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CEREBRO

Connor Goldsmith

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CEREBRO is a podcast about Marvel's Merry Mutants, the Uncanny X-Men, hosted by Connor Goldsmith. Each episode highlights one character. Tune in for a deep exploration of the 58-year history of this enduring, revolutionary franchise! www.cerebrocast.com www.patreon.com/cerebrocast
 
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Episode Notes The road to 600 comes to a startling conclusion as we recount the numerous war crimes of Hank McCoy. Ranked This Episode X-Force #6,#9-10 (Terra Verde) X-Men: Blue #7-9 (Secret Empire) Uncanny X-Men #600 Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & n…
 
In Episode 66 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Spencer Ackerman (Reign of Terror) sharpen their knives with the cunning Callisto! Leader of the Morlocks, a society of non-passing mutants living in poverty in the maintenance tunnels beneath Manhattan, Callisto debuts as an eager rival to Storm. In time she becomes one of the X-Men's staunchest…
 
Episode Notes In beautiful, unintentional synergy with the X-Men Vote, we are talking about that time Emma Frost blew up a horse; for the children of course. Always talking about being for the children that one, even when she is goofily evil. Ranked This Episode: New Mutants #15-17 (Hellions) Firestar #1-4 New Mutants #62 (Magma & Empath) Check out…
 
In Episode 65 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Zoe Tunnell (Blade Maidens) deploy their foot claws with Laura Kinney, the All-New Wolverine! Introduced as X-23, a female clone of Wolverine (it's complicated), Laura debuted in the popular cartoon X-Men: Evolution before becoming a vital part of the comics universe. After Logan's death (he got …
 
Episode Notes X-Men Group Editor Jordan D White joins us to answers questions the brightest minds have been asking since before the Dawn of X. Want to know the truth about what changed in Hickman's plan, the writer's departure or Baby Havok? You must listen to this one. Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on…
 
In Episode 64 of CEREBRO, Connor and X-Office writer Ben Percy (X-Force, Wolverine) synthesize carbonadium with Arkady Rossovich, the ruthless Omega Red! Plus: X Lives and X Deaths of Wolverine! Beast versus Sage! The crimes of Colossus! All this and more as Ben discusses his work in the Age of Krakoa. The CEREBRO character file on Omega Red begins…
 
Episode Notes We ring in the new year with wedding bells for our friend Wolverine. Ranked this episode: Uncanny X-Men #172-173 (Wolverine Wedding) What If...? #43 (What If Wolverine Married Mariko) Wolverine #125-128 (Wolverine Marries Viper) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on…
 
In Episode 63 of CEREBRO — a slightly belated X-Mas spectacular — Connor and Battle of the Atom co-host Zack Jenkins illuminate Nate Grey, the eccentric X-Man! The rough equivalent of Cable in the dystopian Age of Apocalypse reality, Nate survived that event and somehow led a solo title for 75 issues. Good for him! More recently, he served as a maj…
 
Episode Notes We close out our year with X Lives & X Deaths Of Wolverine writer Benjamin Percy here to talk to us about his work on the line over the last couple years and what to expect in the Destiny of X! Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never try t…
 
In Episode 62 of CEREBRO, Connor and X of Words host Ash Alleyne expand their minds with David Alleyne (no relation), the perceptive Prodigy! One of the rare Academy X students to transcend his cohort, David was the most prominent depowered character after the Decimation, especially after a memorable turn in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's Young…
 
Episode Notes Chris and Christi Eddleman join us to celebrate Chrisesmas! Also exclusive interviews with Lethal Larry Hama and Cantankerous Chris Claremont from C2E2! Ranked This Episode: X-Men vol 2 #109 (Christmas) X-Men vol 2 #165 (Christmas) Marvel Holiday Special 2007 "Piece of Cake" Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New co…
 
In Episode 61 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Anthony Oliveira hark the Acolytes' herald angel, the elusive Exodus! A striking new villain of the 90s, 12th century crusader Bennet du Paris was changed forever by an encounter with the immortal mutant Apocalypse. Revived in modern times, he became Magneto's most zealous disciple. Now he sits o…
 
Episode Notes This week on Battle Of The Atom, podcaster extraordinaire Connor Goldsmith talks to us about Betsy Braddock and Revanche. Also this one has some cusses and a couple swears. Check out Connor's great show Cerebro here Ranked This Episode: X-Men vol 2 #31-32 (Soul Possession) Psylocke Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor Check out th…
 
In Episode 60 of CEREBRO, Connor and artist Patrick Sullivan debate policy with mutantkind's ultimate frenemy, Dr. Valerie Cooper! Introduced in the Claremont era as an antagonist, government bureaucrat Val developed over time into the X-Men's most powerful human ally... most of the time. The CEREBRO character file on Val Cooper begins at 1:38:58. …
 
Episode Notes Travel back to 2003 as we talk about terrorist, spy and generally neat person Mystique. Ranked This Episode: Sabretooth/Mystique Mystique #1-6 X-Men #171-174 (Bizarre Love Triangle) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never try to find Zack!…
 
