- You know how I'm sick and tired of this superhero shtick that I never deserved, right? It was nothing but a reminder of my own past, and I f****** hate remembering my f*****-up accident of a past, 'cause the truth is, I'm no longer that freak you're looking for, and believe me, I already was a freak to begin with... I just wanna be left alone, you people... Don't you have your own personal lives, too?
- -- Robert Reynolds
- -- Robert Reynolds
According to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s oldest archives, the alleged legend or myth of the Sentry has originated way back in the late 1950s, the discreet Project: Sentry was secretly formed by the joint American and Canadian government operation from the remnants of Project Rebirth in an attempt to create new Super Soldiers. They began to use the remaining blood samples of such super soldiers like Steve Rogers but the effects were not enough adequate nor unique. They once suggested to used the mutant's then-mysterious X-Genes to replicate the serum, but the superiors were mutant-phobic at the time, still seeing them as a possible factor for worse mutations and diseases, leading to the cancellation of the idea. In the end, however, they finally decided to use the cosmic radiation emitted by the mysterious Isotope-8, an extraterrestrial material and power source that releases different kinds of energy, as a baseline to enhance the serum.
Interestingly enough, Project: Sentry weren't the first ones to notice this strange material, and found themselves against the Soviet Union (secretly along with Hydra) and a young S.H.I.E.L.D., who were also trying to get it during the era of the Cold War. Despite this conflict to obtain Isotope-8, Project: Sentry were able to obtain enough samples of the isotope for the synthesis of the serum they desired to develop, before eventually forcibly losing most of it to other organizations. One fateful night, Robert "Bob" Reynolds, a supposedly recovering meth addict, desperately broke into the laboratory of Professor Cornelius Worth, the main scientist of Project: Sentry responsible for successfully developing and perfecting the Golden Sentry Serum, the finished product on the secretive program.
Fighting the War
Consuming the compound, Robert Reynolds gained the power of "a million exploding suns," as the surviving people who first witnessed it had described, including his best friend, love interest, and later fellow soldier, Billy Turner. This act accidentally killed his other friend, who was also a fellow recovering addict, and the lab's guards in the process. He then asked the Professor to make more for himself. Project: Sentry, appalled at what their irresponsibility had wrought, persuaded Reynolds to let them test his powers at their facility, but they could not contain him for long, nor curb his desire to use his powers for the greater good of all, and the Sentry debuted before a world that has yet to be accepting the existence of superheroes other than the legendary and presumed deceased Captain America. After unexpectedly trouncing a group of Russian terrorists and preventing them from bombing a local mall, Reynolds finally agreed to return working with Project: Sentry so they could help understand his new superhuman condition ever further and upon his agreement, had the organization craft together a suit of armor for him, despite being unnecessary due to his mighty powers, and made his debut as the legendary heroic figure of the Cold War known as the Sentry.
From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, the Sentry had a lot of action in Soviet territory, constantly moving around the world due to the ongoing conflict of the Cold War. The arrival of the Void, a shadowy monster that exploited its enemy's greatest fears, ended the Sentry's charmed life as an operative and war hero. In reality the Void was Reynolds' own repressed persona, powered by the Sentry's own powers. At some point during a mission in Russia, Soviet soldiers (who were also secretly Hydra operatives) had temporarily stunned Reynolds and brought him to Johann Fennhoff, who implanted a "mental virus" in the Sentry's mind using the irresistible Faustus method. This virus, something that would eventually be dubbed as the "Void", created delusions that if the Sentry used his powers, a devil would appear, intent on destroying the world. The Void would have nearly driven Sentry to murder over one hundreds of thousands of people across Russia at that moment, only to be prevented by his own unrequited love, best friend, and war sidekick, Billy Turner, after the latter unfortunately sacrificed his own life to revert back his own friend to his normal state.
Even cosmic threat of the Sentry being possessed by the Void persona were one of the major factors that sparked the historical Cuban Missile Crisis, unbeknownst to most historians and participants during the long war. Consumed by guilt for being unable to control his powers, which have gotten his own friend killed in his hands, a grieving Reynolds left Project: Sentry and subsequently disappeared from the face of the Earth altogether, leaving his whereabouts unknown for the next following decades, or so most who have heard have been told about what supposedly happened.
