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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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Get Ready for Kick-Off with this Weekend’s Blood Bowl: Season Two Pre-Order

This week’s pre-orders from Games Workshop and Forgeworld are full of Blood Bowl goodness. The second season box set has arrived with lots of new releases to help you get into the game too! All the prices below are in US dollars.

Blood Bowl: Second Season Edition has everything you nede to dive into the game of fantasy football. It includes the full hardback rulebook, two new teams and so much more. On top of the teams, there’s a pair of referees, a double-sided pitch, two dugouts, two sets of dice, and all of the templates, tokens, and counters you need to play.

Pre-Order – $140

Blood Bowl: Second Season Edition

The Imperial Nobles is a brand new team to the game. The Bögenhafen Barons, is made up of Linemen, Bodyguards, Blitzers, and Throwers. They can also call on the talents of Star Player Griff Oberwald and the brute force of an Ogre, both are included in the box set!

Bögenhafen Barons

They’ll face another new team to the pitch, the Black Orc team, the Thunder Valley Greenskins. They feature a line-up of Black Orcs and Goblin Bruisers, they also have legendary Star Player Varag Ghoul-Chewer and a Trained Troll. Both are included in the boxed set too!

Thunder Valley Greenskins

But, if you don’t want the new box set and instead are just focused on the new rules, Games Workshop has you covered. Blood Bowl: The Official Rules will also be available as a separate hardback book and ePub. It has the updated rules, lots of lore, rules for league and exhibition games, a roster for all 21 current Blood Bowl teams, and details for 23 Star Players.

Pre-Order – $50 for Book, ePub

 Blood Bowl: The Official Rules

Along with the box set and rulebook, you’ll also be able to get Special Play cards. These are useable by all of the Blood Bowl teams and have help even the odds against better teams. There’s Dirty Tricks, Magical Memorabilia, and even Prayers to Nuffle!

Pre-order – $27

Special Play cards

And with a new edition comes new teams! The Wolfenburg Crypt-Stealers features Zombies, Ghouls, Wraiths, Werewolves, and Flesh Golems mixing up speed and strength… with a little Regeneration too!

Pre-Order – $40

Wolfenburg Crypt-Stealers

You’ll be able to show off your Necromantic Horrors appreciation with a dedicated set of dice, pitch, and a team card pack. The pitch comes with two dugouts and optional special rules. The cards help track the team’s stats and includes 16 Special Play cards.

Pre-Order Cards – $27
Pre-Order Pitch – $47
Pre-Order Dice – $15

You’ll also learn all about the team with a new issue of Spike! Issue #11 of the Blood Bowl Journal focuses on the Necromantic Horrors and everything you need to know to get the team on the field.

Pre-Order – $15

Spike! Issue #11

And how about a new treeman to field for your teams? Akhorne the Squirrel is also making his long-awaited Blood Bowl debut… there’s also a Treeman underneath! The kit allows you to build two different Treemen to hire for your team.

Pre-Order – $32

Blood Bowl Treeman

What about old teams already released? No need to worry, they’ll be repackaged for the new edition featuring rules for the second season. A number of them will also be released for pre-order this coming week as well.

White Dwarf #458 is coming with some gifts! The issue features new cards for Adeptus Titanicus, Necromunda, Aeronautica Imperialis, Warcry, and Blood Bowl. Inside there’s also a continuation of the Warhammer 40,000 Flashpoint series, looking at the Argovon Campaign, a Battle Report for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and a Wizards’ Duel minigame for the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game.

Pre-Order – $9

White Dwarf #458

Forge World gets into the Blood Bowl fun with… a Zoat!? Zolcath the Zoat is a star Blitzer ready to be hired and add strength and toughness to any team he plays for. He’ll be released on Saturday, unlike the usual Fridays for Forge World releases.

Pre-Order $58

Zolcath the Zoat

On Friday, Forge World will release two new patterns of Questoris Knight for Adeptus Titanicus. The Magaera is armed with the destructive lightning cannon, which can obliterate smaller targets and cause damage to larger ones thanks to the Blast and Rending traits. Its sister Knight, the Styrix, is armed with a volkite chieorovile – the perfect weapon for stripping void shields from enemy Titans. Both are armed with a Hekaton siege claw, meaning they can finish off anything that survives their deadly barrages at close range.

