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Marvel’s Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar Comics are Getting Variant Covers for Games Workshop’s Warhammer Stores

Games Workshop and Marvel announced in September of 2019 that they would be partnering for a new line of comics based on GW’s properties. In June of 2020, the first comic was announced, Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar which was released in October of 2020.

Games Workshop usually has some sort of tie-ins for this sort of partnership regarding their stores so it was rather odd that the game publisher was a bit silent about the new venture and haven’t sold the comics in their stores both physical and online.

Today GW announced that the comic will be coming to Warhammer shops with exclusive variant covers the first of which will be released very soon.

Check out the first cover below and we’ll have more as they’re revealed and announced.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar GW Variant

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5) Exclusive Preview

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5)

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Jacen Burrows (I) Guillermo Ortego (C) JAva Tartaglia (L) Clayton Cowles (CA) James Stokoe (VCA) Games Workshop, E.M. Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

CALGAR’S ULTIMATE TEST!
• MARNEUS CALGAR’S deadly gambit brings him back to the moon where it all began… and an enemy who has been in hiding for centuries!
• To quell the threat of this darkest power, Calgar will show no mercy.
• There.
• Is.
• Only.
• WAR.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (of 5)

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4

What does it take to be a Space Marine in the Warhammer 40,000 universe? Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 answers that question in a comic that focuses more on the warrior’s growth than the battle currently waging. The series has been an interesting one doing a solid job of mixing two eras for its main character Marneus Calgar. Through his battles in the present, he reflects on what it took for him to become the leader he is today. And through the past, we get to see more of the world and his difficult journey.

In the past Tacitan, now Marneus, has helped defeat a Chaos cult and is going through the trails to join the ranks of the Ultramarines Space Marine chapter. writer Kieron Gillen does an excellent job showing how difficult a task it is as the bodies pile up and Marneus goes through a torturous transformation. It’s been years since I read up on all of the specifics of the augments that go into being a Space Marine, but Gillen takes us step-by-step. It feels like an update to the rather dry spec-readouts I remember reading as a fan of the Warhammer 40K miniature game. Organs are added and training is done and through it all we get to see Marneus grow, literally.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 does an impressive job of taking what has been told so many times before and making it interesting. There’s been a lot written as to the various upgrades in Space Marines but Gillen breaks it down as to what those upgrades are, when they’re given, why they’re given, and what the gains are. He does that through Marneus’ training in the field. For new readers, some of it might be surprising as things like acid spit and the ability to gain memories through the consumption of others are presented. And it all just flows without a hint of silliness.

In the present, Marneus battles the Chaos forces. The blood flows with somewhat comedic effect. The art by Jacen Burrows works well this issue delivering an over the top experience. The training scenes, especially towards the beginning are full of chaos at times as the numbers dwindle due to death. The present battle we see heads up and bodies crushed under tanks. Whether it’s meant as a comedic spin, I don’t know. But, it’s over the top and hard to not enjoy it in that way. Java Tartaglia‘s colors deliver some of the fun in rather bright colors and Clayton Cowles‘ lettering the right touch for the calls of Chaos warriors.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 is a fun comic that feels like a nice updated take on a “field guide”. We get to see what it takes to be a Space Marine step by step. And we get a lot action in both the past and present. It works really well to educate people about this new new world and property and entertain at the same time.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jacen Burrows
Ink: Guillermo Ortego Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Make Mine Marvel with Smash Up: Marvel

Smash Up: Marvel

The Op has released Smash Up: Marvel bringing the comic world to the popular tabletop game. Listened from AEG, the game has players choosing two decks of fan-favorite characters and combining their powers to attempt to dominate their opponent.

The game centers around locations called Bases that have a “breakpoint”. When the limit is breached, each player earns Victory points accoring to their ranking in first, second, and third place. The first player to 15 total points wins the game.

You can choose from eight factions each with a different playing style. The game is perfect for long-time Smash Up fans and new players.

You can choose from:

  • The Ultimates: The cosmic themed faction that has the likes of Captain Marvel and Spectrum moves quickly from one base to another, allowing its member to attack from afar.
  • The Avengers: Six well-known and loved characters including Iron Man and Hulk have robust powers that are enhanced by items that were made just for them, creating impactful results.
  • Spider-Verse: Moving with spectacular speed is this deck’s forte, which means a quick response and special actions that boost the power of its stealthy arachnid characters.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.: These highly-skilled agents infiltrate the battlefield with intensely honed team effort.
  • Masters of Evil: Diabolical members like Baron Zemo are built to become more aggressive as the game goes on, claiming more points through their nefarious plots.
  • The Kree: Otherworldly and steadfast, their leader The Supreme Intelligence is able to add power to the other members of this militaristic faction.
  • Hydra: If one member falls, two can take its place, resulting in intentional sacrifices that evildoers Arnim Zola and Red Skull will have no problem putting into effect.
  • The Sinister Six: The city is at this group’s mercy as they have base modifiers that lower breakpoints and allow characters like Doctor Octopus to grab up Victory points as he pleases.

