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New Avengers #7: Review

Jul 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

The Sentry—Part One

Review & Comments

3 stars

New Avengers #7 Review by (March 2, 2010)
Variant cover by Neal Adams is designed to look like a Silver Age Marvel comic. Ed Gross’ supervillain museum also contains damaged costumes from Scorpion, Beetle, Mysterio, Mirage, Shocker, Rhino, and Kraven; he clearly favors Spider-Man enemies. Paul Jenkins really is the creator of the Sentry, who first appeared in The Sentry #1 (Sept. 2000), with Rick Veitch.

New Avengers #7 Review by (June 10, 2013)
Sentry had his own limited series and a set of 1-shots in which it was revealed that he had been one of the original modern-age Marvel heroes, interacting with all the others. But he had discovered that his arch-enemy the Void was actually part of himself. And to save the world he arranged for himself to get amnesia, and for the world to forget him. In his series he remembered what happened, and had to go through the process again. This is quite similar to his claims now, with 2 differences. He thinks his wife is dead but she isn't, and she didn't die in the original stories. In our universe Paul Jenkins wrote the Sentry stories. Now it seems he also wrote them in the Marvel universe, and so Sentry never existed. But the New Avengers have seen him in action.

We've only just started the arc that will bring in Sentry to complete the lineup shown on the cover of #1, and on this issue's cover they've replaced Luke Cage with Ronin, who won't show up until #11! This issue suggests that Iron Man has a new armour, which would be the Extremis version. However the Official Index says that the whole of the New Avengers series prior to this occurs after Tony Stark went through the Extremis process in Iron Man (2005) #1-6. This is the 1st published appearance of the Illuminati. Subsequent issues of their own title will show that they have been active a long time. Wrecker is an old Thor villain dating back as far as Thor (1966) #148, where he got Asgardian power in his crowbar. He spread the love to 3 others to form the Wrecking Crew in Defenders #17. It's not because he's been in jail for a long time that the girl doesn't recognise him. He's appeared regularly over the years, but he's never been one of the major players. The girl is never given a 1st name, but Miss Goss will reappear with her dad Ed and his collection in Iron Man (2008) #4 and #7.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Spider-Woman reports to Tony Stark that they have a trace on one of the escaped convicts near Long Island and some of the Avengers are heading out to investigate. Tony, meanwhile, suits up as Iron Man and visits a seemingly deserted factory: it is the meeting place for the IlluminatiDr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Professor Xavier, Black Bolt, and Prince Namor. The group confronts him over his reforming the Avengers without telling them; Tony relates how the separate heroes gathered to stop the breakout at the Raft and Captain America saw it as a sign that a new team was needed. Tony then asks if they have heard of the Sentry….

On Long Island a teenage girl is sunning herself beside a pool when a gigantic menacing man stands over her, and introduces himself as Dirk Garthwaite and he wants his stuff back. Her father, Ed Gross, collects supervillain memorabilia and has a private museum in his home. The girl takes Garthwaite to the place and he recovers a costume and a crowbar. He demands that the girl drive him away, and he reveals he is the Wrecker, a villain who, with the Wrecking Crew, once defeated the Avengers. (She hasn’t heard of him.) As the car backs out of the garage, they see the New AvengersWolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman and Spider-Man waiting for them. The heroes battle the villain and the Wrecker manages to fling the three men into the distance, then he turns to face Spider-Woman….

Elsewhere, in the Nevada desert, Iron Man and Captain America arrive where SHIELD Commander Maria Hill is waiting, with her troops guarding a cave. In the cave is Robert Reynolds, the hero known as the Sentry, huddled in fear since using his powers to stop the disaster at the Raft (in issue #2) because use of his powers attracts the world destroying Void. It killed his wife and will annihilate the Earth. But the heroes have someone for him to meet: his wife Lindy Reynolds, who is alive and well. There is another person they introduce him to: Paul Jenkins, the comic book writer who created the Sentry, a comic book character. So who is Robert Reynolds?

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Wrecking Crew.

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