Hello true believers and Golden Guardians of Good!
WHAT THIS IS
This Frequently Asked Questions series is all about Robert Reynolds also known as The Sentry and sometimes even as the Void. It exists to clear up some of the confusion regarding the Sentry. It is dedicated to the following people:
- Robert "Sentry / Void" Reynolds himself,
- his creator and overall amazing writer Paul Jenkins,
- Brian Michael Bendis, the writer who decided to bring the Sentry into the Marvel continuity,
- Rick Remender, who decided to bring the character back,
- all the writers who ever wrote on the Sentry,
- and ultimately all of the Sentry fans out there!
WHAT THIS IS NOT
This is NOT final, set-in-stone information. All of this is subject to change, especially considering the fact that this has been written one week before the Sentry returned to the Marvel universe. We don't know how the take of the new writer Rick Remender will be on the Sentry.
This is also NOT the biased take of a crazy Sentry fanboy on the character. My only goal is to clarify some stuff with as much backed up information as possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Sentry's origin?
Are Void and Sentry separate entities?
Does Sentry have molecule manipulation?
Just how powerful is Sentry?
Did Thor defeat the Void?
Is Void the Angel of Death? [PROFANITY WARNING]
Is Sentry a Superman ripoff?
How can Sentry become a better character?
WHAT THIS SPECIFIC PART IS ALL ABOUT
All it took was one final strike by Thor and the Void was gone. Everything that happened before tends to be ignored by many comic book readers and that is a pity.
Let me tell you right now: Thor never defeated Void. If you don't like what you just read, better stop reading right now, since the rest of the post is there to explain why Thor loses that fight most of the time.
LET'S START WITH THE BATTLE
As I've already said it ... Thor never defeated the Void, BUT ... to be fair, he did kill the Void. Obviously most of the people who argue for the Sentry will immediately tell you that Thor was only able to kill the Void, because Robert Reynolds wanted to die. And that is correct.
We will cover all of that up later on, but before we start, let's concentrate on something less important: the non-canon battles between these two powerhouses.
Thor and Sentry faced each other three times. Obviously they ended up fighting each other every single time. The first and the third fight happened in non-canon comics. To be exact, it happened in What If's.
But should we use these What If's as something to judge how the outcome of the fight would be? Well, we don't have to do that, especially since the canon-fight already had a clear winner, but just like in the prior FAQ threads ... this is now to dive deeper into the Sentry lore, so let's start!
Their first encounter took place during "What If? Secret Invasion", where the Skrulls were on Earth and since Sentry was on Osborns side he had to fight against the Avengers. Against Thor to be more exact.
The entire fight didn't last very long, which is usual for comic books as we all know, but it was still a fairly decent fight for comic book standards.
This is basically how the fight went: Sentry attacked Thor ... and this is now pretty pathetic, since we (I) have to count punches to make a statement, but there is no other way ...
Sentry hit Thor twice and then got attacked by Thor. After Thors attack Sentry immediately grabbed his arm, held him, kneed him, started attacking him with super speeded punches and punched him to the ground. Moonstone told him to destroy a weapon and while Sentry did so Thor attacked him from behind. Sentry immediately responded with a punch, got punched by Thor afterwards and got his neck broken.
It is only fair to say that Thor won that battle by actually killing the Sentry, but at the same time you have to acknowledge the speed advantage Sentry had over Thor, possibly even the strenght advantage by punching Thor that far away. Additionally to that you have Thor attacking the Sentry from behind, which is not very brave, but then again - it's a fight and Thor thinks like a warrior. But more important is the fact that even Thor states that the Sentry has the potential to be the greatest hero among them all, because of his power.
On top of that in continuity Sentry can resurrect himself, so the broken neck wouldn't have stopped him.
But as I said it: It's only fair to say that Thor killed the Sentry in that particular What If Story.
Now let's skip to their third encounter, which took place during "What If? Osborn Won Siege", which is - just like the prior comic not canon to the regular comics, but it's an indicator. It's how the writer saw the characters.
