This summer Marvel Comics is relaunching several series as part of its Fresh Start initiative. Over the past several years, characters like Amadeus Cho, Riri Williams and Jane Foster have taken the mantles of some classic heroes who are returning to those roles. However, one character who has been absent for some time and has not been replaced with a legacy character is the Sentry. The Sentry was recently reintroduced by Donny Cates in Doctor Strange and now Jeff Lemire, along with artist Kim Jacinto, will be bringing the powerhouse back full time beginning in June.
For those unfamiliar with the character, the Sentry is a Superman analogue who is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe (he has the power of “one million suns”). He also has an interesting past which saw him wiped from the memories of his friends and fellow heroes after defeating the entity known as the Void, which is the personification of Sentry’s darker side. The Sentry is also an interesting psychological study as well as his alter ego, Bob Reynolds, is a bald, overweight middle age man wrought with self-doubt. Lemire, who has written Moon Knight in the past, looks forward to addressing the psychological side of the character:
Well, it’s is different since Sentry and Moon Knight both have very different issues. In both cases, I wanted to craft a narrative structure that reflected those mental health issues and both series deal with multiple realities reflecting the inner landscape of the characters, so I suppose you could draw a comparison there. But The Sentry is not a retread of what I did in Moon Knight. But I did want to create a story filled with mystery and psychological depth like I did with Moon Knight.
As clear as Lemire is about Sentry NOT repeating the work he did on Moon Knight, he’s also clear that the series first arc is not a repeat either:
You cannot have The Sentry without the Void,” Lemire says. “But what I was very conscious of was not simply retelling the same stories that had been told in the past with Sentry and Void. I want to see their relationship and their characters evolve and go in new directions.
Bob will begin to reconnect with the rest of the Marvel U again. In fact, our series will start a few months after the events in Donny Cates’ Doctor Strange, and Bob will already be reintegrated into the Marvel Universe a bit more.
The Sentry has always been an interesting character study: capable of almost anything, but held back by an inadequate sense of self. We’ll see what Lemire has in store this June!