There are a bunch of Battlestar Galactica comics I thought I already reviewed. The closer my collection gets to 2008 the more confused I get. So we’re going to take the next two weeks to clear up that oversight. I also updated the title later in the day to reflect the actual name in the production notes.
Classic Battlestar Galactica #1
Dynamite (2006)WRITER: Rick Remender ARTIST: Carlos Rafael COLORIST: Carlos Lopez SELECTED COVER ART: Dave Dorman LETTERER: Bill Tortelini
Learning of a set of book at a satellite colony that may help them find Earth, Adama sends Apoll, Boomer, and Starbuck to retrieve them, testing a new stealth device. Things don’t go well a Cylon fighter unit crashes into Boomer’s ship, and Starbuck is tracked down by thermals. Both are presumed dead and the mission a loss. Starbuck, however, survived and saw Cylons carrying Boomer’s body. As he tries to retrieve a communication radio from another downed Viper, from the original Cylon attack that put this colony under Cylon control, he’s found by a group of Cylons, but rescued by human rebels.
What they got right: The art is fantastic. The characters look like the characters, and it’s a good story idea. They also show Serina and Boxey, which gives the comic a sense of time, taking place between the pilot and the second, two-part episode. This gives them the chance to develop the Apollo/Serina relationship that was already in “let’s get married” mode by “Lost Planet Of The Gods”.
What they got wrong: A story they won’t stop telling. Maximum told this story and it will come up again…Starbuck being stranded and left for dead because they believe he is. I realize this is the only Galactica 1980 episode many people like and still considered canon by fans but do they have to tell it over and over? The only change here is Boomer is along for the ride.
Recommendation: Dynamite was producing comics of both continuities at the time this was released. While I can’t speak for the reimagined stories this is a good start and worth checking out for classic show fans.