After reading Uncanny X-force a couple of years ago I knew that Rick Remender was going to be a writer that I would be on the lookout for. Recently Remender has written Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, and Captain America for Marvel (also several others these are just the books I read) and he has quickly become one of the company's flagship writers, but this week he announced that he would be leaving the mothership behind to pursue creator owned comics full time.
Normally when one of my favorite creators leave the big two behind to pursue their creator owned books I'm happy, because I love what they can create without being bogged down by continuity. Remender was different though, he had a way of setting his stories in such a weird little corner of the 616 that the continuity was more of a cool easter egg for longtime readers than a deterrent to new readers. His stories rarely interacted with the major events of the time and existed as their own self contained events. He had a great feel for what made the characters unique, and his stories left the heroes forever changed on an deep emotional level (Angel, Psylocke, Steve Rogers to name a few).
I'm going to miss Remender at Marvel, and hopefully someone else over there has the same reverence for those weird else-world stories as he did (although I guess Secret Wars is basically else-world porn). I do look plan on continuing to read his great creator owned books like Low and Black Science, and I hope he gives us more original stories going forward!
Good luck Rick!