, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Issues found here

Oliver Ono is Rosie’s collaborator on the Godzilla comic and a very talented creator, his work can be seen here.

Aug 05, 2022
SDCC 2022 + Marvel’s Multiverse Saga
01:37:20

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight relive the Con! First in Previously On (8:38), Jason and Rosie discuss some of the non-MCU news from SDCC, including Jason’s experience moderating the House of the Dragon panel in Hall H and Rosie seeing The Rock on Jimmy Kimmel with her Black Adam cover story, plus producer Chris hops on to discuss the latest from the world of Trek. In the Airlock (25:45) they dive deep (deeep) into the SDCC MCU announcements, offering tons of theories about what’s left of phase 4, phase 5, phase 6, and beyond, including what the comics hint at what to expect from the 18-episode Daredevil series, Namor’s role as both hero and villain, what The Thunderbolts team might look and be like, and the Kang of it all to wrap out the Multiverse Saga, plus more.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Rosie’s IG, website, author archive, & Letterboxd.

The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

The Black Adam universe is expanding in DC, as written about by Rosie Knight. 

A Monster Calls is a dark fantasy drama film that follows the story of a 12 year old with a deep attachment to his chronically ill mother who exchanges stories with a haunting yew tree from his recurring nightmares, available on Netflix .

Eve L Ewing is a writer and tenured professor at the University of Chicago who authored the Ironheart comic book series for Marvel in 2016.

The 2009-2010 Black Panther comic book, created by Reginald Hudlin and art by Will Conrad,  shows a new Black Panther taking the mantle and maintaining the legacy.

Written by Jack Kirby in 1967, inked by Dan Adkins and penciled by Gene Colan, Tales of Suspense Vol. 1 #94  continues the saga of Iron Man battling Half Face and the revived Titanium Man. 

Daredevil Born Again is a 1986 story arc created by Frank Miller and penciled/inked by David Mazzucchelli that describes Daredevil’s spiral into insanity and poverty through the evil Kingpin’s schemes.

Dark Reign is an era marked by the rise of super villains and the descent of super heroes in the aftermath of Secret Invasion originated in 2008 by Brian Michael Bendis. The first issue of this arc was written by Brian Michael Bendis, penciled and inked by Alex Maleev. 

Created by Kurt Busiek and Alan Davis in 2001, the Kang Dynasty is a 16 part comic book storyline featuring Kang the Conqueror, a 30th century warlord, and his plan to take over the world. 

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1

 (April, 2012) was written by Brian Michael Bendis,  penciled by John Ramita Jr., and inked by Scott Hanna.

Jul 29, 2022
Blade Runner & The Movies of '82 + Ms. Marvel Creator Bisha K. Ali
02:30:40

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight hard boil some eggs with JF Sebastian! First in Previously On (9:05), they discuss Rosie’s Den of Geek cover story on Black Adam (see below) and what to expect from Marvel Studios at Comic Con – including an extended X-Men fan cast. In the Airlock (1:01:29), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the summer of 1982 and specifically the sci-fi flick Blade Runner – discussing the various cuts, the score, the dystopian vision, the legacy, whether Deckard is a replicant, and more with a special appearance by producer (and Blade Runner fan) Saul. In the Hive Mind (2:02:39), Rosie sits down for a charming chat with Ms. Marvel showrunner Bisha K. Ali, exploring their mutual comic book origins in London, Bisha’s approach to writing, the challenge and gratification of exploring Partition, and of course that insane finale reveal. (Note: this interview was recorded pre any and all Comic Con news.) Then, in Nerd Out (2:26:31) listener Frances pitches us on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Rosie’s Den of Geek Black Adam feature.

Primo – an upcoming freevee show inspired by Shea Serrano’s life in San Antonio - following a teenager balancing the responsibilities of society, college, and home with the support of his mother and five uncles. 

X2: X-Men United – directed by Bryan Singer in 2003, available here

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Jul 22, 2022
BONUS - Thor: Love and Thunder Mailbag + Thor Comics Writer Jason Aaron
01:03:34

On this bonus episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight talk to Jason Aaron! First (1:51), they answer a few listener submitted questions about Thor: Love and Thunder, including fan-casting a possible future MCU villain. Then, in the Hive Mind (24:28) Thor comics writer Jason Aaron speaks with Jason and Rosie about his career in comics, his iconic run on Thor, and working with Marvel Studios on Thor: Love and Thunder. Note: This interview was recorded before Thor: Love and Thunder was released.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Jul 20, 2022
Ms. Marvel and The Boys Finales + Stranger Things Season 4
01:54:19

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight take turns practicing guitar licks in Hawkins, take on supes with The Boys, and take down Damage Control in Jersey City! First in Previously On (2:10), they discuss all things season 4 of Stranger Things. In the Airlock (26:30), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the season finales of The Boys season 3 and Ms. Marvel (1:10:45) — recapping both shows' final episodes, discussing cycles of abuse and fighting power with power in The Boys and offering a plethora of lore-backed theories for where the MCU is headed next (especially in light of that insane Ms. Marvel stinger). 

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Will Graham / Red Dragon – A novel by Thomas Harris.

Rosie’s Ms. Marvel stinger piece for IGN

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Jul 15, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder + Ms. Marvel Eps 4 & 5
01:56:16

Seen Thor: Love and Thunder? Have questions? Drop us a line at xray@crooked.com.

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight workout with Surtur’s chains! First in Previously On (2:59), Jason and Rosie discuss the upcoming Paper Girls adaptation on Amazon Prime as well as the Duffer Brothers new production company and expanding the Stranger Things-verse. Then they lightning recap episodes 4 & 5 of Ms. Marvel, exploring the messiness of time travel narratives and pondering whether Damage Control will inevitably lead to the Sentinels and the X-Men (because it’s not X-Ray Vision without talking about X-Men!). In the Airlock (1:05:09), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the shadow realm to discuss Thor: Love and Thunder (in theaters now), recapping the film, giving their reactions on Christian Bale’s performance, Taika’s magical, manic energy, as well as background and lore on some new and familiar ideas and characters in the MCU. 

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Paper Girls – Available at Image comics; by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang.

Ms. Marvel creator Bisha K. Ali’s Reading List on Partition available here.

Rachel Paige’s official Marvel recap on Ms. Marvel episode 5.

Rosie’s Esquire article on the Endgame timeline.

Maryam Ahmad’s Nerdist article on Djinn & Ms. Marvel.

Strange Tales #138 – written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, pencils by Jack Kirby and John Severin, inks by Severin, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen.

Venom #4 — Depicts the symbiote origins of the Necrosword; written by Donny Cates, pencils by Ryan Stegman, inks by JP Mayer, colors by Frank Martin Jr, letters by Clayton Cowles.

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Jul 08, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Finale + Ms. Marvel Ep 3
01:54:19

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight visit the Lars’ moisture farm (AKA Casa Wet)! First in Previously On (2:05), Jason and Rosie pay tribute to comics artist Tim Sale, who tragically passed away on June 16th; then they discuss Kevin Feige’s recent comments about the future of the MCU and the early development of both a Wonder Man series for the MCU and a Jon Snow sequel series for HBO. In the Airlock (27:53), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the third episode of Ms. Marvel – recapping, providing lore background on the mysterious ClanDestine (see our Listener’s Guide below for more details), detailing the possibilities of the Artifact Era of the MCU, and theorizing on what might come next; then they dive deep (deeeeep) into the Dune Sea to recap and discuss the finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi (1:07:07) – giving final thoughts on the series, elaborating on the role of power in the Star Wars mythos, and discussing what they hope to see from Star Wars content in the future.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

TIM SALE TRIBUTE

Batman: The Long Halloween (1996-97) – written by Jeph Loeb, illustrated by Sale.

Daredevil: Yellow (2001) – written by Jeph Loeb; illustrated by Sale.

Hulk: Gray (2003-2004) – written by Jeph Loeb; illustrated by Sale.

Plus Two More Sale comics we love:

Catwoman: When in Rome (2004) – with Jeph Loeb.

Superman For All Seasons (1998) – with Jeph Loeb.

Eric Diaz’s Wonder Man article for Nerdist.

MS MARVEL

Marvel Comics Presents #158 (1994) – written by Alan Davis, penciled by Davis, inked by Mark Farmer, colored by Sophie Heath, and lettered by Pat Prentice.

ClanDestine #1 (1994) – written by Alan Davis, penciled by Davis, inked by Mark Farmer, colored by Sophie Heath, and lettered by Pat Prentice.

If you want to learn more about ClanDestine without reading some questionable comics, check out Rosie’s Nerdist piece.

We Can Be Heroes (2020) – Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez; mastermind of such gems as Sharkboy and Lavagirl and the Spy Kids trilogy; on netflix.

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Jun 24, 2022
DC Pride 2022 #1 with Dani Fernandez + Ms. Marvel Ep 2 & Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep 5
02:37:16

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight do a song and dance with the Joker, meet a cute boy with a questionable Porsche, hone their Rebel Alliance strategies, and celebrate Pride! First in Previously On (4:51), Jason and Rosie discuss the Across the Spider-Verse villain announcement and the fact that Todd Phillips’ Joker 2 may be a musical co-starring Lady Gaga. In the Airlock (19:05), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the second episode of Ms. Marvel – recapping as well as theorizing the origins of Kamala’s bangle and powers as well as the mystery of her visions; then they dive deep (deeeeep) to recap and discuss Part 5 of Obi-Wan Kenobi (43:26) – exploring character choices as well as the depictions of power across the Star Wars universe. In the Hive Mind (1:47:16) X-Ray Vision welcomes Dani Fernandez to discuss her Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy story in DC’s Pride 2022 comic as well as Pride in the year 2022, which superhero Dani would like to play, and more. Finally, in Nerd Out (2:30:00) Micah pitches us on the Toy Story franchise in anticipation of Pixar’s Lightyear

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Green Lantern: Legacy - Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong; available here.

Dragon Ball – Written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama and spawning a multimedia franchise that continues to this day; available here

Batman & Robin (1997) – Directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney as titular Bat (replacing Val Kilmer) and Chris O’Donnell returning as Robin; available on HBOMax.

DC Pride 2022 – With work by numerous, including Kevin Conroy and Dani Fernandez.

