Also, if Akins isn't it, and someone else fills-in full time after Chiang, there's no telling who it will be. Who knows? Maybe we'll luck out! I don't particularly L.O.V.E. Chiang's work, but I must admit I like it better than Akins. To me, Chiang feels like he draws very quickly.. but there have been some pages he has done which are flawless.
My comics-reading experience is very much art-oriented, so I feel you.