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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (26 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785116729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785116721
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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In New Avengers Volume 2: Sentry we see the New Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes, coming to the aid of (quite possibly) Earth's mightiest EVER hero... Sentry.

Unfortunately Sentry has been mentally broken and corrupted by Mastermind, working under the instruction of a mysterious figure. This results in his repressed persona surfacing as the monstrously destructive entity known as The Void.

As Sentry is Earth's mightiest ever hero, The Void is incredibly powerful. So the New Avengers call in help from the Fantastic Four, Inhumans and X-Men to face it. Meanwhile Emma Frost, Iron Man and Mr Fantastic help Sentry undo Masterminds work.

As with New Avengers Volume 1: Breakout, the team is well balanced and the interactions are spot on. My issue with Volume 1 was that it needed `bigger baddies', whereas Volume 2 delivers a credible and destructive threat in The Void.

New Avengers Volume 2: Sentry should also be applauded for shifting away from the usual good versus bad conflict to deliver a more introspective piece. Overall 4/5 Stars.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Simpson on 6 April 2006
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I'm a graphics novel addict. The avengers always held the edge for me over the Justice league. Now we have a new avengers with spiderman, daredevil and wolverine joining the ranks. Its should be amazing (the first novel was) but saddly it isn't. In this one the avengers are trying to help Sentry, a super hero who no one can remember, but whose subconscious reaches out to them for help. It turns out sentry may be the most powerful superhero of all time but someone has knobbled him. Now sentry's own powers fight against his re-emergence, and almost destroy the Avengers and other superheros as they try to help.
Its an ok novel. It had potentail. But its more psychological and sentry based than it is about the awesome powers and skills of the avengers. Don't get me wrong, they are there, they are good, but it feels like they are the subnote of the story and not its focus.
Buy book one, buy book three but skip this one
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. I. Maguire on 28 Mar 2006
Format: Hardcover
this story is very good with good plot and art. a must for any avengers fan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tale To Astonish! 28 Nov 2009
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The New Avengers: Sentry is seriously the most ambitious retcon I've ever seen. And I've seen a few attempted over the years that ended badly. Spider-Man clone, anyone? But this is also one of the best retcons I've ever seen. Perhaps the best.

In the first volume of The New Avengers, readers got introduced to Robert Reynolds, the Sentry, and evidently the most forgotten about hero since...well, ever! He was sitting in prison for murdering his wife. Only, as it turns out, his wife isn't dead at all and she's been wondering what's happened to him.

I like the way Bendis set up the character. Robert Reynolds instantly garners sympathy from the readers. The idea of someone wrongly incarcerated is a good one, even more so because Reynolds requested that he be kept locked away. Then when Emma Frost of the X-Men arrives and declares that Reynolds' s mind has been tampered with, the real puzzle sets in. I was hooked by the mystery as well as how they were going to extricate Sentry from the predicament he was in. The most powerful man on the planet was also the man who held the keys to his own prison cell.

Bendis does a lot to develop the back story of Sentry. Watching how all the other Marvel Comics intellectuals gather to try to figure out the enigma represented by Robert Reynolds's existence was terrific. I could actually see these guys coming together to brainstorm about what they knew and how best to handle the situation.

The art in this four issue arc is really good. Steve McNiven does an excellent job of laying out panels and illustrating the action. Mark Morales's inks make everything pop. One of the most enjoyable aspects about the art is the retro-style Marvel covers included in this graphic novel. Somehow that touch made the story all the more believable.

Although this graphic novel is shorter than the first one in the series, it has a very intense, very compelling story to tell. And it continues shaking out the threads of the other stories Bendis has to tell about his new cast of characters. The additional pages of this volume are filled with information about known super-villains. True Marvel Comics may already know most of the information and may not be inclined to read over the material, but I'd really encourage you to at least look at the notes Bendis has written in the voices of the various Avengers. Bendis is talented enough to even make filler material interesting.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Sentry's Backstory and the Introduction of the Illuminati 23 April 2006
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found the first volume of Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers to be above average, but not great. In my opinion, it was no Runaways or Astonishing X-Men, but it had its merits and from what I've heard about the series, I decided to continue. Fortunately, I found these next four issues to be vastly superior to the initial arc.

The first arc was the origin story of the New Avengers, and while I've read some killer origin stories, I found this one to be a little slower than I'd prefer. However, now that the second arc has begun, Bendis can immediately throw the Avengers into action and he has mysteries from Breakout to wrap up. After over 40 supervillains escaped from a maximum security prison, the Avengers are still trying to clean up the mess, and we see them deal with the Wrecker, one of the escaped villains (and a Runaways reference is thrown in, which always makes me happy). Meanwhile, Iron Man/Tony Stark brings up the possible problem of the Sentry to the Illuminati, which is a group of some of the most powerful, intelligent, and influential men in the Marvel universe. Sentry was in the prison as well, but he was there because he requested to be there. He is extremely powerful and claims to be a hero, but after the supposed death of his wife, he turned himself in.

