"Prison of Souls" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica #4 (Season II) (Realm Press)
Written by Chris Scalf and James Kuhoric
Illustrated by Robert Scott and Chris Scalf
Cover by Unknown (possibly Robert Scott)
The Somnians begin inhabiting human bodies
aboard the Galactica;
the stand-off on the prison barge continues.
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
On page 1, notice that, during his vision,
Adama's eyes have reflections of 1) his own face in his left
eye, and 2) human skulls in his right eye.
The narrative on page 1 implies that
Commander Adama was present for the destruction of the Fifth
Fleet, but according to
"The Living Legend" Part 1, he was not there. Probably the
writers confused the term with the rest of the Colonial fleet
that was destroyed during the Cylon attack on the Colonies in
"Annihilation"; the Fifth Fleet
was virtually wiped out a couple yahrens before that at the
Battle of Molecay.
Page 1 describes Commander Adama's stress as
he is now responsible for the survival of the entire human race.
But actually he's only responsible for the survival of the
Colonial humans; the fleet has already encountered a number of
other worlds on their journey which hold human
On page 2, Starbuck insists he's all right
to Apollo after his hallucination on the alien derelict,
claiming it must have been "a relapse from all that fumerrelleas."
Despite the odd phrasing and spelling, he must be referring to
his smoking of fumarellos (cigars). He was seen smoking one in
the shuttle just before launching for the derelict and, in fact,
is smoking one as they speak! Still, I'm not sure what he means
by "relapse" unless fumarellos are known to have hallucinogenic
properties, which seems unlikely considering he's been allowed
to smoke them while on duty! It could be just a joke, Starbuck's
way of keeping out of an examination in the life center.
In the background of panel 2 on page 2, in
the landing bay, there appears to be some sort of wheeled
vehicle. It may be the same (or similar) model as the vehicle
used by the Colonials on the planet Sectar in
Warriors", or it may be the same type of vehicles seen in
use within the hangar itself on pages 3 and 19.
On page 3, "Ovions" is misspelled "Ovians".
A nice open view of the Galactica's
landing bay is depicted on page 3.
On page 5, Dr. Salik seems inspired at his
nurse's suggestion, that Dr. Wilker's symptoms of normally unused
portions of his brain working overtime almost seem to be an
indication that his brain is acting as a receiver of some kind.
But Salik himself already made a similar statement about
Commander Adama's symptoms in
"Prison of Souls" Part 1!
Shouldn't he recognize what are essentially the same symptoms in
Dr. Wilker now?
On page 11, panel 1, there is an image on
one of Omega's screens that appears to be a canyon or something
on a planet's surface. Why would such an image be displayed now?
The Galactica has not been depicted in this story as
investigating any planetary bodies.
On page 6, it is seen that there are a number of living humans
being used for experiments on Vulpa Six's baseship. Where did
these humans come from? Were they captured in the Colonies after
the Battle of Cimtar over a yahren ago? Have they been held for
even longer than that? Or were they captured on one of the human
settlements discovered by the Colonial fleet on their journey?
If so, have those worlds been otherwise wiped out by the Cylons?
Why are the human captives of the Cylons
being effected by the Somnian wave when most of the humans of
the fleet are not?
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