Marvel’s mightiest hero that was once erased from memory and has a tangible dark side within him is back for a fresh start. Bob Reynolds, the Sentry, returns this summer with his own ongoing series.
As reported by ComicBook.com, Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight) and Kim Jacinto (Avengers: No Surrender) will launch a new The Sentry in June which follows up on the characters recent surprise return in Doctor Strange.
“The Sentry is a fascinating character,” Lemire said. “I absolutely loved the original Sentry series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee when it first came out, so I jumped at the chance to write the character. The Sentry has a lot of emotional depth and a lot for me to dig into in terms of the psychology of the character. He is immensely powerful and has the potential to be one of the greatest and most important heroes in the Marvel Universe, but he is constantly undermined by his own dark side and his own self-doubt.”
Previously the Sentry debuted in a series from Jenkins and Lee as a Superman-like hero that was part of the Marvel Universe but had been erased from memories because of the Void, his evil counterpoint/nemesis that resides within him. Brian Michael Bendis helped revive the character for his 2004 New Avengers series and the character appeared in numerous titles till 2009’s Siege event where he fully turned evil and was killed off in the end.
While the Void is currently held within the closet of Doctor Strange, he’ll still play a part in Bob’s story.
“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.”
Lemire and Jacinto’s story takes place a few months after the events of Bob’s Doctor Strange appearance with the hero already reintegrated somewhat into the Marvel Universe that believed him to be dead. Lemire previously tackled a hero dealing with issues stemming from his mental health with Moon Knight, but this time it will be a bit different.
“Well, it’s is different since Sentry and Moon Knight both have very different issues,” Lemire explains. “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.”
The Sentry arrives in June.