Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #3 (Dynamite)
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Art by Carlos Rafael
Cover A by Jim Starlin
Galactica begins its attack on the Cylon planet in the
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The individual issues of the mini-series did not have titles. I
made up the titles myself, usually based on a bit of dialog from
On page 3, Starbuck refers to Tassos as a "galmonging
snitrat." This same insult was used by Boomer against Reese in
"Greetings From Earth"
On page 4, one of the Warriors (possibly
Giles from the looks of him) objects to taking the Galactica to
light speed, saying she hasn't engaged the hyper-velocity drives
in over twenty yahrens. But Adama ordered the battlestar to
light speed in "Experiment in Terra" (over Colonel Tigh's
objections that it had been "some time" since the ship was
pushed to that speed). Realistically, the fleet could not have
even escaped the system of the Twelve Colonies without going to
light speed; and beyond light speed to reach the other systems
they've visited in their trek.
On page 6, Abbadon meets with the prisoner
Belial, an infidel IL-series Cylon. "Belial" is one of the four
crown-princes of Hell in the Bible.
On page 7, Abbadon accuses Belial of
attempting to condemn the Cylons to an Ovine existence. "Ovine"
is from the Latin ovinus and means anything that pertains to sheep.
On page 8, Boxey makes several references to
past adventures in which he and Muffy were involved. The
Ravashol pulsar on Arcta is a reference to
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero"; obtaining agron seeds from Sectar is a
reference to "The
Magnificent Warriors"; and Muffy saving everyone when "the
Cylons crashed into us" is referencing
"Fire in Space".
On page 9, Apollo tells his son that "what
we need is to grow old and gray and have no wars to fight."
Boxey replies, "You'll never be old, Father!" He means it as a
compliment and a sign of affection, but Apollo whispers to
himself, "I pray to the gods that you're wrong..." meaning that
he hopes he (and the rest of humanity) lives long enough to
become old and gray.
Also on page 9, Apollo refers to Boxey as
Troy. This is, apparently, the boy's real name, with "Boxey"
just a nickname. Although this is the first time,
chronologically, that he is referred to as Troy, in Earth-time
fans first learned of this officially in 1980 in the first
episode of Galactica 1980.
On page 16, Apollo, leading Blue Squadron in
the attack on Tessida, reports that they've lost Tyrie and
Hutch. This is a reference to Star Wars: A New Hope, in
which Gold Leader and Gold Two, Tiree and Hutch, were killed in
the battle against the Death Star.
On page 18, panel 1, the cockpit of
Starbuck's Viper looks awfully roomy!
On page 18, Starbuck launches his
nano-cybrid missile on Tessida and says, "Here's a leadbird up
your tailpipe!" I've been unable to confirm the use of the term
"leadbird" previously in BSG or in the real world. It would seem
it's a slang term for "missile".
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