These Knights are also equipped with ionic flare shields, giving them great protection as they quickly move into position. Any Princeps will definitely want to add a Banner of these Knights to their force.

Pre-Order Magera – $50
Pre-Order Styrix – $50

And Black Library is also getting to the game with some Blood Bowl collections, Death on the Pitch: Extra Time and The Blood Bowl Omnibus!

Pre-Order Death on the Pitch: Extra Time – $16
Pre-Order The Blood Bowl Omnibus – $21

The first volume of Dan Abnett‘s classic Inquisition series, Ravenor is being re-released in a limited edition signed by the author.

Pre-Order – $60

Ravenor

The Solar War is the first part of the Siege of Terra series and sees the Traitors take on the might defenses of the Sol System.

Pre-Order – $9.99

The Solar War

You can keep track of Horus’ approach with a new map of the Sol System as it was when the Traitors arrived.

Pre-Order – $65

Sol System

Warhammer gets some love too with the fifth Gotrek & Felix omnibus. It sees the duo taking on the forces of Chaos, the Serpent Queen Khalida, and a host of other dangerous foes across two novels, four novellas, and a series of short stories.

Pre-Order – $21

fifth Gotrek & Felix omnibus

For two weeks, ten classic editions of Inferno! will be available for Print on Demand. They’re full of short stories, artwork, and articles diving into the world of Warhammer.

Pre-Order – $80

Inferno!

Finally, The Guns of Tanith will soon be getting an audiobook!

The Guns of Tanith

There’s Blood on the Pitch as Blood Bowl: Season Two Arrives for Pre-Order Next Week Plus a Zoat Starplayer!

Next week’s pre-orders from Games Workshop and Forgeworld are full of Blood Bowl goodness. The second season box set arrives with lots of new releases too!

Blood Bowl: Second Season Edition has everything you nede to dive into the game of fantasy football. It includes the full hardback rulebook, two new teams and so much more. On top of the teams, there’s a pair of referees, a double-sided pitch, two dugouts, two sets of dice, and all of the templates, tokens, and counters you need to play.

Blood Bowl: Second Season Edition

The Imperial Nobles is a brand new team to the game. The Bögenhafen Barons, is made up of Linemen, Bodyguards, Blitzers, and Throwers. They can also call on the talents of Star Player Griff Oberwald and the brute force of an Ogre, both are included in the box set!

Bögenhafen Barons

They’ll face another new team to the pitch, the Black Orc team, the Thunder Valley Greenskins. They feature a line-up of Black Orcs and Goblin Bruisers, they also have legendary Star Player Varag Ghoul-Chewer and a Trained Troll. Both are included in the boxed set too!

Thunder Valley Greenskins

But, if you don’t want the new box set and instead are just focused on the new rules, Games Workshop has you covered. Blood Bowl: The Official Rules will also be available as a separate hardback book and ePub. It has the updated rules, lots of lore, rules for league and exhibition games, a roster for all 21 current Blood Bowl teams, and details for 23 Star Players.

 Blood Bowl: The Official Rules

Along with the box set and rulebook, you’ll also be able to get Special Play cards. These are useable by all of the Blood Bowl teams and have help even the odds against better teams. There’s Dirty Tricks, Magical Memorabilia, and even Prayers to Nuffle!

Special Play cards

And with a new edition comes new teams! The Wolfenburg Crypt-Stealers features Zombies, Ghouls, Wraiths, Werewolves, and Flesh Golems mixing up speed and strength… with a little Regeneration too!

Wolfenburg Crypt-Stealers

You’ll be able to show off your Necromantic Horrors appreciation with a dedicated set of dice, pitch, and a team card pack. The pitch comes with two dugouts and optional special rules. The cards help track the team’s stats and includes 16 Special Play cards.

You’ll also learn all about the team with a new issue of Spike! Issue #11 of the Blood Bowl Journal focuses on the Necromantic Horrors and everything you need to know to get the team on the field.

