BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Begins Anew ... All Over Again!
Oct 1, 2012
The new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA program retooled by the likes of Ronald D. Moore no less launched with modest fanfare on the SciFi Channel (now Syfy) in 2004, and audiences were re-introduced to the Saga of a Star World: the last survivors of humanity on a quest for a shining star known as Earth. Of course, the usual suspects – better known as the Cylons – were up to not only their old tricks but also a whole bag of new ones; no longer were they simply metal machines for, in this new version, Moore and his crew of writers concocted an even greater variation of the enemy, one that took human form and could thus help destroy mankind from the inside. It all began with a new miniseries – once that brought back the Galactica’s crew with some modest variations as well – and then a series followed, all to very solid and deserved critical acclaim.
In 2006, Dynamite Comics launched their own series of adventures in this new Galactican neighborhood when it spawned a monthly series based entirely on Moore’s recounting of the saga. This wasn’t a venture that could be taken lightly; after all, this new televised GALACTICA had a fairly tight continuity built into it, and comic book writers would be tasked with finding ‘holes’ of opportunity within these newly established stories with which to set their own yarns. If this #0 book is any indication of things to come, then this new adventures are off to a great start.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers largely for the purposes of discussing the plot. If you want to know a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’ then skip to the bottom. Otherwise, read on, child of Kobol …)
Picking up not long after the mythical Arrow of Apollo in the “Kobol’s Last Gleaming” story, the comic book begins with the rag-tag Colonial Fleet stumbling across a huge junkyard in space, the remains of a Colonial engagement from years back. The vast assortment of battle-scarred ships stands in the Galactica’s path; yet, as Apollo is clearing a path for the fleet, Adama and his command crew receive a shocking development in the form of a distress call from what appears to be survivors of an old medical ship. Matters are quickly complicated when it turns out that these are no ordinary survivors – in fact, they are relatives to many of the Galactica’s crew who perished in the last few years. Believing they’ve been lured into the next great Cylon trap, Adama orders Starbuck recalled from the medical frigate – she’s been sent over there to evaluate the reality of the situation – but before she can disengage from the survivors she learns the identity of their commanding officer is none other than Adama’s late son, Zak.
It’s a great set-up – there are amply hints back to developments from the TV show along with some great foreshadowing of possible things-to-come for all involved. Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor have gone to great lengths to capture the feel of the program – the look of the sets, the faces and habits of the principles, etc. – and I’ve no doubt that, under their watchful guidance, it should development nicely. It’s a comfortable transition from the boob tube to the printed page, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA looks like it’s off to a solid launch, indeed.
RECOMMENDED. If you’re a fan of Syfy’s BATTLESTAR GALACTICA redux, then there’s plenty to love about this #0 installment, a shortened, single-edition set-up to the planned four-part story to follow. Rejoin Adama, Apollo, Starbuck, and all the gang in this adventure set within the tight continuity of the television program, and be prepared for a mystery relating to the original Colonies to unfold, panel-by-panel, right before your very eyes.