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Excalibur #95

“Amplified Heart”

Writer: Warren Ellis

Pencils: Carlos Pacheco

Inks: Bob Wiacek

Colours: Joe Rosas

Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft

Editor: Suzanne Gaffney

Original publication date: March 1996

All that simmering tension had to come to a head sometime, and what better time than this time, in a comic about the most emo Omega mutant? Adam Reck, writer, artist, and co-host of the Battle of the Atom podcast, descends from the heavens to cross swords and shoot psi-blasts at Excalibur #95, “Amplified Heart,” talking Pacheco influences, rad sequences, 90s pursuance, and where Nate Grey ranks on the list of worst X-Men.

On reframing:

“It feels like they’re retelling the story of the X-Men franchise to frame the entire universe around X-Man and it’s such a hilarious project.” -Anna

On negative traits of Nate:

“We’ve been joking a lot about X-Man, but seriously–probably the least interesting part of the Age of Apocalypse storyline he came out of is him.” -Mav

On different types of 90s:

“Cable and X-Man are both definitive 90s characters, but where Cable is all 90s excess… Nate Grey is that Gambit-type of broody emo guy with floppy 90s hair.” -Anna

On the appeal of Pacheco:

“I know a lot of people have a lot of affection for this era of Excalibur, and I think Carlos Pacheco’s art is a big part of that.” -Anna

On sympathy for our heroes:

“I do really feel bad for the Excalibur team here that they have to deal with Nate.” -Adam

On Pacheco Influences:

“Artists like Pacheco brought a sense of design, fun, and approachability back into superhero comics with a cartoonist sensibility… choices are made to breathe life into the drawing and make you want to be a part of the image as opposed to marveling at its proficiency.” -Mav

On Pacheco's style:

“Carlos Pacheco is more expressive than Jim Lee but also has a good sense of anatomy and perspective… he uses interesting camera angles and when he draws an outstretched hand, you can see every single like joint in the fingers.” Adam

Want more Adam Reck?

Want more Adam Reck?

You can find him on Twitter (@arthurstacy) and ranking all the X-Men stories that are fit to rank with Zachary Jenkins and a bevy of big-name guests over at the Battle of the Atom Podcast.

Adam also makes awesome art and comics! You can often find him contributing lewks to ComicsXF’s redesign series, featuring new costumes for old favs! Adam also does commissions; hit him up on Instagram to learn more!

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