It’s confession time: I’m a Juggernaut fan. I’m also a fan of Christopher Yost’s writing (became one back when he and Kyle were co-writing the superb ‘New X-Men’. So ‘Amazing X-Men #15’ has everything I could have wanted – but how did it turn out?
The answer is, pretty well. The story begins by fleshing out the concept of Cyttorak – and leaving us wondering just what he’s up to. Yost shows a decent understanding of continuity, and is clearly familiar with the broader Juggernaut mythos – meaning that the X-Men could be in for some serious trouble. That said, the X-Men heading off to keep the Cyttorak gem out of anybody’s hands rather amuses me. I’m sure they’ve thought of something, but… how are they planning to pick it up?
Tonally, the book is excellent. Darkness and tension mix so well; and when Yost plays the ‘humour card’, it’s done so very well. When Colossus wonders what Wolverine would do, Trance’s answer is hilarious.
But as the book goes on, Yost ups the ante very well indeed. He uses Iceman and Firestar to really make you realise the sheer potential of the Juggernaut concept, and those comments make me wonder if we could be in for a classic Juggernaut story.
Yost shows an excellent awareness of continuity. I was delighted at Domino’s cameo appearance in this issue – it’s good to see the fun relationship between Domino and Colossus continued so long after ‘Cable and X-Force’. I rather thought they were a cute couple, and given all the hassle Domino’s been dealing with over in ‘Punisher’ and ‘Deathlok’ she deserves something good in her life.
The confrontation between Storm and Colossus is a moment that’s very, very controversial; but, in Storm’s defence, she opens the conversation by clearly being in the midst of a bout of grief, warning Colossus that now isn’t a good time. Marvel have, for some reason, tried to make out that Storm and Wolverine were some ‘big thing’, and so I’m willing to accept Yost following this lead and having Storm be slightly out of control. And bluntly: for all the harshness, the lady had a point.
Personally, I think this was a really good book. I’m definitely in for the ride. For me? 4/5