Battlestar Galactica #11 (Marvel)
Written by Roger McKenzie and Walter Simonson
Finishes by Klaus Janson
Scavenger-Pirates threaten to dismantle the fleet.
On patrol, Starbuck, Boomer, and Athena come across Scavenge
World in the middle of the void, a world made up of the hulks of
spaceships that got lost there. They discover that the fleet's
three missing ships are there, being torn down for parts and
scrap. Boomer and Athena suddenly lose control of their own
thoughts and guide their Vipers in for a landing in one of
Scavenge World's hangars, where a motley assortment of alien
beings begins to strip the fighter craft while the two humans are hauled
away. Bewildered, Starbuck follows them in and then loses his
alien pursuers in the corridors. He stumbles across a card game
and joins in, cleaning out the players' pot and even winning an
insignia of rank.
Meanwhile a Cylon patrol discovers the fleet and attacks. Tigh
and Apollo mop them up for now, but are convinced more are on
Back on Scavenge World, Boomer and Athena are brought before the
world's leader, a female pirate named Eurayle. They find
Starbuck with her, considered by the inhabitants to be a General
since he won the insignia of rank. Eurayle wants the fleet to
join them and add to Scavenge World, but Starbuck strikes a deal
with her that if she will lead the fleet out of the void, they
will deliver a mess of Cylons and their ships to break down into
scrap. She agrees.
Shortly, the fleet arrives and when she hears about Commander
Adama's entrapment in the memory machine she offers a second
deal. She believes her telepathic powers can help free him...in
return for Starbuck staying with her on Scavenge World.
Colonel Tigh's log gives what seems to be some kind of date
format: 138-14-06. It's hard to say what this "date" means since
none of the numbers conform to the year of 7348 given by some
sources (see the
Battlestar Wiki timeline) as the yahren of the Cylon
destruction of the Colonies.
On page 3, Tigh's log reveals it has been a week since Adama
became trapped in the memory machine.
Also on page 3, Athena gets a blip on her viper's long range
scanner, but it disappears after a micron and she tells Starbuck
she is unable to vector E.R.P. I've been unable to determine the
meaning of the term in this context.
On page 10, Starbuck suggests that some of the aliens of
Scavenge World are wearing Cylon armor.
On page 14, Starbuck recognizes that a small group of aliens is
playing a card game known as Plutovarian Three-Spot.
On pages 14-15, Apollo appears to have been left in command of
the Galactica while Colonel Tigh is off shift.
On page 15, Sire Uri attempts to retake command of Galactica
in his capacity as President of the Council of Twelve.
On page 19, Starbuck announces he has accumulated a perfect
Plutovarian Three-Spot. It's unknown exactly what a "plerd" is,
but Starbuck appears to be laying down 5 cards, the top being a
5 of triangles and, possibly, the other four are the same.
Notice that the insignia of rank that Starbuck wins in his card
game looks similar, though not exact, to Commander Adama's
Kobolian medallion as seen in
"A Death in the Family".
Notes from Battlestar Bulletins
Battlestar Bulletins was the letters column of Marvel's BSG
comic book. In the column this issue, there is a jokey editorial
reply that writer Roger Mckenzie has a theory that the Galactica
reached Earth in our past, defeated the Cylons once and for all,
and Adama changed his name to Cartwright and settled in Nevada
and built the Ponderosa empire. This is a reference to Lorne
Green's previous TV series Bonanza, which ran from 1959-1973,
about the Cartwright family and their ranch near Virginia City,
Nevada in the American old west.
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