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Review – Juggernaut #3 (Marvel Comics)

Juggernaut #3 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Geoff Shaw
  • Writing - 7.8/10
    7.8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.4/10
    8.4/10

Juggernaut #3

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Ron Garney
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 18, 2020

The trial of the unstoppable Juggernaut will be the trial of the century, but what past crimes will Cain Marko have to pay for?

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“12 Angry Men” Juggernaut #3

After a battle with the green goliath, the Hulk, in issue #2, Cain Marko has more pressing matters at hand in Juggernaut #3. Cain is trying to make up for his past villainies and now his past is coming back to haunt him. It seems the Juggernaut is going to have his day in court. The unstoppable Juggernaut is going on trial. What charges are being brought against him, and who would dare bring charges against Juggernaut?

Writing

Juggernaut #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Geoff Shaw
Juggernaut #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Geoff Shaw

Fabian Nicieza has done a solid job in these past three issues characterizing Cain Marko, a character I never really thought much about. Nicieza has given me someone to latch onto and to care about. I still do love those Cobra-Kai vibes I get from this series I talked about in my review of Juggernaut #1. You get that Johnny Lawrence type feel for Cain Marko. Not a great guy that has done some bad, trying to do good, but can’t catch a break.

Nicieza brings Cain to trial in Juggernaut #3. It was a great bit of writing in issue #2 as he battles the Hulk and realizes how much he himself has to atone for. Him and D-Cell teaming up with Damage Control is an amazing idea. The past two issues have had a lot of heart and Juggernaut #3 is missing a bit of that.

It is not bad and there are some interesting points. We learn a little more about how Cain got the “armor of Cyttorak” and why it has a new look. But overall, this issue felt like it lacked that warm or compassionate feeling the other two issues had. This issue felt a little more “by the numbers” than the previous two. It also leaves me wondering, with only two issues left to go, where is Nicieza going to leave us at?

Art

Ron Garney and Matt Milla once again put on a showcase in Juggernaut #3. Beautiful textured work from Garney. I adore his line work. Wonderful “grit” to it. Garney has this style that, man, you could swear you could feel bumps and grooves on the pages.

Fantastic scene setups and layouts throughout the issue, as well. Garney is a veteran in the industry and he visually tells the story in Juggernaut #3 extremely well. Great sense of size, motion, and impact throughout, as well. The story always feels like it is in motion. I love the scene of a hulking Cain Marko in his suit in the courtroom. Just a great setup and visual.

Matt Milla’s coloring work has a lot to do with the tone and feel of the issue itself. His more muted palette gives a delightful morose undertone to the series. Juggernaut’s more “glowy” armor is also growing on me with Milla’s coloring work on it. Still not a huge fan, but I like the general design.

Conclusion

Juggernaut #3 is a solid issue that just lacked a bit of the heart the other two previous issues had. Still not a terrible issue, but it could have been more. I do like that we get a little more backstory on this new armor, and the continued friendship of Juggernaut and D-Cell continues to be a highlight. The art once again is fantastic; all-around great work from Garney and Milla, who always collaborate well together. 


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