Just snagged all 12 issues of the 2003/2004 Sentinel series on Comixology. This stuff’s been out of print for a decade and was only reprinted in a digest format. The digests Marvel published at the time had a cheaper newsprint-like paper and while that wasn’t really an issue on books like Runaways and Spider-Girl, both Sentinel and Araña had much lighter color schemes and looked worse in that format.
Also I’m buying this because it’s a quality book featuring an C-list character and I think those deserve support.
Hank: Juston…I’m not the kind of man who says empty words just to make people feel better. So when I tell you this, I mean it. You didn’t lose a machine today. You lost your best friend. And I will never forgive myself for failing to stop it. Pietro: Oh, spare me. I’m getting nauseated just listening to you all. Really, I had to do this for the sake of my own sanity. Juston: I-is that…? Pietro: Your sentinel’s central processing unit? Yes. Once I saw Emma levitating it, I switched it with a unit from one of our training robots. They’re quite similar. All faster than her eye could see, of course. And our defenses prevented her sensing my mind…remarkably, given the splitting headache your whining has given me. Juston: You…you’re a mutant. You must hate sentinels. And you still… Pietro: The heart wants what the heart wants, yours wants the sentinel…and mine wants quiet. Juston: I don’t know how to thank you. Any of you. Pietro: I do. keep your excessive displays of emotion to yourself–Ah. Oh, very well. I suppose I can stay a few moments longer.
Avengers Academy #33 by Christos Gage & Tim Green II
(Note: I don’t really acknowledge Slapstick and Ultragirl as New Warriors because it’s more like a retcon as they joined the team off-panel. Also, I don’t acknowledge the depowered mutants posing as New Warriors from Vol 4.)
- DEAD = Namorita (Namorita Prentiss), Turbo II (Mike Jeffries) Aegis (Trey Rollins), Bolt (Chris Bradley), Microbe (Zachary Smith Jr)
- IN LIMBO = Justice (Vance Astrovik), Speedball (Robbie Baldwin), Firestar (Angelica Jones), Silhouette (Silhouette Chord), Turbo (Michiko Musashi), Donyell Taylor as Bandit/Night Thrasher II, Alex Power, Helix, Timeslip (Rina Patel), Debrii (Deborah Fields), Hummingbird (Aracely Penalba), Sun Girl (Selah Burke), Haechi (Mark Sim), Water Snake (Faira Sar Namora)
- DEAD OR ALIVE = Darkhawk (Chris Powell), Rage (Elvin Haliday)
- BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE = Richard Rider as Nova (brought back to life but infected with Cancerverse virus in Jeff Loveness’ Nova comic), Dwayne Taylor as Night Thrasher (brought back to life in Contest of Champions but now, he’s in Limbo)
- TURNED EVIL =
Ben Reilly as Scarlet Spider (turned evil and became the new Jackal. Now he’s going to be in his newest Scarlet Spider series by Peter David)
- OTHER = Sam Alexander as Nova II (left the team for Avengers and then, Champions. Also, he doesn’t even acknowledge the New Warriors.), Carlton LaFroyge as Hindsight Lad (kicked out of New Warriors for good after he betrayed them by outing their secret identities to public), Kaine Parker as Scarlet Spider (Spider-Verse happened, formerly dead and now resurrected but slowly dying of Clone Degeneration Sickness. However, Kaine is still active as he’s hunting for Ben Reilly)
- IN LIMBO = Speed (Tommy Shepherd)
- ERASED FROM EXISTENCE = Elijah Bradley as Patriot (thanks to that rights issues, Eli Bradley will never be used by Marvel again)
- DEAD / DEACTIVATED = Vision II
- BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE = Cassie Lang
- TURNED EVIL = Iron Lad (the younger Nathaniel Richards)
- USED TO BE ACTIVE IN RECENT YEARS BUT NOW NO LONGER = Wiccan (Billy Kaplan), Hulkling (Teddy Altman)
- ACTIVE (but in different comic/team) = Noh-Varr, Miss America (America Chavez), young Loki Laufeyson, Kate Bishop, Prodigy (David Alleyne)
- IN LIMBO = Finesse (Jeanne Foucault), Striker (Brandon Sharpe), Hazmat (Jennifer Takeda), Lyra the Savage She-Hulk, Thunderstrike II (Kevin Masterson), Batwing (James Santini), Butterball (Emery Schaub), Turbo (Michiko Musashi), Ricochet (Johnny Gallo), Wiz Kid (Takashi Matsuya), Rocket Racer (Robert Farrell) , Machine Teen (Adam Aaronson), Loa (Alani Ryan), Fiona the NuHuman
- USED TO BE ACTIVE IN RECENT YEARS BUT NOW NO LONGER = White Tiger (Ava Ayala), Julie Power (left the team and only appeared in Civil War II: Choosing Sides comic with her siblings), Anya Corazon (used to appear in Web Warriors but now since the comic ended, she’s in limbo), Victor Alvarez
- ACTIVE (but in different comic/team) = Laura Kinney as X-23 / Wolverine
“I ship X-23 with Juston Seyfert. Why? Because she was created to be a weapon, and he became a hero because he saw potential in a weapon to be something else. Because they’re both motivated by guilt. Also she stood up for him against Emma Frost event though she hated the Sentinel. Plus I just think they’d look cute together.”
SYNOPSIS: Juston Seyfert is a fifteen year old boy from Wisconsin living near his father’s junkyard. His family isn’t that well off, and that has certainly affected Juston’s life - he doesn’t have a lot of friends or personal possessions, he’s bullied at school, and he’s forced to spend most of his free time building stuff from the junk he finds lying around in order to alleviate boredom. One day, his life changes completely when he finds a Sentinel - a giant robot built by the government to hunt mutants - in his own shed. Gradually, the two of them develop a weird friendship that transgresses boundaries. But, all things considered, can such a friendship even last?
“I consider Sean McKeever’s Sentinel to be one of the best written, that Marvel’s ever put out. Everything from the character of Juston Seyfert, to the supporting cast, to the setting everything seems to be incredibly well thought out. All the more unfortunate that the only reprints available are these cheap little digests and not a proper trade or on Comixology.”
So there are two awesome #1s in the month I’m on in my Marvel chronology read through. The first is Runaways, which is rad as hell because I haven’t reread it in forever. The second is Sentinel, which I’ve been meaning to read for forever. Although, not gonna lie, its… upsetting, to say the least, in this post-Avengers Arena world. I think I’m only going to grow to hate that series more as I become more familiar with the characters it killed off. Going into it I was only really familiar with the Runaways, who, as much as they were written wildly out of character, at least made it through alive. It’s really sad to read about Juston knowing what’s in store for him, and I’m sure when I eventually reach Avengers Academy it’ll just piss me off more.