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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Gph edition (Dec 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121244
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Reynolds wakes up in the middle of the night sensing the return of the greatest enemy he has ever faced - The Void. It has been quite a while since Rob has donned the blue and gold costume of the Sentry and his recollection of his spandex wearing days are sketchy at best. He even doubts the validity of these memories but when the Void takes over the body of his dog, Rob decides that the Sentry must come out of retirement to thwart the plans of his arch-rival.

The truth of the matter may be that Rob is merely a delusional ex-alcoholic who has receded back into the bottle or, even worse, is simply going mad. And the secret potion that Sentry needs to gain powers could very well be some good old Tennessee whiskey that happens to make Rob "fly". Could Sentry be the imagination of a deranged, middle-aged man? Jenkins keeps you guessing.

Jae Lee once again demonstrates his unique penciling style which made the Inhumans maxiseries a fan favorite. For Sentry, Lee has added some extra moodiness, along with an imitation of the Don Heck Avengers era. I must say I had a good laugh at the "Dark Knight Returns" homage as the professor tries to warn Sentry about the prolonged usage of the serum. As I was reading this book, the premise and feel of the story reminded me very much of the classic Miracleman series by Alan Moore, although Jenkins' script borrows little else from that title.

Sentry may not be groundbreaking but nevertheless, it is a worth while read although many fans still retain a grudge for the hoax surrounding this project. I believe it is one of the best media stunts ever to get people excited about a comic book. Oh well....

Review by Brian Grindrod
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There are not enough good things I can say about this book. It's my personal favorite. Everyone I've leant it to has enjoyed it. Not everyone liked it as much as myself, but they still all thought it was good.

It's a full story with a beginning and end. No "to be continued", no loose ends. The artwork is phenomenal, and changes up with the story as needed. (My favorite is the X-Men & Sentry chapter, which appears to be all done in watercolor. This changing artwork style will make a lot more sense when you read it, so just trust me, it works).

All I will comment on regarding the story is that The Sentry is Superman in the Marvel universe. Superman helped grow the comic industry, and helped pave the way even for Marvel. This work is in part a tribute to that, at the same time exploring what kind of nemesis such an all powerful person could possibly have.

If you liked Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee's collaboration on The Inhumans, then this is a no-brainer purchase.

It's so good in fact, I think I'm going to re-read The Sentry right now.
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This book features a touching story about an incredibly deep character's path to his true identity and destiny. Very well narrated, and the variety of visual styles brought together in this serie encourages the immersion of the reader into every hero's psyche and point of view regarding the Golden Gardian of Good.
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Enjoyed this book a great deal. The sentry is a very interesting charecter. Anyone who wants a good read shold check out The Sentry.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
Great Graphic Novel. Sept. 2 2010
By Vermillion - Published on Amazon.com
One of my friends let me borrow this, I didn't really know what to expect or know much about The Sentry, but after I read this I came to like him a lot. Sentry is definitely a character you love or hate, (Look on any forums, theirs a lot of hate.) I really enjoyed it, although the team up flash back issues with the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Angel of the X-Men, and the Hulk I found rather "meh." Although I enjoyed the Spiderman one and Hulk one a bit more. But the actual mini-series was great, leading up to The Sentry vs The Void. The action throughout the book is light, I don't really recall that much until the last issue. The art is epic.The story was good enough where it didn't really need it. I really like Bob Reynolds/The Sentry as a character. I've only read him in this mini, and New Avengers Volume 1. I've heard they really messed up him character-wise in newer issues, so I haven't bothered to read them.

But if you're looking to get into this character start here. (Most people say to stop after here... So you've been warned!)
Great story Oct. 3 2012
By Dondroid - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew of the Sentry from Dark Reign and Siege and then I heard about this book. It's a great book with a great story. The story is pretty unique for super hero comics and includes several characters from the Marvel universe. It really helps you understand The Sentry and makes him a much much more interesting character.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
BIG IDEA not so big writing Nov. 4 2009
By Andrew Rattee - Published on Amazon.com
I have to say that I was really intrigued by this character. Maybe I swallowed the bait on it hook line and sinker but to be honest I don't really care. I like the idea behind this character a lot, the problem with this comic is that the execution of the writing is poor. I agree with other reviewers that the framework for telling the story is clunky and that as a result the story lacks a quick enough pacing. The problem is that as we move through the different histories between the various Marvel characters and the Sentry, the style of retelling each encounter gets old and slow. I do however feel that the slower pace in the story telling is appropriate (unlike others) but it just gets a little too slow for me at times. There is simply way too much build up to the storm.

It's a powerful mythology at work in this story though, and so it's definitely worth reading. A hero who is powered from an inner source of light with a glorious past but who has forgotten his true and formidable self, I mean come on it doesn't get much better than that. That is REAL mythology breaking through into the comic book domain. We are not talking about overly indulgent fantasy and action based melodrama here. There is real psychology and mythology informing this tale which makes it worth owning despite its shortcomings on the writing front. The art work really saves the piece as well.

Definitely worth reading and definitely worth contemplating the parallels between Rob Reynolds / The Sentry and yourself!

I only hope the Sentry overcomes his shadow eventually! Lots of room for growth of this character's mythos.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Meh. July 16 2007
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this up (used) along with several other graphic novels, and for some reason it kept drifting to the bottom of the pile, even though I started reading it several times. Actually reading the book though was a lot like that, as well: it was a bit of a chore. The whole "the-memory-of-a-superhero-has-mysteriously-been-erased-from-the-whole-world" thing has been done before, and better... The supposed back-story of the Sentry (long-lost Stan Lee creation that came before Fantastic Four) is a silly gimmick -- who would really believe it, and why not just pick someone real, like Marvel Boy, or whatever, and use them? Plus, unless you make your Superman lampoons really, really dark ("Miracleman," "Watchmen," etc.) what's the point? The first episode, in which we meet Bob Reynolds (Sentry's alter-ego) is the most interesting thing in the book, because it's there that he seems to be a delusional drunk -- once that ontological dilemma gets resolved, the story becomes sluggish and predictable. Sentry is too much of a goodie-twoshoes to be interesting, and his efforts to gather together a Scooby Gang take for-evvvv-urrrr, with an apocalyptic battle that is spectacularly uneventful, and a "twist ending" that was readiliy apparent a hundred pages earlier. I mean, this was okay, I guess, but not amazing. Lots of better books out there.

I'd give it a 2.5, if I could.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A waste of time Feb. 19 2009
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
This is a dull comic. Nothwitstanding the rather nice drawings, the sheer stupidity and pointless plot of a comic book hero as either /neither a hoax or a parody is tiresome. The all-powerful demi-god Sentry with a drink problem and permanent hallucinations is not helped by the very ugly costume design. Unless the reader is a fanatical comics fan, there are too many in-house jokes about the writer and his creation, a comic book within a comic book etc to interest the casual comics reader to make this a worthwhile read.


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