Juggernaut: The Eight Day (or according to the publishing info Juggernaut #1)
Marvel Comics (November, 1999)
“The Eighth Day” finale: “Eight Is Enough”
WRITER: Joe Casey
PENCILER: Terry Shoemaker
INKER: Scott Hanna
COLORIST: Mark Bernardo
LETTERER: Mike Heisler
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
(concluding from Peter Parker: Spider-Man volume 2 #11) Stonecutter moves the God Machine to North Pole, hoping to use the ley lines to power the machine. With Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Professor X, and Dr. Mann captured the only hope lies with the Juggernaut, as Xavier tries to boost Cain’s dislike of being controlled. He eventually takes control from Cyttorak and begins the fighting, but without humanity under the God Machine influence, which Stonecutter still insists on making happen. The heroes try to help out where they can but in the end it’s Juggernaut who destroys the God Machine. But if he survived as Professor X believe are the other Exemplars waiting to return?
What they got right: The finale of the “Eighth Day” mini-event is quite satisfying. The conclusion works, the fights are all really good, and for Marvel of the time the art is fairly decent. I think Casey understood this storyline better than the other writers, even Busiek and Stern who did most of the writing in their shared titles, as some gaps are filled in, including why the other Exemplars took so long to show up after Cain Marko first became Cyttorak’s Exemplar years ago.
What they got wrong: When Professor X’s astral form was dragged into the God Machine’s space last chapter his hoverchair did not come with it, and yet it’s here somehow. Some of these Exemplars had personal lives worth fighting for and I would have liked to have seen a few others fighting for their humanity. I doubt there will be a follow-up but I would love to see that happen if there is.
Recommendation: The “Eighth Day” story arc is pretty good overall, just not timed well in the lives of Thor and Spider-Man. It’s worth looking into though.