In fifty-five years, Juggernaut has established himself as one of the greatest forces in the Marvel Universe. However in that time, he’s never had his own series, until this week.
The sometimes villain/sometimes anti-hero finally gets his own series, and it’s a lot different than anyone might expect. It puts Cain Marko, Charles Xavier’s step-brother and one of the X-Men’s oldest foes, in the middle of the Marvel Universe without any of the connections he’s had before. That makes for an interesting set-up, thanks to Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney, Matt Milla, and Joe Sabino.
Returned to Earth after an exile in Limbo, Cain Marko is trying to make good with his lot in life for once, acting as a human wrecking ball. However, that might all change when he encounters a young woman who might be able to do the unthinkable. She can stop the Unstoppable Juggernaut.
I’m a bit split on this story. On one hand, it’s not that great. A lot of information is unclear, and the structure is unusual. For example, the issue just suddenly stops at the end, after abruptly revealing a bit of information. The flashbacks, while important, are also a bit strange, because in some places it’s just a normal flashback, while other points of the issue, it’s clear that Cain is telling a story to the other characters.
On the other hand, this is a fantastic character profile. Nicieza gets into Cain’s head and gives readers insight that we’ve never gotten before. This issue does more to show us what makes the Juggernaut tick than almost any other story in the character’s history. D-Cel is also a very interesting secondary protagonist, and he does just enough with her to get us invested in who she is and what makes her tick.
The art in this issue is completely stunning. Garney goes with a bit rougher line in this issue, which makes Cain’s progression through the story feel like a blue collar guy just trying to make it in these fantastic circumstances. The layouts are engaging, using black negative space in place of gutters to help the story feel darker than many others. Add the great new Juggernaut design, and it’s a visual treat. It’s also elevated by Milla’s colors. He understands what his collaborators are going for, and uses a dark and earthy palette to emphasize the mood each scene is trying to convey.
I’m excited to see where the story goes from here. It’s an interesting set-up, and a lot of potential for what happens from here.
Juggernaut #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.
READY OR ‘NAUT, HERE HE COMES! A mystic gem. A force of overwhelming power. Nothing can stop the Juggernaut. Except himself. Another building falls. Cain Marko is done letting others pick up the pieces of the things he’s destroyed.