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emerick-man
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Subj: The Sentry is cool but ridiculous...
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 at 01:51:40 pm EDT (Viewed 42 times)
Reply Subj: Age of Sentry...
Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 06:25:44 pm EDT (Viewed 126 times)


As a superhero that is!

Let me qualify by saying that I actually like the Sentry but I don't think he's a superhero... Really I think he's something far more interesting. Something that Bendis and Co. haven't been able to properly deal with because these guys can't seem to deal with the "big" concepts, or anything else past that old tired "street level" thing.

Gerber could have done it. Moore can do it. Morrison and Gaiman can do it. You get the picture: the "weirdo" writers. Also the gifted writers who can do the necessary mental gymnastics required to actually flesh out that which is hard to grasp.

Look at the Sentry in the New Avengers. I have the trade paperback of issues #7-10. It's interesting stuff but it seems like all of the superheroes, all of the characters are living in a dream world throughout the thing. Nobody, even Reed Richards, seems to want to explain just what the hell the Sentry is doing around there! I mean his powers are not magic-based, they're "psionic based" which I guess is sort of "scientifically based". He can control his vast powers "psychically"... That's a good way to get out of actually coming up with an interesting premise I suppose but it's still a cop-out.

It's obvious that the Sentry can control space, time and matter on some sort of fundamental level. Is this via harnessing the power of a false vacuum? The contacts between different dimensions, including time? Pure cold fusion? What? Why isn't Reed Richards running some tests (well after the Invasion that is)? I mean the Sentry just creates matter out of thin air yet nobody really wonders "why?"

I have yet to find a compelling answer to any of these things in any Marvel comic book. Which is good because that makes it a mystery but this mystery doesn't seem based on any reference points.

I personally think that the Sentry is a grave threat due to his power level and his instability. I wish there was a writer creative and talented working on the Sentry to do him justice...

Avengers #101 (Leonard Tippet) comes to mind. Kind of the same idea it seems to me: normal guy obtains unimaginable power... Then he can't deal with it.

> Not a big fan of the Sentry.
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> "You'll be able to tell this particular bit happened right between FANTASTIC FOUR #16 and #17." Will this fact be specifically stated if they want to dump more untold stories on iconic A-List heroes? When was Sentry wiped from the minds of the world in Avengers or FF #ing? (Still haven't read his mini.) Will retconning to improve Sentry's popularity may be at the expense of the original Avengers, FF, Hulk and Dr Strange characters? Depending on what happens to Sentry and Lindy after SI will determine if this title is anticipated or not.
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> MyCup o' Joe Week 12
> http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.3883.MyCup_o~apos~_Joe_Week_12
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> JM: For starters, AGE OF THE SENTRY. This will be set, I guess, in the early Silver Age of Marvel. Not to get too "inside baseball," but is this the kind of thing where these "new" stories will fit tightly into existing cannon? You'll be able to tell this particular bit happened right between FANTASTIC FOUR #16 and #17?
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> JQ: Yes, and it will give us greater insight into the Sentry and Rob Reynolds, of course. The Sentry really is gaining in popularity these days so I think it's the perfect time for this series.
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> JM: The Sentry seems the oddest…I dunno. Major-minor character out there. Is this character, or can this character be, a major player in the Marvel Universe? Or will he be perpetual Ant-Man?
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> JQ: From what I've been gathering from the reaction of fandom at on the 'net, via e-mails and at the cons, he's becoming hugely popular. There's always an incubation period with a character, and the Sentry seems to actually be exceeding our original expectations. I think having him on an Avengers team certainly helps as well.
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> JM: Jeff Parker's writing this and whereas I truly dig the Parker, he seems to the the tool in the box for every "flashback"-styled or retro- bit Marvel does these days. Are you unfairly typecasting Parker?
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> JQ: Not that I'm aware of. I think the reason Jeff does these kinds of stories at the moment is because he gravitates towards them, but also he has a great knack for them.
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> JM: Another crazy notion that suddenly occurs to me: Are you typecasting The Sentry? Is it harder for fans to grasp and appreciate the character when so much of his story in the only form they can get it is in a retro mode?
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> JQ: Obviously not. The backstory is just added goodness, I think all you really need to know about the Sentry is that he's as powerful as Thor and the Hulk (let the debate begin!) but he's chock full of phobias and his greatest villain is himself. That's plenty for people to hang on to and to hold all of our interests.

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> Discuss Iron Fist & MI13 titles too!
> Comments on BATO 8 welcome!
> GOOD GOD, not again?!?!
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