Review – Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 TPB (Dynamite)

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Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment.
Writer: Tony Lee
Artist: Aneke
Release Date: 28th October, 2015

Once upon a time there was a Victorian Steampunk aesthetic, and it was good. Also once upon a time there was Battlestar Galactica and it was good. Then once upon a time, this time not so long ago, Dynamite Entertainment mixed the two together and it was… unusual, silly, and sorta good.

Steampunk Battlestar Galactica is a riff on the 70’s TV show and is written by Tony Lee who has form in writing TV adaptations, he is probably best known for his work on Dr Who. He approaches this story with a massive amount of energy and some wonderful ideas. He mixes so many things into the story you will end up reference spotting. I mean, Muffit is Chewbacca. Starbuck is Han Solo… there’s more. Anyone want to see a Cylon the same size as a Jaeger from Pacific Rim? Yep, Lee gives us them too.

It’s not the overall storyline that I have issues with, it’s wonderfully ridiculous, and a lot of fun. It’s just a couple of things about how the story is told. The language in the story feels slightly off for one. Battlestar has its own unique phraseology and when Lee tries to give this a specifically Victorian Steampunk feel, it just feels ever so slightly off. Then there is his take on Apollo, who has always struck me as a slightly serious foil for Starbuck in any incarnation I have ever seen. Here, he is an Errol Flynn styled swashbuckler with the repartee to match. For me it jarred, just a little.

One thing I have no complaint about is the art that Aneke (Damsels) delivers beautifully. Aneke Murillenem, keep an eye out for her work, it’s lovely. In Battlestar Galactica 1880 she delivers each panel with aplomb and finesse.

The book is worth a look, even if it is just for Aneke’s work. Oh, and the Cylon Jaegers which are an awesome concept.

Rating: 3.5/5.

The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
John Tweets from @jmwdaredevil.


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