In the centre is a 16 page full colour section with another timeline and colour artwork.
Obviously the main thing is the story contained within. I have read a few Black Library releases in the past ( both 40k and fantasy) and they are pretty universally enjoyable, quickly romping along in a familiar background world. The first issue is "The First Heretic" by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. As anyone who notices how slowly the "currently reading" panel on the left of this page changes, I don't get through books too quickly, so haven't quickly rattled through this publication. Looking it up on good reads, however, it does get a good rating so I'm looking forward to starting it.
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The other burning question is whether the collection is for me to continue. Issue's 2 and 3 are bundled together for £6.99 before the price rises to £9.99 for each subsequent novel, which isn't bad for a hardback. The series is meant to have 80 novels on completion, with one being released every fortnight. There is no way I need or want all those books (never mind the £20 a month bill) but I can see myself signing up for the first couple of months until the value for money goes down. Mail order is the same price (free p+p) but also has the benefits of a few related freebies with the first few deliveries. Also there are a couple of novels by Dan Abnett in there who's writing I do enjoy.
Overall a thumbs up!