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Review – Juggernaut #1 (Marvel Comics)

Juggernaut #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover (detail) by Geoff Shaw
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Juggernaut #1

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Ron Garney
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 23, 2020

Cain Marko has had his power for a long time and he doesn’t plan on giving it up any time soon, but with a change of heart, it might be time to use them for something kind of good.

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Stop the Unstoppable in Juggernaut #1

Any Marvel comic book fan worth his salt knows that once the Juggernaut is in motion, he is unstoppable. But what is Cain Marko up to these days—well, besides being the unstoppable Juggernaut? Well, he finds himself working for Damage Control; might as well put his powers to use, get to destroy things, and get paid along the way. In Juggernaut #1 Cain Marko finds himself with a chance meeting with another super-powered individual, and he decides he is ready to take charge of his own life and own destruction!

Writing

Juggernaut #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Ron Garney
Juggernaut #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Ron Garney

Fabian Nicieza brings us into the head of Cain Marko in Juggernaut #1. The Juggernaut has always been an immensely popular X-Men villain with the power from the mystic gem Cyttorak; as a kid I was always delighted to see him pop up. I never really thought about the character behind the armor that much or was really that interested, but Nicieza gives us a nice look into the current Cain Marko.

I couldn’t really remember what was going on with Juggernaut presently. Luckily, Nicieza brings us up to date quickly without too much fuss (Juggernaut’s one explanation of “it doesn’t matter” sums up a lot of comic book continuity).  There are some great segues from Cain Marko in Limbo and present-day talking with this new character. I do not want to spoil anything, but Nicieza does a great job with the conversation between the two.

Nicieza seems to be bringing us on a new inner journey with Cain Marko. He has more of an “anti-hero” vibe to him, which works well for the issue. I almost get a bit of a Cobra-Kai type feeling from Juggernaut #1. A “villain” turning over a new leaf. And I want to see where it is going.

Art

Look, no lie my main reason for picking up Juggernaut #1 was seeing Ron Garney on art. I haven’t seen some beautiful Garney art in a hot minute, so I was excited. The book does not disappoint! Some wonderful visuals throughout the issue. Garney’s rough-textured style shines throughout Juggernaut #1

Garney adds a bit of “grit” to the series. We are dealing with a villain/anti-hero here and Garney’s art adds a bit of an “edge” to everything. His inks are bold and textured, delivering his distinctive style. He also still has a wonderful eye for detail and great layouts and panel setups throughout the issue.

Matt Milla on colors always pairs perfectly with Ron Garney. His dark, textured work is the icing on the cake for Garney’s style. He enhances the look of the issue tremendously well, giving a bit of darkness to everything while having light shine through at times.

I am still not sold on Juggernaut still wearing his “neon”-lined armor. But it does kind of look cool with the darker colorations with the red shining through. 

Conclusion

I was not expecting much out of Juggernaut #1, besides some splendid Ron Garney art. Well, we get that and an actually pretty good start to an interesting story, as well. Cain Marko is not a character I think of much besides it’s pretty cool when he shows up to a fight, but in Juggernaut #1 finds him maybe turning into something a bit different and I find myself invested in his personal journey.


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