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Readers of the Spotlight know that I haven’t had the best of luck getting my comics the past few weeks. In fact this week’s daytime comic reviews will feature three old comics alongside three newly acquired comics. Last week I had the opportunity (for lack of a better word) to return to Rob Liefeld‘s vision for Battlestar Galactica, which means more torture for me. Yay.

Since I’ve been crossposting these to my That Guy blogspace, and TGWTG readers love them some drinking games, I’ve decided to create the Liefeld’s Galactica drinking game featuring my big pet peeve. This comic has a bad habit of only using three panels per page, but when they use three panels over TWO PAGES, take a shot. Take another shot if it turns out to be something mundane, like opening up a cryo-tube or something. I’m sure it will happen again. After all, this is…

Oh, I need to correct something I said at the end of the previous week-long voyage into mistakeville. This isn’t the comic written by Richard Hatch. My comics were in the wrong order, and that is the next arc for review, Apollo’s Journey. This is The Enemy Within, a story that has one element that may make fans of the REMADE Battlestar Galactica twitch. Because why should only us old-school fans suffer, right? You won’t see it this issue, but it’s coming.

No, this isn't the Ultimate Warrior comic.

Battlestar Galactica: The Enemy Within #1 (of 3)

Maximum Press (November 1995)

STORY: Rob Liefeld & Robert Napton
SCRIPT: Robert Napton
ARTIST: Hector Gomes
COLORIST: Angel McLaughlin
LETTERING: Kurt Hathaway
EDITOR: Matt Hawkins
UPDATED CHARACTER & SHIP DESIGNS: Rob Liefeld & Karl Altstaetter

The good news is that Liefield isn’t the artist on the covers for this mini. The bad news is that his influence is still there. Look at that thing. Guys trapped in giant picture tubes stuffed in a corner with someone you don’t recognize coming after you. (I know who and what they are because I read the comic.) Meanwhile, giant Apollo looks mildly interested and the Galactica and some other ship look like they’re trying to escape.

For those of you who missed the last series, the Galactica finally arrived at Earth, showing up while the dinosaurs still roam free, to find a pyramid that’s more powerful than anything the colonies have developed. It turns out to be Adam’s Ark, with only Adam and his wife, Eve, on board. The rest of the 13th tribe is off somewhere else, so thanks for making the whole trip pointless, Maximum Press. Also, Baltar killed Adama, which leads to the opening splash page of Apollo standing by his grave marker.

Sheba comes to console her husband and they discuss the events of the previous issue. You know, in case you can’t read the small print of the “story so far” section that’s been in the inside cover in every BSG comic thus far.

Take your first shot of the game as Commander Cain takes his namesake grandson thrusting through the asteroids (wow, those new Vipers get some distance, since the only asteroids I know of are the ones between Mars and Jupiter, but they seem to be flying near Saturn at one point), freaking the young man out. I have to watch his episode again, but I don’t remember him being this big a jackass. They spot a ship on the long-range, but it can’t be identified.

"Scans confirm: we're in a bad comic."

Cain is ready to take the other Battlestar, Pegasus, out to take a look when Apollo informs him that the Council of Twelve gave him senior authority after Adama’s passing. Cain takes this in stride. Actually he throws a fit over it, but they leave to investigate, with the Ark guarding Earth.

Apollo, Starbuck, Cain the junior, and a group of security guards (who aren’t killed in this mission, there’s a rare occurrence for this kind of story) travel to the ship. Apollo tells his son to stay close to Starbuck so naturally he wanders off like a moron. (Or your average TARDIS companion.) He finds a set of cryo-tubes where all but one passenger are dead. Unlike Adam & Eve last miniseries, the cryo-suspension device look like one of those tubes in an old television rather than a sarcophagus and he awakens both without spectacle and fully clothed (except he wears a vest but no shirt–the 13th Colony has some weird fashion sense, people).

That's right, Athena. Future of the colony isn't more important than you're jealousy. How long have you known him again?

He says his name is Ares, which President Tigh remarks is the Kobolian god of war. (Take that, ancient Greeks!) As you can see in the panel above, Apollo is concerned about the new arrival and what his claims mean for their search. Athena, however, is just trying to find the best way into Ares’ pants. I really need to build that collection of facepalm images.

Adam doesn’t really buy Ares’ story and encourages Apollo to investigate the ship he came in. Meanwhile, Athena begins the aforementioned garment invasion mission and takes Ares to visit the Temporal Overdrive, the plot device used to get the Galactica to Earth. Not exactly my idea of a first date and why do you take a guy you just met and should at least be suspicious of to the most important part of the ship? Isn’t that a security risk? Oh, and someone who knows more about engineering that I do, please answer me this:

Does any part of this machine make anything resembling sense? I don’t care if it comes courtesy of the smarter-than-everyone, super-high-technology Seraphs. How the frak does anything about this felgercarb* make anything resembling sense?

(*For new show fans, “felgercarb” is pseudo-curse, like frak. While looking up the spelling I noticed that in the new show it’s a brand of toothpaste. Somehow, brushing my teeth with “crap” doesn’t sound like a good idea. Also, “Frack” (either spelling is valid according to the BSG wiki) means the “s” word, not the “f” word, unlike the new series “frak”. That means they got it wrong. Apologies to Apollo Z. Hack.)

I shouldn't be surprised that the artist who gives Cylons veins and ripped abs drew that arm.

Athena leads him to his quarters and she invites him to a dinner in his honor. Once she leaves (probably thinking about what outfit would be easier for him strip off her and yes I do think that little of the writers), he pulls out a communicator and contacts Lucifer, Baltar’s Cylon secondary. Yes, it’s all part of Baltar’s plan to destroy the Galactica, believing Apollo is more gullible than Cain the senior. Ares is working for the Cylons, and when he destroys the Galactica, Baltar is going to launch his surprise attack! Thus ends issue #1

Like before, there is so much wasted space, usually only three panels a page. I grew out of that before I reached 9th grade, and I had less space to work with (a bunch of copy papers folded in half). The plot doesn’t sound too bad, but the execution isn’t much to look at. The artist throws panels wherever he feels like, occasionally with a confusing reading pattern. And I’m sure this will continue tomorrow, as we go through issue #2 and see Baltar can get better fitting sleeves. (Click the image for a full-sized fashion don’t.)

By the way, there’s still time left on my poll to see if I should spend the time to analyze all four Galactica TV series, old and new timelines. Is it an article series folks would like to see? Click the link for the full idea and vote. So far I’ve only one vote.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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