The concept, as laid out in the first issue is that Bob Reynolds is a short order cook by day, and by night he retreats into a fantasy world using a science device where he can be the Sentry and therefore keep the Sentry and the Void out of the real world.
As the solicit text put it...THE GOLDEN GUARDIAN IS BACK! FRESH FROM THE PAGES OF DOCTOR STRANGE...but is that really such a good thing? The greatest hero that the Marvel Universe ever forgot has returned! The Sentry – shining sentinel with the power of a thousand exploding suns – is back from the dead, but his troubled mind is far from finding peace. By day, he trudges through a mundane life as Bob Reynolds; at night, the Sentry soars across a gleaming, perfect skyline. But how much of the Sentry’s dual existence is real? And what of his dark other self, the Void? Jeff Lemire (MOON KNIGHT, Black Hammer) returns to Marvel and unites with Kim Jacinto (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) for this mind-bending series that will shake the Sentry, and the Marvel Universe, to its foundations.
Now, in Doctor Strange
, Sentry had been at peace, Strange asked him for a favour, didn't really explain everything that the favour might involve and pissed off the Sentry, who flew off, unhappy and let down by his friends.
At the end of #1
somebody broke into Bob's flat, stole his device, appeared in Sentry World and killed Scout and Watchdog.
In #3, we find out that Bob's device was stolen by his former sidekick, Scout, and Cranio, the man with the tri-level mind,* and Scout wants Bob's power for himself. Bob, however, is stuck under ground with Iron Man because he violated the terms of his parole.
Now, my general view of this series, as a Sentry Fanboy, is that it is ugly and stupid. Apparently, I'm in the minority. From CBRThis mini-series was really, really good. It feels like someone has finally washed the bad-taste left by the previous mishandling of the character away. I'm so disappointed that this was only a limited series: Lemire seems to really "get" the character, and this new status quo is really exciting.
I really hope we get another mini or something soon. The setup is great, but the new status quo still needs to be defined a bit more. My biggest fear is some hack writer glomping on to this new Sentry again and reducing him to some sort of two dimensional villain role, or having him repeatedly rip off his face again like Remender always had him do, etc.
PLEASE MARVEL - this was such a great start, don't stop with this character now!
From the start, I haven't enjoyed the book. The art, and the faces, are ugly( Every Sentry/Bob/Void face from #1 )
The story didn't thrill me either. I thought it was ugly and stupid. ( #4 )( #5 )
Am I out of step with the rest of the comics world, and this was not terrible, in fact, but actually pretty good?
*Like Wu Ao-shi, the pirate queen of Pinghai Bay or Pluskommander Geheneris Hala´son Mahr Vehl of the Kree Imperial Void Navy, you have to refer to him always by his full name and title.