From 2002 to 2005, the X-Men were going through a period of creative shine in which high-profile writers Grant Morrison and later Joss Whedon would steer the line through a creative boom. But below the flagship titles of New and Astonishing X-Men, the titles of Uncanny and X-Men would find the other side of that coin.
That three year period saw the writing tenure of Chuck Austen and it is a period that many X-Fans would just as soon forget. It’s renowned for its shaky characterizations, outlandish plots and questionable decisions throughout.
Comicdom Wrecks! takes a look at Chuck Austen’s X-Men career in a 13 part feature known as Chuck Austen’s X-Men. Each edition sees a story picked apart and prodded for the pieces of the story and whether they do or do not work. It’ll be a long and painful process, but by the end we hope to have an answer as to whether Austen is deserving of the reputation he received for this run. (EDIT: He is.)
- Hope (Uncanny X-Men #410-412)
- Moving Story (Uncanny X-Men #413-416)
- Dominant Species (Uncanny X-Men #417-420)
- Rules of Engagement (Uncanny X-Men #421-422)
- Holy War (Uncanny X-Men #423-424)
- Sacred Vows (Uncanny X-Men #425-427)
- The Draco (Uncanny X-Men #428-434) Part 1, Part 2, Prologue
- The Trial of the Juggernaut (Uncanny X-Men #435-436)
- She Lies With Angels (Uncanny X-Men #437-441)
- Of Darkest Nights (Uncanny X-Men #442-443)
- Bright New Mourning (New X-Men #155-156)
- Day of the Atom (X-Men #157-160)
- Heroes and Villains (X-Men #161-164)