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For a transcript of this episode, go to crooked.com/xrayvision

 

 

Jun 17, 2022
Ms. Marvel Premiere + Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep 4, Jurassic World Reactions & The Boys S3 Premiere
01:50:40

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight go to AvengersCon! First in Previously On (2:31), Jason and Rosie discuss trailers for both Netflix’s Sandman and Black Adam, then give their thoughts on Jurassic World: Dominion and The Boys season 3 premiere. In the Airlock (35:17), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the premiere of Ms. Marvel – recapping episode one as well as giving their initial thoughts on the series; then they dive deep (deeeeep) into the murky depths of Nur to recap and discuss Part 4 of Obi-Wan Kenobi (1:04:42), pondering the Empire’s toxic workplaces, Reva’s possible background, and why the relationship between Leia and Obi-Wan continues to delight and enthrall.

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Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Stardust (1998) – written by Neil Gaiman; available wherever books are sold.

New 52 – A 2011 DC comics event that marked the relaunch of DC’s entire lineup with 52 new series all beginning with issue #1.

Marvel / Shazam Family – Confusing to say the least, this double name stems from the fact that DC’s Shazam was formerly known as Captain Marvel before Marvel comics trademarked that name; in 2012, DC officially changed their Captain Marvel’s name to Shazam.

Darth Vader (2017) – by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, Joe Caramagna, & David Curiel, as well as others. 

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Jun 10, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Eps 1-3 + Star Wars Celebration News
01:45:49

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight try to buy some death sticks! First in Previously On (2:43), Jason and Rosie discuss the plethora of news that came out of Star Wars Celebration, including the Andor trailer and more, as well as address the racist social media comments toward Kenobi star Moses Ingram and how LucasFilm and Disney handled the situation. In the Airlock (17:36), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the first three episodes of Obi Wan Kenobi – recapping episodes 1, 2, and 3, exploring Obi-Wan’s relationships to the other characters, theorizing about what will come next in the series, and analyzing the ways in which some characters would know Darth Vader’s identity. Then, in Nerd Out (1:38:56) Heidi pitches us on The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Lumpy – aka Lumpawaroo; a Wookie child and the son of Chewbacca.

Doctor Aphra – An archeologist with a hot and cold relationship to Lord Vader.

Darth Vader (2017) – by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, Joe Caramagna, & David Curiel, as well as others. Issue #12 is the one Jason mentions by name.

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For a transcript of this episode, go to crooked.com/xrayvision

Jun 03, 2022
New Thor: Love & Thunder Trailer Reactions + Obi-Wan Kenobi Theories
01:24:55

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight ride the Goat Boat! First in Previously On (3:45), Jason and Rosie discuss the possibilities of the new MCU Daredevil show on Disney+, as reported by Variety, talk about Kathleen Kennedy’s comments in Vanity Fair regarding recasting legacy Star Wars characters (including a HOT TAKE on remaking the prequels), then analyze and theorize about what to expect from the Obi-Wan Kenobi series based on the Disney+UK watchlist (we’ll be diving deeeep into Kenobi itself next episode!). In the Airlock (40:13), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the latest Thor: Love and Thunder trailer – offering reactions, easter eggs, a whole host of theories, AND an explainer on some of the most mystifying cosmic Marvel lore there is. PLUS, since Jason and Rosie love you, they give their initial NON-SPOILER reactions to the upcoming Ms. Marvel series, landing on June 8 on Disney+.

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Listener’s Guide to X-Ray Vision

Princess of Alderaan – Written by Claudia Gray, published in 2017, about a young Leia Organa.

Eric Masterson aka Thunderstrike – Debuted in Thor #391; took on Thunderstrike mantle in Mighty Thor #459. An eponymous series, written by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, with art by Frenz and Al Milgrom, colors by Mike Rockwitz, and letters by Rick Parker, was released starting in 1993. Thunderstrike perished in issue #24.

Beta Ray Bill – Created by Walt Simonson; debuted in Thor #337 in 1983, featuring pencils and inks by Simonson, colors by George Roussos, letters by John Workman, and edited by the incomparable Mark Gruenwald (whose name comes up a lot!).

Thor #378 – Written by Walt Simonson, pencils & inks by Sal Buscema, colors by Max Scheele, letters by John Workman, & edited by Ralph Macchio. When Thor gets that new battle armor.

Infinity – Created by Stan Lee & John Buscema; first full appearance in Quasar #24 in 1991, which was written by Mark Gruenwald, penciled by Greg Capullo, inked by Keith Williams, colored by Paul Becton, & lettered by Janice Chiang.

NOTE: You can find all of our Jason Aaron / Esad Ribic Thor run recommendations in the Listener’s Guide to our WandaVision revisit episode!

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May 27, 2022
She-Hulk Trailer Reactions + Favorite Sick Day Comfort Watches
00:59:36

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight cuddle up for a covid comfort watch! That’s right, both Jason AND Rosie have the novel coronavirus covid-19 this week, but they powered through to give the people what they need. First in Previously On (6:13), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law that sent gamma waves across the internet, offering comics lore, analysis on why She-Hulk will be a great addition to the MCU, and, of course, tons of theories for what could unfold. Then, (super) producer Chris joins to discuss the overall disappointing Halo finale, why it’s always worth splurging on the CGI budget, and Pablo Schreiber’s keister. In the Airlock (42:22), Jason, Rosie, and Chris are joined by other (super) producer Saul (who did indeed just refer to himself in third person as a super producer) to discuss some of their favorite comfort watches in times of illness. Stay safe & mask up all!

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Listener’s Guide

She-Hulk by Dan Slott – written by Slott with illustrations by Paul Pelletier, Juan Bobillo, & Scott Kolins; collects She-Hulk 2004 1-12 & She-Hulk 2005 1-5. Individual issues are available on Marvel Unlimited or the omnibus is available various places online.

She-Hulk by Soule & Pulido – written by Charles Soule, illustrated by various including Javier Pulido with covers and illustrations by Kevin Wada, colors by Muntsa Vicente, & letters by Clayton Cowles. Available on Amazon/comixology & individual issues on Marvel Unlimited.

Patsy Walker aka Hellcat – Written by Kate Leth with art by Brittney Williams, colors by Megan Wilson and letters by Joe Sabino & Clayton Cowles. Available on Marvel Unlimited or online.

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May 20, 2022
Mailbag of Madness + Multiverse of Madness & Loki screenwriter Michael Waldron
01:35:38

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight open up the mailbag of madness! First in Previously On (3:09), Jason and Rosie discuss the Avatar 2 trailer, the new Ms. Marvel teaser and the MCU’s changes to her powers, and celebrate the lives of Neal Adams & George Pérez, two legends of comics who sadly passed away recently. In the Airlock (20:45), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the mailbag to answer YOUR questions (and some of their own) for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Finally, in Hive Mind (1:17:57) Jason and Rosie interview Multiverse of Madness & Loki screenwriter Michael Waldron, touching on the influence of wrestling in Michael’s work, how Mad Men’s Don Draper helped him write Doctor Strange, what it was like to work with Sam Raimi, and confirming some of our recommendations from the Multiverse of Madness reading list. 

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Listener’s Guide

NEAL ADAMS

Batman (beginning with Detective Comics #395, 1970) with Dennis O’Neil, inks by various including Dick Giordano, and letters by various including Ben Oda – re-establishing a darker, grittier tone for the masked vigilante.

Green Arrow / Green Lantern (beginning with issue #76, April 1970) with Dennis O’Neil, inks by various including Frank Giacoia, colors by Cory Adams, & letters by John Costanza – Lantern & Arrow take a socially-conscious journey across the US.

X-Men (beginning with X-Men #56, 1969) with Roy Thomas and ink by Tom Palmer and letters by Herb Cooper.

GEORGE PÉREZ

Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) with Marv Wolfman and inks by Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo, and Jerry Ordway.

Teen Titans (The New Teen Titans #1, 1980) with Marv Wolfman, inks by Romeo Tanghal, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda.

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) with writer Jim Starlin and co-pencilled by Ron Lim, inks by various, colors by Jack Morelli, letters by Max Scheele & Ian Laughlin.

Wonder Woman (1986) - Reinvigorated WW alongside co-writer Len Wein and inker Bruce Patterson, for an unforgettable near 5 year long run.

DIRE WRAITHS OR NOT? + STRANGE ACADEMY + HULK

Rom the Space Knight – A Parker bros. toy (designed by Bing McCoy) turned comics hero in the eponymous series (1979-1986) by Bill Mantlo & Sal Buscema; currently owned by Hasbro.

Strange Academy (#1, March 2020) – Skottie Young (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils & inks), Edgar Delgado (colors), Clayton Cowles (letters).

Incredible Hulk #140 (1971) - Harlan Ellison (writer), Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Sam Grainger (inker), Artie Simek (letterer). 

KANG COMICS

Avengers #267-269 (1986) – Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (breakdowns), Tom Palmer (finishes), Howard Mackie (assistant editor), Mark Gruenwald (editor).

Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective (1993) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Gustovich (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inker), Chris Matthys (colorist), Steve Dutro (letters).

Timeless (2021) – Jed Mackay (writer), Kev Walker (art), Greg Land (art), Jay Leisten (art), Mark Bagley (art), Andrew Hennessy (art), Marte Garcia (colors), VC’s Ariana Maher (letters).

West Coast Avengers: Outta Time (#17-24) – Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott / Kim DeMulder / Romeo Tanghal / Mike Machlan (inks), Ken Feduniewicz (colors), Janice Chieng (letters), Mark Gruenwald (editor). 

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May 13, 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness + Moon Knight Finale
02:06:58

Seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Have questions? Send them to xray@crooked.com, Crooked’s Uncultured twitter & instagram, or to any of our hosts and we’ll answer in next week’s episode!

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight put on their sling-rings! First in Previously On (3:52), Jason and Rosie discuss Ms. Marvel getting a theatrical release in Pakistan, the new Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, and recap and analyze the finale of Moon Knight. In the Airlock, Jason and Rosie start with a SPOILER FREE conversation (46:05) with their initial thoughts on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before beginning the recap with FULL SPOILERS (48:22) and diving deep (deeeep) into the the film’s very Sam Raimi-energy, the theories we got right (and wrong), and the ways Doctor Strange will reverberate throughout the MCU. Finally, in Nerd Out (2:02:32) a listener pitches us on the author Heather Schaefer, whose work has been published as Craig Schaefer before she came out as Trans on this year’s Trans Day of Visibility. 

