Did he though? Like... do you know what actually happened to the Death Seed?
The Avengers couldn't get the Death Seed out of Banshee, because it was imbibed into him on a molecular level. One could assume that the Sentry could have gotten ridden of it on his own, given his power set, but how? Did he spit it out. I don't know.
I would have done a better job tackling that topic and explaining it. I feel like 2-3 panels would have been more than enough to handle the matter in a respectable manner.
But it was an overall nice return, if you ask me. Donny Cates did a decent job on the Sentry for the amount of panel-time he was able to dedicate to him.
And another nice little touch is Sentrys appearance in the upcoming "Thanos #16", where Sentry fights alongside Doctor Strange against Thanos and his armies. I don't think that there will be all too much behind all of that. I think it's more of an extra little end of the Sentry after his appearances in the Doctor Strange book. There, in the end, Sentry told Doctor Strange to not contact him again, because he was mad at him - but in the future he gets over his hard feelings and joins Doctor Strange in the fight against bad guys.
And here some additional personal bias:
In "Thanos #15" we got to see the enemy Thanos was "afraid" of: The Fallen One and it was a darkish Silver Surfer (followed by the Annihilation Wave?).
I personally would have prefered that to be the Sentry instead of the Silver Surfer. Like Thanos somehow destroying the Earth and killing everyone on it, except for the Sentry, who seems to be truly immortal. And then that would have pushed the Sentry over the edge, turn into the Void and hunt Thanos 'til the end of the universe.
But given Thanos' and Silver Surfers backstory, Silver Surfer was the much better choice on an emotional level.
I've always been a big fan of tropes in media, because they're familiar. Never change a winning system and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Like many other fictional characters, the Sentry has a lot of interesting tropes going on for him.
I've summed up a couple of key tropes, which describe the Sentry pretty well. If you're interested in those specific tropes, then you can always look up characters in the same trope category. I've also posted the TVTropes-link to Sentrys profile, where you'll find many more tropes than just the ones I've listed. I just picked the most important ones.
Whenever you have a universe full with super-powered beings, chances are high that some characters will have more useful powers than others. And then there is always that one guy, who wins the jackpot and gets it all: Like for example Doctor Manhattan in the Watchmen universe.
In the Marvel universe Sentry is one of those characters, who can do it pretty much all. His weaker teammates become almost irrelevant, when he is around and Plot-Induced Stupidity or Deus Exit Machina are often necessary to remove him from the fight, so that others can shine.
Deep down the Sentry does realize, that he isn't human anymore. He realizes, that he has become something much more. But he still refuses to accept his Godhood. At one point he had been asked to heal a sick girl, which he at first refused. He said that he would have to do the same for everyone and that he wasn't God. But only few seconds later he still healed her.
And later on, when thinking about his wife, he asked himself how it could ever work out between the two of them, with one of them being only human and one being a god. Then there are times, where he straight up views himself as bigger and better than Jesus Christ himself (episodes of delusions of grandeur).
This trope is actually big for the Sentry and the reason why he was struggling with his mental stability more and more in the past. Basically, the Sentry is a very empathetic character, who struggles with the question of who gets to live and who gets to die. If he saves someone in America, someone on the other side of the world dies at the same time. He can't save everyone.
I personally think that even right now, where Doctor Strange has sealed the Void away, the Void is only gone, because Sentry believes that to be the case. The moment the Sentry questions that, the Void will return, no matter what Doctor Strange did to him.
So sooner or later the Void will manifest as a separate entitity, or Sentry will turn into the Void - depending on where the writer wants to go with the story.
Mainly present in the form of the Void. Sentry believes, that there is a dark boogeyman coming after him and that's exactly what becomes reality. Everyone else gets to see and hear the same thing - and suffer, because of it.
Same as the above. Sentry reshapes reality and creates beings and constructs, simply by thinking. Consciously and subconsciously. It's very hard to say how much realization and control he has over his full potential. For example, he has resurrected his wife once, but was shocked that he was able to do that. Okay... But can he repeat that now without even trying, or was it a one time thing?
Sentry has tried committing suicide mode than just once. He has failed every time, since he seems to be effectively immortal. At best he was able to remain in the Sun and burn down to a single atom over and over again - he just kept reforming back. The question remains, if he would be gone for good, if that last atom got erased as well somehow, but I have my doubts.
