Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler Steve McNiven
Inker Mark Morales
Artist, Pages 1 – 3 Sal Buscema
Colorist Morry Hollowell
Letterers Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne
Cover Dated August 2005
Sentry Part Two of Four
I only own this for the last page, which was a double splash page, which features Kitty Pryde.
I really like how the first three pages are made out to be an old school comic. Having Sal Buscema provide the art, was a nice touch.
These pages are part of the cover story Joe Quesada and Marvel, with the help of Wizard Magazine, did to sell The Sentry. The story they tried to sell us on was that Sentry was a character Stan Lee created in the early days of Marvel. With his legendary poor memory, he forgot about the character until someone found the character sheets one day.
The concept of Marvel’s version of Superman, was enough to sell me on giving the original miniseries a chance. I bought that one and the various one shots that were released.
Marvel had to sell the character as a forgotten Marvel, as that was also the in-universe explanation as he apparently was a mainstay of Marvel. Something happened and everyone forgot who Sentry was.
Sentry has a dark side, The Void. The Sentry gets his powers from the sun and Void from the darkness. Get it?
Onto the issue.
I like that Bendis credits Paul Jenkins, the actual creator of the Sentry, for the original three pages. It is the least he could do as the final panel of the third page transitions us to a cave wherein Sentry is reading the comic book. In the cave with the Sentry is – Captain America, Iron Man, comic writer Paul Jenkins and Sentry’s wife, Lindy, who the Sentry believes is dead.
Everyone is confused by the Sentry’s presence.
SHIELD Helicarrier, One Week Ago. Iron Man is trying to recruit Wolverine to the team. Iron Man thinks Wolverine joining the team, will help his image. He needs is as Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. just completed their amazing run that had Hydra kill Wolverine, bring him back and control him. Enemy of the State / Agent of SHIELD, was the name of the two arcs.
There is an awkward white square that is stapled into the comic right here between the comic page and the ad for the 90s Spider-Man : Venom Saga DVD.
Tony hints that standing next to Captain America, makes yourself want to be a better person. He needed that when he was hitting rock bottom, which apparently Wolverine doesn’t know about. Since all of the pep talk isn’t working, Tony decides he will just pay Wolverine to be on the team.
Today. Long Island. The Wrecker is tossing Wolverine about a neighborhood. The only Avenger still standing is Spider-Woman, who I believe is really Veranke, the Skrull Queen with enhancements to give her Jessica Drew’s powers. She is secretly setting up Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn will kill her a few years from now.
Spider-Woman gets inside Wrecker’s mind, asking him what he really wants out of life.
Arizona. Lindy is trying to talk to Sentry. He can’t believe she is alive. He creates a burst of sunlight and disappears.
The first Fantastic Four film must have just came out as thee are several ads for the film and merchandise for it.
Poor Paul Jenkins fainted. Sentry is gone.
Bob Reynolds wakes up, grabs some food and watches some television.
Back to Spider-Woman and the Wrecker. There is an insert for Entertainment Weekly subscription. I’m glad this practice isn’t still used today.
Wrecker talks long enough for Wolverine to get back into the fight. He slashes Wrecker’s back. Spider-Woman uses Wrecker’s magical crowbar, tosses to Luke Cage and he hits Wrecker with it, as well. Cage decides to keep the crowbar, going forward. Spider-Man webs up Wrecker, the day is saved. I keep wanting to type, Wreckler, what is that about?
This is a great page! We learn one of Spider-Woman’s forgotten powers and it is actually a funny moment, too.
Spider-Woman reveals she emits a pheromone. In the Facebook : Avenges Alliance game, this power emits fear. Its a waste of a move. Wolverine was getting dizzy due to it. Luke Cage was feeling nuts. Spider-Man’s “I love my wife” is so funny, he’s been having naughty thoughts! Now that stupid One More Day happened, this page is no longer in continuity. He probably said, girlfriend, now.
Iron Man tells the team to assembled.
Bob fell asleep in front of the television. Something I could never do. I need to have my legs up, I think. Emma Frost wakes him and tells him to go outside.
It has always bugged me Kitty’s stance there. What is she even doing? Also, what is Emma doing, pointing those guns at Captain America! Cyclops looks on, approvingly.
Issue ends as The Void is seeping out of Bob.
I had kept issues nine and ten as there was a website that implied that since those issues take place on his front lawn, that Kitty is technically in those issues but if you don’t see her or they don’t mention her, I don’t count it.
I can tell you that after this, Sentry joins the team, so there’s that.