Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #1 by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Thought For The Day: Why are you thinking?”
Like most British men with a healthy interest in both sci-fi and gaming, I had a Warhammer 40k phase. However, it was so long ago that the rules I had were first edition, and my Space Marine army all had pointy noses and came in a back of thirty for £10. For anyone familiar with the cost of Space Marines now that will no doubt be shocking.
The world building done by Games Workshop, even back then, was outstanding, and I spent many hours poring over the cutaway diagram of an Ultramarines monastery in the rulebook. I never got around to reading any of the books, and getting back into collecting the miniatures isn’t financially viable, but when Marvel announced this series, written by Kieron Gillen, I couldn’t resist.
And I am not disappointed.
This is excellent stuff. Of course, much of this issue is set up, introducing those who are unlikely to be familiar with the world of 40k to the status quo in the galaxy, but it’s done exceptionally well. Gillen draws you in to the story of Marneus and by the end I was hooked. The cliffhanger at the end is perfect, leaving you needing to know what happens next.
The art is fantastic, and perfect for Warhammer 40k. I was worried that Space Marines wouldn’t transfer well to comics, but Jacen Burrows pulls it off perfectly.
This is great stuff and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the series.