The Sentry has come a long way, baby. Bob Reynolds’s story is no longer a man struggling with an addiction who was close to his dog, he’s just about as far from that as possible. The original April Fool’s Prank for The Golden Guardian of Good turned out to be a larger tale of a man with the greatest amount of power having the greatest amount of responsibility. That when you create the equal and opposite reaction to the power of a thousand exploding suns, the only way to win was to do nothing at all. At his first introduction, we are left with a very quiet and beautiful study of the greatest good and the worst evil residing in an everyday man and the world that had forgotten him.
When Bendis puled him out of the Vault for his New Avengers, the stakes had already been changed. The balance of good an evil was gone, just an implanted a virus from Mastermind and possible delusion villain The General that created psychological problems and the existence of the Void, which was just another extension of Reynolds himself. We lost our philosophical battle and our more peacable idea of wrong and right to be able to tear Carnage in half in space.
Okay, there’s nothing wrong with that. Bendis even brought in Paul Jenkins as a character in the book to explain everything, kind of having him sign off on the project. Despite his immense power and complexity, the Sentry was going to be an Avenger. Hey, they’ve worked with gods and demi-gods before, what’s the difference?
The Sentry has had an interesting history at Marvel … remember how the Sentry was first publicized — as a “forgotten” character created by Stan Lee back in the day? And in the comics, there’s the whole plotline about how he made everyone forget who he was to save the world from the Void, even his best friends the Hulk and Reed Richards. So the whole theme of forgotten history has been crucial to the character.
Well, here’s one more “now it can be told” piece of the character’s puzzle: Rick Veitch has started a series of blog posts that explain his role in creating the Sentry with Paul Jenkins. Check out the first part here, the second here and the third here. It’s an interesting, and fitting, reveal about the character.