During that specific "What If" the story is that Sentry had time to rest after killing Ares, since he did it earlier. So he did not go weakened into the battle and was at the peak of his powers, which gave him the strenght to easily kill his opponents, even Thor.
I'll post just one page, since that's basically all it took the Sentry to kill Thor. And it was actually Sentry and not even the Void (but that doesn't matter anyway and we will cover that up in a different FAQ).
One attack and Thor, who was swinging Mjolnir was swinging no more. But then again, it was a What If and therefore it does not count. So let's finally go to the canon battle.
They faced in canon comics and that was during the Siege of Asgard, where their second encounter took place.
The Dark Avengers invaded Asgard and you saw Sentry speedblitzing Balder and Heimdall (at least I think he also attacked Heimdall. Not sure right now).
Thor arrived later on and attacked Osborn, but Sentry was there to attack and fly him outside of Asgard. Thor attacked Sentry and smacked him away only to get attacked by the Dark Avengers afterwards. Later on Sentry (who started to Void out) appeared back again and attacked Thor and ... oh boy, that fight was pretty one-sided. Thor was not able to deal any significant damage to Void-Sentry.
The argument can be made that Void managed to harm Sentry's outer form and make the Void leak out, but it's up to you to decide how much sense that makes and if it's relevant at all, since we're talking about a shapeshifter here and not a vessel.
However, the battle continued and I want you to pay attention at the upcoming panels. What you see there is the Void-Sentry squeezing the juice out of Thor's puffed up, bleeding face. It's obvious that Thor doesn't feel very comfortable in that position and that he can't do all too much against it. Osborn calls the Void-Sentry off. He orders him to destroy Asgard, something Thor would obviously want to prevent, right? But what happens then? Void-Sentry bullrushes through Asgard, while Thor doesn't even manage to throw Mjolnir. He doesn't even finish raising his hand. The speed difference between the two is THAT dramatic. Everything Thor is able to do is to watch while Void-Sentry destroys Asgard and to say: "No..."
Know this: I don't have any pleasure in dissecting that "fight" and showing you how much weaker Thor was than Sentry. I don't care about the difference between them. What I care about is the fact that there is a character, who is more powerful than a different character and he has the right to be so, since that's what the creators of that universe wanted. We will never like everything comic book writers throw at us, but we have to accept that they have their own vision and they're the ones who create these universes. Comics are art. It's their art and you can't disrespect their art, even if you're not a fan of it. If you're not a fan, then simply don't buy it. That's what worked back then, that's what works right now and that's what will work in the future.
Back to topic... After Asgard's destruction Void-Sentry finally became the Void.
Now we have the Void and some people who say that Thor defeated this guy... Well, let's continue with the dissection of the events of the Siege.
Void's first action was to attack everyone on the battlefield at once using his tentacles. Thor was immediately affected. No amount of durability, invulnerability or insane healing abilities are going to help you, when the Void attacks you, since he attacks with empathy, which puts you in a world of despair and pain.
Loki saw what was happening on the battlefield. He was terrified by Void's power and decided to use his Norn stones to empower the heroes. You see the heroes standing up, they're healed and they all talk about a power upgrade and more importantly NEW powers.
You see all of them attacking and even Captain America cuts with his shield through the Void like through butter. And Captain America is actually someone who spent some high quality time under the foot of the Void at the beginning of the New Avengers. But even the weakest on the battlefield is able to cause heavy damage to the Void. Thor obviously is greatly empowered as well and hits the Void with thunder we haven't seen so far from him.
At this point I would like to point out that the Norn stones turned The Hood into a reality warper. They're THAT powerful. Some users on Comicvine thought that Sentry and Void were vulnerable to magic, but that's not the case. They're not vulnerable to magic at all. Void even ignored a direct hit from the Norn stones themselves and killed Loki afterwards, while Thor was once again too slow to intervene and on Comicvine speed is always an important factor in fights (ask the Hulk fans).
