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Marneus Calgar
Issue #1 cover
Author Kieron Gillen
Publisher Marvel Comics
Released October 2020

Marneus Calgar is a 5-issue[2] comic book series co-developed between Games Workshop and Marvel Comics.[1]


In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war... The saga of WARHAMMER 40,000 comes to Marvel Comics! MARNEUS CALGAR, the legendary Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, leads his elite Space Marines against humanity's greatest threats in a galaxy engulfed in endless war. Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, The Wicked + The Divine) spearheads the initiative with this introductory miniseries, illustrated by Jacen Burrows (PUNISHER: SOVIET, MOON KNIGHT, Crossed)--and we're just getting started![2]

Now, witness Marneus Calgar's never-before-told origin story, from his beginnings on Nova Thulium, to his campaigns in the Black Crusades, and to the unfolding mystery of the BLACK ALTAR, as a deadly threat from his past reemerges to threaten the present of the Ultramar system. This all-new tale is essential reading for 40K aficionados, as well as the perfect primer to the world of WARHAMMER 40,000 for those new to the universe. See the Ultramarines in glorious combat, the strife between the worlds of the Imperium, and witness the larger than life characters who preside over it all! This is but the first foray into the larger darkness that is to come from Warhammer and Marvel Comics.[2]


  1. Ultramar sector, Macragge System on the agrar planet Nova Thulium: Marneus Calgar is preparing for the war the coming war. The first issue starts with a brief flashback from the end of the 13th Black Crusade; a last defence on the same place he is now. Marneus explains the situation to the tech-priest adept Quintus Hexamar that is tasked to be his aid in organizing the supply for the war. The story continues on the nearby Calgar estate on Ultima both in this time and in the time when Marneus was a boy.
  2. The second issue mostly takes part in the past when a couple of boys were sent to training as aspirants to become neophyte marines. The training takes place on the planet's harsh moon: Thulium Minor.
  3. The trials of the aspirants continue on the moon and takes a horrible turn.
  4. The excruciating process of making a space marine from a neophyte is described with Marneus as example. In the present, Marneus battles Chaos forces on Nova Thulium and then relocate to the moon to inspect the fortfication works.
  5. 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.[4]