Battlestar Galactica #13 (Marvel)
Written by Roger McKenzie and Walter Simonson
Inks by Klaus Janson
The Cylons set a basestar on a collision course with the
Picking up from last issue, a Cylon basestar has been directed
into a collision course with the Galactica, while two
more basestars attack the rest of the fleet on the other side of
Scavenge World. Adama directs the Galactica's and
Scavenge World's guns to aim for the central pylon of the
onrushing basestar. This successfully splits the basestar into
two discs which fly off in opposite directions, sparing the
battlestar. But debris from the blast damages the battlestar
significantly, forcing repairs to take place before it can make
the hop to the other side of Scavenge World to protect the rest
of the fleet.
While the battle rages, Starbuck is forced to honor his
agreement to return to Scavenge World with Queen Eurayle to be
her king. While wandering Scavenge World in his funk, he comes
across some space-happy prisoners in cells, captured from the
missing agro ship that was found by Scavenge World.
Back in space, Apollo has come up with a plan to use one of the
fleet's ships against the Cylons. Evacuating the personnel, he
has a handful of warriors plant bombs throughout the vessel and
guides it between the two attacking basestars. The Cylons' own
firepower is directed at the ship and triggers the bombs,
creating a tremendous explosion that takes out both basestars at
Meanwhile, Starbuck has managed to commandeer a Scavenge World
fighter vessel to join the battle. As the remaining Cylon
raiders are mopped up, he returns to the Galactica with
his passenger, one of the prisoners, who confirms to Commander
Adama on the bridge that Sire Uri was responsible for ordering
the theft of the agro ship. Uri is placed under arrest.
Almost immediately, an enraged Eurayle arrives as well, to claim
Starbuck and take him back to Scavenge World to live to his
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #14!
The corner logo is slightly modified on this
issue. Notice the smoke passing behind the Cylon figure.
Presumably, this is meant to indicate the dire state of battle
the Galactica finds herself under in this story.
On page 3, Athena refers to the basestar as
being at fifty radons and closing. I know
of no Colonial or Earthly unit by that name.
On page 11, Lucifer refers to a centurion as
a B-2 unit. I'm unaware of any other source that refers to a
Cylon centurion by that model or designation.
Also on page 11, Lucifer laments that he
misses Baltar because he, at least, had a sense of humor, unlike
the centurions. Where is Baltar then? Last we saw, Lucifer had
rescued him from the tombs of Kobol and had plans for him ("The
Memory Machine"). Possibly Baltar had serious injuries from
the stone block that had fallen on him in
"A Death in the Family"
and has been taken somewhere for treatment, but how easily could
he have been transported considered they are still in the middle
of the void?
An additional ship is lost in the Cylon
attack this issue, the garbage scow Jerico (probably a
reference by the writers to the ancient city of Jericho on the
West Bank of the Palestinian Territories on Earth). The fleet is
now down to 216 ships.
Apollo makes use of a Scorpian ship called
"Misquamacus" probably refers to the Native American character of
that name who appears in several stories from the Cthulu mythos
of H.P. Lovecraft. The
Misquamacus is destroyed taking out the two basestars attacking the fleet. That brings the fleet to 215
Scavenge World returns the agro ship, which
they had captured after it had allegedly been stolen by Sire
Uri's men, bringing the fleet back to 216 ships. But, since when
did Uri's men steal the agro ship? He seemed surprised and
disturbed by the news that it was missing in
"All Things Past and
Present" and it was implied that he and his men were only
responsible for the two earlier missing ships.
Just how many basestars have the Cylons sent
into the void? We initially see just one in
"Into the Void". But here we see
Lucifer in command of three, all of which are destroyed by the
combined Colonial/Scavenge World forces. If these were the only
three in the void, then, again, where is Baltar? Is there a
fourth basestar in the void? Or might Baltar be recuperating at
a Cylon encampment now on Kobol?
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