Siege has ended and the world is picking up the pieces, but for some, it’s time to remember someone who lost his life during the fight…
The Sentry: Fallen Sun
Taking place just after the end of Norman Osborn’s failed attempt to destroy the Asgardians, several heroes meet up with The Sentry’s former sidekick, Scout, to honor the passing of both Robert and Lindy Reynolds. This tale is of remembering past events and how the Sentry touched so many heroes’ lives. We learn some new things and are reminded of others, but overall, everyone there, including the reader is there to remember the Sentry for who was as a hero, not the man he was when he died.
Having Paul Jenkins, the man who created The Sentry, write this story makes this that much more of a powerful issue. It brings ten years of the character to a close. This isn’t the time to talk about the evil the Void caused, but to honor Reynolds. A very big part of the story is Reed Richards’ memories of the different adventures the Sentry and he had. When Cloc shows up, he gives Richards the diary Reynolds kept with an instruction to read a sentence on a particular page. We don’t know what it was. A warning? A tender message to a friend? Hope that the Sentry could return minus the Void personality? Whatever the message is, I’m not sure we will ever actually find out. It seems the Sentry has run his course and it’s time to move on.
Overall, I very much liked this issue. I’ve always liked the Sentry. From the beginnings of this character being a “forgotten Stan Lee creation” to the amazing original story that challenged our way of thinking about what happens to heroes when they grow old or are forgotten, the Sentry was a cool concept. I will also admit that I had grown tired of the character in how he was used over the past year or two. He was constantly getting blown up or relapsing into his darker half or just simply being manipulated by someone he should have realized was a bad dude. I was so excited to see Paul Jenkins’ name on the cover because I thought he was the only person to write the Sentry’s final chapter.
With thanks to Tom Raney’s art, I think Jenkins has written one of the most touching stories from Marvel in a while. Raney transitions well from one character to the next and the present to the flashbacks. One scene in particular that I really loved was when Thor went to Bob’s elderly mother to give her the news of his passing. We don’t ever read that Thor actually told her or not, nor do we get any reaction as if he did. We just have a beautiful scene with an old woman who is blissfully unaware of what has happened being approached by one of the toughest warriors in all of comics history with a sincerity and tenderness that will always stick with me.
After all the dust of Siege settled, I’m glad we had this issue. There’s no need for over-the-top action or anything else. Just let us remember the Sentry for who he was.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Beautiful tribute to a character from his original creator. Sensitive with a memorable scene between mama Reynolds and Thor.||Can’t really find a negative thing about this issue because it delivers the point and does it as it should to honor the fallen hero.|
Image courtesy of Marvel Comics.