Writer Christopher Yost
Artist Jorge Fornes
Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
One and Future Juggernaut, Epilogue
So the answer to my question, how you name a fifth part of a four part storyline is to title it, Epilogue. I guess I would have still numbered them, 1 of 5, though.
Since this is the final chapter, I sort of like how we get a revisit to the characters’ early days.
That isn’t the most girlish panel of Illyana that I have ever seen but that has to be her, right? That is clearly a tractor behind Colossus. If not, I didn’t need to buy this issue.
I like how Fornes keeps the same pattern. Top Left – Cyttorak, Top Right – Cain Marko; Bottom Left – Colossus; Bottom Right – Charles Xavier. The placement makes sense, as Cyttorak’s story leads to Cain, I suppose it would make more sense to switch Xavier and Colossus, as Marko leads to Xavier easier and Xavier transitions to Colossus, easily as well. Though I do like how the corners work together. Cyttorak and Xavier have been both destructive, through their avatars or students. Marko and Colossus just been the front line.
It is a nice four page sequence.
Southeast Asia. Now. Colossus is trying to hold off Juggernaut. Cyttorak granted Colossus’ wish, to be given more power than ever before, power enough to kill Cyttorak. Cyttorak choose, instead, to give it to Marko. Cain wants to avenge his brother (I’m glad someone picked up this plot point. It was nice when Carey remembered it for David in Legacy) by killing Cyclops.
Since Juggernaut isn’t going to be convinced, with words, to not kill Cyclops – Storm instructs the team to take off Juggernaut’s helmet.
Marko takes off the helmet, and his head sort of looks like Neuro’s head, so even without the helmet, he is resistant to telepaths. In fact, Juggernaut has no weaknesses.
Juggernaut puts the helmet back on, all of the X-Men let Xavier die so they are all targets of his. Colossus stands before him and starts wailing on him. He is pretty sure that he breaks his hands. Oddly, he narrates that he is one of the strongest beings on the planet. I’m pretty sure that he is on the weaker end of that scale. I doubt he is even in the top ten.
One punch later from Juggernaut, Colossus is regretting his decision, even more. Colossus searches for another strategy, and he things “what would Logan do?” Wolverine would have cheated. Apparently they were on a cliff and Colossus breaks the ground under their feet and Juggernaut goes into the ocean. They both end up in the ocean but Colossus comes to the shore first. The X-Men joke about last issue’s reveal that Colossus likes to make the self-sacrifice.
Since Juggernaut is unstoppable, he is still sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
Issue ends with the gathered X-Men choosing to not warn Cyclops and Juggernaut punches his way through the rock bottom.
Pretty good arc, I would say! Who knows if I will get the next issue.