The story will be taking place few months after the events in Doctor Strange. Sentry is around and the Void, while still locking in Doctor Stranges magical door-closet, is still lurking around in Sentrys shadows.
The first issue will be released in June and it will be written by Jeff Lemire (worked on Moon Knight) and drawn by Kim Jacinto (worked on Avengers: No Surrender).
Make sure to pre-order / buy it!
I threw some colors over the image to see how Void could potentially look like. I went with a purple for the Void over the dark red, which we saw in Siege: https://i.imgur.com/00ferTe.jpg
It looks like they're going with a more monster-y version of the Void compared to how we saw Void early on, where he looked more human.
The Sentry keeps his long hair, which I personally really like. They also seem to be exploring bearded versions of the Sentry, like we saw him at the beginning of the first New Avengers volume.
That is interesting, considering that his Sentry run will take place in two universes. "The Age of the Sentry" mini was and is an alternate reality story, but now the question becomes, if the world of that mini will be one of those two universes. And if so, will parts of it become canon for the Sentry and the regular Marvel universe?
In my opinion at least the last atom getting erased again and again was of course the void resisting Sentry's attempts to "die". He was of course "dead" after the Void left. No atoms remaining. And same as when Morgana Le Fay or Molecule Man "killed" him. Nothing of the Sentry remained but he comes back if he wants to which is the important thing.
They made an emphasis on Robert being more of a psionic being in Uncanny Avengers which wasn't that hard to assume before that anyway. So God knows how he could actually ever be killed. Maybe on the astral plane or if someone was able to dissipate his soul (if that's even what the Sentry actually is).
The definite cases of his utter annihilation would of course be acts by higher cosmic entities like the Tribunal or TOAA saying "no more Sentry" and the idea, concept and thought of him ceases to exist.
Sentry to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Over a year ago, there was a thread on 4Chan, which supposedly featured details for the upcoming Marvel movies. At that time many people were making fun of it, while some thought it would at best only be educated guesses:
And a lot of that information came out to be true in some way or another. The character names were off here and there and the movies ended up featuring less characters than predicted, but the resemblances were still uncanny across the board.
Now the interesting part for us is obviously the mention of the Sentry:
And this was not the first time the Sentry had been mentioned. I've read about Sentry appearing in the MCU more than just one year ago. Back in the day the leaks always talked about "Sentry / Spider-Woman", as if these two would appear in a movie together. That was kinda weird. Were they supposed to be a couple? Was Spider-Woman supposed to be a supporting character, gain powers during the movie and then get a spin-off movie? It didn't seem very believable... but now I'm not so sure anymore.
The leaks also talked about Thor: Ragnarok in the MCU and the possibility of a Siege storyline in phase 4 of the MCU:
Cate Blanchett did play Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, but that was probably already known at that point. Surtur being unleashed in the third act though? Not so much, I would assume.
In Thor: Ragnarok Surtur was indeed unleashed and destroyed Asgard, which led to the Asgardians becoming refugees and seeking for a new home. Their new home was going to be Earth, if we go by what Thor said in the end.
Which brings us to the possibility of a Siege storyline in the MCU.
During the Siege event Asgard was on Earth and Loki had manipulated Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers into attacking Asgard.
The Sentry was a member of the Dark Avengers and overall had a huge role during the Siege event.
So the question now is... are the star-eeh... suns aligning for the Asgardians to strand on Earth, Norman Osborn to appear in the future Spider-Man movies, gain power and influence and recruit his own Avengers (including everyones favorite blond bombshell (except Fabio)) to defeat the Asgardians?
Someone or something has invaded Sentry World, and now Bob Reynolds finds himself in a race against the clock to try and stop the mystery invader before he can unravel everything the Sentry has worked so hard to build. But if Bob fails, the Void will be set free and the Marvel Universe will be torn apart. Can the Sentry save the day, or has Bob failed once again to contain the monster within?
The second issue is written by Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight) and drawn by Kim Jacinto (Avengers: No Surrender). The cover artist is Brian Hitch.
The images don't have the very best quality, but you can still see what's going on. And something sure is going on. But what in hells name is going on?
