Warhammer 40000 Deathwatch #1
Written By Aaron Dembski Bowden
Art By Tazio Bettin
Color By Kevin Enhart
Written by Black Library superstar Aaron Dembski Bowden! The best of the best and the most dangerous space marines from every chapter are called to the Deathwatch! They alone have the strength of mind and body to wield alien weapons and battle the enemy across the universe, manning the wall to defend humanity from the Xenos that would destroy them. When a tide of savage Orks sweeps across the galaxy, a Deathwatch squad is dispatched to stem the flow… Whatever the cost!
FORCES OF DEATHWATCH
At the very edges of space, unknown forces amass, with Mankind in their sights. There, the Deathwatch hold the line against the Xenos hordes. Recruited from all across the many Space Marine Chapters, it is both an honour and a curse to serve as humanity’s last line of defense.
THE STORY SO FAR
Stranded and alone at the very edges of the Calaphrax Cluster, on the ore-moon, Sidra, one Deathwatch Kill-Team defends a mining colony from attacking Xenos hordes. If they cannot hold the line, an unstoppable tide will swell and break across the galaxy, leaving untold destruction in its wake. Does this lone Deathwatch team, assaulted on all sides, have the strength to make their final stand?
And a little more on the Warhammer 40,000 world if you are not familiar with it –
“Warhammer 40,000‘s space fantasy is set in a fictional future during the 41st millennium AD. Its various factions and races include the Imperium of Man, a decentralized yet totalitarian interstellar empire that has ruled the vast majority of humanity for millennia, the Orks (similar to Warhammer Fantasy Orcs), the Eldar (similar to Elves in Warhammer Fantasy Battle), numerous other alien races, and Daemons (very similar in both the Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy Battle universes), among others.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warhammer_40,000
I added all the information above because Warhammer 40K has a lot of material on it and so there is a lot of backstory and trappings of the setting that someone new wouldn’t know. The 40K is very harsh and dark with a fanatical religious undercurrent to the whole thing, but that’s part of the appeal.
I personally have played a lot of the Warhammer 40,000 RPG (not the miniatures game) so I am familiar with the setting.
I like this comic because it fits 40K very well and does right to set the mood and follows the tenants of Warhammer well. I do wish the art was a little more complex and gritty because my vision of 40K is very dark and elaborate with its decaying gothic style.
I would say that for those new to Warhammer 40,000 would enjoy this book as well and maybe it would intrigue them enough to try out more stories set in this universe.
I give it a 4.5 out of 5 because I am a fan but that also means I have certain expectations (so I don’t give it a 5 because the art wasn’t perfect).
If you wish to know more about this comic go to – https://titan-comics.com/
Disclaimer – Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.