Marvel Adds the Sentry to Its 'Fresh Start' Lineup

Sentry will star in a new ongoing series as part of Marvel Comics' "Fresh Start" initiative. The comic will be written by Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight) and illustrated by Kim Jacinto (Avengers: No Surrender).

Introduced in 2000 in The Sentry #1 by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, the hero was retconned into Marvel's decades-long continuity. Presented as Superman with a tendency for mental breakdowns, Jenkins and Rick Veicht crafted a backstory for the character that placed him at key moments in Marvel history, with the conceit that he was eventually wiped from the Marvel Universe's collective consciousness. Following an absence of several years, the hero and his evil counterpart, The Void, recently resurfaced in the pages of Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's Doctor Strange.

"The Sentry is a fascinating character," Lemire told ComicBook.com. "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."

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Lemire also teased the evolution of the Void and Sentry's relationship, saying, "You cannot have The Sentry without the Void. 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."

According to Lemire, the new series will "start a few months after the events of Donny Cates' Doctor Strange." He noted that Bob will have begun his reintegration into the Marvel Universe when the story kicks off.

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Jacinto also noted that his artwork would change between "a bit clean to dark and gritty" to reflect one of the two different universes in which Sentry will be active.

The Sentry #1 debuts in June. Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates) will provide the cover for the first issue.

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