Juggernaut (2020-) #5 by Fabian Nicieza

Juggernaut (2020-) #5 (of 5)Juggernaut (2020-) #5 by Fabian Nicieza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved this series, the writing was wonderful, D-Cel is an amazing new character that I want to see more of, and the art, by Ron Garney, was not only wonderful but was a perfect fit for the series.

However…this issue did not provide a satisfying conclusion. Instead it seemed to set up a new series that I’m honestly not sure we’re going to get. Which is a shame, because I definitely want more of this. If this was #5 of an ongoing series I’d have no complaints, but it’s not, it’s the final issue of a limited series and not only did it leave a lot unresolved, but it finished with the formation of a new team I’m afraid we may never see again.

Also, the revelation of why D-Cel was in denial about being a mutant felt rushed and lacked some of the emotional impact that it deserved.

Still, as I said, I loved this series overall. It was good to see Cain get some time with Professor X and Black Tom in this issue too. This series definitely grew and developed Cain’s character, and that’s why I want more. I’m afraid that in a year or two he’ll show up somewhere else and everything from this series will be ignored. So, come on Marvel, give Nicieza and Garney an ongoing Juggernaut book…and bring back D-Cel…she’ll just get bored on Krakoa anyway.

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Juggernaut (2020-) #4 by Fabian Nicieza

Juggernaut (2020-) #4 (of 5)Juggernaut (2020-) #4 by Fabian Nicieza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved this.

It’s action packed, which you’d expect from a Juggernaut book, but there’s also enough talking and thoughtful moments for it not to become dull.

I really love the developing friendship between Cain and D-Cell, and the continuing mystery of whether or not she’s a mutant. Given Cain’s somewhat fractious history with the X-Men and mutantdom one can’t help but think that the answer to that mystery will be…interesting.

The art, by Ron Garney, is, of course, stunning, and suits the book absolutely perfectly.

I also enjoyed the use of pre-existing but fairly obscure villains, and the updating of Arnim Zola’s look so he doesn’t just look stupid. He felt like a credible threat in this, which was refreshing.

We also learn that the Juggernaut is no longer under the control of Cytorrak, and given that the theme of this series seems to be villains who are being controlled by outside forces that’s clearly not a coincidence.

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Juggernaut (2020-) #3 by Fabian Nicieza

Juggernaut (2020-) #3 (of 5)Juggernaut (2020-) #3 by Fabian Nicieza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better. I want this to be an ongoing, seriously, two more issues of this just isn’t enough. (Uh, my wallet just told me to add that I don’t want it to be an ongoing as I’m already reading too many comics as it is).

I love D-Cel, I love Juggy, I love the interaction between them. I also loved the courtroom stuff in this issue. Very clever.

And, yeah, I’ve gone on about it before…but Ron Garney’s art… The man was born to draw the Juggernaut.

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Juggernaut (2020-) #2 by Fabian Nicieza

Juggernaut (2020-) #2 (of 5)Juggernaut (2020-) #2 by Fabian Nicieza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Damn, this was a good comic.

That art. I mean…that art! Ron Garney is amazing. I mean, he’s always been amazing, but this is stunning and fits the character perfectly.

I like that the fight with the Hulk was cleverly done, and wasn’t just two big powerhouses hitting each other. And then, as the Hulk was brought before a group of his victims to be confronted by the harm he’s caused, the parallels with the harm that Cain Marko has done were obvious to everyone, especially Cain himself.

For a Juggernaut series this is surprisingly intelligent and muted, and it really hits the spot. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Niceiza’s work.

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Juggernaut (2020-) #1 by Fabian Nicieza

Juggernaut (2020-) #1 (of 5)Juggernaut (2020-) #1 by Fabian Nicieza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cain Marko is one of those characters who always runs hot and cold for me. Written well he can be really interesting, written badly he can be a real one note character. Fortunately Fabian Nicieza is an excellent writer and this is an enjoyable book.

Juggernaut’s made several attempts to reform in the past, but as we meet him in this book he seems to be attempting to be neither good guy nor bad guy, but just…guy. He’s working demolition with Damage Control and just getting on with his life. This brings him into contact with a young, homeless, super powered woman called D-Cell. She looks to be an interesting character and I’m intrigued to see how her relationship with Cain develops.

I’m also intrigued to find out how Cain got out of Limbo and regained his powers, which is something I assume we’re going to discover over the course of this series.

Finally, Ron Garney’s art is exceptional, as ever, and really suits the Juggernaut, stylistically. His style gives this series the grounding it needs.

The only reason I didn’t give this a higher score is that it felt very brief. There’s not a lot here and I suspect that this series will work better in trade paperback form. But, still, a good read nonetheless.

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