Dynamite Entertainment 2018
Written by Peter David
Illustrated by Johnny Desjardins
Coloured by Mohan
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
While responding to a distress beacon, Commander Cain of the Pegasus encounters Kali, a member of an alien race who claim to be the creators of humanity’s robotic foe. Meanwhile, the crew of the Galactica escapes, only to find themselves pulled into a wormhole that’s led them to the unknown.
This is the issue we’ve been waiting for since it was discovered that this was happening. I mean Starbuck and Starbuck together in one place that’s the most thrilling, dangerous and sexually charged encounter that we are dying to see. However before that happens we have other things to discuss and the crew to go through. Like emerging through the wormhole to find themselves on a collision course with the other Galactica.
I have to say that Peter does this all beautifully and that he knows and understands the differences in both series is highlighted here. Yes the style of dress is different but then again it’s supposed to be and more importantly the key players here are not the same on each ship. While Apollo and Starbuck are trusted confidants of Commander Adama whom he takes to meet their counterparts and Admiral Adama has the President, Lee and Saul so it’s a very different look at who was featured and when. It is here that I started noticing which series I preferred to be honest and I was and wasn’t shocked by whom I chose.
The dialogue between them was pretty spectacular. Call sign and real names, the origins of the Cylon’s all of it being discussed here in a brilliant “sit-down” between them all and though Commander Adama decided to travel to the Admiral’s ship might have been in good faith nothing about this was to be nice. I have to say the tone of both series shines in what happens during this meeting and it’s actually rather expected and I am not sure that’s a good thing.
Ah Johnny is such an amazing artist and illustrator! I love his use of linework and their different weights, his attention to detail is phenomenal and that we see so much of what the look of the characters while not being dead on is superbly done. I love that we recognise who’s who by appearance but there’s still room for that artistic license to make it his own. The way that page layouts are used and how the angles and perspective are seen in each panel shows off his eye for storytelling and it is so strong. The use of backgrounds are judiciously utilised here and done so well that we get where they are at every moment.
I am not sure that Peter started out to showcase the differences in the then and now of how we see both series but it’s inevitable really. Yes we get a bit of the Starbuck’s encounter here and the promise of more makes me anxious to see it so the anticipation of next issue already hits when this one finishes. The way the book and this part of the story is structured is incredible, Peter really understands how to create that ebb & flow like few others ever could. Plus the fact that his characterisation of these established characters feels so darn true to the original source material makes me a happy fanboy!
While they never seem to work as an ongoing monthly I like that the Battlestar Galactica franchise is alive and well at Dynamite. Sure story arc’s work out well and that there is no real ending to their journey well that’s something we both never want to see and would love to know. There is no beating this creative team and the work they do here is beyond reproach.