Fear Itself

Thunderbolts: Fear Itself

Jeff Parker foretells a reckoning for Juggernaut and explains how it could shatter his team

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By Ben Morse

As the summer kicks off, the Thunderbolts could have an unstoppable problem on their hands.

Beginning with THUNDERBOLTS #159 in June, Fear Itself insinuates itself into the struggles and adventures of Marvel’s team of villains attempting to better themselves—or at least going along for the ride—with Cain Marko, aka The Juggernaut, at the forefront of the bedlam.

THUNDERBOLTS #159 cover by Kev Walker

“[Fear Itself] has a massive impact for Cain Marko,” shares series writer Jeff Parker. “In the next few issues, things start coming together in a way that puts Juggernaut in position for this. I expect a lot of readers to be opinionated [about this development]. Everybody seems to have their own goals for the unstoppable one.”

According to Parker, the last year of development for Cain has been preparation for his breakout in the Marvel Universe and a major moment of character definition for a man who has been both hero and villain through the years.

“The theme of fear and how it affects our choices is one we stay on [in THUNDERBOLTS],” he notes. “Juggernaut has gradually started acting like he’s really part of the team, and while that’s been a positive progression, it’s when you start to care more that you start to worry about what you can lose.”

While the focus will fall heavily on Mr. Marko and his trials, Luke Cage and the rest of the T-Bolts will not be coasting through this rollercoaster of terror.

“When you see what happens in FEAR ITSELF #2, you’ll see how majorly it affects the Thunderbolts and how they won’t be returning to ‘normal,’ whatever that is,” vows Parker. “[They will be facing] some really divisive non-stop missions. And oh—The Juggernaut!”

For more on Fear Itself, visit the official event page

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Juggernautical
Juggernautical

Yea the Juggernaut is the bomb! However in all of the comics he loses by falling into some hole that "just happens to be behind him". It will be fun to watch how he becomes a part of this series for fear cancels out his powers.

Juggernaut000
Juggernaut000

I also can't wait to see how they intergrate Fear Itself into the Thunderbolts books. In my opinion they're some of the best reading out there.

Juggernaut000
Juggernaut000

It's about time they use the Juggernaut for something MAJOR! I think there's alot more to the Juggernaut than just some dumb-whitted musclehead. Maybe his character will finally be put to some good use.The Juggernaut OWNS ALL!!!!

artiebillymac
artiebillymac

Just make Juggernaut more active & not always depowered for u guys to do stuff with him as i'm a fan for life just sucks when u shift his powers for a story ..

Dragonclawjtf
Dragonclawjtf

@Vendel."...it’s when you start to care more that you start to worry about what you can lose.”Yes, this character has been both a villain and a hero, and he has changed over the past few years, but we should really focus on how he will react to his current life is going to get turned upside down. We now FEAR ITSELF is really going to wreck havoc with this character as he is going to be a "WORTHY".

Vendel
Vendel

This story will be a "major moment of character definition" for Cain?It's almost like we didn't have a whole series of those just a couple years ago when he got his power back.