Erik Galston reviews the epilogue to Marvel's Siege Event, Sentry: Fallen Sun!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Penciler: Tom Raney
Inker- Scott Hanna
Colorist - Val Staples
Warning this review will include spoilers for the end of Siege 4 and the One Shot
This one shot is the epilogue to Marvel's big Siege event, but more then that, it is a fitting funeral for a character that the Marvel Universe wasn't supposed to "know" about, which presents unlimited opportunities for "remembrances" that never had to happen in known continuity. That said, there were flaws with the issue.
The heroes gathered around the grave of Bob and Lindy Reynolds included many mainstays of the Marvel Universe, such as Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, and Steve Rogers, as well as Scout, the Sentry’s sidekick. It also included a character who, up until this one shot, had no connection at all to the Sentry. That character was Rogue. I'll get to why she was there later.
The group remembers and shares various stories about the Sentry and how he impacted their lives. Some were moving, like the Sentry helping Tony Stark overcome his alcoholism. Others really put the character telling the story in a bad light, such as Ben Grimm wanting to kill the Wrecking Crew, and the Sentry stopping him from doing so. It sounds nice, but Ben says he hated the Sentry for it, which seemed extemely out of character for the Thing, as well as the idea of him wanting to kill anyone in the first place. My biggest problem, however, was Rogue, who, out of nowhere, reveals that she and Bob had a love affair for many years because the Sentry was the only person able to touch her. It would be a nice touch, if others such as Magneto and Gambit hadn't been able to touch her before, but that's not the case.
The artwork was okay. I'm actually a fan of Tom Raney’s work, but there were times when the inking overshadowed the art and made it look bad. I applaud Marvel for letting Paul Jenkins, the man who created the character, write the last story with the character. I also found it fitting that Jenkins started to lay down a path to a possible resurrection for the character. I just hope Marvel lets the character stay dead for a while before a possible return.
All that said, I recommend the issue if you're a fan of the Sentry, as its serviceable send off to the character. Beyond that, it's not a must have to the Siege storyline.