Spike! Issue #11

And how about a new treeman to field for your teams? Akhorne the Squirrel is also making his long-awaited Blood Bowl debut… there’s also a Treeman underneath! The kit allows you to build two different Treemen to hire for your team.

Blood Bowl Treeman

What about old teams already released? No need to worry, they’ll be repackaged for the new edition featuring rules for the second season. A number of them will also be released for pre-order this coming week as well.

White Dwarf #458 is coming with some gifts! The issue features new cards for Adeptus Titanicus, Necromunda, Aeronautica Imperialis, Warcry, and Blood Bowl. Inside there’s also a continuation of the Warhammer 40,000 Flashpoint series, looking at the Argovon Campaign, a Battle Report for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and a Wizards’ Duel minigame for the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game.

White Dwarf #458

Forge World gets into the Blood Bowl fun with… a Zoat!? Zolcath the Zoat is a star Blitzer ready to be hired and add strength and toughness to any team he plays for. He’ll be released on Saturday, unlike the usual Fridays for Forge World releases.

Zolcath the Zoat

On Friday, Forge World will release two new patterns of Questoris Knight for Adeptus Titanicus. The Magaera is armed with the destructive lightning cannon, which can obliterate smaller targets and cause damage to larger ones thanks to the Blast and Rending traits. Its sister Knight, the Styrix, is armed with a volkite chieorovile – the perfect weapon for stripping void shields from enemy Titans. Both are armed with a Hekaton siege claw, meaning they can finish off anything that survives their deadly barrages at close range.

These Knights are also equipped with ionic flare shields, giving them great protection as they quickly move into position. Any Princeps will definitely want to add a Banner of these Knights to their force.

And Black Library is also getting to the game with some Blood Bowl collections, Death on the Pitch: Extra Time and The Blood Bowl Omnibus!

The first volume of Dan Abnett‘s classic Inquisition series, Ravenor is being re-released in a limited edition signed by the author.

Ravenor

The Solar War is the first part of the Siege of Terra series and sees the Traitors take on the might defenses of the Sol System.

The Solar War

You can keep track of Horus’ approach with a new map of the Sol System as it was when the Traitors arrived.

Sol System

Warhammer gets some love too with the fifth Gotrek & Felix omnibus. It sees the duo taking on the forces of Chaos, the Serpent Queen Khalida, and a host of other dangerous foes across two novels, four novellas, and a series of short stories.

fifth Gotrek & Felix omnibus

For two weeks, ten classic editions of Inferno! will be available for Print on Demand. They’re full of short stories, artwork, and articles diving into the world of Warhammer.

Inferno!

Finally, The Guns of Tanith will soon be getting an audiobook!

The Guns of Tanith

Unboxing: Half Moon Bay’s Mystery Warhammer Box

Half Moon Bay is offering a “mystery box” filled with their officially licensed Games Workshop items.

There’s content worth “over $65” in each box and is a fun thing to get for fans of Games Workshop and Warhammer.

Retailing for $39.99 plus shipping, you can order yours!

How’s the value? Check out the video of what we got and then below of how it stacks up to the value promised and cost.

  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar Pint Glass – Not on the site – guessing $15.99
  • Warhammer 40,000 Bowl – Blood Angels- $15.99
  • Warhammer 40,000 Heat Changing Latte Mugs – Space Marine – $15.99
  • Warhammer 40,000 A5 Notebook – Battle – $13.99
  • Warhammer 40,000 Pin Badge – Space Wolves – $4.99
  • Warhammer 40,000 Keyring – Purity Seal – $8.99

Retail: $75.94 (ish)

Games Workshop Reveals a Scinari Cathallar a Lumineth Realm-lord

During their third online preview, Games Workshop revealed Scinari Cathallar, a new figure for the upcoming Lumineth army.

The Scinari Cathallar plays a vital role in Lumineth society. Lumineth use aetherquartz which gives them enlightenment of mind, body and spirit. It has a price though. The Aelves pay by siphoning their turbulent emotions into the aetherquartz.

In battle, Scinari Cathallars weaponise this emotion, drawing it from their allies and turning it against their enemies. Foes are rendered helpless by the overwhelming rush of despair and darkness.

