Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Alex Sanchez
Release Date: 3rd August, 2016
Confession time, I am a HUGE Battlestar Galactica fan.
I grew up watching the original series and loving every minute of this plucky caravan of the stars fighting for survival. And, when the truly mediocre Battlestar Galactica 80s spin-off was dragged onto the telly I watched that, admittedly with a little less exhilaration, but still enjoying the series. When they then went on to announce the reboot of the show I was initially skeptical but was soon won over by Ronald D Moore’s vision and interpretation of the universe I had grown up adoring and was transported back to carefree days of my childhood chasing villains in my viper.
There has been a number of comic book tie-ins to all of the ‘Battlestar’ universes, original and reboot (BSG); some exceptionally good and others equally as bad; so to say I was intrigued by this new release from Dynamite is an understatement.
The story is set in the original Battlestar Universe as a black hole threatens to tear the fleet apart. Commander Adama is knocked unconscious and thrown into a coma where he is left to wander a dream state where he is visited by visions of faces from his past. Meanwhile, Apollo and Starbuck investigate a suspicious planet they come across which may be hiding a dark secret.
Cullen Bunn’s writing shows more than a passing knowledge of the characters and he writes them with a sense of consideration that I recognise from someone who also grew up watching the original series. Alex Sanchez’s artwork has a very retro feeling to it and reminds me at times of the art of Carlos Ezquerra. However, for me, this just doesn’t work. While I enjoyed the writing, I can’t help but feel that the artwork, while accomplished, is out of sync and perhaps would benefit the story in black and white?
As I read the story I began to see the characters coming through from the BSG series more so than that of the original; even the plot of the story had more in common with the reboot series than the classic show.
Sadly, I can’t help but feel that this is perhaps yet another missed opportunity to developing this universe.
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