Juggernaut: No Stopping Now

Juggernaut: No Stopping Now
Juggernaut No Stopping Now review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: Marvel - 978-1-3029-2450-8
  • Release date: 2021
  • UPC: 9781302924508
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: no
  • Positive minority portrayal?: yes
  • CATEGORIES: Superhero

After wearing out his welcome among the X-Men, Juggernaut was assigned to Limbo. He’s escaped back to Earth and signed up with Damage Control as their means of rapid demolition. It makes sense for a guy who can run through a solid concrete building. However, on his latest mission he meets a super powered teenager and an unlikely relationship develops as he’s challenged to restore his reputation.

There’s not a lot of logic to No Stopping Now. Fabian Nicieza doesn’t bother explaining some matters when they’d be inconvenient, Juggernaut’s motivations seem contrived for the story and there are other aspects that haven’t been thought through. Would someone getting a million hits for their online videos and with super powers besides be squatting in a slum due for demolition?

Ron Garney’s great strength is a gritty visual realism, and he’s very good with gangster and crime stories, but that’s not the requirement for the Juggernaut. Garney supplies pages in a style vaguely bringing John Romita Jr. to mind, but without his facility for dynamic layouts, which very much gives the impression of going through the motions. The Juggernaut taking on the Hulk ought to be visual thrills all the way, but as seen on the sample page, that’s not the way it is in reality.

By the end the Juggernaut does have a purpose, and in his case at least there’s some justification for it, but the idea of turning one’s life around is all too vague, and the ending pretty feeble in context. It’ll be completely forgotten next time anyone uses the Juggernaut, and No Stopping Now is also forgettable.