Tuesday, 1 February 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Battles 4: The Purging of Kadillus - Gav Thorpe

Release Date: 03/02/11


Faced with an ork invasion of Piscina IV, the 3rd Company of the Dark Angels believes the threat to be minimal. As enemy numbers continue to increase, their commander, Captain Belial, insists that his Company are strong enough to resist. But Scout-Sergeant Naaman knows just how dangerous this foe can be, and when a renewed greenskin offensive takes the Dark Angels by surprise, the orks swarm towards Kadillus Harbour. Little do the Dark Angels know of the technological power available to the xenos, and the true scale of the threat they face. Belial, Naaman and their fellow Astartes fight a desperate siege at Kadillus, knowing that they must hold out until Imperial reinforcements arrive or the planet will be lost.


Whilst I usually love pretty much anything that the Black Library releases where mankind struggles against the many enemies both external and internal, this title by Gav Thorpe felt a little flat against a lot of the other releases.

It is well written and there’s a lot of bloody combat which is backed with some serious warfare against the greenskin xenos but against a lot of the other titles within the Space Marine Battle sequences it felt a little bit samey without breaking any new ground. Likewise the title failed to benefit from various pace breaks which kept the excitement level set a full auto without allowing the readers chance to reload. A great shame all in as this series has been something special but unfortunately this title may well only appeal to Marine Commanders if not some of the Ladz Mobz.

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