Originally Posted by Child-of-the-Emperor
Oh yea, like what? (Also try to give an example that doesn't include Ultramarines!)
Anything with Ciaphus Cain, towering over Ventris by not only doing things on a larger scale, but practically single handed, though I don't hold it against him. Anything involving Mkoll and Mkvenner from Gaunt's Ghosts (not really on the same scale, but when the fact that they're human is taken into account it's a much bigger jump then a veteran space marine captain.) Cherubael in the Eisenhorn series, though he is the villian, so I don't know if that counts. I could probably think of a few more with some rereading, but these are from my three favourite Black Library series and each element stands out as topping Ventris.
Though to be fair I've only read the novel's in the Ultramarines Omnibus so maybe there's something damning I'm missing in the later novels. Still, in what I've read Ventris has certainly survived very dangerous events, where a normal space marine captain might not, but he's the main character, so it's to be expected when he's faced with a problem that isn't quite winnable from a lore prespecitve he isn't just pulped, that would put an end to most Black Library series.
I don't think he just has blatant plot armor either (Spoilers, obviously). In Nightbringer the only out of the usual situtaion for a space marine to face would be encountering the Nightbringer. He doesn't exactly win this encounter (made the wrong choice if you ask me, should have brought the roof down on everyones head) and he's facing the Nightbringer at it's most vunerable state. Warriors of Ultramar never puts him in a situation that's all that unusual for a space marine captain. Dead Sky, Black Sun has, I think, the largest amount of plot armor, but it does take place while the enemy's occupied with a large army on it's front step, and most of the heavy lifting is done by a demonic entity.
I'm not saying Ventris has to be your favourite character (he certainly isn't mine), or that you even have to like him. Just if you don't like him, don't try to make it out as if Graham McNeil is the worst Black Library author when that spot is deserved so richly by another.