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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: For all our hatred of The Sentry, we sure do talk about him lot...
Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 at 08:33:13 am EDT (Viewed 150 times)
Reply Subj: Re: For all our hatred of The Sentry, we sure do talk about him lot...
Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 at 04:59:01 pm EDT (Viewed 179 times)

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There's also the problem that he was so much a character of absolutes that he tended to dominate any story in which he appeared. A lot of plots really did come down to the Sentry deciding to resolve the problem of the moment, meaning every other character wasn't just outdone...they were utterly inessential.

He was also an absolute in characterization, with Silver Age Sentry as a pure good and the Void as utter, unmotivated wickedness. The character in the middle was more complex, but most writers seemed to want to tease the one-dimensional, omnipotent villainy of the Void as often as not.

Good points there. I guess I grew a bit tired of the whole Sentry-Bob-Void thing, at least when we never got any answers to what really made him tick and so on. As someone posted under here, sure we can just accept that Bob was a crazy guy that drank a super duper serum. But there have been too many conflicting origin stories, too many hints at his power being something more than that.

Had they (say, after 2-3 years) finally let the genie out of the bottle, then great. But since they didn't, we are left with a sort of "well, what was that all about" feeling. I think Bendis came with a very promising idea early on in the New Avengers, during the 'Sentry' arch. There it was hinted at that the General had corrupted him somehow. But I suppose this can still be expanded upon, should he be brought back. Maybe the Avengers find the General, and discover what he had done and so on.

If Sentry is brought back, I'd like to see the Sentry and Void as two separate entities. Void can be a great villain, if he is toned down a bit. Sentry can be a great hero if he is toned down a bit as well. So they don't become walking plot devices that the writers need to find a way to do away with every time.

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