The Lumineth are the reworked classic High Elves army from Warhammer, updated with new units and all-new sculpts and characters.

The Sons of Behemat are Coming to Age of Sigmaer

We got a hint during the last Games Workshop preview, but now we get our first look at the Sons of Behemat.

The giant army will feature Warhammer‘s “biggest plastic monster yet” with lots of details and trinkets from across the various factions and bits of monster.

Sons of Behemat is a brand-new army for Warhammer Age of Sigmar and is entirely made of gargants.

The classic Aleguzzler Gargant and three Mega-gargant variants – Gatebreaker, Warstomper and Kraken-eater – make for an army that’s small on model count and big in every other way – especially the carnage they can cause!

They’re also not just an army on their own, they can also be an ally to every single Age of Sigmar faction.

Games Workshop Returns to Comics with Marvel

Games Workshop

Games Workshop has had a spotty history with comics with runs that come and go and rotate publishers. Comics based on GW properties are returning as the company is teaming up with Marvel for a whole new era. Details as far as properties and what creative teams have not been announced.

This isn’t the first time GW properties have wound up in Marvel comics, though previously it wasn’t so legal.

GW, with popular games like Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, and more, has deep and rich game fluff ripe for use in greater media. The game publisher is considered to have untapped potential which is finally getting the spotlight. On top of the comic announcement, a television show has been announced based on one of the characters from Warhammer 40k.

Comics began being published through Black Library, some of which were award-winning. BOOM! Studios picked up the license in 2006 and lost it about mid-2009. Titan Comics began publishing comics in 2016 which ended in 2018.

New comics come to shelves autumn 2020.

Rule the Stronghold in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor—Coming Soon!

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Rise and Fall of Anvalor

This April, WizKids releases The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, the co-opetition game taking place in the iconic Warhammer: Age of Sigmar setting, is coming soon!

Long-warring factions have put their quarrels aside, endeavoring to build a stronghold, called Anvalor, on The Great Parch. But each faction also has ulterior motives—they seek to take the stronghold under their control in order to strengthen their influence in all the Mortal Realms.

One to four players will select of one of six factions, including Order Serpentis, The Dispossessed, and Anvils of Heldenhammer, as well as one of their factions’ unique Aspects, abilities that can provide unique advantages during gameplay. Players build the stronghold by purchasing City Buildings, which will grant the player Influence; however, as soon as a City Building has been purchased, enemies will start to gather. When a turn ends with 3 enemies on the same side, they will assault, interrupting gameplay until the attack is completed. Players defeat enemies by rolling dice to either perform a Ranged or Melee attack, depending on the ability of the attacking unit. Upon defeating an enemy, the victorious player will gain Influence.

The game ends when the last enemy tile has been placed on the board. After a Final Assault, players will count the influence they’ve collected throughout the game. The player with the most influence wins!

The Rise and Fall of Anvalor, designed by Rustan Hakansson, offers many different combinations of play: each faction has four Aspects to choose from and the three different enemies have four different difficulties. Add to this the ability to play solo, and The Rise and Fall of Anvalor will offer many hours of varied and challenging gameplay.

Games Workshop Announces Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars

There’s a new edition of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar on the horizon and Games Workshop has revealed the contents for the “Soul Wars” boxed set.

The miniature game publisher has announced that every model in the kit is “push fit” which allows you to easily put together your armies with just a pair of clippers. That creates a decreased time of getting them on the table and the quicker for you to begin your games. The box set will feature the forces of Stormcast Eternals and Death.

You’ll also find everything you need to play including a Getting Started booklet to help you through your first few games, the Battle for Glymmsforge booklet and first chapter of Josh Reynolds Soul Wars novel will introduce you to the world and battles of the Soul Wars.

Warscroll cards, dice, and measuring sticks will help you get your game going as well.

And of course, you’ll get the 320 page Core Book with a hardback cover.

But, it’s not just that box set being released….

Malign Sorcery ups the magic in the new edition and this expansion provides 13 new spells to play with.

The Generals Handbook 2018 allows you to diversify your games even further with 12 more battleplans as well as new rules for summoning for every army.

There’s also new paints, new accessories, dice, and new models!

All of this will be available launch weekend!

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