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May 06, 2022
All Hosts Comics Corner + Doctor Strange Comics Reading List & Moon Knight Ep 5
01:22:33

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion, Rosie Knight and Cody Ziglar fend off Battra, have a jam sesh with Spider-Punk, and more! That’s right: it’s volume three of X-Ray Vision’s Comics Corner (patent pending). First in Previously On (1:50), Jason and Rosie discuss the greenlit Batman sequel from Matt Reeves, Kevin Feige’s announcement at CinemaCon of ten more years of the MCU, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being banned in Saudi Arabia, and the recently dropped Doctor Strange ‘Time’ trailer before the movie’s release on May 6. Then, they recap and discuss Moon Knight episode 5, “Asylum.” In the Airlock (39:47), Jason and Rosie are joined by co-host Cody Ziglar to dive deep (deeeeep) into the comics they are reading (and writing) right now, including Zig’s fantastic Spider-Punk, Rosie’s epic-looking Godzilla one-shot, a host of hero and non-hero comics recommendations, PLUS a comics reading list to prepare you for Doctor Strange. Finally, in Nerd Out (1:16:04) a listener pitches us on Team Starkid.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Spider-Punk – written by Cody Ziglar, pencils by Justin Mason, letters by Jim Charalampidis and cover by Olivier Coipel.


Godzilla Rivals vs. Battra – By Rosie Knight, illustrated & cover by Oliver Ono.


Hulk (2021-) – By Donny Cates & Ryan Ottley.


Bonus: Enemy Mine (1985) – starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett Jr. Available to rent on Amazon or AppleTV.


Marauders (2022- ) – By Steve Orlando & Eleanora Carlini with covers by Kael Ngu.


Marauders (2019- ) – By Gerry Dugan and Matteo Lolli and Phil Noto with covers by Russell Dauterman. 


The X Deaths of Wolverine (2022- ) – by Benjamin Percy & Federico Vicentini 


Arrive in My Hands by Trinidad Escobar from Black Josei Press.


Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion (2019) – by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.


Immortal X-Men (2022- ) – By Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck with covers by Mark Brooks.


Maison Ikkoku (1980-87) – By Rumiko Takahashi; available from Viz Media.


Gleem (2019) – By Freddy Carrasco 


Mawrth Vallis (2021) – By EPHK. 


A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance (2021- ) – By Rick Remender and Andre Lima Araujo. 


DOCTOR STRANGE READING LIST

Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment (1989) - Written by Roger Stern with pencils and covers by Mike Mignola and Mark Badger.


Captain Carter (Began March, 2022) - Written by Jamie Mckelvie, pencils by Marika Cresta, cover by Mckelvie.


The Death of Doctor Strange (2021-2022, 5 issues) - Written by Jed MacKay, pencils by Lee Garbett, covers by Kaare Andrews.


House of M (2005, 8 core issues w other crossovers & tie-ins) - Written by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils by Olivier Coipel, covers by Esad Ribic.


Marvel Zombies (2005-06, 5 issues) - Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Sean Phillips, covers by Arthur Suydam.


Time Runs Out (2014-15) – Running from Avengers #35 - Avengers #44. Written by Jonathan Hickman and art by various, including Jim Cheung, Kev Walker, and Mike Deodato, among others.

Apr 29, 2022
WandaVision Revisit + Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer Reaction & Moon Knight Ep 4
01:46:35

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight revisit Westview New Jersey, the world of sit-coms, and all things chaos magic! First in Previously On (2:51), Jason and Rosie discuss America Chavez co-creator Joe Casey’s comments in The Hollywood Reporter on creator compensation, break down the Thor: Love & Thunder trailer with lore, theories, and a relevant reading list for Jason Aaron’s incredible and immense run on Thor. Then, they recap and discuss Moon Knight episode 4, “The Tomb.” In the Airlock (1:09:28), they dive deep (deeeeep) into the series WandaVision with a primer on how the series will affect Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness and beyond in phase four of the MCU, with tons of lore-inspired theories direct from the comics. Finally, in Nerd Out (1:40:14) a listener pitches us on best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Avengers (2016) by Mark Waid and Mike del Mundo; subtitled “Kang Wars” so you know it’s relevant to phase four of the MCU; available on Amazon, Marvel Unlimited, and more.


Thor: God of Thunder #1 - 25 by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic; available on Amazon, thriftbooks, Marvel Unlimited, and more.


Thor (2014) #1 - 8 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman; available on Amazon, thriftbooks, Marvel Unlimited, and more.


Bonus Material: Original Sin #0 - 8 by Mark Waid and Jim Cheung; available on Amazon, thriftbooks, Marvel Unlimited, and more.


Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood, and more; available on Amazon, thriftbooks, Marvel Unlimited, and more.


The Vision & The Scarlet Witch (1982) - Volume 1, 4 issues, written by Bill Mantlo & pencils by Rick Leonardi; available on Marvel Unlimited or comixology.


The Vision & The Scarlet Witch (1985) - Volume 2, 12 issues, written by Steve Englehart & pencils by Richard Howell; available on Marvel Unlimited or comixology.

Apr 22, 2022
Fantasy Novel Recommendations w/ Author Nicola Griffith + Moon Knight Ep 3 & Comic News
01:54:35

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight dive into the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction! First in Previously On (3:17), Jason and Rosie discuss some comics news, including a new Avengers series, a possible new comics origin for Thor in Avengers 1,000,000 BC, Marvel’s A.X.E.: Judgment Day, and DC’s upcoming Death of Justice League and Dark Crisis; they also discuss the title casting in Disney+’s recently announced Percy Jackson series, the MCU’s Ironheart series gaining its directors, and recap episode three of the Disney+ limited series Moon Knight. In the Airlock (53:19), they discuss JK Rowling’s transphobia and why they won’t be covering the latest Fantastic Beasts movie before diving deep (deeeep) into their book bag to offer recommendations for amazing Fantasy and Sci-Fi that just so happens to be written by marginalized, underrepresented, and queer authors that centers marginalized characters. Then, in the Hive Mind (1:15:06), Jason and Rosie are joined by Nicola Griffith, award winning author of Ammonite, Hild, the upcoming Spear, and more, to discuss her process as a writer, conducting research on Arthurian England, and writing with, and about, disabilities. Finally, in Nerd Out (1:48:43) a listener pitches us on The Illuminatus! Trilogy.


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Spear by Nicola Griffith + Nicola’s website is worth checking out too!


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Harry Potter and The Problematic Author by Maia Kobabe

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Hild by Nicola Griffith

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Spear by Nicola Griffith (out on April 19th)

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton (out on May 3)


Recommendations from our guest & award winning author Nicola Griffith:

Sorrowland (2021) by Rivers Solomon

The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet (2015) by Becky Chambers

A Companion to Arthurian Literature  (2009) Edited by Helen Fulton

A Spindle Splintered  (2021) by Alix E. Harrow

Apr 15, 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once with Writer / Directors the Daniels + Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Theories & Moon Knight Ep 2
01:59:23

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight go verse-jumping with Michelle Yeoh! First in Previously On (3:14), Jason and Rosie discuss the news that Warner Bros. is hitting pause on upcoming projects with Ezra Miller, theorize about the latest Ms. Marvel and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailers, and recap episode two of the Disney+ limited series Moon Knight. In the Airlock (41:44), they dive deep (deeeep) into the A24 film Everything Everywhere All at Once (in theaters now!) and the masterful ways EEAO plays with genre, offers thrills, laughs, and heart, explores mental health, and, of course, celebrates its iconic cast (James Hong anyone!?). Then, in the Hive Mind (1:01:45), Jason and Rosie are joined by the Daniels, the writer/director duo behind Everything Everywhere All at Once, to discuss the multiverse as a story tool to explore morality, the brilliance of Hong Kong cinema, how the film pulled off its incredible stunt work, and the importance of telling inter-generational Asian-American stories. In Nerd Out (1:37:19) a listener pitches us on the creative comics partnership between Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino and in the Endgame (1:41:07), Jason and Rosie offer Hong Kong movie recommendations for before or after you see EEAO.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Supercop (1992) – The third in the iconic Police Story franchise and the first not to be directed by Jackie Chan himself. Available to rent/buy on AppleTV.


Yes, Madam (1985) - One of the first of the ‘girls with guns’ style films, this one stars Michelle Yeoh & Cynthia Rothrock and features a cameo from producer Sammo Hung (who Jason references as being a frequent collaborator of Jackie Chan and a major star in his own right). Available to rent/buy on AmazonPrime.


Once Upon a Time in China (1991) - Starring Jet Li, directed by Tsui Hark and the first installment of a popular franchise. Check out the box set from Criterion.


Project A (1983) - Co-directed by Sammo Hung & Jackie Chan, this swashbuckling action comedy is one of the greats in Jackie Chan’s extensive catalog. Featuring Jackie’s interpretation of Harold Lloyd’s clock sequence. Available to rent/buy on Amazon & Apple.


Holy Flame of the Martial World (1983) - Brought to you by the iconic Shaw Brothers; available to rent on AppleTV.


The Killer (1989) - Directed by John Woo and starring the iconic Chow Yun-Fat; balletic gunplay, dead bodies, doves, and more doves. ‘Nuff said. Not available to rent or stream and DVD copies are sold out at the Criterion Collection.


Return to the 36th Chamber (1980) - Starring the icon Gordon Liu and featuring one of the most meta plotlines we’ve ever heard. Available to rent on AppleTV.


Police Story (1985) - He directed, he starred, he choreographed, he fell through glass and dived off moving vehicles, he trained stunt people, he sung the damn theme. Is there anything Jackie Chan can’t do? Just watch this clip and then watch the rest. Check out the Criterion Collection’s restoration for the ultimate viewing experience.


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Apr 08, 2022
Marvel's Moon Knight Premiere
01:02:19

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight eat cupcakes with Khonshu! First in Previously On (1:57), Jason and Rosie recap episode one of the Disney+ limited series Moon Knight. Then in the Airlock (17:04), they dive deep (deeeep) into the characters of Moon Knight’s first episode, the comics lore at the heart of the series, and offer dozens of theories for where the show might be headed plus where the MCU is headed as well. In Nerd Out (54:20) a listener pitches us on Marlon James’ fantasy epic Black Leopard, Red Wolf and in the Endgame (58:13), Jason and Rosie pick a mythological deity of choice whose powers they’d like to acquire.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

“Moon Knight” by Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood - 14 issues, originally published in 2016 (part of “All New, All Different Marvel”), collected in book form in 2018. – Marc Spector wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers, calling everything he knew about himself into question.


