Battlestar Galactica #8
Marvel Comics (October, 1979)“Shuttle-Diplomacy” WRITER: Bil Mantlo ARTIST: Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson COLORIST: Bert Sean LETTERER: Clem Robbins EDITOR: Allen Mligrom
Still trapped in the memory machine, Adama flashes back to a time when he and Tigh were junior officers aboard the Galactica assigned to escort an ambassador from the colony of Scorpia. Adama isn’t a fan of Scorpia because they let their lives be run by robots. However, when the Cylons attacked, both the Scorpians and Adama will learn a lesson about humanity and robots.
What they got right: I do like how they took the opportunity to explore one of the Colonies prior to the events of the TV series and this was a good one. As a stand-alone tale, and in a war with robots who had overthrown their creators, a story about robots who can have their own thoughts and interests is a tried-and-true bit of classic science fiction.
What they got wrong: While I like the idea of good robots in a war with evil ones, and using the memory machine as a framing device for a flashback take isn’t bad in itself, it comes in the middle of a more important storyline and delays current events. Maybe this was a filler story since the writer of this issue isn’t the same as the previous issue?
Recommendation: As a stand-alone story it’s quite good. As a Battlestar Galactica story it’s fairly decent, but misplaced in light of the current story. It’s worth a look if you come upon it.