Sentry, The (Vol. 2) #1

Background

Since The Sentry joined the New Avengers, Marvel have decided to give him his own limited series. As you might of guessed, I'm here to see if it's any good...

Story 'Under The Eye Of The Clock'

  Sentry, The (Vol. 2) #1
Summary: Spider-Man Cameo
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Pencils: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Mark Morales

New York City (presumably)...

Giant robot octopus' are destroying the city in the name of their ocean lord Attuma. (sounds like something ripped out of a 50's monster book right?). The New Avengers are on the scene but they can't handle the giant artificial monsters. Then comes in The Sentry. He totally destroys the robots then wipes out Attuma without making an effort. All while introducing the reader to CLOC; his personal robot that tells Sentry of all dangers over the globe and prioritizes them for him. But before Spider-Man can get a word in, Sentry's off around the globe being told who gets to live and who gets to die.

Back at his watchtower in NYC, The Sentry goes to visit his darker self: The Void. They exchange insults but The Sentry must fly off to stop an invasion by Terrax.

And then it's back to the watchtower again for an appointment with his psychiatrist: Doctor Worth. A slightly emotional session later and The Sentry is called in to save a malfunctioning space shuttle in trouble. And he realizes that having the weight of the world on his shoulders is just the way he likes it.

General Comments

Paul Jenkins manages to make a character I've barely read about before into one I'm interested in. With a slight retro feel with the 60's style villains trying to conquer everything, Jenkins pulls off the interesting concept of a hero that knows fully he has to choose who will live and who will die and does it every day. Though this issue is basically a set up issue, introducing the reader to The Void and the concept of a flawed do-gooder hero it is still a enjoyable one.

Romita Jr. provides great art showing the real power of The Sentry. The Terrax scene is a good example of this where the reader see's how Sentry can stop Terrax with one move and then not even look like it caused him effort. Like usual, solid art from Romita.

Overall Rating

Good story with good art gives this issue an equally good rating of 4 webs.