"Apollo's Journey" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica: Apollo's Journey #1 (Maximum Press)
Story: Richard Hatch
Art: Hector Gomez
strikes a deal with the Borellian Nomen and exerts his evil
influence over Apollo.
This 3-part mini-series was written by Richard Hatch, who went
on to fame as the first winner of the reality TV series
Just kidding, this Richard Hatch is the one who starred as
Apollo in the original BSG TV series.
Page 1 reveals that all Cylon baseships have now been equipped
with the same type of warp drive provided to Baltar's baseship
the Hades by Count Iblis (in
"War of Eden" Part 3).
This issue introduces us to the Earth Council, the newly-formed
replacement for the Council of the Twelve.
The prison barge seen on page 3
looks nothing like the one seen
in the TV series. But it's not
unreasonable to assume that the
fleet moved their prisoners to a
different ship for any number of
reasons at some point during
their 20-year voyage.
in this issue
in TV series
On page 3, Count Iblis appears before the Borellian Nomen Maga,
Bora, and Taba on the prison barge. These are the same Nomen who
appeared in "The Man With
Nine Lives" and "Baltar's
Escape". Iblis worked with a different set of Nomen in
Armageddon, but they betrayed him.
On page 4, Maga accuses Iblis of speaking "with the tongue of
the scorpius." This would seem to be a phrase similar to our own
"speaking with a forked tongue", a reference to the forked
tongue of many reptiles here on Earth. But "scorpius" (a term
which was also used by Maga in
"The Man With Nine Lives")
would seem to be a word inspired by our own arachnid "scorpion",
which does not have a forked tongue.
Also on page 4, Iblis suggests that the Imperious Leader would
like the Nomen to be the ruling masters of any surviving humans
after the planned Cylon attack on the settlement on Earth and
On page 5, Apollo gazes at a photo of Serina and wishes he could
hold her again. Later in the issue, she does present herself to
him in a vision. In Resurrection,
Apollo also met Serina as the Being of Light called Talen.
In his vision, Serina presses a medallion to Apollo's forehead which
she says can awaken his Kobolian mental powers. We don't get a
good look at the design on the medallion, but it is presumably
the same one Apollo retrieves from Adam's ark and uses against
Count Iblis in
"Apollo's Journey" Part 3.
On page 7, President Tigh states that he's known Apollo since he
Bojay appears for the first time in the Maximum Press issues on
On page 12 a coloring mistake gives Boomer Caucasian skin color.
On page 15, Apollo and Serina refer to Kobol as the homeworld of
humanity. In Armageddon,
Commander Adama revealed that the actual, ancient homeworld of
humanity was a planet called Parnassus.
Also on page 15, Serina tells Apollo that Iblis fears him as he
feared Adama, because of the power of the mind that runs in the
Adama bloodline. This is very similar to what Apollo learns from
his father over the years of the fleet's journey across the
stars, as revealed in
Armageddon. For the sake
of the continuity of our BSG chronology on PopApostle, the
reader must pretend Apollo already knew what Serina tells him
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