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I was first introduced to Kal Jerico in my early teens. I had just finished Dawn of War, and reading through the Inquisitor rulebook I came upon an image. ďKal Jerico, Bounty Hunter for hire, by Karl and Stefan KopinskiĒ. I had only just begun my exploration of the colossal background of Warhammer 40,000, and I was hooked.
The Inquisitor rulebook hails from a time when Games Workshop codices were filled cover to cover with amazing gawk-worthy artistry. Before the more formal and structured codices we have today. Moreover, it remains the most deep and insightful look at the Inquisition to be published. Because of this intake of incredible art at such a pivotal time in my life, there are many pieces of art in Inquisitor that remain amongst my favourites of all the plethora of GW artistry. They are at the forefront of what defines 40k, but of all these wonderful characters I perused through I hadnít been able to put a name to any as soon as Kal Jerico.
There was something about this character. His clothing and hairstyle was unique. I hadnít seen, and am yet to see, a concept for a character like his in my lifetime. He emitted a certain noble air, or so I thought. And for all these years I obsessed about this character and Iíd never actually read any of the comics or novels he appeared in. He joined Quinlan Vos and Kyle Katarn in my list of heroes Iíd yet to know the 'ventures of.
I canít remember quite what spurred my curiosity, but a week or so ago I gave in. I found a collection of Warhammer Monthly issues on scribd, and there began my personal exploration of the background of Kal Jerico. It has to be said that Warhammer Monthly was of an older form of the 40k & fantasy background than Iím used to. Many of the comics look dated and not too well drawn. That being said, Karl Kopinski delivers a piece that holds together well with time. It looks like 40k as I know it now fresh with the release of 6th edition and Dark Vengeance.
Karl utilised a very strong black & white inking style, and the range of faces and Ė even more impressively Ė range of facial expressions he captures are stunning. It is stand out comic art that most big comic companies would be more than lucky to have. Unfortunately, the scribd collection only took me as far as Motherlode (Which is relatively early on), but it has left me with many things to say, and with few people to share it with I thought this would be a good opportunity to write up a series of episodic reviews.
I ordered myself The Complete Kal Jerico collection (which does as it says on the tin) and Daemonifuge (because of how highly rated it is). Two days ago they came through the post. Iíll keep you posted regularly, and I look forward to sharing my opinions as much as I hope you enjoy hearing them.

So I started up a blog (link: a while back, and while this post is six days old now I still thought'd share this. It's still relevant and lays the groundwork to later posts. If you've never read Kal Jerico - or have already - and want to know what a young-ish 40k fan makes of it, feel free to check it out .

WARNING: These reviews may contain spoilers.

Currently the blog covers:
How I Wound Up Here: An introduction into my reviews which glean my mindset going into this (quoted word for word above).
First Impressions: After reading the first few stories I give my opinions on the protagonists of the series.
The Hit & Yolanda: Reviews of the first two stories which introduce two of the villains.
Nemo & Redemption: Reviews of another two stories showcasing yet more new villains. Also contains what may be my unabashedly biased favourite of the lot.
Motherlode: A look at the first multi-parter, the four-part Motherlode, and how the author handles this extra story length.
Thoughts on Wayne Reynolds (including Raintown): What my opinions are of the artist change of what later becomes the main artist of Kal Jerico, and a review of his first episode, which highlights the better of his abilities.
Licenced to Kill & Code of Honour: More Wayne Reynolds highlighting the less capable side of his artwork.
The Nemo Agenda: The second four-parter which boasts the return of all the villains so far set up. Will it hold to its own acclaim?
The Delivery & +++Colours: A review of one of the cheesier Wayne Reynolds episodes and a much welcome return to Kopinski territory.
The Freak & Killing Time: A couple of stories delving into the gladiatorial arenas of Necromunda. The latter sets up the Above & Beyond multi-parter. I review.
Above & Beyond Parts 1-3: Kal goes above & beyond in this massive 9-part adventure. I review it in small chunks.
Above & Beyond Parts 4-6: Kal goes above & beyond in this massive 9-part adventure. I review it in small chunks.
Above & Beyond Parts 7-9: Kal goes above & beyond in this massive 9-part adventure. I review it in small chunks.
Scabbs and Yolanda: My review of the spin-off multi-parter that follows two well established characters on Necromunda while Kal is away.
Homecoming: Kal returns to Necromunda and bumps into the now paired Scabbs & Yolanda. More is afoot. I also explore another addition to the Kal Jerico artists, of whom doesn't have very good footing in 40k lore.
Crimson Tide: The last of the Kal Jerico comics. In no way conclusive, this story instead decided to jump the shark.
Listed - My Favourite to Least Favourite Kal Jerico Comics: Strange as it might seem with the rating system I incorporate, I still set the record straight on the slightly blurred lines of which episode beats which other.
Post-Comics Thoughts on Kal Jerico Characters: I look retrospectively at how characters have changed since my outing into the comics, and what directions and changes I'd like to see them undergo in the novels.
A Brief Update on Posting Frequency: In even briefer terms: while I read through the novels the updates and filler will become slightly less frequent.
Live-Action Kal Jerico - A Missed Opportunity : A look at an actor who would have been a brilliant Kal Jerico.

Last edited by Blackwire; 11-25-12 at 11:18 PM. Reason: The blog now covers way more than three posts
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