Neither Sentry Or Void: The Sentry #5 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Bob Reynolds is no longer the Sentry or the Void; he is now something new and unknown. Scout now has the power of the Sentry as well, but it’s no longer enough. Bob Reynolds has ascended past what he was once capable of doing. This won’t stop Scout from attacking this new Bob, and the Avengers aren’t far behind.

The Sentry #5 cover by Kim Jacinto
The Sentry #5 cover by Kim Jacinto

The Sentry #5 finishes out this new saga for Bob Reynolds, the Sentry, and the Void. Golden Age allusions have passed; this ends as a narrative about those three identities now united in one body.

Jeff Lemire accomplishes something impressive with this comic. Up until this point, it was mainly a pitiful story about a has-been superhero-turned-villain, a similarly pathetic former villain, and a former sidekick with delusions of grandeur and power. With this finale, those things are no longer the focus. Bob has become something immensely powerful, aloof, and scary again. It’s not revealed what he plans to do next, and that’s understandably terrifying for everyone around him.

The Sentry #5 art by Joshua Cassara, Rain Beredo, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
The Sentry #5 art by Joshua Cassara, Rain Beredo, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Since the fantasy inside the Confluctor is no longer the focus, Kim Jacinto only contributes to the cover of this comic, leaving Joshua Cassara to cover the interior story. Cassara does excellent work of capturing the surreality of what is happening while keeping everything feeling appropriately grim and gritty. There are some surprisingly haunting images in this comic, and the fight scenes look fantastic. Rain Beredo gives a similarly grim and almost sick-looking color palette, and it looks great.

I also dig the hell out of the new Sentry costume.

The Sentry #5 brings us to the end of this epic return of Bob Reynolds. He went from a down-on-his-luck but pitiable former superhero to something entirely new and frightening with more power than he has ever had. Lemire, Cassara, Jacinto, and Beredo made something special and compelling with this miniseries, and both this issue and the entire story receive a recommendation from me. Give them a read.

The Sentry #5 comes to us from writer Jeff Lemire, artist Joshua Cassara, color artist Rain Beredo, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Kim Jacinto, and variant cover artist Heejin Jeon.

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