Moon Knight Vol 2 #1 (aka Fist of Khonshu) – (March 1985) written by Alan Zelentz, pencils by Chris Warner, inks by E.R. Cruz, colorist Christie Scheele.


Moon Knight Vol 1 #21 features a backup written by Alan Zelenetz, Harrow’s creator and Fist of Khonshu scribe. The story sees a strange man who runs into an ancient Egyptian exhibition and is pursued by Khonshu.


“Marc Spector: Moon Knight” originally by Chuck Dixon – Starting in 1989 & ending in 1994; after being infected with a demonic parasite, starting in issue #38 Spector illegally enters the Latverian consulate to confront Dr. Doom by using his status as an Avengers reservist (which is stripped from him later).


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Apr 01, 2022
Halo Premiere + Comics Legend Grant Morrison
02:05:23

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight fight the Covenant! In the Airlock (3:45), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the world of video game adaptations, including recapping and discussing the new Halo series on Paramount+, and the games they’ve been playing (well all know Jason’s only playing one game right now). In the Hive Mind (52:55), X-Ray Vision is thrilled to welcome comics writing legend Grant Morrison to the show to explore their time on Batman, X-Men, their origin story with comics, as well as their thoughts on writing comics vs. TV and the creative process. In Nerd Out (1:47:30) a listener pitches us on Final Fantasy 4 Free Enterprise and in the Endgame (1:49:53), Jason and Rosie pick their top three video game adaptations.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Halo: The Fall of Reach - Written by Eric Nylund, published 2001, and serves as a prelude to the first Halo game. Available here.


Batman: Arkham Asylum (aka A Serious House on Serious Earth) - Written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean. Grant wants a critical reappraisal of their iconic comic, what do you think?


Jan Švankmajer - Grant cited this pioneering Czech filmmaker and avant garde artist, especially his work with stop-motion and puppetry, as one of the principal inspirations for Arkham Asylum. Among Svankmajer’s best known works are Conspirators of Pleasure and Alice.


Animal Man - The Grant Morrison run began in 1988 with penciller Chas Truog and covers by Brian Bolland and ran until issue #26. This is the series where Morrison first popularly explored concepts that have defined their work since: questioning the nature of reality, writing so-called ‘metafiction,’ and more.


Hyperobjects - As defined by Timothy Morton: “Hyperobjects are objects which have a vitality to them but you can't touch them, like race or class, or climate change. Their effects may be experienced even if they cannot be necessarily touched.”


Steve de Souza’s interview in the Guardian about filming Street Fighter with a “coked out of his mind” Jean-Claude Van Damme.


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Mar 25, 2022
Live at South by Southwest: X-Ray Vision Talks Multiverses + Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight Trailer Reactions
01:16:28

Live from Austin, it’s X-Ray Vision! On this episode, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight perform a live show at South by Southwest! First in Previously On (1:29), Jason and Rosie discuss the upcoming Moon Knight series and the newly released trailer for Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel. Then in the Airlock (37:05) Jason and Rosie rank and reason out their top three Multiverses while exploring the historical and narrative importance of the multiverse device across fiction and comics. And finally, Jason and Rosie answer questions from the mailbag and from their live SXSW audience (55:44).


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Ms. Marvel (2014) Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie – Khan made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) before going on to star in the solo series Ms. Marvel, which debuted in February 2014.


Days of Future Past (1981) Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Terry Austin – a storyline in Uncanny X-Men issues #141–142.


Cube + Cube film series (Canadian series: 1997, 2002, 2004, Japanese remake: 2021) original directed by Vincenzo Natali.


Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – sequels coming in October 2022 & 2023.


DC Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) by Marv Wolfman & George Perez – followed by Infinite Crisis (2005–2006) and Final Crisis (2008–2009).


Secret Wars (2015) by Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic – The storyline involves the destruction of the Marvel Universe and various other alternate universes.



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Mar 18, 2022
Batman Movie Rankings + Batman Executive Producer Michael Uslan
01:31:18

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight visit Crime Alley! First in Previously On (2:05), Jason and Rosie discuss release date changes to Warner Bros’ schedule as well as the new teaser for Disney’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series. In the Airlock (7:19) Jason and Rosie rank and reason out their top five Batman adaptations. Then in the Hive Mind (28:08), Jason and Rosie welcome Hollywood legend, Batman super-fan, and theatrical Batman executive producer and originator Michael Uslan to detail his time at DC, Batman’s cinematic origins, give some Hollywood advice, and tell stories of his extraordinary life with comics. And in the Endgame (1:21:51), Jason and Rosie rank the top three times we’ve seen Thomas and Martha Wayne murdered in various Batman adaptations.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Batman’s Batman: A Memoir from Hollywood, Land of Bilk and Money – Michael Uslan’s second memoir. Available wherever books are sold, including here.


The Boy Who Loved Batman – Michael Uslan’s first memoir. Available where books are sold, including here.


For a transcript of this episode visit crooked.com/xrayvision

Mar 11, 2022
The Batman with Pete Holmes + Jason & Rosie's Batman Reading List
02:00:47

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight send up the Bat Signal! First in Previously On (2:47), Jason and Rosie discuss a casting in Sony’s Kraven, the imminent arrival of Netflix’s Marvel shows (and of course Agents of Shield) on Disney+, how Hollywood is reacting to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and what some newly released funko pops might tell us about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the Airlock (13:24) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into Matt Reeves’ The Batman, discussing what sets the film apart from previous iterations, why it’s so good, and offering a variety of recommendations for folks to read, watch, and play after they see The Batman (55:28). In this chapter of the Omnibus (1:25:05), Jason explores science-fiction’s relationship with war and vice versa. In the Hive Mind (1:37:29), Jason and Rosie are joined by comedian and podcaster Pete Holmes to discuss The Batman and in the Endgame (1:52:32), Jason and Rosie pick the craziest villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery to see in a future Batman installment.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Batman: Year One (serialized as Batman #404-407 in 1987) – written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli. 


Batman: The Long Halloween (1996-97) – Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale, which directly led to Batman: Dark Victory & Catwoman: When in Rome by the pair in the late 90s & early 2000s.


Batman: Earth One Vol 1-3 (launched overall in 2010, Batman’s came out in 2012) – Written by Geoff Johns, art by Gary Frank.


Batman: Ego & Other Tails (2000) – Darwyn Cooke & Paul Grist.


Batman: Hush (2002-03) – Jeph Loeb & Jim Lee


Batman: The Telltale Games (2016) – point & click adventure game by Telltale Games and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under its DC Entertainment label.


Batman: Arkham Games (2009 - present) – developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montréal. 


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) – Animated film directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm and written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko, and Michael Reaves.


Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95, 85 episodes total) – By Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Mitch Brian and Eric Radomski, starring Kevin Conroy.


Batman: Cataclysm / Batman: No Man’s Land (1998-99) – written by numerous, outlined by Jordan B Gorfinkel.


Batman: Zero Year (2013-14) – Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV.


Batman 72 Vehicles & People by Francesco Francavilla


For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/x-ray-vision

Mar 04, 2022
Peacemaker with Chukwudi Iwuji
01:45:15

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight get a hug from an eagle! First in Previously On (2:07), Jason and Rosie discuss casting news, including the Sonyverse’s Chameleon and MCU’s Blade, how immersed Paul Dano got in his Riddler role, and the release of more Thor: Love and Thunder Legos and what that might tell us about phase 4 and 5 of the MCU. In the Airlock (29:57) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into HBO Max’s Peacemaker, discussing James Gunn’s trademark style, Peacemaker season 2, and the historical precedents for DC / Marvel creative crossovers. In the Hive Mind (1:22:24), Jason is joined by Peacemaker star Chukwudi Iwuji for a charming conversation about working with James Gunn, acting from the page, his father’s burgeoning cinephilia, and trying to keep up comedically with John Cena (plus how that opening dance sequence came together). In Nerd Out (1:41:22) a listener pitches us on Amazon Prime’s The Legend of Vox Machina and the webseries Critical Role that inspired it. And in the Endgame (1:44:48), Jason and Rosie name their favorite villain turned hero.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

A-Force – Marvel’s first all female team of Avengers; debuting in 2015, created by writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett and artist Jorge Molina, and appearing in an alternate universe during 2015’s Secret Wars before being folded into the main continuity. It was critically lauded, but canceled in 2016 due to poor sales. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


A Death in the Family – A 1988 storyline written by Jim Starlin and penciled by Jim Aparo, with cover art by Mike Mignola, and infamous because readers could call two 900 numbers to decide whether Jason Todd, aka Robin, would live or die. Serialized in Batman #426-429 and considered one of the most important Batman storylines for pushing the character’s series and tone in a darker direction. Available on Amazon.


Rosie’s Rec – Arrive in My Hands by Trinidad Escobar, available from Black Josei Press



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Feb 25, 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Trailer & Poster Breakdown + Comics Corner with Jason Mantzoukas
01:43:43

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion, Rosie Knight, and Jason Mantzoukas settle in and talk comics! That’s right, it’s time for another installment of X-Ray Vision’s Comics Corner. First in Previously On (2:30), Jason and Rosie spend a little time unpacking a few recent news stories, including the rebirth of Paramount and some of the Super Bowl trailers; then Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into the latest trailer and poster from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, offering plot and story theories, speculating on characters, and backing all of it up with extensive comics lore. In the Hive Mind (52:23), Jason Mantzoukas joins Jason and Rosie to review and recommend tons of comics, including what everyone is reading right now, some favorite comics for kids, and their back issue/quarter-bin pick, aka the comics they happened to stumble upon and fall in love with. In Nerd Out (1:41:27) a listener pitches us on alternative movie posters and in the Endgame (1:44:09), Jason and Rosie choose their mutant power.


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Our Pull List for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:


X-Men: Trial of Magneto – 5 issues; written by Leah Williams, art by Lucas Werneck, August 2021. Available here


House of M – 8 core issues with some crossover arcs; written by Brian Michael Bendis & illustrated by Olivia Coipel, June 2005. Available here.


Illuminati – The series with writing by Bendis that segues into Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers run. Available here.


Marvel Zombies – 5 issue limited series; written by Robert Kirkman, art by Sean Phillips, covers by Arthur Suydam, 2005. Available here.


