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IV starts off immediately where its preceding Episode concluded, dealing with the events set up there. With their forces arrayed against one another Bjorn’s unit leads his forces into a losing battle against the Alpha Legion, even as they are cut down one by one. At the same time the message at the end of III causes the White Scars to pull out of Chondax, and Jaghatai makes a choice few would ever expect of him.
In many ways IV addresses many of the concerns made in previous instalments. There is no mention of Terra, the plot is focused between a small handful of scenes and it feels very streamlined. Only Shiban, Bjorn, Ilya and the Khan.
Each of them offers some small part in progressing the story with Shiban continuing the investigation of the mysteriously dead legionaries before they leave, Ilya giving us our first proper look at the legio’s battle fleet, Khan giving us our first proper insight into the legion prior to the Heresy, and Bjorn shoots things.
There’s unfortunately very little which can be said aboutthe Space Wolf segments. While they take up the largest chunk of the Episode,they just consist of Russ and Alpharius’ legions fighting one another. It’swell handled, anyone who read the void engagements in Battle of the Fang knows Wraight can do them well, but much of itis just fighting. What little isn’t is establishing that the Wolves areprogressively losing, and how big an engagement this really is. There’s nothingwrong with them, but even in comparison to the brief scenes from prior Episodesthere’s seemingly little actually to these scenes beyond violence. It concludesbefore we see anything major take place beyond a frantic ship battle betweenvarious forces.