New Avengers #7

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Steve McNiven Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 13, 2005 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 7
7.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

THE SENTRY PART 1 The mysteries and tragedies of the Sentry come to the forefront as the New Avengers come to his aid. Who is behind the Sentry's tragic life? You have to read to believe it!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 29, 2005

    I'm a big fan of Steve McNiven's work, as he brings a level of detail to the page that is only surpassed by a handful of artists (George Prez, Bryan Hitch, Phil Jimenez), and Steve McNiven proves to be more than their equal when it comes to his ability to clearly convey the story. I mean there's a great little sequence in this issue where we see a number of characters have gathered together for a secret meeting and the art does a lovely job of conveying the personalities of the characters gathered, from Namor's continual scowl, to Reed's half-distracted state. The big battle that this issue offers up is also nicely presented, as there's several solid impact moments, from the pair of scenes where Cage is sent crashing into various vehicles, to the great visual moment where we see Spider-Woman comes to realize that she's the only one left standing in the path of the villain. We also get a nice team shot of the New Avengers on the cover, though I have to say my eye was drawn to the myste Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Gary Milson Jul 28, 2005

    The only thing that brings this issue down is that it really is a set-up. This is the opening for a broader arc, and we are left with a tantalising cliff-hanger ending. The story is only just starting, and we are waiting for the big payoff that didn't really materialise in "Breakout." But standing as a part of a bigger arc, it promises great things to come. A great issue with comedy, action and great art, it is cleverly written and carries on a generally successful run for New Avengers. Long may it continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Josh Green Jul 18, 2005

    The last section of the book is the anticipated primary focus of the storyline. It actually sheds a little light on The Sentrys participation in the previous arc. The ending of this book is both shocking and ridiculous. It offers a significant clue to the Sentrys origin, but adds even more confusion than there was previously. I have no idea where Bendis is going, but I certainly am curious. I see the potential with the Sentry. I just hope he does not end up as being a mere Superman rip-off. Overall this storyline is off to a great start, and I cannot wait for part 2! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Jul 15, 2005

    Indeed, this final coda is perhaps the most exciting part of the issue, and left me feeling an odd mixture of thrilled and challenged when I put the book down. Bendis makes a complete departure from how I imagined the Sentry would be dealt with in this series, and as he does so, he opens up a huge can of worms which I cant wait to see explored next issue. Its a daring, postmodern concept, and without wanting to give too much away it reminded me very much of a Charlie Kaufman (he of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation fame) -esque script idea. A lot will rest on how well Bendis follows up this highly unexpected approach to the Sentrys character and history, but Im really keen to see how he plays it. If nothing else, it adds a real jeopardy and uncertainty to the godlike status of the character, making him much more interesting as a result. In a manner similar to Mark Millars recent is-he-or-isnt-he treatment of Thor in The Ultimates, Bendis has turned the Sentry concept on it Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Jul 19, 2005

    All in all, this is a bit of a step down in quality from recent issues, but the flaws arent fatal by any means. Assuming that Bendis can pull off a risky storytelling technique in future issues, this should be a very interesting storyline, but this opening chapter is something of a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jul 21, 2005

    Cinematography: McNiven sets up battle scenes with clarity, but hes no better or more suited to the material than Finch, and I really cant see the need for the switch. Good cliffhanger, though, so things might pick up. Read Full Review

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