Savage Land – Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men, beginning with Uncanny X-Men #94 and ending with Uncanny X-Men #279 when Claremont left Marvel in 1991. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


Young Avengers - by Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen; America Chavez was introduced in 2011's Vengeance #1 by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta.


Rosie’s Shuma-Gorath Nerdist Article.




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Feb 18, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett Finale
01:19:34

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight saddle up a rancor! First in Previously On (2:05), Jason and Rosie talk about Amazon’s LOTR and more Super Bowl Sunday trailers we might expect, Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi poster drop, Futurama’s return on Hulu, and offer some Random Recommendations. Then in the Airlock (15:18) they dive deep (deeeep) into the epic finale of The Book of Boba Fett, discussing what we might expect from future Star Wars stories, critiques of Boba Fett, and the exploration of politics and people at the heart of the Star Wars universe. In Nerd Out (1:10:40) a listener pitches us on Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels. And in the Endgame (1:13:47), Jason and Rosie give the Medal of Yavin to one character each in the Book of Boba Fett.


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The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox. Available from Bookshop.


Devil House by John Darnielle. Available from Bookshop.


From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi – Written by Jason Aaron & Dash Aaron; the trade paperback was released in November, 2020 and chronicles Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine as he protects Luke from the shadows and tries to stay under the radar of the Empire, but still seeks to stop injustice. Available from Comixology


The Wire – The iconic HBO series from former police beat reporter David Simon; each season expanded the scope of the narrative, starting with the Baltimore PD and the drug trade before dramatizing the docks, city politics, education and more. Available on HBO Max.


Rosie’s Interview with Matt Reeves on Amazon’s ‘Tales from the Loop’




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Feb 11, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett Ep 6 + Station Eleven with Creator / Showrunner Patrick Somerville
02:10:02

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight square off in Mos Pelgo! First in Previously On (2:05), they discuss the upcoming Halo series on Paramount+, the character posters from Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series, and the casting of Dakota Johnson as Madame Web. Then in the Airlock (22:08) they dive deep (deeeep) into Book of Boba Fett chapter 6, offering theories for the finale as well as analyzing the dichotomy of Jedi and Mandalorian philosophies. In the Omnibus (1:09:55) Jason surveys the post-apocalyptic genre. In the Hive Mind (1:22:25) Patrick Somerville, the writer and creator of HBO Max’s Station Eleven, joins Jason to unpack the series, examine human connection and genre, and probe the role of the internet in our collective consciousness. In Nerd Out (1:59:57) a listener pitches us on the spooky oeuvre of Mike Flanagan, particularly Midnight Mass. And in the Endgame (2:03:36), Jason and Rosie choose a ‘Station Eleven,’ a piece of art/media that has fundamentally shaped them.


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Age of Rebellion Comics – Written by Greg Pak and running from April 2019 through June 2019; featuring iconic characters like Han Solo, Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin, and more. “The Trial of Dagobah” written by Marc Guggeinheim was featured in Age of Rebellion Special #1, available on Marvel Unlimited.


Journey to the West – Originally published in the 16th century and attributed to Wu Cheng’en; according to Britannica: “In addition to the novel’s comedy and adventure, Journey to the West has been enjoyed for its biting satire of society and Chinese bureaucracy and for its allegorical presentation of human striving and perseverance.” This version has a foreword by acclaimed comics artist Gene Luen Yang.


Young Jedi Knights Novel Series – Written by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta and first published in 1995. The first novel in the series is Heirs of the Force and the final is Crisis at Crystal Reef. Available in a few different places secondhand, including here.


Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie – “And you yell to yourself and you throw down yer hat / Sayin', ‘Christ do I gotta be like that / Ain't there no one here that knows where I'm at / Ain't there no one here that knows how I feel / Good God Almighty / THAT STUFF AIN'T REAL’” – Full lyrics here & Dylan’s 1963 performance in New York here.




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Feb 04, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett Ep 5: Return of the Mandalorian
01:04:35

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight take a trip on a Corellian Freighter! First in Previously On (2:09), Jason and Rosie briefly discuss the new Star Wars game announcements, resolving computer problems for the upcoming issue of the fantastic Image series The Good Asian (that everyone should check out), and the return of the acclaimed series Saga (with no spoilers). In the Airlock (16:27) Jason & Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into the latest episode of Book of Boba Fett (aka Ch. 1 Book of the Mandalorian). In Nerd Out (54:18) a listener pitches us on the television classic Babylon 5. And in the Endgame (57:17), Jason and Rosie play Mando Kart, racing Rainbow Road with only their wits & their choice of Star Wars character, vehicle, weapon, & glider to guide them.


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The Night Comes For Us – Written and directed by Timo Tjahjanto in 2018, who is also known as half of the acclaimed filmmaking duo The Mo Brothers, along with Kimo Stamboel. Available on Netflix.


Larry Niven - Hugo, Nebula, & Locus award winning author of Ringworld; available on Bookshop.


Babylon 5 – Streaming on HBO Max. 


Message from Space (1978) – As referenced & recommended by Rosie in the stinger of this episode. Full film available here.

Jan 28, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett Ep 4 with Jason Mantzoukas + The Buzz of Showtime’s Yellowjackets
01:55:46

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight gorge on human flesh! First in Previously On (2:13), Jason and Rosie briefly discuss the Microsoft/Activision acquisition, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings teaser, Marvel’s Moon Knight trailer, and the first three episodes of HBOMax’s Peacemaker. In the Hive Mind (29:01) Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made, Big Mouth, and more) returns to the show to discuss Book of Boba Fett and the Harry Potter Reunion. Then in the Airlock (1:22:07) Jason C. & Rosie dive deep (deeeep) into Showtime’s Yellowjackets. In Nerd Out (1:52:37) a listener pitches us on Super Sentai. And in the Endgame (1:56:24), Jason and Rosie try to survive the Canadian wilderness.


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PLUGS:

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HDTGM on EarWolf


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

IGN’s How They Made It for Amazon’s LOTR

Jan 21, 2022
Why You Should Be Watching Station Eleven (Spoiler-Free) with Jason & Haitch of Dune Pod + More Book of Boba Fett
01:27:09

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion brushes up on his post-apocalyptic Shakespeare! First in Previously On (2:02), Jason and Rosie Knight discuss recent news of the Image Comics Union and The Raid reboot at Netflix. Then in the Airlock (12:05) they dive deep (deeeep) into Book of Boba Fett chapter 3. In the Hive Mind (42:23) Jason & Haitch from Dune Pod return to the show for a spoiler free conversation about HBOMax’s Station Eleven, post-apocalyptic media, and finding hope in stories and art. In Nerd Out (1:19:52) a listener pitches us on Superman & Lois on The CW. And in the Endgame (1:23:57), Jason and Rosie pick an apocalypse in which to while away their days (ideally not the one we’re currently living in).


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PLUGS:

Dune Pod’s Twitter & Apple Podcasts

Check out our Dune episode with the fellas from Dune Pod!

Rosie’s IG


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Station Eleven - The basis for the TV series of the same name; written by Emily St. John Mandel and nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. Available wherever books are sold.


The Road - A 2006 novel by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy (who is most likely the favorite of that one artsy yet rugged friend – the one who likes “real” camping) set in a wasteland of cannibalism and decay and following the harrowing survival attempts of a father and son. Available wherever books are sold


Star Wars Holiday Special - Adored and abhorred; lampooned & loved. From 1978, set between the events of A New Hope, out in ‘77, & Empire (1980), and chronicles attempts by Han Solo and Chewbacca to get to Kashyyyk in time for ‘Life Day.’ It also introduced the character of Boba Fett, which is partially why we love it. Unavailable to stream officially, but versions are online.



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Jan 14, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett Eps 1 & 2 with Star Wars Explained + Marvel's Hawkeye Finale
01:48:02

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Rosie Knight destroy Rockefeller Plaza! First in Previously On (1:56), Jason welcomes us back from the holidays with his initial thoughts on the Harry Potter reunion on HBOMax. In the Airlock (4:44) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the finale of Hawkeye as well as the long term future of the MCU. Then, in the Omnibus (48:46), Jason explores the character of Clint Barton as well as the origins of the bandit archetype. In the Hive Mind (1:04:22), X-Ray welcomes Alex and Mollie, the experts at Star Wars Explained, to break down the first two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett. And finally in Nerd Out (1:42:29) a listener pitches us on the anime series Attack on Titan.


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

War of the Bounty Hunters - An ongoing canon comic books event starting in 2021, written by Charles Soule, among others, and pencilled by Steve Mcniven, among others, and following, in part, Boba Fett’s attempts to get a carbonite frozen Han Solo to Tatooine to collect his bounty from Jabba. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - Originally published in 15 volumes in 1982, with editing work by the renowned Mark Gruenwald. The collected deluxe edition is mainly out of print; can be found on ebay (and elsewhere) for the right price.


Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business - Written by Mark Waid and James Robinson and published in 2014; featuring the Hawaiian-shirted, white-suited Kingpin. Available on Marvel Unlimited


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Jan 07, 2022
'Tis an All Hosts Mailbag!
00:42:12

On Episode 17 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion, Rosie Knight, and Cody Ziglar answer your questions! That’s right, it’s an all-hosts Holiday Mailbag. So snuggle in with a hot cup of tea, a blanket, your comics in your lap, and set your television to the extended crackling fireplace because it’s time to talk about favorite crossover events, creators’ rights, Netflix’s Arcane, video games, and more! X-Ray Vision will be off on New Year’s Eve (celebrating the New Year in style), but we will see you in 2022!


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Eric Nylund’s Halo novels - Comprising The Fall of Reach, First Strike, & Ghosts of Onyx with epic space-naval battles & lots of good action. Ender’s Game with less children & more all around fun. Available on Bookshop and more.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Available here.


Exhalation by Ted Chiang - Available here.


Dragon Ball Super by Akira Toriyama & illustrated by Toyotarou - Available here.


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Dec 24, 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home + Marvel's Hawkeye Ep 5
01:36:04

On Episode 16 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Rosie Knight try to get into MIT! First, in Previously On (1:36), Jason and Rosie recap episode 5 of Hawkeye, streaming on Disney+. Then, in the Airlock (36:00) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is in theaters now. Then, X-Ray’s debut listener submitted Nerd Out (1:39:29) and in The Endgame (1:42:58), Jason and Rosie play another round of Assembly Required, picking a character from No Way Home for a randomly assigned mission (hint: holiday shopping time!). Use #XRVEndgame and let us know what you think of their choices!


