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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Sentry's stupid anyway.

I haven't really blogged anything about the whole Sentry thing. Mostly because Ragnell said it better.

I've always been mixed about the Sentry personally, because I actually tend to like when people look back at previous eras of comics and even slot new folk in to fill gaps. But it always seemed a bit much the way they did the Sentry. He couldn't just have quietly fulfilled some role in the past, maybe had a team up with Spider-Man, maybe went drinking a few times with the Silver Surfer, he had to be all these BIG things and be so very important.

Isn't it a more interesting story to have had a hero be consistently and quietly heroic in the background all that time with no one really noticing? Or maybe it's just me and my fondness for the little guys.

I really like Erich's fix it theory though. It's a really cool thought and works with the little I actually understand of his powers. Moreover, it means the annoying stuff like Rogue losing her virginity's all in his head.

He probably cried during, anyway.

Though, it is kind of fun to think of more ways he could be important to the Marvel Universe. You know, ways that actually fit the fuck-up he seems to be:

He taught Magneto to be a good father.
He taught Scott Summers to not bottle up his emotions.
He taught Steve Rogers that he shouldn't feel guilty for Bucky's death.
He taught Ororo Munroe how to deal with her claustrophobia.
He taught Janet Van Dyne tasteful fashion design.
He taught Reed Richards to take time to stop and smell the roses.

And so on and so forth. I'm sure you can think of some yourself. :-)


  • At May 18, 2010 8:22 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

    He taught Tony Stark temperance.

    He taught Bruce Banner anger management.

  • At May 18, 2010 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He taught Doreen Green how to beat Thanos.

    He taugh MODOK to hold his head up high.

  • At May 18, 2010 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He taught James Howlett the joy of grooming

  • At May 18, 2010 12:09 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    He taught Scarlet Witch to hold on to her dreams.

  • At May 18, 2010 3:01 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    I have to admit, that Erich's idea is quite stunning.

    Maybe it's just because I always seem to like the second tier heroes the best, but being beaten over the head by the writers and being told all about how Bob was SO friggin' first reaction is to dig in my heels and say that "no, he's NOT!"

    If I want an ominipotent and all-powerful mysterious character flitting in and out of heroe's lives, I'll read about the Phantom Stranger. Who has a MUCH better sense of fashion.

  • At May 18, 2010 8:48 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Erich's idea reminds me of the "Superstar" episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", where a kid named Jonathan cast an "augmentation spell" that changed reality and retrofitted him as a key player in the world,leading Buffy and crew in slaying, even suggesting that he invented the internet. Even the opening credits changed to incorporate Jonathan.

    A better idea was what Your Obedient Serpent suggested: that the whole Sentry memorial story was Bob's fantasy of how his death would be regarded, and that he was having this fantasy just before he got killed, ala Twilight Zone's "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge".

  • At May 18, 2010 9:09 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Another good option. :-)

  • At May 19, 2010 12:35 AM, Blogger Seangreyson said…

    I said it somewhere else as well, but as terrible as the comic was (and the whole Rogue thing was baffling as well), Cyclops' contribution to the eulogy was brilliant.

    It was just so obvious that he didn't care and had something more important to do.

    Of course I think I would have preferred him to say: "So uh, yeah, it's a shame he's also a shame none of you came to visit when half our student body was killed a couple months ago."

  • At May 19, 2010 6:26 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    And now, your moment of Zen.

    Marvel was trying to push yesterday, May 19th, as a "release party" for Avengers #1, so we rearranged the store to bring Avengery merch out into prominence. In recent weeks, we've been bringing long-forgotten statues down from the high shelves ringing the store and from the glass cases in back, and putting them the front case that's right at the register, so they get some attention. We've done a Spider-Man Villains theme, and, of course, an Iron Man theme.

    On Monday night, I looked at the vacant spots in the Iron Man paraphernalia, and decided to fill them in with various Avengers statues tucked away in Statue Limbo. Various versions of Tony's tin tunics were joined by Hercules, Spider-Woman, Wonder Man, Ms. Marvel, and ... the Sentry.

    Some of them came from the Permanent Discount Display Cases, and I cut up some Post-It notes to put discrete tags on those figures, only visible to the person standing behind the counter: "From the 50% Off Shelf"; "From the 30% Off Shelf".

    I had one cut-up Post-It left, so I put it on The Sentry's back.

    It says, "Kick Me."

    (Verification word: "focxl", which is the front part of the boat.)

  • At May 19, 2010 6:35 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    Wait, TODAY is May 19th. It's my day off; I'm allowed to goof up.

    That said ... the Sentry taught Charles Xavier ethics.

    He taught J. Jonah Jameson how to keep an open mind.

    (And thank you for the kind words about the Owl Creek Bridge theory, folks.)

  • At May 20, 2010 3:52 PM, Blogger Erich said…

    Thanks for the kind words!


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