The Norn stone upgrade was gone (once again mentioned by the heroes) and Iron Man turned the Helicarrier into a giant bullet to weaken the Void further, who then transformed back to Robert Reynolds, who didn't know what was happening (something very interesting and it will be covered in a different FAQ).
When Robert Reynolds realized what he had done to the area around him, he knew that it had to stop. He asked the Avengers to kill him and even, when the Void started taking over Robert was still the one in control, since you could see the Void screaming: "KILL ME!" ...
Robert held the Void back, so that even a weaker being would be able to kill him. No disrespect to Thor and especially not to the fans of Thor, but Sentry was supposed to be the more powerful being and everyone should respect that decision.
This is also what the writer of Siege (and many of the prior Sentry comics / moments) had to say on that topic:
CBR NEWS: In this scene, Thor finally ends the threat of the Void AKA Bob Reynolds by killing him. It seems like when you consider the Void's power level, the only way this could have happened was because the Void wanted to die.
Brian Michael Bendis: I see there is a lot of online speculation about that, and I thought it was pretty clear. I don't like to over analyze these things. I prefer the work to speak for itself [...] Bob realized that things had gone as far as they could possibly go. There was no other end for him and without his cooperation he doesn't go away. I just didn't want to have a line in the script where someone like Spider-Woman goes, "Boy, if he didn't want us to kill him, we couldn't have killed him." I see a lot of people got it, though.
Besides that we've seen Thor facing the Void once before. It happened in the very first Sentry comic, where flashback has shown a glimpse of Sentry's past, since his memories were coming back.
There we saw the Void attacking the Avengers and rendering them helpless. In the next moment Sentry arrived and attacked the Void.
So Thor never really defeated the Void, but he was the one who killed him, when Robert decided to die and never return... Well, never return until now, since it looks like the Apocalypse Twins don't care about his decision, right? We will have to wait and see what happens next. The rematch will happen and there is always a chance that the new writer has a new take on it and Thor defeats the Sentry in a fight in the long run...
As for now by the end of "Uncanny Avengers #10" Sentry seems to be having a massive power advantage over Thor.
Keep in mind that this does not have much to do with Thor versus Void, since Sentry does not seem to have the Void inside of him anymore. But he does have the Death Seed instead, which gives him a power upgrade.
This is what you need to look out for during the following brief encounter:
1) Wolverine hears a sonic boom hundreds of miles away, but by the time he registers it, it's already too late and Sentry is there to grab Thor and fly away with him, while telepathically speaking to him.
2) The narrator says that the Sentry is the most powerful being Wolverine ever met and Wolverine certainly met Thor.
3) Sentry flies so fast that he bends time and space and completely overwhelms Thor, who is not able to handle the velocity, even though we saw him flying much faster than the speed of light before, even traveling lightyears in a matter of moments.
4) Judging by the context it takes Sentry probably not more than a minute to travel many lightyears, since at the same time we only see Wolverine falling to the ground, rolling few meters and getting eaten by a gigantic worm.
5) Sentry physically overpowers Thor, who can't break the grip, even though Sentry is using just one hand. (Context wise it can be assumed that Thor was still weakened from the flight, or that the gamma lava weakened him somehow, since it was mentioned Sentry would use it to ensure Thor - Sentry however was immune to the side-effects of the velocity and the gamma lava).
6) Sentry punches Thor through a part of the city and it is stated that the impact is felt across the entire planet, which has 19 billion resident creatures.
(Once again, keep the context in mind, which states that the planet inhabits 19 billion creatures and not residents, which means that the planet might be not that big).
I hope to see more of that in "Uncanny Avengers #11" ;-)
And that was the answer to the question on the topic about "Thor VS Sentry / Void".
I hope that this thread clears up some stuff. If you have any questions, then please go ahead and ask!
If you have a problem with my take on the battles, that's perfectly fine! Everyone is entitled to his / her own opinion. If you have a different take on it, feel free to share it with everyone!
PS: If you find any grammar mistakes or typos, keep them for yourself! English is not my native language. In fact I "main" two other languages, but my English is getting better every day and I hope that you were able to understand everything so far!