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Spider-Man: One More Day - A 2007 crossover series written by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada, with art by Quesada; controversial at the time of release, even derided by fans for its reimagining of Peter Parker & MJ’s relationship. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


Spider-Man: Brand New Day - A storyline that deals with the fall out of One More Day. Available from Comixology & more.


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Dec 17, 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Homework - Villain Breakdowns, Classic Spider-Man Film Recaps, and Craziest Theories + Hawkeye Ep 4
01:09:09

On Episode 15 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Rosie Knight prepare for Spider-Man: No Way Home! First, in Previously On (2:29), Jason and Rosie recap episode 4 of Hawkeye, streaming on Disney+, and share how the series has embraced comics like no other. Then, in the Airlock (24:25) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the Spider-Verse, recapping the seven previous Spider-Man films (Maguire, Garfield, & Holland) so you don’t have to watch them all, analyzing the possibilities of No Way Home’s villains, and offering tons of theories for No Way Home and the MCU Multiverse. Then, in The Endgame (1:08:17), Jason and Rosie play another round of Assembly Required, picking a character from the Spider-Verse for a randomly assigned mission (hint: wedding bells anyone?). Use #XRVEndgame and let us know what you think of their choices!


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Plus, we got a mailbag episode coming so send your nerdy questions & queries to xray@crooked.com!


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Some of George Perez’s iconic comics work: New Teen Titans, JLA/Avengers Crossover, & More!


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Secret Wars - A twelve issue series published in 1984, written by Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton, featuring the Beyonder and Battleworld; essentially an opportunity for Marvel to cash in on a Mattel toyline. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


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Dec 10, 2021
Marvel's Hawkeye Episodes 2 & 3
01:03:56

On Episode 14 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Cody Ziglar dodge traffic (Pym arrow not included)! In Previously On (1:58), Jason and Zig recap episodes 2 and 3 of Hawkeye, streaming on Disney+. In the Airlock (37:42) Jason and Zig dive deep (deeeeep) into the theories and possibilities of Hawkeye’s upcoming episodes. For The Omnibus (54:17) Jason lifts the lid on organized crime in the Marvel canon. And in The Endgame (1:07:05), Jason and Zig play another round of Assembly Required, picking a character or item from Hawkeye episodes 2 and 3 for a randomly assigned mission (no hints this time). Use #XRVEndgame and let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS:

Zig’s The Dark Weeb podcast


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Savage Land - Created by Jack Kirby and debuting in Marvel Mystery Comics #22, a prehistoric land in the modern world of Marvel comics (right near Antarctica); picture Jurassic Park with even more dinosaurs and zero rules. 


Daredevil - Specifically the 2011-2014 Eisner-winning series by Mark Waid with eye-popping art by mainly Chris Samnee; the series was known for its humor, introducing the villain Ikari, and featured a team-up with Spidey himself. Available on Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, and more.



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Dec 03, 2021
Christmas Comes Early (Literally) with Marvel's Hawkeye on Disney+
00:50:06

On Episode 13 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Cody Ziglar grab a slice with Lucky the Pizza Dog! First, in the brand new recurring segment Nerd Out (1:41), in which nerds get to share what they love and why, Crooked’s own Kendra James (producer of Keep It & Lovett or Leave It) sits in the captain’s chair to give the latest on Trek as Discovery season 4 premieres on Paramount+. In the Airlock (15:25) Jason and Zig dive deep (deeeeep) into the first episode (and a sprinkling of the second) of Hawkeye, out now on Disney+. And in The Endgame (53:24), Jason and Zig play Assembly Required, picking a character from Hawkeye for a randomly assigned mission (Hint: pass the gravy boat). Use #XRVEndgame & let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS:

Zig’s Amazing Spider-Man #79, out now!

Zig’s Twitter & IG


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

My Life as a Weapon aka Hawkeye - Written by Matt Fraction with gorgeous art and covers by mainly David Aja, this is the series Disney+’s Hawkeye takes inspiration from and the series that redefined the character Clint Barton in the eyes of fans. Available on Marvel Unlimited, Amazon, etc.


Avengers (2012) - This is the MCU movie that really made people sit up and notice (unless you were already sitting up, in which case it made you stand). We see the continued aftermath of the Battle of New York from Kate Bishop & Clint Barton’s perspectives in Hawkeye, revealing that, when it comes to war & loss, some wounds never heal. Available on Disney+ or for rent.


Young Avengers - Created by Allan Heinberg & Jim Cheung before being relaunched by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie after the Marvel NOW! rebranding in 2012. Both series by the different writers and artists won GLAAD Media Awards (2006, 2014) during their respective runs. Available on Marvel Unlimited.




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Nov 24, 2021
Disney+ Day’s Marvel News & a (Spoiler-Free) Primer on Amazon’s Wheel of Time
01:24:56

On Episode 12 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Rosie Knight jazzercise with She-Hulk! In the Airlock (0:02:09) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the lore around the biggest announcements from the first annual Disney+ Day, including Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel. For the Omnibus, (0:49:42) Jason details the background and history of the character Moon Knight; in The Hive Mind (1:09:38), Jason is joined by writer and podcaster Preeti Chhibber for a spoiler-free primer on The Wheel of Time book series by Robert Jordan, the upcoming Amazon TV show (premiering November 19th), and how WoT is different (in a good way) from Game of Thrones. Finally, in The Endgame (1:28:34), Jason and Rosie play Assembly Required, picking a character from Marvel’s Disney+ Day releases for a randomly assigned mission (Hint: you can pick up some Swedish meatballs where we’re going). Use #XRVEndgame & let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS:

Preeti’s Tar Valon or Bust podcast & Wheel of Time Review

Rosie’s IG


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Moon Knight by Lemire & Smallwood - The collected volumes of Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood’s run on Moon Knight in which Marc Spector finds himself trapped in an insane asylum. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat - Written by Kate Leth and illustrated by Brittney L. Williams, this 17 issue series started in 2015 and follows Walker after her comeback from hell and starting a super-folk temp agency. Available on Marvel Unlimited.


Ms. Marvel (2015-2019) - Written by G. Willow Wilson & drawn by Adrian Alphona with tremendous creative input from Marvel editors Sana Amanat & Stephen Wacker and assistance from Jamie McKelvie. The series garnered critical acclaim and won a Hugo Award in 2015. Available on Marvel Unlimited


See Wakanda & Die - Set during Secret Invasion and written by Jason Aaron with art by Jefte Palo, all about how the skrull invasion very much does NOT go to plan once they hit Wakanda. Available on Marvel Unlimited.




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Nov 17, 2021
Marvel’s Eternals + The History of Jack Kirby
01:25:35

On Episode 11 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion & Rosie Knight pack up & start an Amazonian mind-control cult! In Previously On…(1:34) Jason goes solo to recap Eternals, the latest in the MCU, out in theaters now. In the Airlock (24:56) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the theories and characters of Eternals. For the Omnibus (49:06), Jason chronicles the work-life of Eternals’ creator Jack Kirby; in The Hive Mind (or rather, the Uni-Mind) (1:14:02), Jason is joined by comics journalist and author Abraham Riesman for a conversation around creators rights in the comics industry, especially involving Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Finally, in The Endgame (1:26:21), Jason and Rosie play Assembly Required, picking their Eternal to go head-to-head in a randomly selected scenario (Hint: they’ll be swiping left & right). Use #XRVEndgame & let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS:

Abraham Riesman’s Twitter & website!

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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Black Knight, Created by Roy Thomas & John Buscema, he’s a Marvel hero whose debut was The Avengers #47 in December, 1967; Dane Whitman is in fact the third character to hold that title. Black Knight has been a member of The Avengers, The Defenders, & MI13, Marvel’s equivalent of the famed real life MI6.


Blade, Created by Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan, this half-man, half-vampire (aka dhampir)’s first appearance was 1973’s The Tomb of Dracula #10. Wesley Snipes played the character in a trio of films that came out from 1998 through 2004 (the second was directed & written by a budding Guillermo del Toro and available on HBOMax).


She-Hulk’s Past with Eros (aka Starfox), Featured in She-Hulk Vol 2, #6-7, from 2006, written by Dan Slott and art by Will Conrad; the arc ultimately doesn’t really resolve the fate of Eros after his escape from court, so it’s hypothetically possible that the character is still wanted for his crimes on Earth.



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Nov 10, 2021
Comics! - Best Introductory Arcs For New Readers & All-Time Favorites
00:58:45

On a very special Episode 10 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion is joined by both co-hosts, Rosie Knight & Cody Ziglar, for an all hosts, all comics, all conversation! In Previously On…(1:10) Jason goes solo (and Soprano) to unpack the trailer of Disney+’s Boba Fett, Sony’s Morbius, and celebrate the formation of the brand new Comic Book Workers United union at Image Comics (link to support below!). In the Airlock (9:51) Jason, Rosie, and Zig dive deep (deeeeep) into the world of comics, offering entry points for eager new readers, some all time personal faves, and what they’re looking forward to in all things panel & page. In The Endgame (1:00:22), Jason, Rosie, and Zig play Some Assembly Required, picking their comics character to go head-to-head-to-head in a randomly selected scenario (Hint: stock up on Koopa Shells). Use #XRVEndgame & let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS:

Check out Comic Book Workers United & show your support!


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Black Widow (2020) - Kelly Thompson & Elena Casagrande. Available here.


Hawkeye (2012) - Matt Fraction & David Aja. Available here


Hellions (2020) - Zeb Wells & Stephen Segovia. Available here.


Young Avengers (2013) - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson. Available here.


Infinity Gauntlet (1991) - Jim Starlin, George Pérez, & Ron Lim. Available here.


Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos (1990) - Ron Lim & Jim Starlin. Available here.


X-Men: Grand Design (2018) - Ed Piskor. Available here.


Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) - Brian Michael Bendis with Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen, David LaFuente, & Sara Pichelli. Available here.


Avengers Disassembled / New Avengers (2004) - Brian Michael Bendis with various, including David Finch & Steve McNiven. Available here.


Saga of Swamp Thing (1984) - Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, & John Totleben. Available here.


Batman: Year One (1987) - Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli. Available here.


Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others (1998) - Mike Mignola. Available here.


Invincible (2003) - Robert Kirkman with Cory Walker & Ryan Ottley. Available here.


This One Summer (2014) - Mariko & Jillian Tamaki. Available here.


