Monday, 27 August 2007

The Sentinels

SOME nice wrestling references can be found in Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio's excellent graphic novel series The Sentinels.
Crusher (above) - real name Robert Beck - is a member of the latest incarnation of The Sentinels.
Tall, big, headstrong, he's seen as the resident meathead of the superhero group - not helped by the fact he's a wrestling fan who eventually entered the pseudo-sport to wrestle for the Global Grappling Network.
Robert's parents were members of the original Sentinels, who mysteriously disappeared years ago. He and his sister Samantha inherited their helmets which gave them their unique superpowers and they became Crusher and Firebomb.
Crusher's powers are superhuman strenth and near-invulnerability. He realised after a while that his powers remained for a short time even after removing the helmet.

Sadly, Crusher has retired pretty much from professional wrestling.

This fella (above) is Pitbull, a seasoned professional wrestler who turned to crime and joined the villainous group known as The Axis. They fought the first Sentinels for years without success.

After serving time in jail, Pitbull (or Dan McGinely as he was now known) went straight and eventually ran his own construction company. Sadly, his sordid past eventually caught up with him. Read the GNs to find out what happened to Pitbull.
Learn more about The Sentinels at http://www.sentinelsonline.com/.
And check out my review of the graphic novels here.