Marvel’s unstoppable force known as the Juggernaut will be storming back into the Marvel Universe in a new five-issue miniseries courtesy of the creative team of writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Ron Garney.
The Juggernaught’s last appearance saw him in limbo following the destruction of the Gem of Cyttorak, which gives him his powers. The focus of the series will explain where he has been and focus on how, despite his long history as a member in good standing of the X-Men, he’s not welcome in the nation of Krakoa, as he is not a mutant but a human who gets his powers from a mystical source.
In an interview with IGN, Nicieza explained how this situation sets up the premise of the miniseries:
“That basically instigates the entire story. Having been X and lost, what does Cain become now? After years of back and forth and madness and sadness, he had become a member in good standing of the X-Men, and then while he’s away dancing in limbo, mutantkind gets everything they could have ever hoped for… and Cain can’t be a part of that. How he reacts to that rejection becomes the exploration of who he is going to become without the one thing that — for good and bad — has defined him for most of his life.”
Juggernaut won’t be alone in this journey as he is set to have the company of a new character, D-Cel, a mutant with decelerating powers. Nicieza said of the new character:
“She’ll adamantly tell you she’s not a mutant, and her personal life is a mystery because she wants it to be. She’s a fifteen-year-old kid living with other homeless squatters in Manhattan buildings that were abandoned after the War of the Realms. After she meets Cain in issue #1, she becomes the catalyst towards helping him see a purpose to his new life, and if it gets her more views on her RoxTube channel, that’s just a bonus. I wanted a bit of an ‘Arya and the Hound’ dynamic to their relationship, and she appears at his side for the whole series. I like her, even though she’s one of those adorably annoying types with their cell phones always in your face looking for real-time validation for themselves and for you.”
If the return of the Juggernaut and the introduction of a new character wasn’t enough, Juggernaut is getting some new armor, which was designed by Nicieza and Garney.
“I wanted a redesign that combined the Kirby power and the skewed oddity that Ditko brought to magical concepts since Juggernaut is an offspring of both,” Nicieza explained. “I wanted some crimson to peek through the armor plating to connote the inner power that is now very much a part of Cain. I also wanted a ‘segmented’ look to the armor, so there is a bit of a visual ‘armoring up process’ that looks great and makes better toys! The acquisition of a new armor goes a long way towards exploring how much power means to Cain, and whether he can do something worthwhile with that power in the present day.”
The new armor design is teased in the cover to issue #1 by Geoff Shaw
JUGGERNAUT #1 (OF 5)
- Written by Fabian Nicieza
- Art by Ron Garney
- Cover by Geoff Shaw
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. Renowned X-scribe Fabian Nicieza (X-FORCE, DEADPOOL) and celebrated artist
Ron Garney (CAPTAIN AMERICA, DAREDEVIL) team up to take the unstoppable in a new bold new direction!
JUGGERNAUT #1 explodes onto shelves May 2020
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