Super Mutant Magic Academy (2015) - Jillian Tamaki. Available here.


Very Near Mint (2011) - Justin Peterson. Available here.


Scott Pilgrim (2004) - Bryan Lee O’Malley. Available here.


Love and Rockets (1982) -The Hernandez Brothers, Gilbert, Jaime, & Mario. Available here.


Akira (1982) - Katsuhiro Otomo. Available here.


Fantasy Sports (2015) - Sam Bosma. Available here.


We3 (2004) - Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. Available here.


Demon Days (2021) - Peach Momoko. Available here.


Trial of the Amazons DC Event (2022) - Written with input by Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Vita Ayala, Stephanie Williams, Joelle Jones, and Jordie Bellaire. Start with Nubia & The Amazons, available here.


The Antagonists (2020) - Tyler F. Martin with Felipe Dunbar, Kelechi Nwaogwugwu, Kieran Jack, Giacomo Guida. Available here


Fist of the North Star re-release by Viz (2021) - Buronson & Tetsuo Hara. Available here.


The Good Asian (2021) - by Pornsak Pichetshote & Alexandre Tefenkgi. Available here.


The Department of Truth (2021) - James Tynion & Martin Simmonds. Available here.



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Nov 03, 2021
Dune (2021) with Dune Pod's Jason Goldman & Haitch + A Special Endgame with Shea Serrano
01:34:34

On a very special Episode 9 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion fights for DESERT POWER! In Previously On…(2:13) Jason goes solo to recap the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune as brought to life in Denis Villeneuve’s new film. In the Airlock (32:48) Jason is joined by special guests Jason Goldman & Haitch of the Dune Pod to dive deep (deeeeep) into the cinematic sand dunes & rich textural history of Herbert’s novels. In The Omnibus (1:08:36), Jason explores the origin of the space empire trope and compares and contrasts Dune with Isaac Asimov’s Foundations. And in The Endgame (1:20:32) Shea Serrano drops by the pod to give his take on Dune, shout out his new book, and then Jason and Shea pick their Cafeteria Table (from Jason & Shea’s own The Connect) of Hot Cinematic Dads. X-Ray’s Rule of Thumb: you can never have too many Oscar Isaacs. Use #XRVEndgame & let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS: 

Listen to Jason Goldman & Haitch on the Dune Pod & check out the other fantastic shows on the Tapedeck Podcast Network!


Hip Hop (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano is out now & available wherever books are sold!


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Enemy, a 2013 drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a dual role as men alike in appearance, but different in personality. The spider reference in question relates to the dreams shared by Gyllenhaal’s characters Adam & Anthony, including a dream of a naked woman with a spider head and a skyscraper-sized spider crawling through the city.


Frank Herbert’s Dune (Sci-Fi), A 2000 miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel (before the ‘Y’ rebrand), written and directed by John Harrison, and followed up with a Children of Dune miniseries in 2003.

 

Dune (’84), directed and written by David Lynch, and featuring Kyle Maclachlan in his film debut. Heavily criticized upon release for pretty much everything except its special effects, the film bombed at the box office and Lynch disowned it. Roger Ebert scorched the movie in his review and later named it the worst movie of the year. Available on HBOMax.


Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson; first published in 1962, the book focuses on the adverse environmental impact (mostly on birds, hence the title) of excessive pesticides by chemical companies. The book prompted widespread outrage and an overall ban on the use of DDT for agricultural purposes. Available on Bookshop.





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Oct 27, 2021
DC FanDome + HBO’s Succession Season 3 Premiere (& more Squid Game!)
01:30:33

On Episode 8 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Cody Ziglar have a latte with The Riddler! In Previously On…(2:56) Jason and Zig briefly discuss the release changes in upcoming Disney films and mourn the cancellation of FX on Hulu’s Y: The Last Man. In the Airlock (13:44) Jason and Zig dive deep (deeeeep) into the trailers that emerged from this past weekend’s DC FanDome, including The Batman, The Flash, HBOMax’s Peacemaker and more. In The Omnibus (42:36), Jason continues his exploration of the ‘deadly games’ genre to further analyze the economic and sociopolitical ideas behind Netflix’s smash hit Squid Game. Next, writer & podcaster Dave Schilling drops by this week’s Hive Mind (58:59) for an astute conversation around what makes HBO’s Succession the best show on TV & why we love the Roys despite their awful behavior. Finally, in The Endgame (1:24:48) Jason and Zig play Top Fives for their ‘favorite’ fictional billionaires. Use #XRVEndgame & tweet at Jason to let us know what you think of their choices!


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PLUGS: 

Dave Schilling & Jonah Ray’s Galaxy Brains & Dave’s LA Times article on why men should wear skirts.


Zig’s twitter: twitter.com/yayforzig & his pod (co-hosted with Brodie Reed) The Dark Weeb: available wherever you get your podcasts!


The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Batman (’89), Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton in the titular role with Jack Nicholson turning in a hammily deranged performance as the Joker; the film’s campy atmosphere and theatricality is both eye-catching and divergent from the gritty, more noir later Batman films of the 2000s. Available on HBOMax.


Flashpoint, a 2011 crossover comics series, the bulk of which was written by Geoff Johns with art by Andy Kubert. As alluded to by Jason, this series radically shifted the landscape of the DC universe and led to the The New 52 reboot of DC’s ongoing series.


1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About, by prominent cultural theorist and poet Joshua Clover originally published in 2009, which analyzes the year 1989 in popular music and the outgrowths (such as rap, grunge, acid house, etc.) that emerged in the following decade. Clover is currently a Professor of English & Comparative Literature at UC Davis. Available on Bookshop.com.


Peep Show, a British sit-com that ran from 2003 to 2015 and was written by Jesse Armstrong, among others. Following the lives of two best friends, the show, with its offbeat humor, unconventional POV filming style (hence the name ‘peep show’), and voiceover narration offering the internal monologue of the characters’ thoughts, never achieved wide audiences but garnered critical acclaim across its run. Available lots of places.




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Oct 20, 2021
In Squid Game, There's No Time to Die
01:18:12

On Episode 7 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight play Red Light, Green Light, otherwise known as What’s the Time Mr. Wolf! In Previously On…(3:50) Jason and Rosie celebrate DC’s announcement of Jon Kent (aka the Superman of Earth) coming out as bisexual as well as the revival of the iconic Image comics series Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. In a mini-segment called The Editor’s Note (10:48), X-Ray Vision producer (and 007 superfan) Chris Lord joins to toast (with a vodka martini of course) No Time to Die and speculate on the future of the franchise. In the Airlock (26:30) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the Netflix smash hit Squid Game to unmask why the show and its capitalist critiques resonate so strongly. Next, this week’s Hive Mind (59:50) features an insightful conversation between Jason and two of the producers behind Disney+’s anime anthology Star Wars: Visions. Finally, in The Endgame (1:19:50) Jason and Rosie select their own ‘Deadly Game’ in which to compete (and hopefully not lose). Use #XRVEndgame & tweet at Jason to let us know what you think of their choices!


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!


Saga, An iconic epic space opera in the truest possible sense; this comics fantasia tells the story of a wife & husband from warring planets, one highly technologic, the other magical, and their interplanetary adventures with their daughter and an ever-changing cast of oddballs, bounty hunters, & a robot-computer-sex-addict-prince (you read that right). Available in multiple compendiums, single issues, & more.


Goldfinger, The 1964 third installment of the EON-produced 007 James Bond franchise, starring Sean Connery at the height of his prowess & charisma. While undoubtedly problematic for its portrayal of women and Koreans (specifically, characters Pussy Galore & Odd Job), the film also cemented the now trademark Bond formula of gadgets, close calls, & big action set pieces. It is considered by many to be the quintessential Bond film. Available on Hulu & more.


Call of Duty: Warzone, Introduced on March 10, 2020, this free-to-play Battle Royale style game takes the incredibly popular Call of Duty FPS franchise in a slightly new direction by limiting game modes and utilizing large scale (shrinking) maps to give players room to collect cash, weaponry, and fight each other off.


Battle Royale (2000), Literally the film by which most other works in this genre are named for and/or reference (see COD: Warzone above). Directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a book by Koushun Takami, the film follows the kill or be-killed antics of a group of delinquent school children. Highly controversial upon release for its violence & gore, it has gone on to such cult fame that it is essentially a widely popular film. Available here.


Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji, A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto that has been ongoing since 1996 and chronicles the very misadventurous escapades of an inveterate gambler named Kaiji Ito. The series has garnered wide acclaim, both critically and commercially, in Japan and beyond.




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Oct 13, 2021
Marvel's What If...? Finale + Venom: Let There Be Carnage
01:40:29

On Episode 6 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight go raving with a Symbiote! In Previously On… they discuss the absolute madness that is Sony’s Venom: Let There be Carnage as well as the MCU reverberations of the film’s stinger (1:12). Then, in The Airlock, they dive deep (deeeep) into the finale of the Disney+ show What If…? and the ongoing multiversal trials and tribulations of the MCU (34:21). Next, Jason cracks open the Omnibus to explore the origins and popularity of the symbiote suit that ultimately becomes Eddie Brock’s Venom (1:00:25). In The Hive Mind, Jason chats with What If…? head writer A.C. Bradley and series director Bryan Andrews about Zombie Wanda, writing and directing animation, the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, and drinking whisky while writing Darcy Lewis and Party Thor (1:19:33). In The Endgame, Jason and Rosie play Face Off, pondering the question of which characters (if any!) from across all franchises, properties, and universes could possibly defeat Infinite Ultron (1:39:28). Use #XRVEndgame to let us know what you think!


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

Natural Born Killers, the controversial 1994 film directed by Oliver Stone with a heavily (emphasis on the word ‘heavily’) revised script by Quentin Tarantino, who later disowned the film. Stars Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as a pair of traumatized mass murderers sensationalized by the media. Available on HBOMax.


VEEP, the critically acclaimed HBO TV series, created by Armando Iannucci (as an adaptation of his earlier sit-com The Thick of It) and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, all about the foibles of an egoistic vice president. Available on HBOMax.


Don Quixote, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615 by Miguel de Cervantes, and widely considered one of the foundational literary texts of all time; it follows a nobleman (Don Quixote) who deliriously desires to become a chivalric knight of yore and looks for prospective damsels in distress to rescue with the aid of his squire, a peasant farmer named Sancho Panza. Available everywhere you can get a book (go for physical if you can).


