Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts #1 (Dynamite)
Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover: Dennis Calero
Shortly before the Cylon attack
against the colonies, the Special Colonial Air Group assigned to
the Battlestar Therion, Ghost Squadron, undertakes a
Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This issue takes place shortly before, and
the day of, the Cylon attack on the Colonies seen in
Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts is a
4-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.
The issues of this mini-series were not individually titled. I
have chosen to apply the title "Ghost Squadron" to this issue,
as it introduces us to the
Special Colonial Air Group of that name.
In the comic's original script,
Ghost Squadron was to be stationed aboard the
battlestar Pegasus. This was later changed to a
Therion, which may be why the
Therion is depicted as a
Mercury-class battlestar like Pegasus.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Captain Arvin Tyler
Teresa Manning (a Number Three model Cylon)
Captain Alexander Chen
Lt. Myer Castall
Lt. Jorianne Landry
Lt. Dozil Pennit
(a Number Two model Cylon)
Children of Erebus (a terrorist group from Tauron)
On the inside front cover, Brandon Jerwa is listed as "Writers"
plural, instead of "Writer". The misprint persists throughout
all four issues of the mini-series.
In the prologue of the issue, a group of members of the
Significant Seven Cylons discuss whether is
time to begin the
genocide against humans. Present are one each of Numbers 1-5
models and possibly two Number Sixes (it's kind of hard to tell
from the art). There does not appear to be a Number Eight
present. (A Number Seven model has never been seen and is later
revealed to have been disposed of prior to the start of the
second Cylon war in "No Exit".)
A Cylon in a pod is seen on page 1, commenting on the actions
taking place and speaking commands. Each of its paragraphs ends
with the phrase "End of line." The episode "Torn" reveals that
this is a Cylon known as a Hybrid: human-looking, but largely
cybernetic and unable to leave the pod. Each Cylon basestar has
one Hybrid that serves as the ship's central computer. The look
and behavior of the Hybrids was inspired by the precogs of the
2002 film Minority Report, based on a Philip K. Dick
short story. The phrase "end of line" is a computing phrase
meant to signify the end of a line of coding text. The phrase is
used occasionally by Cylons throughout the BSG2000 series
(possibly borrowed from its use by the Master Control Program in
the 1982 film
The Hybrid appears and makes prophetic statements through all
four issues of the mini-series. The statements it makes, while
still nebulous, are much more coherent and structured than the
ones the Hybrids make in episodes of the TV series.
Among its other statements, the Hybrid says, "Cannot make an
omelet without breaking eggs," and "Let sleeping dogs lie."
These are both well-known idioms on our own Earth.
On page 2, among the cluster of basestars and Raiders, two
resurrection ships are seen; they are not formally introduced to
the viewing audience until the season two episode "Resurrection
Ship" Part 1.
The Tylers' smuggling ship, the Orion, is a
similar type of civilian transport ship as the
Astral Queen, a converted liner that is now a
prison ship which becomes part of the rag-tag fleet. The
smugglers have modified four salvaged Cylon Centurions
from the first Cylon War as pilots of the ship.
The Colonial Special Air Wing called Ghost Squadron is assigned
to battlestar Therion, a Mercury-class battlestar (the
same as the later seen Pegasus introduced in
Therion is commanded by Commander Burkett, and
XO'd by Colonel Regus. The nameplate of
Therion is set in the middle of the hangar bays;
Pegasus, it is more towards the front of the
bays, just as on Galactica.
The newspaper Dyson is reading on page 14 is the Aquarian
City Daily. An article about the Children of Erebus
terrorist group is seen on the front page, as well as another
headline, "Top Politicians Vanish" (a similar headline appears
"A Higher Purpose").
In the interior pages, an article about an investigation at the
Troy mining colony is seen as well as the announcement of a new
CNP director and the headline "Identity Theft on the Rise". Troy
was the mining colony that Boomer's false backstory says was her
homeworld. Baltar was the last known CNP (Command Navigation
Program) director. It seems odd to see these stories placed in a
newspaper at this point in the chronology (Day Zero of the Second
Cylon War), as both events took place much earlier; Baltar was
named director of the CNP about two years prior to this
according to the events of
"A Higher Purpose". A
headline reading "Identity Theft on the Rise" was also seen in
Tyler and Dyson hijack a van of medical supplies from Colonial
United Medical Supply Company.
On page 21, panel 4, the name "RAYANN" is spelled in the
background stars! Then, on page 30, the splashpage, "MULONG
(heart) RAYANN" appears in the stars in the lower-left quadrant.
Who or what Mulong and Rayann refers is unknown.
As the smugglers aboard the drop ship Sword attempt to
escape the Aquaria cordon on page 24, Captain Chen orders Ghost
Squadron to "keep mark-one-eyeball for any surprises." "Mark one
eyeball" is a term sometimes used in the military to indicate a
visual inspection with one's own eyes.
On page 24, Dyson refers to the Sword as the Sword
of Orion. This makes sense since its mothership is the
Orion. Additionally, among the constellations seen from Earth,
the constellation Orion the Hunter has a sword as part of its
Ghost Squadron has a couple Vipers that do not fit the mold of
any model previously seen, called Viper Gunships.