I hope no one out there was a big fan of the Sentry concept as presented by Paul Jenkins or Jeff Parker. For me, I absolutely loved the Silver Age approach Parker used in the Age of the Sentry limited series. For the first time, the Sentry was a character I wanted to learn more about.
Bendis pulls a big retcon here, and I full realize this will last only until someone else writes the next origin, but for now, Bendis has pulled down the golden guardian of good. It turns out that Robert Reynolds isn't a genius or an earnest young man who happened upon an experimental serum, he is in fact a meth addict. An addict who broke into a secure lab and quickly became addicted to a super-serum. The best part is that while Sentry wants to be good, his power is linked to the wrath of God, the same wrath that killed the firstborn in the Old Testament. And because this is a Marvel comic, Galactus gets his name tossed in somehow too. It's all a bit confusing to me, because it seems like this is one heck of a set up for an unnecessary heel turn (when a good wrestler switches sides and goes bad). Age of the Sentry had a perfectly acceptable and pleasantly Silver Age explanation set up for the Void. Too bad this is the version that will get read by thousands more people. Overall, I just have to laugh. I mean, the big surprise weapon for Norman Osborn is a meth-addict Sentry empowered by God's Old Testament wrath. Does that all really seem necessary? How is it a surprise weapon when Sentry was a founding Dark Avenger?
Mike Deodato does a decent job with what he has. Parts of the book look mighty spooky and I always appreciate how he takes the time to include scantily clad ladies. I'm not clear on the weird skull Sentry exhibits at one point either. Just how evil is Sentry?