StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast is a nine issue comic series that was first 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.
A compilation is expected in March of 2022.
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.
Donny Vermillion, disgraced for his continued support of Arcturus Mengsk and having left UNN, finished an episode of his show, "The Donny Vermillion Show," when he received a message from a fan of a big story. He took a freighter to the planet of Tartarus the edges of Dominion Space, accompanied by a xenophobic former jorium transporter. They found a massive defense network around the planet, and discover swarms of zerg on Tartarus's surface. However, as they approached, their transport is attacked by the defense network.
The pilot jettisoned 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.
Nova and Reigel arrived on the infested surface, and Riegel convinced Nova they needed to save Vermillion. Meanwhile, Vermillion attempted to record the devastation on the planet, when he ran into scientist Evelyn Yoo and her son Jun-Ho Yoo. Evelyn pointed a gun at him and demanded they take his ship off world, to which he responded he had no ship. They were interrupted when a hydralisk attacked them, and Vermillion pushed Evelyn in an attempt to escape, but was cornered by the hydralisk. He was saved by a blast from Nova's hellfire shotgun, which killed the hydralisk. Reigel rescued Evelyn and Jun-Ho, and Evelyn punched Vermillion for abandoning her.
Nova and Reigel talked with Evelyn, who revealed she was a worker at the planet's jorium refinery when the zerg attacked. Nova told her that she would help Evelyn escape if she showed her where the jorium refinery was. Reigel was infuriated at Nova using civilians, and told her that he thought she had an obsession with her mission of finding jorium, which Nova dismissed. Reigel reluctantly agreed to follow her on her mission, and the group agreed to move on the refinery at dawn.
That night, Nova and Evelyn discussed jorium, as well as the observation that Jun-Ho was partially infested, and that his treatment only slowed the spread. That morning, they moved on the refinery, entering the hole the zerg had burst out of. As they entered, they discovered under the refinery was a training facility. Vermillion picked up a key card and opened a door, revealing a zerg queen. The group fled behind another door, which housed a large number of pods containing spectres.
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- 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.
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- Brian Alexander (w), Carlos Rodríguez (i) and Sandra Molina (c). (July 9, 2020). StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 2 Accessed 2020-07-11.
- Brian Alexander (w), Carlos Rodríguez (i) and Sandra Molina (c). (July 27, 2020). StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Nature of the Beast: Part 3 Accessed 2020-08-06.