Monday, July 25, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #541

The first appearance of the Juggernaut in an early issue of The X-Men is one of my favorite issues from that title in the 1960s.

In that issue, the Juggernaut was out for revenge over his step-brother, Professor X (Charles Xavier), and the X-Men found that, despite their best efforts, their enemy was virtually unstoppable.

This issue of the Uncanny X-Men revisits that story, updated for the Fear Itself story. The Juggernaut has been possessed by one of the Serpent's Hammers, making him even more powerful.

He is marching inexorably toward San Francisco, and it's up to the X-Men to try to stop him. It's a tall order, and it may just be an impossible task.

The story by Kieron Gillen keeps things crackling along - the previous issue set everything up, so this one is all about the throwdown between the good and bad guys with some great twists thrown in.

Greg Land's art (with inks by Jay Leisten) is quite good, with lots of hoo-hah action scenes, strong character work and some great expressions (both serious and comical) on the players. His style doesn't always work for me - his action scenes can be a bit disconnected sometimes - but it works very well here.

I'm enjoying this story a lot, although it's taking its sweet time in playing out. Still, this series has bee quite good in recent months - and I haven't been able to say that about the X-Men since the early "Astonishing" days.

Grade: A-


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