With 2020 stretching out ominously before us, vast and unknown, the Black Library is cooking up crimes in a new imprint.
Crime and punishment are an interesting prospect in the Imperium of Man. Because under the rule of a given planetary governor, the laws might vary and you might be able to do something like steal an apple without having three generations of your lineage indentured to the penal legions of the Astra Militarum. But under the iron grip of the Adeptus Arbites, or worse, the crosshairs of the Commisariat or one of the various orders dedicated to hunting “criminals” who often look like “heretics” things get a lot deadlier and fascistic. Because the Imperium is, at its heart, a parody of fascist government that will turn you into a corpse-machine as soon as look at you.
Enter the Black Library, with a newly announced imprint: Warhammer Crime. Now, the name alone is awesome. It sounds like it should already be a primetime tv show, except tv is probably outlawed in the Imperium because people kept somehow arriving at the idea that there might be more to life than manufacturing cogs for the Departmento Munitorum, and they had to shut that down quickly. We, on the other hand, get the benefit of reading all about the sexy, seedy underbelly that thrives under the oppression of the Imperium.
via Warhammer Community
In July 2020 we’re launching another new imprint, this time focusing on the seedy underbelly of Warhammer 40,000. We’ve created a new setting for all of this nefarious activity to take place in, the fantastically titled Varangantua. Stay connected to the Warhammer Community site and Black Library social media for more updates on this soon.
The big question now is, what will these stories focus on? Will we see true crime style stories where criminals desperately try to survive and sow the seeds puff their own destruction? Perhaps a noir story featuring a hard-bitten detective who ain’t afraid to poke their nose where the Arbites won’t. GW already has a character ready to go for this. A tireless exposer of psychic misdeeds and genetic deviance.
That’s right, it’s none other than the legendary investigator, Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau.
Tremble criminals. Your time is at an end.