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.
“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
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