Comics : New Avengers #8

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This story is part of an Arc: "The Sentry"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

This review was first published on: 2005.

Background...

Last time in the New Avengers... part of our heroic team has tracked down and cornered the Wrecker, an escaped super villain, meanwhile Ironman and Captain America have confronted Robert Reynolds, the mysterious Sentry. Can the combined might of the Avengers overcome a villain with the power of the God? Can Ironman and Captain America discover the truth of the Sentry?

And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat! On that day, the Avengers were born - to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!

In Detail...

New Avengers #8
Aug 2005 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man & Spider-Woman Appear
Arc: Part 2 of "The Sentry"
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis
Artist:  Sal Buscema (Pages 1-3)
Pencils:  Steve McNiven
Inker:  Mark Morales
Cover Art:  David Finch
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 Reprinted In: Marvel Heroes Flip Magazine #8
 Reprinted In: New Avengers #8 (Hasbro Promo)

First we return to the cave in the Nevada Desert where Ironman and Cap are showing Robert Reynolds the only evidence of a Sentry that exists anywhere in the world, a stack of comic books.

Then we're shuttled across the country to Long Island where the remaining Avengers are in an all out brawl with the Wrecker. As Wolverine tumbles down a city block he flashes back to the previous week when Tony Stark invited him to join the Avengers because he could go to a place the other Avengers couldn't when it comes down to doing the dirty work. Picking himself up off the ground it would appear that Logan just might come to regret his decision to throw in with the new super hero group. Back at the action Spider-woman manages to keep the Wrecker distracted with a little pheromone induced attraction until Wolverine gets back on the scene and treats the Wrecker to one heck of a paper cut. After that it's pretty much just mop-up with the gang putting one heck of a hurting on the ol' Wrecker.

Back with Ironman and the Cap the Sentry disappears in a brilliant flash only to reappear in a comfy sofa in the middle of suburbia. No sooner does he start into a little mid-day siesta than Emma Frost shows up on his TV and tells him, rather cryptically, that it's time to go outside. When he does he stands before the steely gazes of a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike force, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Inhumans, and the New Avengers!

In General...

This issue moved pretty fast but lacked in action. The Wrecker really didn't stand much of a chance once Spider-woman got a hold of him, after all the guy's been in prison a long time!

The real question here is who is this Sentry? One way or the other he must be some sort of trouble to have all that fire power lined up against him. The real concern is if the Sentry requires this kind of a line-up to keep him in check what's it gonna take to overcome the Void that he seems to be so afraid of?

One thing that I'm glad to see is that the Avengers have really moved in to the new century. They've got a real grit to them that was lacking before and with the addition of Wolverine the Avengers are going to be able to go to a whole new level when it hits the fan! As a team the Avengers are really starting to come together and mesh.

Overall Rating...

Another okay issue, definitely a suspense builder. The results should be really interesting!