The collection is a stand-alone game, but the 160 faction cards are also compatible with all Smash Up games, which have grown to include over 50 other factions, providing the ultimate crossover experience.

Smash Up: Marvel is for 2-4 players ages 12 and up.


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First Sin and Now Madame Hydra for Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Atomic Mass Games has been dropping teasers for what’s next for Marvel: Crisis Protocol. While it’s clear Sin will be coming to the game, this second teaser is a few possibilities.

With Sin coming, it’s a question as to who the character would be packaged with. It’d likely be another villain and likely to be another member of Hydra. With four members, a Hydra affiliation becomes that much more likely in the game and expands the strategy and combinations further.

So, who’s being teased?

The character is clearly a woman and we can see a sword, gun, and holster. While the sword and outfit teases a possible Psylocke, the gun would indicate it’s someone different. The most likely character is Viper, aka Madame Hydra.

Created by Jim Steranko, Viper debuted in 1969 in Captain America #110. She’s a notable swordswoman, martial artist, and markswoman.

The thing that’s throwing us off is the inclusion of a sword when the character has traditionally used a whip. But, the outfit design matches well plus the inclusion of the gun and holster, there’s a good chance we’re seeing another member of Hydra coming to the game.

Compare the teaser with art of the character below.

Atomic Mass Games Teases Sin for Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Atomic Mass Games has done a decent job of mixing of the characters for their popular Marvel: Crisis Protocol miniature game. While the heavy hitters like Hulk, Captain America, and Spider-Man are included, we also get Toad, M.O.D.O.K., and Crossbones. It’s that last figure that plays into the latest tease as to what’s coming down the line.

Posted to Facebook, Atomic Mass Games posted the below picture with this line:

Our next release carries on a legacy of evil…

For those that know Marvel Comics, based on the silhouette and the text, the likely answer is Sin is coming to the game.

Sin debut in 1984 in Captain America #290 as Mother Superior. Created by J. M. DeMatteis and Paul Neary, the character is the daughter of Red Skull and sometimes girlfriend of Crossbones. While she’s had different portrayals over the years, she’s featured abilities such as Telepathy, Teleportation, Psychokinesis, and Phasing.

With the addition of Sin, a Hydra specific faction gets all the more possible with Crossbones and Red Skull already in the game. Might we get Viper, Armin Zola, Doctor Faustus, Kraken, Strucker, and Gorgon to create a proper affiliation?

Marvel: Crisis Protocol Sin teaser

Exclusive Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciler: Jacen Burrows
Inker: Guillermo Ortego
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Designer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: James Stokoe
Variant: Luke Ross, Arif Prianto; Mico Suayan, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE MAKING OF A SPACE MARINE!
• Young MARNEUS CALGAR has passed his Space Marine Aspirant testing…but that means the real trial is only just beginning!
• As Marneus undergoes the rigorous training, excruciating organ implantation and strenuous physical augmentation, he will have to prove that, against all odds, he has what it takes!
• And in the 41st Millennium, the assault on CALGAR ESTATES reaches a deadly climax!

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #4 (of 5)

Atomic Mass Games Teases 6 New Miniature for Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Atomic Mass Games ended 2020 with having released 61 miniatures of Marvel comic characters for the Marvel: Crisis Protocol miniature game.

We already know a lot of what’s coming in 2021 but there’s still a few figures we haven’t gotten a proper look at.

To end 2020 and get us excited for 2021, the game publisher released this image teasing six new characters to look forward to.

Marvel: Crisis Protocol 2021 teaser
From left to right:
Top row: War Machine, Mysterio, Luke Cage
Bottom row: Iron Fist, Falcon/Captain America, Carnage

We also know Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and a new wave of X-Men are all slated for 2021 as well as the delayed release of Enchantress and Angela.

Marvel Comes to Mondo and Restoration Games’ Unmatched

Mondo and Restoration Games have teamed up with Marvel to create several additions to their Unmatched line of miniatures dueling tabletop games planned for release beginning in the summer of 2021. Four new sets have been announced:

  • Redemption Row – featuring Luke Cage, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight
  • Hell’s Kitchen – featuring Daredevil, Elektra, and Bullseye
  • Teen Spirit – featuring Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Cloak and Dagger
  • For King and Country – featuring Black Widow, Black Panther, and Winter Soldier

Unmatched veteran artists Heather Vaughan, Oliver Barrett, and Ian O’Toole will be joined by Matt Taylor and Sanford Greene as the key illustrators for the line. The combined weight of their contributions to the worlds of gaming, comics, and entertainment is staggering; fans can expect each standalone title to be as visually impactful as they are mechanically sound. 

Since debuting at Gen Con in August of 2019, Unmatched has released seven titles featuring 19 heroes sourced from myth, literature, television, and movies – presenting players with nearly two hundred possible 2-player battle scenarios. The upcoming Marvel editions will offer 66 possible in-world combat pairings and will feature unique gameplay additions building off the core game ruleset.

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