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  • The Idealist's "Incapacitated" side shows her disintegrating into small square pieces. This is a reference to Marvel's 2005 "House of M" crossover event, in which the insane ex-heroine Scarlet Witch rewrote reality to serve her desires. Whenever the Scarlet Witch "unmade" something in her created world it disintegrated in the same way.
  • Mainstay's "Incapacitated" side shows him being held prisoner in The Block (the pink energy "bars" are similar to the ones seen on The Block cards "Lock Down" and "Defensive Displacement").
  • Writhe's "Incapacitated" side is an homage to a famous Spider-Man cover which shows Venom besieged in a church bell tower. It is also possible that the Venom-like creature shown attacking Setback on "Cause and Effect" is actually a berserk Writhe, and that these pictures come from the same story arc.
  • The boy pictured on "Human Shield" may be Thiago from the Spite card "Potential Sidekick." He and Mainstay appear to be under fire from some of the Chairman's hit-men.
  • The female villain of the Crackjaw Crew (pictured on "Sentinels Tactics") is in a wheelchair almost identical to both Charles Xavier's (aka Professor X) in the 90's X-Men cartoon. It is also similar to the one driven by Alistaire Smythe in the Spider-Man cartoon from the same decade.
  • The card "Sentinels Tactics" is likely a reference to the strategy game of the same name published by Greater Than Games.
  • As a symbol for medicine and healing, the Caduceus emblazoned on Dr. Medico's chest is actually incorrect. The Caduceus, representing the staff of the Greco-Roman messenger god Hermes, is a symbol for commerce and trade, not healing. The Caduceus is often confused with the Rod of Asclepius, an actual medical symbol which features a single snake coiling around a wooden rod.
  • The giant robot projection pictured on "Dark Delusions" is a parody of the Megazord from the 1993 Americanized Super Sentai show "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers".
  • The Idealist is standing next to the Dark Watch version of Expatriette on "Aura of Vision".

Confirmed

  • Dr. Medico is one of two openly known LGBT heroes in the Multiverse. The other is Tachyon.
  • The Sentinels are the only SotM heroes to have a Setup card.
  • Dr. Medico absorbed the second form of Skinwalker Gloomweaver[1] into his OblivAeon Shard and it was a major factor leading into his Malpractice variant. In the Tactics timeline this lead to Gloomweaver taking over his body. In the RPG timeline Gloomweaver was exorcised from Dr Medico early on but his fate was left unknown.

To Other Works

  • As a quartet of superheroes, the Sentinels draw easy comparisons to Marvel's Fantastic Four. However, as a team composed of people from disparate walks of life who are pulled together by circumstance, they draw more comparisons to the Avengers, another Marvel staple.
  • The individual Sentinels seem to embody the popular characteristics of comic book characters from different decades:
    • As an energy being with a simple design and a domino mask, Dr. Medico evokes the Silver Age Green Lantern, aka Hal Jordan. Hal Jordan was introduced in the 50's and became increasingly popular in the sixties and seventies.
    • The burly, biker-grunge styled Mainstay recalls numerous anti-heroes from the 80’s, most notably DC's Lobo.
    • The young, plucky Idealist is reminiscent of the Power Pack, a team of child superheroes who also hailed from the 80's. They are a part of the Marvel universe.
    • Writhe, with his spectral appearance, fedora, and shadow powers, is similar to numerous characters from the nineties and early 2000's, most notably DC's The Shade, an enemy of the hero Starman.
  • Dr. Medico is the adoptive father of The Idealist along with his husband Caleb.
  • As a hero made of pure power and energy that can heal people, Dr. Medico is similar to the New 52 version of DC's Captain Atom.
  • Dr. Medico seems to change color when he uses his healing powers. On "Restorative Burst", which pictures him healing Writhe, he is dark orange rather than his usual bright yellow.
  • Mainstay has a heart shaped tattoo on his right shoulder with the word "Ma" written inside, a stereotype of the "tough guy with a heart of gold" character archetype.
  • The Idealist's ability to create mental energy projections is evocative of DC's Green Lantern.
  • The Idealist is the youngest hero in the Sentinels universe.
  • Power wise and character wise, Writhe is an amalgamation of many different famous comic characters:
    • As a thief who gained shadow powers from technology, he is similar to the DC villain Shadow Thief.
    • As a shadowy ex-villain who gave up crime thanks to the intervention of a hero with light-based powers, Writhe is similar to the Shade, one of Starman's former foes.
    • His ability to entrap enemies in the shadows of his trench coat calls to mind Cloak from the Marvel duo of Cloak and Dagger.
    • Writhe's fedora, jacket, and shadowy presence evoke the classic comic/radio character The Shadow.
  • The card "Good Hero – Bad Hero" is a parody of the classic "Good Cop – Bad Cop" dichotomy.

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