A Redacted Legacy
Unbeknownst to everyone, Robert actually sacrificed himself by selflessly stopping a series of Soviet missiles en-route to the United States, forcibly dragging them until he and the missiles reached the Earth's orbit, saving the lives of millions in the United States. In order to stop the active missiles, Reynolds used most of his utmost superhuman strength and stamina to drag the missiles and though the mission was successful, Reynolds was lost somewhere. In response to his M.I.A. status, Project: Sentry decided to assume Reynolds to have died, blindly believing that no one (not even a superhuman as powerful as him) could have survived a powerful blast (comparing it to explosions consisting of hundred nuclear bombs), despite Professor Cornelius Worth's optimistic and slightly-accurate theory that he might still be out there, alive but not well. With his presumed death, his existence was also basically erased, having all his documents redacted under the orders of the very joint American and Canadian government operation who sanctioned the Sentry program to begin with, before shutting down, deciding that they deemed Project: Sentry as another failed attempt to resurrect Project: Rebirth.
The Dark Avengers
Fast forward more than fifty years into the present of the late 2010s, H.A.M.M.E.R. (S.H.I.E.L.D. re-branded) director Norman Osborn began to search for the through S.H.I.E.L.D.'s archives on the Sentry. After weeks of searching, Osborn himself personally visited Reynolds in his apartment somewhere in Manhattan, shortly after the Secret Invasion. Hoping to meet he man that was once the legendary Sentry, he met Bob Reynolds, a slouched posture, almost obese, physically middle-aged man who simply moved on from his accidentally heroic past. Osborn deceived Bob by taking advantaged over his reoccurring mental health problems, and convinced him that there was no "inner demon" inside him, that there was no Void, that he had created it by denying his own mistake. Osborn offered to help Bob of returning a life of becoming a superhero once more by joining his new roster of Avengers.
Assuring his promise of a paradise-like, publicly heroic life, H.A.M.M.E.R. gave him a formula which reignited his powers once more, at the cost of his own addiction resurfacing since he kept taking in the very substance despite already getting his powers back and his body's shape to the way it "perfectly" was, something which Osborn had been monitoring in secret. As Reynolds got a new place within the rooms of the H.A.M.M.E.R. headquarters, he partook in the first announcement that debuted the new Avengers, publicly revealing himself as the Sentry for the very first time. Along with it, Sentry would also decided to use the opportunity to come out to the public as a homosexual, since his whole life he was mostly being oppressed by his former peers (who are now mostly senile or deceased) for being mostly attracted to the same gender. Being one of the only sexual minority superheroes there was, his public confession mostly received public support.
During the Dark Avengers' first official assemblies by H.A.M.M.E.R., they were called by the government to deal with different threats, including the likes of other notorious villains, from the aggressive and bloodthirsty mysterious mutates from the Savage Land to the powerful interdimensional warlock from an alternate reality known as Mysterium, along with intentionally framing most heroes as dangerous criminals and fugitives of the country, so only he and his enforcers would be left to "protect" the innocent ones from other evil forces. Despite noticing how his team had slowly revealed its rogue and unhinged nature and intentions, the conflicted Sentry nevertheless slowly descended and succumbed into the will of his inner "Void" as he keeps on being deceived by Osborn and his allies through his unstable mental state and broken emotions.
The idea of the Dark Avenger's replacement role over the Avengers was thankfully and eventually prevented by the new reformed and secret incarnation of the Avengers even before it was meant to happen, dismantling H.A.M.M.E.R. and reabsorbing its faction back to S.H.I.E.L.D. once again, returning Jeffrey Mace's position as secret co-directors along with Phil Coulson, which extremely enrages a now-fugitive Osborn and causes him and his Dark Avengers to rely on his back-up plan, the Siege of Asgard.
Siege of Asgard
After knowing that he had Thor Odinson's D.N.A. and several memories from his genetic template's past, the Dark Avenger Ragnarok manages to remember, track, and even find the location of the portal leading to the realm Asgard due to the Cabal's orders. Noh-Varr, however came to realized Osborn's insane personality and his worst intentions, causing for the anti-hero to secretly betray the Dark Avengers and warn the heroes about his teammates next scheme, even knowing the risks that it would possibly get him arrested in the end for joining the team in the first place. He, alongside the Dark Avengers and the Cabal led by the two-faced Iron Patriot, finally extracted their plan to breach, assault and invade Asgard before the Avengers and the other heroes could arrive at the scene even stop their evil scheme at invading the great Asgardian haven.
As his diabolical forces extremely battle with the Asgardians with the imbued cosmic power of their former villain Mysterium, the Olympian Ares eventually sees the error in Norman's ways and turns against him. He orders Sentry to attack Ares and he brutally paralyzes Ares during their brief stand-off. To help the gods, the Avengers along with some of the other heroes came arriving to attack Norman and the Dark Avengers to prevent the ultimate destruction of the city of the deities. As the Avengers was close into beating Osborn's forces, he begins to lose all his sanity and manipulated the Sentry to destroy half the portion of the Asgardian city, transforming him into the Void, his inner demon, as the heroes look on in horror as they have to fight the awakened monster.
