Crime as a concept can get pretty weird in the Marvel Universe. In a world of alien invasions, demonic tampering and the wholesale acceptance that gods are real and might just save your life, it takes a lot for a crime to be labeled “aberrant.” But one new organization is looking to police just that, and they’ve got a fitting name -- the Aberrant Crimes Division.
The Aberrant Crimes Division first gets referenced in The Sentry #1, which catches up with Bob Reynolds, one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. Bob used to be Sentry, the Golden Guardian of Good, until his heroing days were cut short by the emergence of the Void, a dark aspect of Sentry’s own powers. To keep the Void from reemerging, Sentry routinely escapes to a pocket dimension to replay his best memories of being a superhero. He needs to do this every 24 hours or risk releasing the Void into the real world.
Enter the Aberrant Crimes Division, a new Marvel Universe organization that is keeping a close eye on Bob, making sure he takes his daily trip into the pocket dimension to keep the Void at bay. An agent from the A.C.D. shows up to check-in on Bob after his shift at a local diner. That agent is none other than former cop Misty Knight, who seems to be working for the government again.
In this instance, Misty is in full-on bad cop mode, referring to Bob as Bobby (a name he hates) and pushing him to check-in on schedule… or else. She comes with a pair of agents in tow, claiming that the bosses at the head of the A.C.D. hate that Bob is walking free after the atrocities the Void committed. So, what exactly is the A.C.D. and who is running it?
Frankly, there’s no great answer right now. The Sentry #1 establishes the organization only in the context of Bob and his struggles. We don’t get any clue about who or what else the organization is policing, but it’s reasonable to assume that the A.C.D. is filling the void left by S.H.I.E.L.D., which is currently being rebuilt by Leonardo da Vinci (yes, that one).
One very reasonably theory is that the A.C.D. is the new S.H.I.E.L.D., which would somewhat track with Misty’s timeline. After all, she is just coming off an arc earlier this year in which she tangled with vampires alongside the likes of Falcon and Blade. Blade has been one of the prime recruiting agents for the new S.H.I.E.L.D., even going so far as to bring Ironheart into the organization’s fold. He’s also the new group’s primary combat trainer. It’s possible that Blade recruited Misty while they were both thwarting the minions of Deacon Frost.
It’s already been proven that the new S.H.I.E.L.D. team is recruiting younger heroes, but that superhero veterans like Blade and Cable are assisting the organization by either training or delivering new recruits. It’s possible that Misty is among their ranks. She would be a huge get for the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. replacement, as her expertise in the field would serve her well in tackling some of the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous threats, such as Sentry and Void. It's also entirely possible that the A.C.D. is a S.H.I.E.L.D. competitor that Knight joined after the events of Falcon #8.
Of course, that’s all theory and conjecture. There’s no telling what the A.C.D.’s end goal really is or who is behind the wheel, but we’ll likely know a bit more next month. The end of The Sentry #1 sees Bob’s pocket dimension device, the Confluctor, stolen. Without it, there’s no hope he’ll be able to keep the Void at bay. Everything the A.C.D. has feared is coming to fruition. If the organization wants to police superhuman crimes, they're going to have to prove they can contain them, too.
On sale now, The Sentry #1 is written by Jeff Lemire with art by Kim Jacinto and Bryan Hitch.