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New Avengers #10: Review

Oct 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven

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The Sentry—Part Four

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3 stars

New Avengers #10 Review by (March 2, 2010)
Variant cover by Sal Buscema is designed to look like a Silver Age Marvel comic.

New Avengers #10 Review by (June 10, 2013)
Last issue Emma Frost commented how odd the memories of Sentry's origin looked. The Sentry's next limited series will say that his origin wasn't as wholesome as he believed, which suggests that the origin 'memories' here were a sanitised (by Reynolds) version in panels from Paul Jenkins' comic. But the 2nd mini-series will make at least 1 large change to the story. Last issue said that the Void was invented by Mastermind. But the Sentry series will raise the Void back up to a real separately-manifesting aspect of Bob Reynolds, dating back to Sentry's origin. Sentry will find the General in the Negative Zone in Sentry #3, but the Void will kill him. Sentry's Watchtower becomes visible on top of Avengers Tower, and Tony Stark quips that that explains why the plot was cheap to buy. Ie Tony built Stark Tower on the plot of land where the Watchtower was hidden, and the Watchtower somehow wound up on top of it (without any workmen noticing while they were building it). Bob Reynolds' unconscious hiding traces of the Sentry from the world was very clever. It would have been easier just to hide the existence of the plot of land.

Now at last we have the 7 members featured on the 1st cover (and on this one). Some of last issue's questions get answered:- The mastervillain's identity as the General is just pulled out of the hat. He previously appeared in flashback in the Sentry/X-Men 1-shot. As usual in those Sentry stories the flashback was accompanied by a 60's-style comic cover, which is the one seen in this issue. Bob Reynolds put the Sentry comic stories into the Marvel Universe Paul Jenkins' mind, as part of his attempts to break out of Mastermind's conditioning. It doesn't actually say so, but the events of the earlier Sentry mini-series may have been another almost-successful escape attempt. But which ended with Reynolds burying his and the world's memories of the Sentry again. Either way, Sentry really did exist in the early days of Marvel, and the memories *were* wiped from the world. So the flashbacks in the Sentry series and 1-shots can still be true.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier, writer Paul Jenkins is sitting with Lindy Reynolds, bemused by the fact that he’s talking to a person he thought was only a comic book character he had created and nattering on about why he was chosen to bring back the long-forgotten Sentry, when suddenly Lindy collapses—and finds herself within her husband Bob’s subconscious mind. Emma Frost explains that Bob was shocked at the depth of repression of his memories, and while his alter ego the Void is battling the Avengers and other heroes outside, Bob himself has retreated further into his mind. Emma asks for access to a pleasant shared memory that may coax him out of hiding. Lindy offers up a romantic encounter at the beach, the day they fell in love—and suddenly Bob is there. Emma tells Bob it is not his fault. [Outside, Captain America calls a cease fire: the Void monster has stopped moving.] A quick consultation with an old comic book reveals that Sentry’s nemesis was "the General" whom no one now remembers. Emma offers to help Bob recover his memories but they could not restore the world’s memory of him: he would be starting over as a "new" hero. They return to the real world, where Cap and Iron Man offer Bob/Sentry a place in the Avengers, as a second chance, with friends to watch over him. Emma fully unlocks his mind—and he is standing there in his heroic form, costumed and glowing with power: The Sentry! He embraces his wife and it looks like a happy ending. Suddenly a call comes through from Jarvis; the Avengers return to their headquarters to find it has transformed into the Sentry’s long-forgotten watchtower ("Now I know why I got the land so cheap," says Iron Man). The Sentry is home.

Epilogue: Tony Stark meets with the Illuminati and explains the new situation with the Sentry. When asked about the Avengers’ adventure in the Savage Land (issues #4-6), he declines to answer….

Steve McNiven
Mark Morales
Morry Hollowell
David Finch (Cover Penciler)
Danny Miki (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


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