Gorr, The God Butcher, To be played by Christian Bale in the upcoming Taika Waititi directed fourth installment in the Thor franchise of the MCU - Thor: Love and Thunder. Gorr first appeared in Thor: God of Thunder #2 in 2012 and his name pretty much sums it up for what he’s after. For a while in the comics, Gorr wielded the Necrosword, forged by Knull, the progenitor of the symbiotes, thus the symbiote/Thor connection.


Venom: Lethal Protector, a 1993 six-issue series by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley that is the first to feature Eddie Brock and Venom as main characters and transformed the duo from villain to anti-hero.


Planet of the Symbiotes, a 1995 five issue series by David Michelinie about the invasion of Earth by an army of symbiotes.


Secret Wars, a 12-issue crossover series from 1984-85, written by Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton, featuring The Beyonder, Battleworld, many heroes and villains, and the debut of the black Spider suit, which later became Venom.


Kirby Krackle, an artistic convention created by legend Jack Kirby that utilizes black as a negative space to portray unexplained energy, like blasts from explosions, ray guns, etc. The earliest known use dates to 1940 in Blue Bolt #5.



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Oct 07, 2021
Star Wars: Visions Episode II - Attack of The Pod
01:06:27

On Episode 5 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Cody Ziglar stage an intervention to get Darcy & Howard the Duck into couples therapy! In Previously On… (1:25) Jason and Zig grab a cold one with Party Thor to catch up on the antics of the latest What If…? Then in The Airlock (18:06) they dive deep (deeeep) into their three favorite remaining Disney+ Star Wars: Visions shorts: “The Ninth Jedi” by Production I.G, “T0-B1” by Science SARU, and “The Elder” by TRIGGER. Then, in The Hive Mind (41:19), Jason welcomes Alex Damon of Star Wars: Explained to analyze the canonicity and lore potential of a few of the Visions shorts as well as give his overall thoughts on the anime anthology. Finally, in The Endgame (1:01:27), Jason and Zig play Fit Check: Spider-Verse Edition, ranking their Top Three Spidey universe costumes because “With great fits, comes great responsibility.” Don’t forget to order up your copy of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30 out now, celebrating 10 Years of Miles Morales & featuring a short story by the one and only Cody Ziglar!


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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!

  • THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, originally came out in 2012 and featured Young Thor, Modern Thor, and King Thor.
  • Count Luchino Nefaria, a villain descended from a line of Italian noblemen who controlled the “Maggia,” the Marvel comics “Mafia,” and later acquired superpowers. Jason is referencing Brian Michael Bendis’ run on New Avengers.
  • Akira (1988), the iconic post-apocalyptic cyberpunk anime film, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo about what happens to a biker gang when one of their members gains unbelievable telekinetic abilities. Available on Hulu
  • My Hero Academia, based on the manga of the same name about a boy without superpowers in a world in which powers are common but still dreams of gaining them. The anime was produced by Bones. Available on Hulu, Crunchyroll, & more.
  • Voltron, an adaptation of several different anime, first aired in 1984 and follows five space explorers who pilot a giant robot, aka Voltron. Available here.
  • Patlabor, a multimedia franchise in Japan starting with the original manga, an anime show, multiple features, & more; set in a near future Tokyo and following the exploits, both thrilling and mundane, of a robotic division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
  • Astro Boy, known as Atom in Japan, an iconic character of manga and anime, created by Osamu Tezuka in 1951. The character has been featured in video games, TV, and film.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA; after the events of Revenge of the Sith and the fall of the Republic, Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis evades the Empire & attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order.




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Sep 29, 2021
A Galaxy Far, Far Away Goes Anime in Star Wars: Visions
01:16:14

On Episode 4 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Cody Ziglar have the high ground when talking about three incredible shorts in Disney+’s Star Wars: Visions (dropping 9/22)! In Previously On (1:26)… they go bananas (better than flinging their feces, right?) for the trailer of Hulu’s upcoming Hit-Monkey series as well as recap the latest episode of What If…? and predict what’s coming next. Then in The Airlock (17:09) Jason and Cody dive deep (deeeeep) on three shorts from Star Wars: Visions: “The Duel” (Kamikaze Douga), “Tatooine Rhapsody” (Studio Colorido), and “The Twins” (Studio TRIGGER). Next, Jason cracks open The Omnibus (42:23) to explore the life and work of visionary director Akira Kurosawa and his prominent influence on the Star Wars universe. In The Hive Mind (1:00:34), Jason, Cody, and writer Alicia Lutes question whether Star Wars needs cinema when it has such good serialized storytelling in Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, and more. Finally, in today’s Endgame (1:19:57 )Jason & co. award their Medals of Yavin to the best characters from these three Visions shorts. Who was your favorite? Use #XRVEndgame to let us know!


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Introducing… The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision, including the properties name-dropped in the episode!

  • Hit-Monkey #1 and especially Deadpool #19-21, which features a Spider-Man/Merc with a Mouth team-up.
  • Basilisk, the anime series based on the manga of the same name by Masaki Segawa. The 24 episode first season is on Hulu & Funimation; a second series produced in 2018 set ten years later is not.
  • Sword of the Stranger (2007) is an anime film produced by Bones. Available on Funimation.
  • RoboTech, a US-produced series broadcast on Harmony Gold that spooled together stories from three unrelated mecha anime series.
  • Toonami, is an Adult Swim programming block started way back in 1997 on Cartoon Network that primarily airs anime.
  • Kill la Kill, an anime series produced by TRIGGER and showcasing their frenetic, fast-paced style. Available on Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchyroll.
  • Promare, a 2019 mecha (i.e. robots) anime film co-produced by TRIGGER that showcases more of that same style. Available on HBOMax or to rent on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958), directed by Akira Kurosawa. Available on HBOMax, Criterion Channel, & Kanopy.
  • George Lucas: A Biography by John Baxter.
  • The Making of Star Wars by JW Rinzler.
  • Rashomon (1950), directed by Akira Kurosawa. Available on Criterion Channel, HBOMax, Kanopy & to rent on Amazon or iTunes.
  • The Simpsons, “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” (season 10, ep. 23). Available on Disney+.
  • Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962), Kagemusha (1980), Ran (1985), and Dreams (1990), all directed by Akira Kurosawa, the inspiration for Sergio Leone & Clint Eastwood. Available on Criterion Channel, HBOMax, & Kanopy.
  • Wolverine, written by Chris Claremont with art by Frank Miller and first published in 1982. The 4-issue arc covers Wolverine’s engagement to Mariko Yashida.
  • The Asian Influence on Hollywood Action Films (2008), by Barna William Donovan.
  • Astro Boy, known as Atom in Japan, an iconic character of manga and anime, created by Osamu Tezuka in 1951. The character has been featured in video games, TV, and film.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, if you’re listening to this right now, you probably already know it, but, if you don’t, check it out! Available on Disney+.




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Sep 22, 2021
A Multiverse of Possibilities with Marvel's What If...? + Shang-Chi's Simu Liu
01:42:18

On Episode 3 of X-Ray Vision, Christmas comes early for Jason Concepcion and rotating co-host Rosie Knight! In Previously On… they get the download on the Matrix Resurrections trailer (1:56), toggle their gamepads with the latest Marvel and DC video game news (8:02), talk about Marvel’s separation from Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett (16:49), geek out over the forthcoming Avengers Forever series (26:44), unwrap the Christmas extravaganza of Disney+’s Hawkeye (32:19), and give their hot takes on the first three episodes of FX on Hulu’s Y: The Last Man (44:09). In The Airlock (59:14), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeeep) into predictions for the final episodes of the Disney+ show What If…? and contemplate the multiverse of possibilities for future Marvel animated projects. Then on The Hive Mind (1:28:03), Jason chats with Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Finally, in The Endgame (1:41:11), Jason and Rosie each rank their Top Five Pop Cultural Apocalypses.


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Sep 15, 2021
Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
01:32:05

On Episode 2 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion navigates his way through a moving forest to bring you his take on the latest MCU film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! But first in Previously On… (1:23) Jason and rotating co-host Rosie Knight discuss Netflix’s newly cast live action reboot of Avatar, geek out over the stills from the upcoming Cowboy Bebop show, howl at the moon over rumors of a Marvel Werewolf By Night Halloween Special, and recap episodes 3 and 4 of What If…?. In the Airlock (32:15) they sing their praises of Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, then Jason cracks open the Omnibus (51:43) and dives deep into the history and context of Shang-Chi’s comic origins as well as The Mandarin’s Ten Rings. For this week’s Hive Mind (1:10:11), X-Ray Vision welcomes Phil Yu (aka Angry Asian Man) to discuss Asian American representation in pop culture and, in the Endgame (1:23:50), all three throw down their Top Five Weapons & Gear of the MCU.

 

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Sep 06, 2021
The Marvelous MCU TV Shows of Disney+
01:39:17

On Episode 1 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion’s spidey-senses are tingling! Jason and rotating co-host Cody Ziglar talk about the excitement surrounding the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars: Visions anthology series, dissect the mind-blowing Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, and Jason tells all about his unexpectedly iconic look at the Shang-Chi Premiere (1:42). Then, Jason and Cody dive deep (deeeeep) into Marvel Phase 4 & the shows WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki currently streaming on Disney+ (24:50). Next, Jason unpacks the mythological origins of the character Loki (1:02:42) before welcoming X-Ray Vision’s very first panelist Jason Mantzoukas (1:15:57) to talk about how Marvel is changing TV and film to be more like comics. Finally, as the cherry on top of the superhero sundae, Jason Concepcion and Cody play a round of “Who’s Your Neville? Who’s Your Gollum?” (1:39:40). Because what are Podcasts if not Culture persevering?


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Aug 30, 2021
X-Ray Vision with Jason Concepcion (coming soon)
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Introducing X-Ray Vision, the newest podcast from Crooked Media. From the mind of Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion comes X-Ray Vision. This new weekly podcast transcends pop culture and entertainment, taking listeners from Middle-Earth to Waystar Royco, and everything in between.


Hold on to your cape as we journey through the zeitgeist-iest (patent pending) of film, TV, and comics– guided by Jason’s one-of-a-kind analysis and expert guests. Test your fandom knowledge with panel discussions on the latest nerd news, casting, and show lore while staying tuned for deep dives into all of your favorite franchises. This is X-Ray Vision. Premiering August 30th with new episodes dropping weekly. Subscribe now! 


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Aug 18, 2021