Battlestar Galactica – at least, the reimagined show that debuted in 2004 – is a bit of an odd beast. On the one hand, you have one of the best sci-fi shows in recent memory – impactful, insightful and with a terrific, tension-wrought story. On the other, you have the meta-knowledge that they had absolutely no idea what they were doing with it until they actually filmed the final episodes, giving its final throes the feeling of padding and nothing more, in preparation for a relatively washed-out ending. ‘And they have a plan…’ was a lie, it turns out – ah well.
It doesn’t stop the series overall from being utterly terrific, mind you – but the risk any writer approaching new new-BSG stories runs is that they’ll be pre-judged based on this faltering swansong.
Whilst J T Krul – of Fathom and Green Arrow fame – does a good job of layering on the intrigue, his story relies on the contextual dramatic irony of Six’s ‘predicament’ to do most of the its heavy-lifting, and even though it’ll certainly be intriguing for fans, any newcomers to the story will be left scratching their heads as to what’s going on.
It’s certainly not bad, by any stretch of the imagination. Krul’s writing feels pretty authentic – Six’s hypnotic tones sounding in your head as you read the dialogue – and the scenario that he’s set up is most intriguing, sort of like The Abyss with Cylons. Lima’s art is also of a decent standard for a TV-to-comic adaptation – the characters that need to be recognisable are exactly that, and whilst the colouring’s a touch garish on occasion, the look of the book is never anything less than functional, and does a pretty great job of mirroring the directorial vibe of the show.
There’s a problematic moment in the middle of the book where it’s unclear which grey-and-red-armoured individual is doing what to which other grey-and-red-armoured individual, and only a third going over of the panels managed to clarify it.
Overall, it’s not striking as immediately essential, even for fans, but it’s also not necessarily one that you want to pass on right away either. If you’re in to your Battlestar Galactica, there’s certainly an intriguing set-up here, and it’s worth a look if you can’t find anything else interesting this week
The writer of this piece was: Ross Sweeney
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