"Zarek" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #2 (Dynamite)
Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Art: Adriano Batista
Colors: Scott Kester
Letters: Simon Bowland
When Zarek finds the Sagittaron labor
reform movement too weak to meet his goals, he leads his
followers to more militant actions.
Zarek takes over his mother's work as leader of the
Citizens for Sagittaron Labor Reform movement, but he and his
followers are one night savagely attacked by Colonial Police,
leaving the organization shattered and lacking in members. He then
decides to take a more militant approach to achieving his goals
for Sagittaron's people, forming the Sagittaron Freedom Movement
(SFM). They soon hijack a commercial truck full of military
weapons and supplies, killing the two civilian operators in the
process. Now armed, the SFM begins a three-year campaign against
the established Colonial rule on Sagittaron. Some citizens
consider the group revolutionaries, while others, terrorists.
During this time, Zarek forms a romantic
relationship with fellow member Jessica Ward. During a raid on a
supply warehouse, Jessica is captured by police and later agrees
to become a mole in the SFM in exchange for freedom from a
prison sentence. Zarek is suspicious of her easy release and
sets up a test operation against the Colonial Reserve, filling
Jessica in on the details of the op. When his men observe that
the police and security forces are awaiting them already at the
op, he knows Jessica has betrayed the movement and he shoots her.
Not long after, the SFM blows up the
Sagittaron Labor Ministry building and Zarek and Mason are taken into
custody by the government.
CONTNUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: ZAREK
Notes from the BSG
This issue takes place about 20 years before the fall of the
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek
was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dynamite
Entertainment, covering the origin of Tom Zarek.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Jerome Zarek (deceased, mentioned only)
(deceased, mentioned only)
The Benedict Mason character who appears in this issue is seen
later, identified only as Mason, in "Bastille Day".
After the police attack and kill many of its followers, Zarek
dissolves his late mother's Citizens for Sagittaron Labor Reform
and institutes the more militant and violent Sagittaron Freedom
Movement (SFM). The group is referred to only as the SFM in the
televised episodes of BSG2000, it's full name revealed here.
On page 16, Mason uses a phrase from "the scriptures", "There
are none so blind as those who will not see." This is also an
idiom used on Earth, generally attributed to Irish philosopher
and political theorist Edmund Burke (1729-1797), though the
attribution is not conclusive.