Item description for Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade by Lui Antonio Dan Abnett...
In the nightmare future of the 41st millennium, Mankind teeters upon the brink of extinction. The galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man is beset on all sides by ravening aliens and threatened from within by malevolent creatures and heretic rebels. Only the strength of the Immortal Emperor of Terra stands between Humanity and its annihilation. Foremost amongst servants of the Imperium stand the Space Marines, mentally and physically engineered to be the supreme fighting force, the ultimate protectors of Mankind. The Black Templars are fearless champions and unforgiving crusaders against the enemies of the Emperor; Forged from the Imperial Fists Space Marines in the aftermath of the Horus Heresy, the Black Templars have undertaken the longest crusade the Imperium has ever known to prove their loyalty. The series centers upon a new recruit to the Black Templars and a member from their elite Sword Brethren squad and, the most venerable of their warriors, the Dreadnaught. From the "Battle of Carrion Gulf" to the "Torment Crusade," we follow these genetically-enhanced super-warriors in their dedicated hunt for the enemies of the Imperium. Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade serves as an accessible opening chapter introducing new and old readers alike to this bloody, dark, ravaged universe of science fiction and fantasy! Gods of War and Ancestors, bless us now, for we go to war...
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2007
Publisher BOOM! Studios
ISBN 1934506117 ISBN13 9781934506110 UPC 894340001359
Reviews - What do customers think about Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade?
Decent, but Needed to be Longer Aug 29, 2008
Damnation Crusade takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, a dark and gothic future where mankind is constantly at war. Mankind's champions are the Space Marines: genetically enhanced humans who wear powerful combat armor and wield heavy weapons. These men have been trained and conditioned to be loyal only to the Imperium of Mankind that worships the Emperor, and to get the job done at any cost.
The story follows the exploits of the Black Templars: a Space Marine chapter loyal to the Imperium. From here it is split into three separate story lines, each focusing on a character: that of an initiate, that of a veteran Black Templar marine and finally a Dreadnought; which is the remains of a marine that has been encased in a giant robot sarcophagus so that they may continue on fighting long after they should have died from grievous injuries.
Damnation Crusade is at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to story telling. Most Warhammer 40k books are 400+ pages long to get the full story across, and even with pictures helping tell the story its a bit much to try and condense a story of that breadth into a small amount of comics issues. The stories themselves seemed hurried, especially during the combat scenes where you see the heroes killing multiple enemies at once, most likely due to try and condense the battles as much as possible. Unfortunately this makes you feel a bit cheated and at times and it seems a bit ridiculous when you see the hero killing half a dozen enemies at once. Again though, I feel this is because instead of having an entire novel or non limited comic series to get the entire story in Abnett was forced to go skimpy on some aspects. The plot isn't the deepest, nor are the characters (are space marines in the 40k universe ever though?), so if you like action more than plot than it will be more geared to you.
The art for me was fine.The pencils weren't top notch, but I don't think it distracted from the book at all. The coloring was dark and foreboding, and whether you like that or not (I'm not a big fan of it), that's exactly what the Warhammer 40k universe is, so the colors were fitting to universe and I actually think they help get a feel for the universe.
Damnation Crusade was a decent book, but I wouldn't say its much more than that either way. It definitely needed to be longer than it was as you could tell there was much more Abnett wanted to say but couldn't, and that more than anything hurt it. For the price I think it was worth it, but don't expect anything grand from the title.
Damn good crusade May 27, 2008
I read a few reviews before I got this product and I'll admit I was a little worried that I would be throwing away some money. To tell you the truth though, If you have a Templar army or just plain enjoy the hell outta warhammer 40k, I would Highly recommend this. I couldn't give this book a 5 star because some of the art was... average, however, The story was good, the fight scenes were great and it's warhammer. I would really like to give this product a 4.5 if that was an option.
great graphics, hard story May 3, 2008
Really lives up to its potential by displaying the awesome imagery of the 40K universe. Although good, the story line is a little hard to follow.
I love: women, cheesecake and EPIC Battle scenes, blood, war and GLORY! Apr 4, 2008
This book is nothing but pages upon pages of battle scenes and tales of GLORY! sure most of us have read the books, played the game, but this actually adds the visuals. So see how massive and dark the templar space marines are...This comic novel is a must read. You can go through the whole thing with an hour or two..but then you'll want to go back and read it over and over and over again . It is that good. Read it give times already...
Average at best Jan 18, 2008
This isn't some of Dan Abnett's best work. I have enjoyed Dan's other comics for Black Library (Titan, Inquisitor) but the BOOM! comics seem to be targeted for a younger demographic. I found the story to be weak, just too simple. Only the slight twist at the end is what made me give this three instead of two stars. As a long time 40k fan and player I enjoyed the art but it wasn't enough to avoid me being disappointed in this title.