I did, in fact, have to type that. Because when the issue comes out or the storyline resolves, I am nearly 100% certain (and I would like to be wrong) this will be another iteration of the Sentry getting used to prop up Thor, who doesn't really need the propping up. And a whole -lot- of crap has been thrown at the Sentry by a *lot* of Thor fans on this very forum, who hate him for 'displacing' Thor and how he hasn't 'paid his dues'. I have a feeling this will be a battle in which Thor will smoosh the Sentry, and Thor fans will go 'HAW HAW HAW'. It will likely do very little for the Sentry -- a character held in low regard by many -- and I doubt anything significant will come of it for the character except getting killed again.
I just wanted to bump this. I -really- feel this. The treatment of the Sentry (going from a complicated hero who was struggling with anxiety and schziohprenia) to the offensively bad caricature we later received will *always* burn me. IT was just awful.
I am wondering about this resurrection as well. I mean, for god's sake. His body was -thrown into the sun-. How he was brought back and made into a Horseman of the Apoclapyse. A little part of me hopes that the character will come out the better for this use, but I doubt it. I really, really doubt it.
One of the reasons that the Sentry remains such a good character Is that the guy can be dead for three or four years and *still* generate lots of discussion and emotion.
And yes, alcoholism was important to the character. -Addiction- was important to the character. Anxiety was important because it made him the all powerful hero who -couldn't leave his house- without needing to be so powerful as to practically be a God amongst mere mortals and to have near total control over his environment.
There's a -lot- of reasons. Much has to do with the Bendis characterization of him (more caricature than character, in my view), the ever-evolving powerset, a general feeling that he was 'rammed down people's throats', a feeling that he was 'displacing' more standard characters (Hulk, Thor) a notion that he hadn't 'paid his dues', (which is abusrd when talk about fictional characters), that he was a 'mary sue', etc. Then there was all the talk about how amazingly powerful he was when he was always the first to get thrown out of a fight (this, I think, is simply the result of Bendis not knowing how to handle heavy-hitter characters.)
There's also the simple fact that he was used to poke fans right in the eye sometimes.