So there’s an interview up at comicbookresources with Mike Carey, whose writing I love in general, but it looks like the book is taking a direction I’m not going to agree with. I’m sure it will be well written though.
Here’s the thing with insanely repetitive villains and fighting them over and over again: it gets old. So hey, we try something different, let’s let Juggernaut be a hero for a while (because people do get over their daddy issues sometimes). Hey this is actually interesting and different, this guy has some valid and interesting storylines about his struggles with the various aspects of heroics and his past. I more modern take on the Wolverine-outsider-mechanic, except this one has years of actual history to be based on, instead of all the made up after the fact stuff about his past. There was a lot of meat to be had on the bones of potential future Juggernaut stories. I really like that, one of the good things to come out of Chuck Austen’s run on Uncanny.
So, in a very strange turn, Carey is following through on some potential seeds (which were only that, seeds, and could be taken in any number of directions), some of which were laid by another writer (Frank Tieri) who was apparently unhappy with Juggernaut’s heroic turn, brings Juggernaut right back where he started. Apparently. I mean, he just (probably) killed some random guy for no good reason.
I guess that means we get another 20 years of tedious stories with the X-Men fighting the Juggernaut.
Seriously…if you really wanted a villainous Juggernaut, just pass the goddam torch to a new person with new issues. Let Cain move on to something new (as was hinted in the MC2 line years ago).
How about an illegitimate daughter Prof. X abandoned at some point, who was then hyper-aged in an alternate dimension where she was raised, tortured, and brainwashed Stockholme-syndrome style by some random enemy of his? Just pulling stuff out of my ass here, but you see how easy it is.