In Episode 59 of CEREBRO, a special Thanksgiving celebration, Connor and his dad James Goldsmith soar above the Savage Land with the sinister Sauron! One of the rare Silver Age X-Men villains to stick around, Karl Lykos was originally presented as a tragic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type figure, but evolved over time into a reliable comic relief antag…
 
Episode Notes It's time to power up this podcast as we return to the power of the Power Pack.Ranked this episode: X-Men/Power Pack Wolverine/Power Pack Power Pack #36 The episode of Jeff And Rick Present: Unpacking The Power Of Power Pack that Zack was on can be found here. Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every wee…
 
Episode Notes This is about team ups. I recorded it not 48 hours ago and I have no recollection of what our bits were. Adam says it's a "classic". Ranked This Episode: Wolverine & Jubilee X-Force vol 2 Wolverine/Doop Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & ne…
 
In Episode 58 of CEREBRO, Connor and Harvard Professor of English Stephanie Burt twist into new shapes with the whimsical Warlock! An iconic element of the Claremont/Sienkiewicz New Mutants, techno-organic alien Warlock became the ultimate fish out of water, learning humanity through his bond with Doug Ramsey, his selfsoulfriend. The CEREBRO charac…
 
Episode Notes We talk about the X-Men character Hyperion. You know him, he is fake Superman. Ranked this episode: Exiles #38-40 (King Hyperion) Exiles #43-45 (A Blink In Time) Exiles #62-#65 (Timebreakers) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never try to …
 
In Episode 57 of CEREBRO, Connor and Middle East researcher Dr. Khaliden Nas celebrate Sooraya Qadir, the devoted Dust! Introduced in Grant Morrison's New X-Men, Afghan refugee Sooraya became a fan favorite, a breakout of the Academy X student class, and recently played a memorable role in Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn's Way of X. The CEREBRO character…
 
Episode Notes We're heading to Russia comrades! Join us as we talk all about Omega Red stories. Ranked this Episode: X-Men #4-7 (Omega Red) Wolverine Origins #37-40 (Romulus) Uncanny X-Force #25-35 (Final Execution) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & nev…
 
In Episode 56 of CEREBRO, concluding the three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and Marvel's Leah Williams (X-Factor, X-Men: The Trial of Magneto) seize the throne of Limbo with Illyana Rasputina, the magnificent Magik! Introduced as Colossus's kid sister, Illyana became a star of the original New Mutants in the 80s when she fell into a Hell di…
 
Episode Notes We have a rip roaring time hanging with Hollywood big-shot Jordan Blum while we talk about Doug Ramsey and the Hellions.Ranked this episode: New Mutants #53-54 (Scavenger Hunt) New Warriors #31 (Who Mourns The Hellions?) New Mutants #6-8 (Necrosha) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsX…
 
In Episode 55 of CEREBRO, the second in a three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and returning guest Alex Abad-Santos serve up their souls to the seductive Selene! The platonic ideal of a Chris Claremont villain, the immortal Selene was born before human civilization, and is the oldest mutant known to have survived to the present day. Formerly …
 
Episode Notes Happy Halloween, we talk about some sufficiently spooky stories. Then someone gets distracted and talks about weird Marvel continuity for too long. It's a great event. Ranked This Episode: Inferno (Secret Wars) Nova #22 Generation X #22 Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow…
 
In Episode 54 of CEREBRO, the first in a three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and artist Valentine Smith shriek it out with Theresa Rourke Cassidy, the spirited Siryn! The long-lost daughter of X-Man Banshee, Terry was raised by his wicked cousin Black Tom. After some time as a supporting character in the Claremont period, she became a star o…
 
In Episode 53 of CEREBRO, Connor and Marvel writer Terry Blas (Reptil) stretch themselves with Angelo Espinosa, the cynical Skin! A regular cast member in the 90s title Generation X, moody Los Angeles teen Angelo fled the world of street crime to become one of the students at the Massachusetts Academy. The least-developed of the core Gen X team, he…
 
Episode Notes We enter the world of Mutant X, and by that we mean we get distracted by other weird Marvel stuff of the turn of the century. Ranked this episode: X-Factor #145-149 Mutant X #1-3 Mutant X: Origins #1 Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never…
 
Episode Notes Everyone loves Vulcan. He's the third Summers brother and no one has ever disliked how clunkly he was put into the story and then used as a big deal in space for a while. Anyway our buddy Vishal is here to set up straight!Ranked This Episode: Rise & Fall Of The Shi'Ar Empire Emperor Vulcan War Of Kings Check out the Battle of the Atom…
 
In the PHALANX-SIZE Episode 52 of CEREBRO, Connor and Sara Century make a case for Candy Southern! One of the X-Men franchise's most tragic characters, Candy was introduced in 1967 as a love interest for Warren Worthington III. She was a reliable supporting character for decades, eventually becoming a hero in her own right as the leader of the Defe…
 
Episode Notes This week it is all Wolverine all the time. If anyone makes those jokes where we talk about Logan and we all know we are talking about Logan and you pretend we are talking about Laura, I will be sad and tired. Ranked this episode: All-New Wolverine: Four Sisters All-New Wolverine: Enemy Of The State II All-New Wolverine: Orphans Of X …
 
