I never really got into Austen's run.
Like when he had the Exiles pretty much as guest stars in their own book. And turned Mutant X Havok into a moustache twirling bad guy. Nocturne's power doesn't work on him... then it does. Havok's bleeding out from a gut wound... then he's not.
And I've got to wonder what he was thinking for King Hyperion. "Okay, so I'm gonna have the chick who goes to any length to complete missions try and team up with the guy who won't complete his missions. And I'm gonna say 'Only 6 will move on', even though that doesn't necessarily fix the problem..."
I'm just glad Bedard made it work after the fact...
Just my opinion, of course.