X-MEN TEAM HISTORY PART 8 (2004) The early 2000s were defined by the brilliance of writers such as Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon... aaaaaand to even things out, the trainwreck known as the Chuck Austen era. Chuck Austen took on the main X-Men book from 2002 to 2005, with a rapidly changing roster depending on the story arc. The lineup shown above is from 2004, when Rogue and Gambit left the X-Treme X-Men title and went back to the school.
Some of the bizarre highlights of Austen's run include Juggernaut joining the X-Men, revealing that mutants are immune to HIV, Nightcrawler being the son of an actual demon, Angel having sex with his teenage girlfriend in front of her parents, and Havok falling in love with his nurse during a coma, causing Polaris to go crazy during her wedding.
I actually kinda liked the Chuck Austen era because it was the first era I followed religiously in the comics. Therefore, I had no frame of reference as to how universally hated it was. Silver lining? All the other X-Men comics I read after it were way better in comparison.
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