1. The first page we've seen before, but now it features a new image. It appears, that the Sentry is fighting Voids minions, which then start forming the full Void. I assume that it's the Void, because in the last panel of the following scan, you can see that the monster looks exactly like the Void in the concept art and on the cover: https://i.imgur.com/8DISCgX.jpg
On top of that the pose the Void is in, looks very much like the pose we saw the Void in, when Thor attacked him during the Siege event. Nice little homage right there: https://i.imgur.com/ybfzNPr.jpg
But these are still different panels on the preview we saw before and the sneak peak from now. Is this new art? Do both panels appear in the books and the order during the preview was just slightly rearranged?
2. On the second page we see the Sentry punch the ground and destroy... a moon? An entire planet? Just some kind of a round object? Why would he do that? Is he in space or "the Sentry World"? Is "Sentry World" real, or is it just a hallucination?
3. Who is the guy on the hover board? If it's in space, how can he breath? Does he need to breath at all? He seems to be pissed off, that's for sure. He wears a black suit and a white shirt, with long bright hair. Is he Robert Reynolds? Is he Robert Reynolds as the Void? Is he a brand new character? Is he the mysterious intruder, who was mentioned in the preview for Sentry #2?
The preview features 4 colored pages without the lettering. Some of the pages we already know, but there are also new pages, which reveal characters like Scout and Watchdog. The preview even reveals the Sentress, who we saw in the (as of yet) non-canon limited series "The Age of the Sentry".
Scout was Sentrys sidekick, who got his arm ripped off by the Void and had to retire. Watchdog was Sentrys super-powered canine, whose real name was Normie. When Normie got too old to fight crime, Sentry replaced him with a super-powered robot dog. The Sentress was Carol Danvers, before she became Ms. Marvel. In "The Age of the Sentry" story she had lost her Sentress powers by the end of the limited series.
The Sentry will be released on the 27th of June. Preorder it, buy it! I've already preordered three copies.
With Cranio appearing in the Sentry on-going book, "The Age Of The Sentry" limited series becomes canon. Or at least parts of it do. And that's kinda crazy, because it adds so much more potential material to the Sentry lore. That will have to be investigated further down the line. A lot will depend on what Jeff Lemire establishes.
Iron Man will make an appearance as well, which is really cool. With Iron Man / Tony Stark being big in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and him being absent in the comics for a long time, it gives Tony Stark fans a good reason to look into the Sentry book.
Sentry #3 will come out on the 22nd of August. Pre-order it, buy it! The story is written by Jeff Lemire with art by Kim Jacinto and Joshua Cassara.
As you can see the book is getting an additional artist. Now the question is, if Kim Jacinto didn't have enough time to finish the book, so that Joshua Cassara had to jump in... Or if they hired Joshua to draw alternate reality parts of the story, like for example The Age Of The Sentry stuff.
I'll be honest and admit, that I don't like when there is a sudden artist change during an issue. Especially if both artists have very different styles. It just breaks the immersion, if you ask me. In Sentry #1 and Sentry #2 Kim Jacinto has done everything, so we'll have to see how this turns out now.
Prior to this reveal Marvel has revealed an alternate cover for Sentry #3. It was one of the 20 alternate covers featuring the Fantastic Four:
The interesting thing about this alternate Fantastic Four cover is, that's pretty much the only cover, where the Fantastic Four don't appear in their "superhero suits". They appear in formal wear and are smiling at the camera (Robert Reynolds point of view, one would assume), which further points at their relationship in the comics. They used to be old friends after all, even though we didn't see any of that during the Bendis era.
Jeff Lemire, the writer of the Sentry, has appeared on a podcast not all too long ago. He was asked about his Sentry book and shared a little bit of information:
I personally liked what he had to say. While I love the concept of the Void and the dynamic between the Sentry and the Void, I did feel like the same story was told over and over again. It sounds like Jeff Lemire starts off with that dynamic, but immediately takes another direction and adds more to the Sentry. And that's awesome.
Bryan Hitch has drawn the main cover, which you've already seen. Bryan Hitch is also the artist for the main covers of issue #2 and #3: https://i.imgur.com/G74zaPQ.jpg
Kim Jacinto is the artist of the second alternate cover. Kim Jacinto is also the main artist for the Sentry book. At least in the first three issues. If we're lucky he sticks around for longer. https://i.imgur.com/npSflOU.jpg