So with a break for a nap and to watch the derby, I finished reading it.
Smudgy blotches aside, I’m super happy with having purchased it.
The ‘history’ is tonally spot-on; Dan’s nailed the in-universe voice and it’s the right side of dry academia and slightly gossipy. I’ve not read the series recently enough to be fully familiar with every event, and obviously there’s plenty of gaps filled in that the books don’t cover, but there are plenty of satisfying nuggets in there.
The artwork is splendid, both the new stuff and the old. I’m pretty sure plenty is recycled, but not having bought a codex for years, I can’t say for certain. I’m not altogether sure why the cover for the Sabbat Worlds Crusade anthology merits being featured twice, one as a single page and again as a double spread, but that’s my only real complaint. There are two paintings of Hellhound tanks, and one looks like a John Blanche piece I’ve not seen before- I’m half tempted to buy a second copy to take that out and stick in a frame.
I like the portraits, both formal and Osprey-style, they really bring the characters to life. The Imperial Armour-style colour plates of tanks and titans are as good as we’ve come to expect. The art showing the Archenemy forces, whether it is new or old, is universally great. Turning the page to see a full page picture of a Woe Machine was so wonderfully absurd it prompted both laughter and awe from me.
The captions are perhaps the book’s strongest point of the book, explaining the school of art each picture belongs to, it’s general provenance and where it resides now- all of this made everything that much more real. The caption that accompanies the cover for Titanicus being the standout for me, there are lots of clever and well-considered touches.
Based on what Dan said about the writing sparking lots of ideas for him, we’re going to look back in coming years and see the seeds that future Ghosts stories grew from. I really want more books in a similar vein in the future.
Edited by aa.logan, 07 December 2019 - 08:53 PM.