Battlestar Galactica: Origins #5 (Dynamite)
Pages 1-11, panel 3
Writer: Robert Place Napton
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
As a young
Viper ace, Adama is assigned to a secret mission.
Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This story opens about 6
months before the end of the first Cylon War, placing it 6
months before "The Lab".
Battlestar Galactica: Origins
was an 11-issue mini-series published by Dynamite
Entertainment, covering the origins of several characters of
BSG2000. Issues 5-8 featured a young William "Husker" Adama
during the first Cylon War and its aftermath.
I've broken this issue into two stories since pages 1-10 take place
about 6 months before
"The Lab" (when the first Cylon War ends). The
second half of the issue takes place immediately after "The Lab"
On the Jonathan Lau cover, notice that the stenciling of the
Viper pilot is reflected in the faceplate of Adama's helmet,
reading "William Adama, Husker".
An admiral named Lionel reads from Adama's flight instructor's
final entry in his file: "William Adama's instincts in a Viper
verge on the uncanny. In my ten years at this post he, above and
beyond, is the best I've ever trained."
Here, another admiral asks, "That true, Adama? You the best?"
and after a pause, Adama responds, "Yes, sir. I am."
In Blood and Chrome,
Commander Nash reads an entry presumably from the same flight
instructor stating Adama's a natural, "One of the best pilot
candidates I have ever seen. And, unfortunately, he knows it."
When Nash asks if it's true that he's a natural, Adama just
responds, "I can fly a plane, sir. 'Natural', I can't say."
In this issue, Adama is assigned to the Argus,
a new stealth battlestar manned by personnel considered
to be absolutely loyal to the Colonies. The ship has a
squadron of stealth Vipers assigned to it, which are
similar in look to the Blackbird, the stealth Viper
later built by Tyrol in "Flight of the Phoenix".
Possibly, Tyrol was inspired by seeing the stealth
Vipers of the Argus some time in the decades
after the first Cylon War.
|Stealth battlestar Argus
||Stealth Viper from the battlestar
"Flight of the Phoenix"
On page 3, Adama punches three main engine buttons to power up
his Viper, just as in the original Vipers of the
On page 4, one of the admirals says, "I see a bright future for
you, Adama. Work hard and you'll be sitting at this end of the
table one day." Adama does eventually become an admiral,
promoted by President Roslin, several months after the fall of
the Colonies in "Resurrection Ship" Part 2.
On page 6, Lucky kids Adama he thought he might need some TLC, it
being his first time behind enemy lines. But we (retroactively)
know that Adama was also behind enemy lines about a
year-and-a-half ago, in
Blood and Chrome.
TLC, of course, stands for "Tender Loving Care".
On page 7, one of the structures at Trinity Base, on an unknown
planet, looks a lot like the top of a classic-style Cylon
The Cylons still use classic-style Raiders throughout the first
war, as seen here and other depictions of the first Cylon War.
On page 10, two previously unseen types of small Cylon
ships are used to attach tow cables to Lucky's stealth
Viper for capture and study.