Now some of you are going to call me "salty", claim I am wanking or that I am acting like a crybaby fanboy. But to be honest it is what it is. However, more importantly whether you believe Sentry is below or above high tiers like Superman, Hulk or Thor is irrelevant because he is consistently around that level. Again whether he is below or above those likes.
Reason I am making this thread is because I am hearing this "inconsistent" argument thrown around for the Sentry. Like other characters i.e Superman, Hulk and especially Thor do not have low showings. People seem to forget that Sentry is a and so he is not going all out most of the time(unless its the Void). The only time we see him go all out when the Void is not around is during Bendis Dark Avengers run and that version of Sentry was way out of character. As he(like Clark) does not kill... Heck in most his fights especially when his mind is not fractured the Sentry prefers dialogue for the most part. More importantly people forget that the Sentry is a mentally ill schizophrenic hero with many other additional mental illness. And so he is for a lot of times in doubt of himself. People bring up what they believe are his "inconsistent" showings forgetting that his power level is literally tied to his mental state(which has been repeated many times). We have a handbook confirmation.
"if his mental state wavers, he becomes weaker and easier o defeat."
And then we have actual on panel comic confirmation by Mastermind in New Avengers.
"There is a tremendous mental force holding his powers together and that--"
"But his powers are solar based."
"Fine, yes, but it's his mind that holds them together."
Now... I am not using this as an excuse to just write off any low-showing/inconsistency of the character but we should offer some context. But getting to the more important matter, and that is addressing some of his "low-showings" or "inconsistencies" that I see people constantly use against the character. Here I am going to post a history of the character's low-showings that PEOPLE use to try and discredit him while analyzing them. So lets get started.
Sentry vs Iron Man
Now I've seen many people try and use this fight during Invincible Iron Man V4 to not only troll the character but to also argue that he is mid-tier. The fight was actually TWO issues Invincible Iron Man Vol 4 issues 10 and 11. In the 10th issue the Sentry knocked Iron Man into the ground.
Then we get to the 11th issue where Tony gets up and sucker punches the Sentry. The rest of the fight is Sentry dominating Tony.
Tony was losing the fight. The "fight" ends when Iron Man uses Sentry's own cloc tower(which was designed by Reed and further by Tony) against the Sentry to save himself.
All in all Stark had a form of prep against the Sentry(he helped design the Cloc tower for example). This is a good feat for Stark who is able to outwit much more powerful characters. Stark can do this to anyone including(yes) Hulk and even Superman(before you guys take my head Superman has EXPLOITABLE weaknesses that Stark can exploit given prep). It wasn't a traditional raw power feat. And so I don't see why people use this showing to claim he(Sentry) is inconsistent?
Either way in Sentry(2018) issue the Sentry soundly one-shots Stark in a more powerful armor(you Iron Man fans correct me).
Sentry vs Hercules
Now to be honest this is my favorite one. Because for one its very funny. LMAO! But second I see a lot of people using this one to argue that the Sentry is mid-tier(when he has overpowered Hercule's foe twice. Not arguing Ares is on Hercules level but...). Anyways not only was it comedic issue but the Sentry was CLEARLY holding back.
After the fight the Sentry goes to help people in a sinking ship ignoring Hercules. There is no indications that the Sentry was even going all out. His dialogue even hints at that. More importantly if you read the 5th scan one of the characters even admits that they are too powerful for Hercules and that he must sink the ship.
To me this is neither a good nor terrible showing for the character. Again I found it funny.
Sentry vs She-Hulk
Once again not sure why people use this one. Here is what really happened.
The Sentry again wasn't even trying to fight but instead was tossing the She-Hulk around like a toy. She lands one sneak attack on Sentry and then the rest is him toying with her.
Sentry vs Jim Hammond
Now this is an infamous one. However....... Before I considered this one to be huge PIS but upon further digging and actually reading the dialogue and looking at what's happening, there's actually some context for this. But... But before I address that before anyone says anything. NO. Flames do not hurt the Sentry consider his powers are partially solar based, he's been in and out of the sun unharmed, and he has had acid spilled on him which did nothing. So again NO..... Flames are not hurting the character like... At all. More importantly look at the scan.
First off in the second scan in the first two panels the flames are clearly doing nothing to the Sentry. What happened was that Hammond knew about the "power of exploding suns" theme of the Sentry and was bluffing to the Sentry that he can "overload" him. Sentry being a mental midget and afraid of his powers actually believed his bluff that the "overloading" would destroy the world and fled off. Hence his "I'm sorry Ms Marvel I have to do this." All in all this was just a way to write the Sentry out of the fight. But heck... Even if we ignore this context, do you really believe fire can harm the Sentry? Especially when it was doing nothing to him prior to Hammond's bluff? In the SAME scan? This instance only shows Sentry's weakness in terms of mental manipulation(if we ignore bad writing).
Sentry vs Namor
I am not sure why people use this? Like for what, exactly? Namor couldn't land a single hit on the Sentry. Hell, the Sentry wasn't even being the aggressor for that matter. And to make matters worse Namor's OWN girlfriend at the time basically said Namor was no match for the Sentry. Hell the entire X-Men was getting stomped.
Emma is only able to save Namor by exploiting Bob's fear of the Void to get him off Namor. And returned Emma was reduced to her diamond form because if it.
Sentry vs Nukes
Once again not sure why people use this?If I remember correctly even Superman has had costume tore by a nuke(Superman fans correct me. I am NOT trying to lowball), Thanos has had his costume torn by big blasts. And many other high-tiers. Anyways this is what people are talking about.
Its from Sentry/X-Men where the General sets off 11 nuclear warheads(as seen in the panel) and Sentry has 35 seconds to disable them(a good speed feat actually).
Anyways the Sentry outside of his costume being torn and a few bruises doesn't look badly injured instead he is smiling and joking. More importantly.... Either way in a more recent showing in Sentry Volume 2 the character came from out of a nuclear explosion virtually unscratched. What happened was that his Doctor tells Sentry that there is a thermonuclear device implanted in his stomach. Basically, if he tells him a certain word order (the secret to Sentry's origin), the device will blow. Fury activates it, and tells Sentry to get the Doc the hell away from Earth. Sentry picks up the doctor and begins to fly towards the upper atmosphere. But then the thermonuclear bomb goes off, but Sentry is not even affected.
Lastly can mid-tiers even "tank" nukes?
Sentry vs the Sun
First of all not sure why people use this to lowball the Sentry?
First of all its the Void who is weak against the sun/light now the Sentry. The Void even states that "you tried this before" because the Sentry has done so many times against the Void especially in Sentry volume 2.
That is why Robert flew into the sun and was trying to kill himself during Dark Avengers. More importantly the Sentry already went into and outta the sun virtually unharmed already.
Anyways gonna continue this in next post, getting very tired. lol.