"Journey's End" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End #1 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld
Script: Robert Napton
Art: Hector Gomez
launch a major strike against the fleet.
The cover of this issue depicts
the Galactica (with the
storyline's squatter, more
armored look) exploding, but in
the story it is actually the
Pegasus (with the classic
battlestar look) that is
destroyed. In the advertisements
for this issue which appeared in
other Maximum Press issues, a
classic battlestar is depicted
|Cover of this
for this issue
As this story opens, the Colonials are celebrating the Festival
of the New Yahren. It is now the Colonial yahren 7363. This is
the first mention of the
Festival of the New Yahren in the BSG universe.
On page 1, Commander Apollo records in his journal that the
original celestial chamber of the Galactica was
destroyed during a battle with the Cylons 7 yahrens ago. He had
it rebuilt and he himself refers to it as the Hand of God, as he
did in the episode "The Hand of
God". The chamber as presented here is quite a bit larger
than the one seen in the aforementioned episode; possibly Apollo
simply ordered a larger version of the original constructed so
more people could enjoy it at once, though here we see him alone
with his thoughts.
Page 2 reveals that Apollo has been mapping the stars as seen
from Earth ever since the fleet arrived.
On page 4, the Seraph Elias informs Apollo that Count Iblis has
gathered his followers and struck at the heart of the Seraph
continuum, bringing about a cosmic war of dark and light.
On page 5, Adam reveals that his father, the chieftain of the
Thirteenth Tribe, had charged he and Eve with the colonization
of Earth. This, of course, is a touchstone with the Biblical
story of Adam and Eve, who are said to have been created by God
and later cursed with mortality, hard work, and childbirth after
eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.
Elias tells the Earth Council,
the newly-formed replacement for the Council of the Twelve (as
revealed in "Apollo's Journey" Part 1),
that the Colonials must flee Earth and never return in order to escape
the Cylons. Adam and Eve feel they must stay behind in the ark,
to colonize Earth.
We get no further stories of Adam and Eve on Earth, but it seems
reasonable to assume that the two began to have children and
were inspired to name their first two sons, Cain and Abel, after
Cain and Apollo ("Abel" could be considered an historical
corruption of the name "Apollo"), though it would seem a bit odd
that they would name there first son Cain instead of Apollo
since it was Apollo whom Adam (particularly) and Eve were
closest in friendship and respect.
On page 7, Imperious Leader tells Baltar that Spectre has been
deactivated for his failure to deliver the Cylon fleet to Earth
(as seen in
"Apollo's Journey" Part
3). He places Baltar in command of the Cylon fleet.
As the Colonials evacuate Earth
on page 8, a pod launching in
the background of panel 1 looks
somewhat similar to the moon pod seen in
the 1968 film 2001: A Space
Odyssey. It's also possible the
same pod ship is seen in Earth orbit on page 12.
||Moon pod from
2001: A Space
Also in panel 1 of page 8, notice there appears to be a
daggit on a leash in the bottom left corner. Ever since
"Exodus", it has been said that no real
daggits exist in the fleet, so this one is presumably a wild
Earth dog which has been captured or bred for domestic use.
On pages 9-10, Starbuck is depicted as having survived his
encounter with Ares after their escape pod came out of warp and
crashed on a desert planet somewhere. This an homage to the
"Return of Starbuck" episode of
Galactica 1980, in
which he is also depicted as having crash-landed on a desert
planet he names after himself. It seems a bit odd that a mere
escape pod would have warp drive, but might be considered to
have a short-term such capability for purposes of fleeing a
space battle, as occurred in
"The Enemy Within" Part 3.
On page 9, notice that the desert planet has twin suns in the
sky, perhaps a nod to the desert world of Tatooine in the
Star Wars saga, which also has two suns.
In panel 2 of page 9, notice that the "bucket" Starbuck uses to
scoop water out of a hole in the ground is actually the head of
a Cylon centurion. Presumably it is the head of Ares, who was
revealed to have a modified centurion head under the false human
flesh of his face when last seen locked in battle with Starbuck
in "The Enemy Within" Part
On page 10, Starbuck muses that the most advanced life form he's
found on the planet is a four-legged, scaly creature the size of
a Caprican field rat. This is the first mention of such a field
rat, so it doesn't do much to inform us of the creature's size,
but it is presumably about the size of a modern wild Earth rat.
"Journey's End" Part 2 depicts Starbuck hunting a small
reptilian creature that looks similar to a Compsognathus
dinosaur; possibly this is the creature he ruminates on here.
As the Cylon Raiders ram the Pegasus, Apollo guesses
from the size of the explosions that they must be packed with
solenite. This is the same explosive used in several episodes of
the TV series, notably in the same fashion as seen here by the
Cylon Raiders that rammed the Galactica in
"Fire in Space".
On page 17, the unnamed civilian flag ship informs the
Galactica that over half the fleet has been lost already in
the battle. Later, on page 20, Athena reports that 137 civilian
craft have been lost. The Pegasus is then destroyed as
well. We've been told so many different and conflicting
numbers of ships remaining in the fleet through the Hatch novels
and the Maximum Press comics that
there's no easy telling how many are left now. The most recent number
we have was at the end of
"War of Eden" Part 1, 162, but
the Hatch novels stated even fewer (even as low as 30!). If we
assume the 162 is correct in
"War of Eden" Part 1,
then only 25 ships remain. Possibly even more are
destroyed by the Cylons after Elias warps the Galactica
away from Earth. Of course, time travel is employed throughout
this mini-series, so by the end of
"Journey's End" Part 4, the fleet is more-or-less
back to the way it was when this issue started.
One of the ships reported lost in this battle is the
Celestra II. Was this a replacement of the Celestra,
which itself was reported to have taken heavy damage and was
being abandoned after the Cylon battle in
"War of Eden" Part 4? Or
was the Celestra mentioned in that earlier issue also
the Celestra II, spoken of in shorthand and later
repaired on Earth? If so, what happened to the original
Celestra, last mentioned as still existing in
After escaping the battle at Earth and emerging from warp to
find themselves in the future on page 23, a Galactica bridge
officer refers to the unknown ships detected nearby as Class
Delta ships, soon identified as Eastern Alliance destroyers.
This is the first mention of Class Delta ships; presumably it is
part of a Colonial system for describing ships of a certain
size, weaponization, and/or life-sustaining capability. The
fleet first encountered the Eastern Alliance forces of the
planet Terra in
"Greetings from Earth" Part 2 and last in
"The Leiter Side of Life".
Who are Count Iblis' followers in the war against the Seraphs in
the continuum as mentioned by Elias? It's never revealed.
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