Although the Void's rage had recklessly wreaked havoc across the realm of the gods, the monstrous entity and were still defeated in the very finale, only to cost of several casualties, including Loki himself, along with the half of the city's destruction at the hands of Osborn. Despite his apparent death, Reynolds was able to survive the face of death due to his accelerated healing factor keeping his burnt body as alive as it possibly could, in which his body was found by former H.A.M.M.E.R. assistance director Victoria Hand and subsequently handed over to S.H.I.E.L.D. in secret, after the agency's return under Coulson's righteous direction.
After the unexpected arrival of an interdimensional anomaly, which was a monstrous galaxy-consuming multiversal entity known as the Null the Living Darkness, the Earth's mightiest heroes were obligated to team up with the heroic visitors from another reality, the same reality where the latter seemingly had originally come from. On a side note, this would also be the first time this reality had first encountered strangers from another reality, along with the proper introduction of the multiverse, acknowledging worlds beyond their own. During this event, Bob was revealed to have physically recovered from his injuries and was found to be taking weekly rehabilitative sessions by Lindy Lee, a freelance psychiatrist and therapist who was hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. inside his temporary quarters at the Triskelion. Strangely yet wonderfully enough, the two developed a spark of intimacy, even though such instance is considered unethical and unprofessional for a therapist and client, and not to mention, Bob's orientation as a homosexual most of his life.
By the climactic finale of their journey on facing their first multiversal threat, the Sentry, S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and the Squadron Supreme took their stand at the former Project Pegasus headquarters in Wyoming to confront and exile Null out of to prevent it from consuming other universes, including their own. In the end, the heroes of both worlds were able to banish the Living Darkness into the unknown abyss of the multiverse, thanks to the Sentry's Void who dragged Null into the abyss where they intended to send it for the next millions of years, finally releasing his "inner demon," along with his lethal and uncontrollable superpowers for his own good. In the midst of the heroes' victory, Bob found his own just as well, finally letting go of his Sentry persona and leaving his painful past behind in order to live a normal life as Bob Reynolds, spending his time living with Lindy Lee, whom he grew fond of intimately, exploring and travelling across the world to "seize the moment" as a part of his and his former lover, Billy Turner's bucket list.
Powers and Abilities
None. After releasing most of full potential in battling against the multiversal threat that was Null the Living Darkness as the Sentry, Bob Reynolds was finally reverted back into his ordinary human form after the Void completely left his mind and body, revealing that his "inner demon" was an essential factor in keeping his system intact and functioning as it takes in the powerful yet lethal enhancements of the Golden Sentry Serum.
Chemically Enhanced Physiology: The Sentry's superhuman powers and abilities mainly derive from Golden Sentry Serum, which itself was created from samples of Isotope-8. The experimental serum creates a phase-shift in his molecules, causing the Reynolds to become partially out of sync with normal reality as he transforms into his superpowered self, the Sentry. The serum induces a photosynthetic reaction, resulting in a hyper-state of consciousness. Though most of his powers and their limits are still unknown, the Sentry has been said to have the power of a million exploding suns, with Cornelius Worth even comparing his godly power to be on par with the alternate reality Eternal that was Zor-Ran, the superhero known as Hyperion. He was stated to be an Omega-Level Threat by the Nova Corps, and Nick Fury's intel hypothetically classified him as Power Level 10 or even higher.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Class 5 (as Reynolds)
- Class 100+ (as The Sentry)
- Class 166+ (as The Void)
- Mental Illness (recovering)
- Drug Addiction (recovering)
- Former Weaknesses (As Sentry):
- The Void
- Psychic Assault
- Lack of Control
- Negative Zone
Equipment: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Tales to Astonish Vol 1 20
- Bob has been gay most of his life, albeit closeted during his adulthood until the 1960s, in which he finally came out of the closet by the time he publicly debuted as the Sentry during present day, something that mostly received public support. However, meeting Lindy Lee made him feel a spark of romance on the opposite gender for the first time, though he never felt any sexual attraction despite being strongly infatuated with her, thus suggesting Bob's sexual orientation, by far, as a biromantic homosexual.
- Appearances of Robert Reynolds (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: Robert Reynolds (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by Robert Reynolds (Earth-61615)
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