Classic Battlestar Galactica #1 (Dynamite)
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Carlos Rafael
Cover by Dave Dorman
and Boomer are shot down over the Sagittarian satellite world of
Maytoria, now Cylon-occupied.
The Sagittarian representative to the newly elected Council of
Twelve informs the Quorum of the existence of a set of ancient
books on the small outpost world of Maytoria on the outer
fringes of the system. The books may provide a clue to the
location of Earth. Unfortunately, it is now also occupied by
Cylon forces. Commander Adama sends Apollo, Starbuck, and Boomer
to retrieve the books in vipers equipped with newly adapted
But the mission goes wrong shortly after the three fly into
their target city and both Boomer and Starbuck are shot down.
Apollo is forced to flee and warn the fleet the Cylons may now
be aware of their presence. Boomer's unconscious body is taken
by the Cylons and Starbuck is forced to hide out in the ruins.
Starbuck scavenges a transmitter from another crashed viper in
the city, but is caught out by a Cylon foot patrol. Just as it
looks like he has used up his last ounce of luck, a pack humans
moves in and takes down the Cylon squad.
CONTINUED IN CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #2.
Dynamite Entertainment has the bad habit of not naming the chapters
of their comic book series. I chose "Maytoria" as the title
myself, based on the name of the world the Colonials visit in
This is the first of a number of "Starbuck left behind" stories
in the saga of BSG as produced by various licensees.
At the beginning of the issue, Commander Adama states they've
been fleeing the holocaust at the Colonies for a few weeks. This
places the story around the same time as
"Baptism of Fire". In that
earlier story, he mentions not having yet run into the Cylons
since leaving Carillon, which allows this encounter to fit
neatly right after.
For some reason, Commander Adama's subordinates are in the habit
of referring to him directly as Adama throughout this story.
What happened to the military discipline seen in the TV series
where he was always respectfully called Commander?
Starbuck wisecracks to Serina that he's going to bring Apollo back
from this mission if he has to drag him a hundred hectars through
the Aldarium Belt. The Aldarium Belt has not been heard of
elsewhere in the series, but it must be a quite large
astronomical body. The Colonial hectar is 1/10 of a Colonial
parsec. The Colonial parsec is 90 million miles, so a hundred
hectars is 900 million miles. Of course, Starbuck could be
The image on page 4, panel 1 gives the impression that the three
vipers have just blasted out of the front of one of the
Galactica landing bays. Any true Galactican knows the
vipers launch from the tubes on the sides.
Looking closely at page 7, panel 1, it can be seen that the nose
of Boomer's crashing viper takes out a Cylon centurion!
On page 8, panel 3, the word "felgercarb" is misspelled as "feldercarb".
On page 10, one centurion orders another to take Boomer's body
to the IL at Station 32. This is in reference to an IL-series
Cylon, a robot of the type that Lucifer is, with certain command
and administrative responsibilities. When a new Imperious Leader
is required, it is chosen from the existing ILs. Lucifer implies
that IL stands for Imperious Leader in
"A Death in the Family".
Page 12 suggests, through Starbuck's inner monologue as he
patches up his injured leg, that Athena thinks scars are a turn-on.
Also on page 12, as he cauterizes his wound with a piece of hot
metal, Starbuck notices that it smells like ventle steak on the
grill. We don't get an explanation of what kind of animal a
On page 15, Starbuck decides he's having a ticophine fit and
lights a cigar he's carried with him. Ticophine is not a real
chemical, but is possibly the Colonial word for nicotine, which
is found in Earth tobacco.
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