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Sentinel #10

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Sean McKeever
Artists: UDON's Vriens, Heilig, Hepburn & Vedder

Publisher: Marvel

Plot:
With his brother in the hospital, we see Juston is beginning to seriously question if he really needs the additional pressure of a suddenly uncooperative killer robot in his life. To make matters worse when he goes to the lake later that night to contact his Sentinel he discovers the CSA agents have converged on the scene, and while the Sentinel has sought refuge back at the work-shed, Juston can't help but feel things are moving beyond his ability to control.

Comments:
The news that this book is slated to end with its twelfth issue is a bit disappointing as after Sean McKeever made such a considerable effort to set up the book's premise, and flesh out its cast it's sad to see the book is only being afforded a couple adventures. Now given this book was centered around a complete unknown, and the only really connection this book had to the Marvel Universe was a Sentinel I guess it's to be expected that this book never found the audience it deserved, and I'm not going to vent my frustration at Marvel, as it did take a chance on the book, and gave it enough issues to build a fan-base. As it stands I guess my enjoyment of these final issues will depend on how well Sean McKeever wraps it all up in the issues he has left, and this first chapter does benefit somewhat from the sense that this is the final arc, as things look to be spiraling out of control, and given it's the final arc there's every possibility that this may end badly. The Sentinel certainly looks to be on the verge of reverting to its mutant hunter status, and while I think the cliffhanger ending might be a bit of a false surprise, the simple fact that this is the final arc means I can't be certain that Sean McKeever hasn't already decided to play this card. As for the non-Sentinel material, it's a bit predictable, but it's still a pretty engaging bit of drama, as Juston finds himself in the middle of a love triangle, while his younger brother lies in the hospital.

As for the art, the UDON Studios continue to offer up a style the lends itself exceptionally well to the material, as there's two separate moods in this story. First there's the rather serious minded material that revolves around the Sentinel, and the scene where Juston attempts to hold a conversation with the unresponsive Sentinel did a wonderful job capturing the rather ominous nature of the robot. The sequence where Juston is attempting to bluff his way past the CSA agent was also nicely done, as Juston's nervous state is nicely contrasted by the friendly nature of the lead agent, who looks to be asking all the right questions to have one suspecting he knows Juston is linked to the Sentinel. The art also does some solid work capturing the more lighthearted material that involves Juston and the fact that he has two girls competing for his affections.

Final Word:
This is probably the most engaging issue this series has offered up thus far as Sean McKeever offers a fairly busy chapter, and there's a fair bit of plot advancement to take in. I mean the Sentinel looks to be on the verge of becoming a mutant hunting machine beyond Juston's ability to control, and if I had to guess I imagine Chris mysterious malady is an emerging mutant ability, which will bring Juston into direct conflict with the creature. It's also nice to see the CSA Agents are being presented as fairly effective in their pursuit of the Sentinel, even if their effectiveness is largely due to the rather silly oversight that Juston didn't realize that the Sentinel's footprints are pretty hard to miss, and ridiculously easy to follow. Still, having the lead CSA agent so quick to seemingly put two and two together when it comes to Juston's connection to the Sentinel was an unexpected development, and I can't wait to see how this scene plays out in the next issue. The scenes that center around Juston's personal life aren't nearly as engaging as the Sentinel material, but they made for a cute diversion.



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