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Excalibur #93

“The Spire”

Writer: Warren Ellis

Pencils: Casey Jones

Inks: Tom Simmons

Colours: Ariane Lenshoek and Malibu Hues

Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft

Editor: Suzanne Gaffney

Original publication date: January 1996

This week, we’re inspired to do some griping about thong-back costumes and the wolf-girls who wear them in Excalibur #93, “The Spire,” in which Rahne Sinclair goes home again and heals from her traumatic past by revealing it was even worse than we thought? We also do some sermonizing about religion in comics with the help of returning guest, Dr. Michael B. Dando! Plus lots of ladies acting lots of ways which may or may not make sense and Pete Wisdom does an Xavier impression (which everyone hates).

On good characters and good questions:

“Good characters ask important questions. I think Rahne Sinclair does that, and has done that for a very long time.” -Michael

On changing changes:

“From here on out, Meggan can do whatever we need her to do for the issue at hand and she might not be able to do it next issue.” -Mav

On sexualization vs objectification:

“When a character is drawn in a generically sexy way that doesn’t extend from character—that’s problematic objectification. Because it’s dehumanizing, usually in the service of a generic male gaze.” -Anna

On simplifications:

“Rahne Sinclar is a really important symbol for queer and trans youth. And what makes that effective are the various forces affecting her. It’s frustrating to see that simplified here.” -Andrew

On diminishing returns:

“God Love, Man Kills is such a foundational X-Men text. But too many other writers have been like ‘let’s do that’ without appreciating why the original worked.” -Michael

On bigotry:

“Cartoonishly evil religious bigots can let subtler bigotry off the hook, because people look at it go—oh I’m not like *that.* That’s evil. I’m fine.” -Michael

Want more Michael B. Dando?

Want more Michael B. Dando?

You can find him on Twitter (@mbdando), and check out the Lion Man comic books, by John Jennings and David Brame, edited by Michael!

And! Check out the Comics School podcast wherever you get your podcasts!

And as usual:

You can find Anna on Twitter (@peppard_anna) and at Sequential Scholars (@seqscholars). 

You can find Andrew on Twitter (@ClaremontRun) and at Sequential Scholars.

You can find Mav on Twitter (@chrismaverick) and on his podcast, VoxPopcast (@VoxPopcast).


-GGW Team