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The Hunt for Defay

The Hunt for Defay

(2002)
Inquisitor Ascendant II
(A book in the Warhammer series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
This collection of installments of a serial from Warhammer Monthly spins off from the popular British tabletop war game. Fortunately, readers don't have to refer to the game's detailed manuals to understand the comic's dark and violent action. Two hundred centuries from now, a universe-spanning war is being fought between humanity and Chaos. True humans who serve the comatose god-emperor must defeat demons and traitors, who are lurking everywhere, including within the ranks of humans. Inquisitors are empowered to do anything to root out hidden evil. In this mutant, septic extrapolation of Catholic history, the Inquisition is fighting a genuine, unconquerable foe. In the first volume, Inquisitor Defay defeated the Dark Powers on one planet, but then disappeared. Now his apprentice/disciple Gravier accompanies the dreadful Inquisitor Reiker in pursuit of the missing man. The young Gravier defends Defay against Reiker's accusations of heresy, insisting that his master must be following some secret plan to do good, for Defay is a good man. Gravier should know better. It's not easy to find anyone or anything truly good in the Warhammer universe. The book's b&w illustrations fit this gloomy mood. There's little variety in the art's relentless gray tones. Compositions are jammed with heaps of ruined buildings and machines, while human bodies are encased in bulky, fetishistic body armor, and everyone looks equally grim and ugly. Inquisitors evidently are as likely to suffer pain as they are to inflict it. Looking at their scarred, sneering faces, it's difficult to guess which gratifies them more. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The first two volumes of this British graphic novel are spun from a role-playing game featuring neotheocratic warlords locked in superpowered battle. Gravier, apprentice to Inquisitor Defay in volume one, and reassigned to Inquisitor Reiker in the second installment, narrates the murky space opera in which such terms as "heresy" and "chaos" are frequently employed but with little conceptual attachment to their traditional meanings. While evil is depicted in both visual and verbal content, good seems to be less presentable, making these violent and not very compelling yarns. The black-and-white artwork is stuffed with machinery and deeply shadowed buff anatomies, with panels often so murky that finding necessary details of expression or even direction of movement becomes difficult. While trappings of the story echo Roman Catholic Church history, the series' double eagle emblem more accurately places the stories within the context of neo-Nazi mythology. The soullessness of the ongoing tales may resonate with some adolescent boys, but there is little here to engage any but the most socially alienated.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Genre: Fantasy
 
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Inquisitor Ascendant: Bk.2 (Warhammer 40, 000)
Author(s): Dan Abnett, Simon Coleby
ISBN: 1-84154-238-5 / 978-1-84154-238-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Black Library
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