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‘Juggernaut #3’ (review)

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Ron Garney
Published by Marvel Comics
Buy it Digitally from comiXology

 

Sometimes a secondary character gets a series.

Then through sheer talent and willpower, creators make a character shine in unexpected ways. At this point, Juggernaut feels like a series that probably will not take that same path.

After a second issue that featured an entertaining slugfest between the Hulk and Juggernaut, this issue feels middling.

Juggernaut is on trial.

Out of nowhere, the villain Quicksand attacks. With help from Marvel mainstays Damage Control, he takes control of the situation. Meanwhile, flashbacks show us how the Juggernaut acquired his new armor and leveled up.

Like any entertainment conglomerate, Marvel will cancel a series if there’s no demand.

Often they are beloved but the sales figures may not match the fan fervor. (Oh Ms. America, I hope you get another shot at a solo series) So seeing a Juggernaut series, I’m left wondering who asked for this.

Even if you are not necessarily a fan of the Juggernaut character, maybe this series will offer something distinctive. Something that makes this secondary character stand out in a way that hasn’t happened previously.

But three issues in, and it’s bland. It’s not actively awful, it just fails to stand out.

Fabian Nicieza is an experienced hand. But that experience doesn’t add anything new or fresh. Ron Garney’s art has some interesting moments, particularly when in a flashback sequence Juggernaut dons his new armor, but the art can only elevate this average story so far.

 

 

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