Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #2 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Art: Hector Gomez
Cover: Rob Liefeld
is captured by the Eastern Alliance.
To convince the captured Starbuck to give up his secrets,
Commandant Kresh executes Joseph in front him. Later, a prisoner
named Hicks makes contact with Starbuck and reveals he is the
real Joseph, the other was protecting him. Joseph has a plan to
help Starbuck escape with a message for Charlie Watts, which he
does, but Joseph stays behind, intent on not escaping until all
of his fellow prisoners can be freed as well.
Meanwhile, out in space, the fleet has fought off the Eastern
Alliance destroyers for now, taking out 82 of them. The fleet is
heading out of the Terran system, despite the loss of the
missing Starbuck. Cassiopeia visits with Chameleon and tells him
the bad news.
Starbuck delivers Joseph's message to Charlie Watts, a request
for the resistance to launch a full scale assault against the
prison labor camp the next night, during which Joseph plans to
free his fellow inmates with help from sympathizers on the
inside. Starbuck reluctantly agrees to allow himself to be
recaptured so he can deliver the affirmative message to Joseph
and also try to retrieve his transmitter to signal the
Joseph helps Starbuck find his transmitter and the emergency
signal is sent. The Galactica receives it and Commander
Adama sends Blue Squadron to rescue him. But Commandant Leiter's
armada of destroyers also detects the signal and he orders the
fleet to Lunar 1 to destroy the prison camp and everyone in it
before the Colonials can arrive.
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: STARBUCK #3
I gave this issue the title of
"Kresh Course" as a play on the phrase "crash course"
and the machinations of
Commandant Kresh as warden of the prison camp.
Having been captured by the Eastern Alliance, Starbuck tells
himself he has to put on his best pyramid face and bluff his way
through. "Pyramid face" is a reference to a "poker face" on
Earth, i.e. wearing a blank expression during the playing of
poker so as not to reveal the value of your hand of cards.
On page 5, panel 1, Commandant Kresh appears to be missing two
of the "support struts" on his eye patch.
The message Joseph gives to Starbuck for delivery to Charlie is
on a small cassette that appears very similar to an Earth
microcassette, introduced by
Olympus in 1969. Strangely, Charlie later refers to it as a
"disk", which it obviously is not.
On page 15, panel 3, the off-panel Chameleon is speaking to
Cassiopeia, but his word balloons are coming from two opposite
directions! I guess he was pacing while talking!
Chameleon tells Cassie on page 15 that he once met a pyramid
dealer on Leo who thought he was a splendid dancer. This is an
in-joke to the fact that Chameleon was played by Fred Astaire in
"The Man With Nine Lives"; he was well-known for
his dancing skills in musical films and on Broadway during his
heyday of the 1930s-50s.
There's a nice couple of bits on page 17. First, one of the
Alliance Enforcers refers to Starbuck as an "alien dog" and
Starbuck asks him what a dog is; this makes sense since what we
know of as "dogs" are referred to as "daggits" by the Colonials.
Moments later, Starbuck delivers the message to Joseph that the
resistance will make its diversionary strike "at 3 a.m.,
whatever that means." Obviously, the Colonials must use
different terms to state the time of day.
On page 18, Starbuck says, "Now, wait a second." Shouldn't that
be "wait a micron"?
On page 21, Blue Squadron is shown launching from the landing
bay instead of through the launch chutes.
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