What began as a series of alternate covers featuring Dynamite licensed properties as kids led to a series of one-shots that are kid-friendly even if the source material (for example Evil Ernie and Vamparella) aren’t.
Li’l Battlestar Galactica
Dynamite Entertainment (2014)CO-WRITER/ARTIST: Art Baltazar CO-WRITER: Franco ACTIVITY SHEET: Roger Langridge & Andrew Elder “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA” CREATOR: Glen A. Larson
Trying to review a comic produced by Baltazar and Franco is nearly impossible in my usual format. With the exception of Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!, they’re style is usually “here’s the plot, let’s have hi-jinx”. Even Superman Family Adventures, which had a regular story layout, still stayed close to this formula while Tiny Titans was exactly that formula and I can only imagine their current Aw Yeah, Comics series follows the same style since it has the same art style.
The story, such as it is, has the Cylons invading the Galactica because Baltar told them where to find it. Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer, and Athena are all kids, as is Apollo and Athena’s brother, Zac, who is now a ghost and follows Apollo around. (Not having had the chance to read it, mostly out of fear, I don’t know if this is referencing something going on in Dynamite’s current run of the regular series or not. Otherwise it’s an interesting reference.) How did Batlar and the Cylons get on the ship? Who cares? Hi-jinx! It’s so fun, though, that it’s hard to get mad at it.
I do like the running gag involving the noise the Cylon eyes make as they go back and forth. The closest thing I have to a complaint is that Athena comes across some Cylon heads and decides they’re Cylon babies. Imperious Leader sends the headless Cylons back for their heads and she says they’re the mommies come to get their babies back. It kind of makes Athena look like an idiot, which is too bad. Also, I’m assuming lack of space plays a part in that Tigh, Jolly, and Cassiopeia are nowhere to be seen. Although Muffet the robot Dagit is here, it would be strange given the reworking of the characters to have Boxey, Apollo’s stepson, in this story so I can’t complain about his absence.
Overall this is a fun parody in the usual Art Baltazar & Franco mode that’s well worth picking up if you’re a fan of either the creators, the show, or both. (They even snuck in the opening and closing narrations.)