"Hey buddy... I know I pretty much stand in direct opposition to what you think is paramount in your existence... but I wanted to let you know that there are four super-powerful gods who pretty much are the embodiment of your beloved planet's religion. Please don't seek them out, though, since they're also super-evil. Just take my word for it."
That literally had me howling!
I'm gonna haveta get on reading the First Heretic/ Fulgrim. Been reading the Soul Drinker Omnibus and various other books and have missed those 2.
I'm kinda ticked at the HH books. While I do really enjoy reading them, as I do all 40K books, some have really painted Chaos as your typical 80s movie bad guy like Waffles said. Really this version of Chaos is NOTHING like the Chaos I read about over 10 years ago. Though they have cast the Emperor in a different light, albeit as complete incompetent asshat would be dictator, I still think Chaos got the short end of the stick. They used to be a group of Legions misused and abused by the so called Emperor. They took a stand against his tyranny and joined Chaos. Was it a wise decision? Maybe not. But they felt abandoned by the Emperor and were forced to act. I guess the biggest difference I note is the Legions weren't 'tricked' as much as some people see it now, but instead made a choice to embrace Chaos in various amounts. Their fall into debauchery and murder didn't happen until after failing to conquer Terra and being forced into exile within the Eye. Where they are forced to survive by fighting amongst themselves for their new masters and for basic needs.
Fast forward to the HH books. Now we have GW painting some of the Legions/Primarchs as simpletons ie Angron. Which really pisses me off but I expect if they released a novel dedicated to the World Eaters, like they have with other legions, and it sheds some favorable light on things, maybe I'd be appeased. And some have actually had their day in the sun. The Night Lords and Alpha Legion really did get a facelift and some more fluff that they so rightly deserved. The Word Bearers have also gotten alot of attention.
I understand GW wanting the Imperials to seem haughty and impressive, as they are their poster boys, but Chaos got shafted. They went from being misunderstood anti-heroes that you could sympathize with to the frantic madmen some people see them as now. Perhaps I, and others, view their actions differently as we still like to think of Chaos as how we were first introduced to it in the 40K Universe. Maybe without having read the 2nd and 3rd ed codexes I'd feel different. But even with the release of the HH books I still think that the Chaos gods reacted out of defense and survival. The Emperor was a complete nutjob to think he was gonna get away with silencing the 4 most powerful entities in the universe and the Chaos Legions were the result of his failures and not their own. The Emperor is to blame ultimately for the whole thing.