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Saturday, September 12, 2020 

Chuck Austen comes back to comicdom

Austen is an animation producer who recently participated in the production of the SJW She-Ra remake, and was a pretty unpopular comics writer over 15 years ago. Now, according to leftist Kotaku, he's showed up again in comicdom with a sci-fi adventure called Edgeworld, which he's doing in cooperation with an artist he'd worked with at Marvel years before:
It’s been over a decade since Miracle Man and X-Men writer Chuck Austen was making comics — but he’s back with an all star team for a new creator-owned series. It’s one that promises a heady mix of Firefly, Westworld, and Deep Space Nine, and we’ve got a first look inside. [...]

“Pat Olliffe and I had worked together before at Marvel on a couple projects and enjoyed the process, me writing, him drawing, us collaborating on look, scenes, and mood,” Austen said in a press release provided to Gizmodo. “We’d talked before about working together again, but I’d left comics. One day we both finally realised, ‘Hey! Why don’t we create a comic for ourselves? Just for fun?’ One rocket-sled ride later, and here we are. We never created this to sell to a publisher. We created it to create and that was very freeing.”
No kidding. I'm curious to know if they took meritocracy into consideration this time around, seeing how poor Austen's scriptwriting was on the majority of his work back in the early 2000s. You could also wonder if he intends to pander to social justice ideology this time around, based on his participation in the She-Ra remake, and if that's the case, they could be spelling failure for themselves.

But, if they do base their approach on quality writing this time, and think enough time's passed in over 15 years when Austen garnered a horrible reputation for how he was scripting X-Men, then who knows? Maybe they'll be getting somewhere while achieving a more positive reputation than before. Though I'd strongly advise them to avoid getting overtly left-wing political, since that can end up being a career-crippler, if not a destroyer, in this day and age. We could all honestly do without so much forced leftism for a change.

And before I forget, let's hope Austen acts respectably towards the general audience this around, unlike the time when he signaled contempt for X-fans.

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So...how's the guy's non-X-Men related comics?

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