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Once upon a time, there was a superhero called the Sentry, the Golden Guardian of Good, the man with the power of a million exploding suns, generally considered to be one of the world's greatest heroes, helping to usher in an age of superpowered adventurers.

Okay, not really. The Sentry was made up by Marvel comics claiming that he was an old character Stan Lee had created and just forgotten about one day, and had several miniseries depicting him being an Alternate Company Equivalent of Superman, until two of his enemies made the entire world forget about him. Much Deconstruction followed.

The Age of the Sentry (co-written by Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin and co-pencilled by Ramon Rosanas and Nick Dragotta) is a depiction of a version of the Sentry during his heroing days, getting into bizarre scrapes with giant bears, radioactive hillbillies, and disturbingly obsessive fans, as a parody of the Silver Age Superman and his usual antics.

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  • Affectionate Parody: Of Silver Age Superman.
  • Art Shift: On several occasions, the Sentry starts having moments where he zones out, and suddenly the art changes from faux-60s artwork to a more modern art style.
  • Arc Words: The initials "EE". It's a subconscious reference to Destroyer Darkmass, the ruler of the Sentry's home reality. Since he is one removed, so are the letters. Once Cranio points this out, the Sentry remembers.
  • Back for the Finale: Everyone, in issue 6.
  • Badass in Distress: Carol Danvers is caught by Ursus the bear, and has to pretend she's in peril, which she isn't, thanks to her superpowers.
  • Bears Are Bad News: One of the Sentry's enemies is a fifty foot tall, radiation-powered bear which is utterly immune to his attacks.
  • Call-Forward: In issue 6, the Sentress reveals she's been depowered, with no knowledge of when her powers may return.
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  • The Cameo: In issue 4, as the Sentry sends off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, one of them, some guy called Immortal Man, looks... familiar.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • First off, the Sentry himself for the Big Blue Boyscout. There's also the Sentress, serving as a mix of Supergirl (Distaff Counterpart) and Wonder Woman, coming complete with an Expy of Etta Candy.
    • The Guardians of the Galaxy, standing in for the Legion Of Superheroes, complete with a larger roster of new characters based on LSOH ones.
    • Destroyer Darkmass is a mash-up of Darkseid (especially in looks) and the Anti-Monitor.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The irradiated meteor from issue 2.
    • Cranio and Gorax's draining the Sentry's powers. Not to mention Gorax's brain, which comes back in a big way in issue 6.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Gtt-chow. Thanks to the art-style, she manages to look more cute than hideous.
  • Dance Party Ending: Issue 4 has the Sentry finding Tyrannus has kidnapped the popular band the Chick-Hits... so he could see them perform, at which point everyone - Cranio (the man with the tri-level mind!) included, while the Sentry wonders what the heck's happening.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The Sentry is a man of the 50s / 60s, so he's occasionally pretty sexist. The Golden Age Sentry, meanwhile, attacks a bunch of beatniks for wearing black and having beards, thinking they're bad guys.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: The hillbillies find there's a huge mass of gold on their land thanks to the Sentry, and plan to spend it all on tobacco. The Sentry fetches Harrison Oogar, Caveman of Wall Street, to help them invest it smartly.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the first story of issue 4, Cranio keeps trying to tell the Sentry something, but he disappears before he can. It turns out he's trying to tell the Sentry the truth of his origins.
    • In issue 5, the Sentry zones out while exploring deep space with Starhawk and Sun-Girl, and mentions several galaxies were destroyed back in his home universe... except the Sentry's from Earth, so... it's actually because he's remembered the universe his powers come from.
  • Framing Device: The stories are explained as Reed and Sue Richards reading comic books to Franklin when he's unable to sleep.
  • Funny Background Event: In issue 2, as the Sentry talks to Scout, Watchdog sniffs a fire-hydrant and then manages to destroy it just by marking it.
  • The Hero Dies: The Void completely absorbs all the Sentry's power, killing him.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Millie, giving advice to Manoo, tells him that he shouldn't just talk to his would-be girlfriend about shoes, because there are more things to women than that. Then she tells him to always compliment her shoes. The Sentry tries pointing out what she just did, only to be told to shush.
  • It Will Never Catch On: The "letter's page" for issue 5 has the editor dismissing the idea of married superheroes.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In issue 6, Cranio points out some of the logical flaws of the Sentry's origin story from issue 1.
    Ah, the gullibility of youth. That you would think that scientists would just leave such groundbreaking substances around with no security. Or that Russian missiles launch west with no political repercussions.
  • Large Ham Title: Cranio has a habit of introducing himself as "Cranio, the Man with the Tri-Level Mind!"
  • Legacy Character: One of the Guardians of the Galaxy is a 31st century version of the Golden Age hero, the Destroyer. (Also doubles as a mythology gag, what with Drax the Destroyer being a founding member of the modern era Guardians.)
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Harrison Oogar, Caveman of Wall Street. Him beat market five years straight.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Sentry's party in issue 2. At first it just seems heartwarming, then gets bizarre when there are two Nick Furies. And then the art style changes, as Cranio appears...
  • Nightmare Face: Issue 5 ends with a disturbing shot of Reed Richards making a manic face, made worse by his bloodshot, undershadowed eyes from lack of sleep.
  • Noodle Incident: The editor's notes and letter pages all allude to other incidents the Sentry was involved in over the years
  • Obviously Evil: Warloo, Gtt-chow's current boyfriend, a large, burly Jerkass. Gtt-chow doesn't realise he's bad news right up until the guy has her strapped to a table.
  • Pants-Positive Safety: The Golden Age Sentry keeps his gun in the back of his pants.
  • Parody Sue: The Sentry himself is ridiculously more powerful and skilled than just about anyone, has no intended flaws, and is beloved by every hero in the Marvel Universe. This is entirely Played for Laughs.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A trio of kids manage to build a near-perfect robot replica of the Sentry, and use it to play Shipper on Deck.
  • Reality Warper: The Sentry, due to the nature of his powers, unintentionally warps it to fit him and his powers just by existing.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Issue 6. The Sentry discovers the truth of his origins, and is then killed by the Void, who turns good and takes his place, with no-one the wiser, not even Lindy Lee. This is likely an homage to other Silver Age Superman stories, which frequently had surprisingly dark stories scattered among the absurd ones (particularly "imaginary stories", one of which featured Superman's first death).
  • Superdickery:
    • After Lindy Lee finds out his identity, the Sentry and the Professor wipe her memory, while Scout quips that "everyone knows gals can't keep a secret". Note that this is after Lindy helped save the Sentry's life.
    • After the incident with the overzealous fan-club, Robert Reynolds decides to date Lindy Lee while also dating the Sentress.
    • One of the letter pages mentions an incident where the Sentry feigned madness for an entire month, alienating his loyal friends and supporters, all to confuse a supervillain into believing his Brain-Addler-Beam didn't work. The fan in question praises the sentry for his heroic determination.
  • Tempting Fate: Just after being kissed by Millie the Model, the Sentry thinks nothing could spoil his day. And then an angry Lindy appears.
  • Verbal Backspace: Sue Richards states Reed has been busy trying to undo global warming, only to state he was actually trying to cure Ben Grimm's mutation, when Ben (who was right next to her) does a double take.
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