The New Avengers, along with the Fantastic Four, the Astonishing X-Men, the Inhumans, and Dr. Strange, have to find out the root of Sentry's problems involving his problems and the source of his perceived insanity, especially when they learn his wife is alive. When the heroes learn that a comic book writer (who is a real-life comic book writer) chronicled the adventures of Sentry, a whole new set of questions are raised.

Overall, I really liked the Sentry arc. It did focus a little too much on Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew and Iron Man while ignoring most of the other New Avengers (Emma Frost was more integral to the plot than most of the rest of the Avengers team). The only other problem is that there are only four issues in this hardcover (plus a set of files detailing the 46 escaped criminals), but that that obviously isn't story-related. Still, this is a good read.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Great Follow Up to Volume 1: "Breakout", and a Great Introduction to a New Avenger! 3 Feb 2006
By John E. Dell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First off, the Sentry was actually created as a Gag, back in the summer of 2000-2001. Marvel Comics had Wizard Magazine publish a story and an interview with Stan Lee - he actually did it! - where Stan claimed that he had created a character known as the Sentry back before the Fantastic Four, SpiderMan, or any of the other silver age additions to the Mighty Marvel Masterwork Milieu. The reality is, Paul Jenkins and Joe Quesada dreamed up the Sentry, and decided to play a prank/publicity stunt on the comic's community. Long story short? It worked. This hardcover collects issues 7-10 of New Avengers, written by Brian Michael Bendis and pencilled by Steve McNiven. Inside, you will find - along with the story - plenty of goodies. The covers will be shown on the inside, as well as the hard to find alternates by classic Avengers Artists like Neal Adams, Sal Buscema, and John Romita, Sr. I strongly suggest picking this book up, it's a great read, and McNiven's art is a treat. Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good follow up to Vol. 1, ambitious ret-con 4 Feb 2014
By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 2004, Brian Michel Bendis took an Avengers book that was stale and more than a decade from good story-telling. His first story arc was Avengers: Disassembled. The Scarlet Witch went crazy and killed several members. The eventually subdued the Scarlet Witch, Magneto shows up and takes her away and the the team decides to disband.

A few months later there is a break-out at Rikers Island and dozens of villains escape. Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, Daredevil, Jessica Drew and Luke Cage all show up to put things in order. Steve Rogers decides that it was fate and he convinces Tony Stark to reboot the Avengers. Daredevil declines, but everyone else is in. They also happen upon a mysterious man known as The Sentry.

In this trade, there are a few interesting storylines:
(1) We see the first appearance of the Illuminati (the secret cabal of superhero leaders: Reed Richards, Xavier, Stark, Dr. Strange, Black Bolt and Namor) as they discuss the formation of the New Avengers & the existence of the Sentry
(2) Spiderman, Wolverine, Spiderwoman and Luke Cage track down the Wrecker. There is a great scene involving Spiderwoman's lesser-known powers at the conclusion of the battle
(3) Reed Richards and Iron Man spent a lot of time trying to figure out why no one remembers the Sentry

The dialogue is excellent and the characters interact well together. McNiven's art fits the story very well.

Looking back at Bendis's entire Avengers run, a few things become very clear:
(1) He is the definitive writer of a number of heroes:
(a) Daredevil - obviously...his early 2000's run on that book was incredible and built on the seminal work of Frank Miller the way no other writer was able to
(b) Spiderwoman - she was a 3rd rate hero in the 70's and forgotten by the 80's. Bendis brought her back and gave her a great story. His Spiderwoman solo books are also very good.
(c) Luke Cage - Bendis has made him an A-list Avenger and Marvel character
(d) Spiderman - Bendis does a great job with this universe's Spiderman, but his defining character in all of comics may be Ultimate Spiderman
(e) Reed Richards - The leader of the FF (and the smartest man in the Marvel Universe) makes a lot of appearances during the Bendis Avengers run, starting in this trade (he is also a star of "An Oral History," but more on that later). Bendis handles Reed better than any other writer I've come across. I'm very much looking forward to the day in 2019 when Marvel announces that Bendis is going to write the FF.

There are other characters that Bendis handles brilliantly, but I don't want to reveal them until they actually appear in this series.

Finally, a great companion piece to these Avenger books is Bendis's "An Oral History of the Avengers." He has the Avengers talk about their history (60's through 80's) in a reality tv confessional booth type of format. It's amazing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as good... 10 Nov 2006
By Mark A. Domeier - Published on Amazon.com
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This wasn't as good as the first volume of the New Avengers. The Sentry storyline was confusing and didn't seem to clear things up well at all. The villain entries at the back were informative and brought back a lot of memories from over the years, but was too much filler for my dollar.
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