I've been avoiding this comic for at least a week now, but with my new comic pile empty, now is the perfect opportunity for me to finally read this issue... It should go without saying that I expect nothing from this comic and that I'm dreading opening it. With that cheerful introduction out of the way, let's crack this one open!
Uncanny X-Men #542(Fear Itself tie-in):
Summary: Lord Summers sends out waves of mutants to try to stop the Serpent possessed Juggernaut from marching through San Fransisco, but plan after plan after plan(at least 42 by my count) fail. Getting desperate, Lord Summers heads to the most knowledgeable mutant in the area of magic, Magik(makes sense, no?). Lord Summers allows Magik out of the cell she was locked in on Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia) and tells her to do whatever she could to deal with Juggy. Along with Shadowcat(BOOO!!!) and Colossus(Meh...), Magik teleports to the realm of Juggy's original master, Cyttorak. Cyttorak seems pleased that Juggy was FINALLY acting the way he was supposed to be(destroying stuff), but Magik reveals that Juggy wasn't serving Cyttorak anymore, but the Serpent. This news enrages Cyttorak, and he abandons Juggy and offers the power of the Juggernaut to Magik instead. Before Magik can accept, Colossus steps in front of her, grabs the Ruby of Cyttorak and becomes a human Juggernaut!
Thoughts: This comic was SO much better than the last... um, like 40 issues or so of Uncanny X-Men that it was almost unbelievable! First off, every single character who had a major role in this comic? I hate. I hate Shadowcat. I hate this version of Cyclops(the annoying dictatorial one). I hate that both Colossus and Magik are alive because their deaths were EXTREMELY well-written. In short, I should have HATED this issue! And yet I didn't... I know Kieron Gillen can write good comic books, because I've enjoyed his Journey Into Mystery run, but I've hated every single X-comic he's ever written, with the exception of this one. I'm still not planning on picking up Uncanny X-Men after it resets back to #1, but for the first time in years, I actually enjoyed an issue of this series. Awesome.
Score: 9 out of 10.Cyttorak is one handsome devil!