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411’s Comic Reviews: Batman #50, The Sentry #1, More

July 5, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Yesterday we asked, “Did DC Comics Ruin Batman #50?”

Now on with the show!

Dead Life #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Dead Life tells the story of Stephen, who unknowingly drinks from a cursed chalice that he finds in his grandparents’ attic – and unwittingly turns the world into an undead nightmare! Kicking off with an oversized issue, Statix Press’ Dead Life #1 is The Walking Dead meets Supernatural and features a stunning cover “A” by the legendary Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug)!

The Sentry #1

Review by RobF

What if the most powerful being in the Marvel U loses control. Bob Reynolds, known to you and I as the Sentry, enters a virtual world to the keep the deadly Void in check. But what if that world disappears? Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto explore the tragic enigma known as the Sentry.

Dr Strange has found a way to curb the awesome power that resides within Reynolds, but how do you suppress the boredom? The Sentry, one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel U, considered a god, is reduced to a short order cook. It’s a tough existence, but at least he has the tools to cope. Or does he? I am reminded by the “Serenity Now” episode of Seinfeld. You can only suppress your feelings for so long before you explode. Bob’s control is tenuous at best and when you add the pressure from his sidekick as well as the constant badgering from the ACD you can see failure looming.

Kim Jacinto’s art, while not my favorite, is appropriate for this issue. Reynolds has a weathered, haggard look which makes sense considering what he is going through. The one criticism I have is that there is no difference between the imaginary world of the Sentry and the real world of Reynolds. I would have thought the coloring or images would denote the shifts, but it’s not there. I think it’s a missed opportunity.

The similarly between Superman and the Sentry are there but while Superman is about control and clarity the Sentry represents the opposite. Jeff Lemire has brought his ‘A’ game to this title and Marvel has a hit on its hands.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Batman #50

Review by John Pumpernickel

Did DC do a disservice to Batman #50 by handing out the spoilers to mainstream media like wedding favors? Absolutely.

Is it still worth picking up? Yes but the story is so much better if you are some how free from spoilers.

The build up to the wedding between Catwoman and Batman has been a fun ride that took a good look at their history and the feelings they’ve had over the years. Good and bad, it’s always come down to them two understanding each other on multiple levels.

With any marriage, as the date gets close, doubts arise and this story plays out no differently.

Without spoiling anything, Batman #50 isn’t the finale but a chapter in Catwoman and Batman’s life together. In the world they live in it makes sense and is a nice reminder of what’s at stake and how well they know one another.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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