The Sentry #1 Review

Posted June 27, 2018 by Jacqueline Juretus in Comic Books

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Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Kim Jacinto

Color Artist: Rain Beredo

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(Note: I am reviewing this as someone completely new to the character.  I had known of him, but never read him myself until now.)

Sentry may not have the greatest reputation, but that shouldn’t stop readers from picking this book up.  Lemire gives his own spin to the Sentry character, and it works out wonderfully.

Bob Reynolds struggles with the constant duality of being both the Sentry and the Void.  This story has a lot of parallels with the issue of struggling with mental illness.  Everyone has their own darkness within them, and how they treat or deal with that darkness is something that resonates with the reader throughout the book.  It deals with familiar issues like a monotonous, but safe routine, and wanting to desperately replace one reality with the other.  Bob is written as very sympathetic and does not fall into the trap of being overly whiny, despite being clearly depressed.  Lemire also avoids the typical “grimdark” portrayal of these issues that can get tiresome.  The pacing is excellent, and the art and writing truly work together as one down to the erratic panel layouts which reflect the moods of the moment.

Jacinto has a unique, gritty art style that carries this story.  His textures and inking styles helps get the reader into Bob’s mind.  Only issue can be the faces.  The stylization of them is great, but character faces can look too similar and get confusing as to who is who.  Sometimes the facial expression as well does not properly reflect the dialogue.  The ending sequence is fantastic and should have readers on the edge of their seat anxiously waiting the next issue.

Fans of Lemire’s work should be very happy with this book.  It can be a dense read, so those wanting light and fluffy need to look elsewhere.  Overall, it’s a safe bet to add this one to the pull list.

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Jacqueline Juretus