StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast is a three issue comic series that was published alongside the release of the War Chests after the conclusion of This Sacred Land. It features Donny Vermillion and Nova Terra, investigating the world of Tartarus, holding secrets of the late Emperor Arcturus Mengsk.[1]

The comic is planned for nine issues.[2]


Based on a tip from a “fan,” disgraced news anchor and champion of despots Donny Vermillion chases a story that could resurrect his career—if he lives to tell it. His destination is a remote planet once controlled by the late Emperor Arcturus Mengsk, and he’s not the only one interested in its dangerous secrets. Vermillion crosses paths with former Dominion ghost Nova and her partner Reigel, who are conducting their own investigation of the mysterious world. Featuring characters and storylines from previous War Chest comics, “Nature of the Beast” tests the resolve and humanity of hero and shady reporter alike.[3]


Donny Vermillion, disgraced for his continued support of Arcturus Mengsk and having left UNN, was finishing an episode of his show, "The Donny Vermillion Show," when he get a message from a fan of a big story. He takes a freighter to the planet of Tartarus the edges of Dominion Space, accompanied by a xenophobic former jorium transporter. They find a massive defense network around the planet, and discover swarms of zerg on Tartarus's surface. However, as they approach, their transport his attacked by the defense network.

The pilot jettisons Vermillion from an escape pod as his ship explodes, and he is sent plummeting toward the planet. Meanwhile, in the Griffin, Nova Terra and Reigel notice Donny's falling escape pod.[1]





  1. 1.0 1.1 Brian Alexander (w), Carlos Rodríguez (i) and Sandra Molina (c). (June 11, 2020). StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 1 Accessed 2020-06-11.
  2. 06-11-2020, Brian Alexander LinkedIn,, 06-11-2020
  3. 08-15-2019, War Chest 6, Blizzard Entertainment, 06-11-2020
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