The New Avengers #10
Marvel Comics (October, 2005)
“The Sentry” finale
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILER: Steve McNiven
INKERS: Mark Morales & John Dell
COLORISTS: Morry Hallowell & Laura Martin
COVER ART: David Finch, Danny Miki, & Frank D’Amata
LETTERER: Albert Deschesne
PRODUCTION: James Taveras
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Molly Lazer & Aubrey Sitterson
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Andy Schmidt
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
No wonder comics cost so much. Look at all the people working on them! I think I spent less time reading the comic than I did writing the credits!
Emma Frost reaches Lindy’s mind at the SHIELD helicarrier (freaking out Paul Jenkins) to borrow a memory that brings Bob from the brink and halts the Void’s attack. She is able to restore not only Bob’s mind but his powers as the Sentry. With that psychic rewrite gone the top of Avengers Tower reveals its true form as the Sentry’s watchtower after the Sentry agrees to join the Avengers. At the Illuminati meeting Mister Fantastic has agreed to assist the Avengers in Bob’s recovery and rediscovery, but he also asks about what happened with SHIELD in the Savage Land in the first story arc. For now Tony can’t really tell him anything.
What they got right: The story itself ends decently. The Sentry has potential as a character. Sorry, that’s all I’ve got.
What they got wrong: In the helicarrier waiting area Paul and Lindy have too many lines on their face and it makes them look a lot older. The story feels padded out and the Void stopping abruptly (and presuming disappears) is anti-climactic, or at least feels that way due to the padding. Emma Frost doesn’t sound like herself and the attempted joke between Spider-Man and Johnny Storm falls flat. And the villain who hired Mastermind to zap Sentry’s mind is…some mad general we’ve never met before and probably never will. That is definitely anti-climactic.
Recommendation: I want to recommend this story based on how important it is in bringing the Sentry to the main Marvel Universe but the story is so dull with bad humor and not the greatest art unless you like pretty backgrounds drawn by someone who clearly has never even looked up images of they’re drawing, never mind actually living there. In the end I can only recommending not bothering and the Sentry is gone anyway currently.