As the Inferno burns, CEREBRO returns! In Episode 51, the SEASON TWO PREMIERE, Connor and critic Vishal Gullapalli fight for the future with Nathan Christopher Summers, the commanding Cable! Created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson and introduced as a proactive new leader for the New Mutants (later X-Force), Cable was later revealed via retcon to…
 
Episode Notes Cartoonist Declan Shalvey is here with a vengeance to talk about vertical scroll comics and his just completed X-Men Unlimited story. Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never try to find Zack! Our theme music is Junk Factory from the X-Men …
 
After over 60,000 downloads in over 100 countries, we are so glad to have brought an entire cycle of Torah study to our listeners. Rabbi Adam and Raviv look back at a year filled with inspiring conversation, insight, and wisdom. Thanks for joining. The Study is produced by Evan Scott Nicholas and Raviv Ullman. Artwork by Julia Pott.…
 
Episode Notes You know we won't all f f f f fade away. It's Generation X spectacular as the team gets mashed up into all sorts of detective comics. Ranked This Episode: Gen13/Generation X Generation X/Gen13 Generation Hex Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy…
 
Robert Alter, Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and award winning translator of the Torah joins Rabbi Adam and Raviv to discuss why the Torah ends in a poem. We’ll discuss what clues this poem gives us about the ways in which people communicated …
 
Episode Notes We totally planned this What If...? episode around the TV show and this isn't a coincidence that we are talking about 3 X-Men What If...? stories today. Ranked This Episode: What If vol 2 #13 (Professor X was the Juggernaut) What If vol 2 #46-47 (Cable Killed the X-Men/Magneto Took Over The USA) What If vol 2 #77 (Legion Killed Magnet…
 
James Darrah, stage and film director, and newly appointed artistic director of Long Beach Opera sits down with Rabbi Adam and Raviv to discuss a pivotal turning point in the Torah narrative- when Moses passes the torch to the next leader of the Israelites. What does it mean to carry a tradition for the next generation, and how does a young interpr…
 
In Episode 50 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 1 FINALE, Connor and returning guest Spencer Ackerman survey the schemes of Charles Xavier, the persuasive Professor X! Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men's wise teacher and mentor slowly became a much darker and more foreboding character, a father figure gone wrong. The CEREBRO character file on Prof…
 
Episode Notes We have to go back to The Age Of Apocalypse and accept that it rules so much and we have no choice but to stan. We also make some of the weirdest structural decision about Ranking we have ever done. Ranked This Episode: X-Men: Alpha/Omega Astonishing X-Men (AoA) Amazing X-Men (AoA) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List!…
 
In Episode 49 of CEREBRO, Connor and former Marvel editor Chris Robinson play the hand they're dealt with the gregarious Gambit! Introduced as Chris Claremont's last addition to the X-Men in his sixteen-year run, Remy would become an iconic part of the X-Men franchise as a breakout star of the 90s, the focus of several solo titles. In recent years …
 
Episode Notes We're a Wolverine podcast now and we promise this isn't a bit. It isn't a joke. It is just us covering times Wolverine has killed literal thousands of people. Ranked This Episode: Wolverine #20-31 (Enemy Of The State) Wolverine #69-71 (Savage Land) Wolverine #10-14 (Wolverine's Revenge) Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking …
 
In Episode 48 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic and cartoonist Karen Charm get more than skin deep with Paige Guthrie, the heroic Husk! Younger sister to classic character Cannonball, Paige was a protagonist of the 90s book Generation X. Later stories would write the character into some odd positions, and she's struggled to find a stable place in the f…
 
Jake Cohen, author of NYT Bestselling JEW-ISH Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, joins Raviv and Jess to talk about all things Jewish food, our connection to how we prepare our meals and where those ingredients come from, the incredibly long journeys that dishes take to get to our tables, and Jake’s journey as he’s learned it all.…
 
Episode Notes Hear us X-Fans, no longer are we the podcast you once know. We are hellfire and guilt incarnateNow & ForeverWe are The Hornheaders! Here's the thing, we're a Daredevil podcast now. Thusly, we are going to cover a whole one story with Matt in it. I am sure this will make both X-Men fans and Daredevil fans very happy with our decision m…
 
In Episode 47 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic Elana Levin fall to pieces with Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man! A longtime X-Men supporting character, Madrox rose to prominence in the 21st century as the protagonist of the long-running X-Factor, written by Peter David. After a number of astoundingly complicated stories, he is now part of Krakoa's X-Cor…
 
Natalia Abrams, executive director of Student Debt Crisis, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundamentally reforming student debt and higher education loan policies, joins Raviv and special guest Molly Wernick to discuss what got us into a nearly two trillion dollar crisis in the first place, what kind of preventive measures can be taken to av…
 
Episode Notes Longtime friend of the show Leah Williams stops by to talk about The Trial of Magneto, X-Factor and much much more! Check out the Battle of the Atom Master Ranking List! New content every week on ComicsXF.com Follow Adam on Twitter @arthurstacy & never try to find Zack! Our theme music is Junk Factory from the X-Men Arcade Game by Sei…
 
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