"Risk and Reward"
Battlestar Galactica #4 (Dynamite)
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Illustrated by Cezar Razek
Cover by Alex Ross
Apollo guides the human guerillas into
freeing the planet Equellus from the Cylons; Starbuck is less
successful with convincing his own alternate to bring the war to
This issue opens 3 months after the end of
"Acts of Defiance".
Apollo guides the human guerillas into freeing the low-tech
agrarian planet Equellus from the Cylons. Many of the
liberated humans from the planet (including Vella and Puppis
"The Lost Warrior")
are brought back to the base world (called Cache) to help fight
for the cause. The resistance group gains information
revealing that a group of pirates led by a fumarello-smoking
character hit a basestar three months back and Apollo realizes
it's Starbuck (though not the Starbuck he thinks).
Meanwhile, Starbuck finds a secret room
aboard the Galactica keyed to his DNA where the
alternate Starbuck has gathered and reverse-engineered various
pieces of Cylon technology, including the head and partial body
of an Imperious Leader. Starbuck convinces his other self to
help him find Apollo by promising him the Colonial cache he and
Apollo had tracked down back in
"Time and Punishment".
Starbuck activates his Viper's emergency locator to alert Apollo
and Apollo responds, but it winds up drawing Baltifer's basestar
right to them through a temporal warp hole; Dr. Zee has managed
to reverse engineer the temporal technology from the data
gleaned from Starbuck's Viper when it was briefly in Cylon
possession in "Time and Punishment"
and "Acts of Defiance".
The Galactica cloaks itself thanks
to the technology alt-Starbuck and his engineers have derived
from Cylon tech and the ship is unnoticed by the basestar. But
Baltifer uses Zee's new temporal weapons to attack Cache,
causing widespread disaster across the planet's surface, forcing
Adama and Apollo to deliver themselves to the Cylons to stop the
attacks and save their followers. While Baltifer keeps his word
not to attack with the temporal weapons again, he twists the
spirit of the agreement by launching the basestar's full force
of Raiders to destroy every trace of humanity on the planet.
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
The individual issues of this series do
not have titles. I made up the titles myself, usually based on a
concept or bit of dialog from the issue.
For some reason, the alternate
Adama is depicted a bit
differently on the cover than he
is in the story. Here he has no
beard (though there is some
stubble), his hair is long, and
the triple scars on his forehead
are angled in the wrong
This issue opens with Apollo's combat log, in which he states he
has been in the altered timeline for 3 months now. That should
be 3 quatrons in Colonial terminology.
The story begins on the planet Equellus, in the Hatari sector.
Apollo first visited this world in
"The Lost Warrior". In this
timeline, Red Eye is in charge of Cylon forces taking control of
The man in the middle of the three who are hanged by the Cylons,
despite their collaboration, appears to be Lacerta, the local
strong-arm of the town seen in
"The Lost Warrior".
Ironically, Red-Eye is the one in charge here, whereas Lacerta
commanded the damaged Cylon in the original episode. Notice that
the Centurion behind Lacerta has knocked the hat off his
head in order to place the noose around his neck.
On page 2, notice that Red-Eye's horse is armored in the same
manner it was in
"The Lost Warrior".
For some reason, the visible eye of Red-Eye's horse has turned
red in the panels on page 3, when it should be a normal horse
eye. Presumably it's just a coloring error, as there is no
reason to think that the horse is robotic or cyborg.
On page 4, Apollo is dressed in a poncho and cowboy hat, looking
similar to the Man with No Name played by Clint Eastwood in the
classic 1966 spaghetti-western The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
On pages 2-6, Apollo and his band of guerillas rescue the
inhabitants of Equellus, including Vella and her son Puppis,
whom he befriended in the original timeline in
"The Lost Warrior".
On page 10, the two Starbucks refer to each other as "frimp",
"vapor-sucking", and "pogee-eating". "Frimp"
seems to be a Colonial term akin to "lamebrain", first used by
the super scout children in episodes of
"Vapor-sucking" is a reference to smoking and, possibly, to
smoking something stronger than his common fumarellos, such as
cannabis. "Pogee-eating" basically means "shit-eating", though
the key word has been pronounced "pogees" (with an
"s") in the TV episodes.
On page 19, Apollo is mistakenly drawn with his laser holstered
on his right hip; he is left-handed.
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