Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth.

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In “gen:LOCK,” Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of mecha (a.k.a giant robots in the classic Japanese style).

The announced voice cast includes Michael B. Jordan as Julian Chase (the lead character), Dakota Fanning as mech pilot Miranda Worth and Koichi Yamadera  as a new recruit transferring from Japan’s military forces. 

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Conceptual art of "gen:LOCK" lead character Julian Chase

According to Rooster Teeth, Narcisse has been providing feedback on scripts written prior to his joining the team, participated in brainstorming and punchup sessions with showrunner Gray G. Haddock and the Rooster Teeth Animation writing staff.

Narcisse recently wrapped up a two-year tenure as a senior staff writer at io9. His credits include “The Atlantic,” “Time Magazine,” “Kotaku” and outlets.