"Starbuck" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Tony Lee
Illustrated by Eman Casallos
Cover by Sean Chen
Starbuck and Boomer uncover evidence that
may lead to the secret behind the Cylon attack on Umbra 24
Starbuck learns that his adoptive parents
have been killed in a Cylon raid and goes on a drinking and
gambling binge and gets into an argument with Apollo. Later, he
finds the old corrupted data chip (from
"Starbuck" Part 1) in his locker
and decides to see if Boomer can un-corrupt it. While Boomer
spends the day working on it in the Galactica's
computer center, his work is detected on the Aerian
administration hub and Council member Osiris and his daughter,
Diana, decide to end his attempts, planting a bomb inside as
Boomer is working. The bomb goes off, sending Boomer to the
Starbuck and Apollo search the wreckage of
the computer for clues and are fired upon by an unseen assailant
we later learn is Diana. Failing to kill Starbuck, she sends word
to her father's Cylon allies to shoot him out of space on his
next patrol. This attempt also fails and Osiris and Diana frame
him for the murder of his ex-lover, Kandi.
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA:
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck was a four-issue
mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.
The scene on the cover of this issue, of Apollo and Starbuck
seemingly pulling weapons on each other, never occurs in the
story, though they do get into an argument.
This issue opens two yahrens before the Battle of Cimtar, making
it the Colonial yahren 7348. Starbuck is still an ensign at this
Artist Eman Casallos continues to incorrectly depict Apollo's
sidearm on his right hip instead of the left.
In this issue, Starbuck learns his adoptive parents were killed
during a Cylon raid on Scorpia in the last week (should probably
be "secton" in Colonial terms; defined as equivalent to 10 days
in the glossary of Armageddon).
His adoptive parents previously lived on Caprica. Why were they
on Scorpia? Had they moved there at this time? Just on vacation?
On page 3, with Starbuck having learned of the death of his
adoptive parents, Tigh remarks, "He hasn't been this bad since
Wyler died," and Apollo responds, "I remember--we found him buck
naked in that Piscerian sweatlodge, drinking anything he could
get his hands on and claiming he was the 'king of Sagiteria'."
Yet, "Starbuck" Part 1 implies
that, after learning of Wyler's death, Starbuck simply went to
an old hangout, made a killing at a pyramid game (winning many
cubits and the data chip seen in this issue) and was back aboard
the Galactica the next day, with Apollo asking if he's
okay and Starbuck replying he just needed to clear his head.
But, I suppose it's feasible to imagine the sweat lodge incident
to be included in there, with Apollo just not bringing it up
specifically at the time.
Zac appears in this issue and artist Casallos does a nice job of
capturing the likeness of Rick Springfield, who played the
character in his one appearance on the TV series ("Annihilation").
Starbuck visits a casino called Astral Utopia on Caprica.
Page 4 reveals that Starbuck had previously dated women named
Kandi and Desire on Caprica. ("Starbuck" Part
3 reveals Kandi to have a last name, Trieste.)
On page 6, Apollo refers to his father as Colonel Adama, so he's
not reached the rank of Commander yet at this point.
On page 7, Starbuck opens the same lockbox in his locker that he
"Starbuck" Part 1 and looks at
the same photograph of his adoptive parents.
Starbuck has Boomer attempt to recover data from the corrupt
data chip. Boomer was depicted in a few episodes of the TV
series, and a few licensed stories afterward, as being skilled in
devising or repairing electronic equipment.
The discussion between Aerian council member Osiris and his
daughter Diana on page 9 reveals that Baltar is a tylium trader
at this time. Amusingly, Osiris complains that Baltar is almost
"humping my leg" for a seat at the table of the Quorum of
On page 15, panel 2, notice that Osiris has a Cylon centurion
head as a decoration on his desk. Is it the head from an actual
centurion or just a sculpture?
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