"Starbuck" Part 3
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #3 (Dynamite)
Written by Tony Lee
Illustrated by Eman Casallos
Cover by Sean Chen
Starbuck is framed and accused of murder by
As this issue opens, Starbuck's pyramid game
is interrupted by MPs, who arrest him under suspicion of the
murder of his ex-lover Kandi Trieste. Of course, he's been
framed, with the actual murder having been committed by
Councilor Osiris' daughter, Diana. After Starbuck's arrest,
Baltar sees his chance for a spot at the Quorom's table and
makes a deal to help Apollo free his friend.
Apollo breaks Starbuck out of custody with
Baltar's help. They seek out McKintosh's ship for answers as to
the information on the damaged data stick. They find the ship
with its crew dead, including McKintosh, killed by a Cylon
landing force. A hologram of McKintosh triggered by Starbuck's
data stick reveals that Osiris was the one who dropped the
defense net over Umbra for the Cylon attack all those years ago.
Apollo transmits the incriminating data on Osiris to his father
on the Galactica. As the duo leaves the drifting ship
in their Vipers, they are attacked by Cylon Raiders, but Jolly
and Zac are on flight training and zoom in to the rescue.
Meanwhile, Diana kidnaps Athena with Cylon
help, in order for Osiris to hold her life in exchange for
Adama's cooperation in destroying the incriminating data. Adama
pretends to play along, but then leads a Viper squadron to the
location where Athena is being held by Cylon centurions, at an
old tylium mine on the ice moon of Thrace.
CONTINTUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA:
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck was a four-issue
mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.
On page 1, panel 1, Starbuck is telling a story to his
card-playing buddies, ending with, "And I was yelling, 'Fire the
missiles!' but their targeting system was fracked--so ol'
Starbuck here had to fire it into the exhaust vent himself--"
This may be a reference by writer Tony Lee to Star Wars: A
New Hope, in which Luke Skywalker fires a proton torpedo
into an exhaust port of the Death Star with his targeting
computer turned off.
Page 2 reveals one of Starbuck's former girls, Kandi (introduced
"Starbuck" Part 2), to have a
last name, Trieste. It's unusual for characters in BSG70 to have
two names, though it has become a bit more common in stories
written after BSG2000, such as "Behind Enemy Lines" and the
Dynamite mini-series reimagination of Galactica 1980.
Starbuck is framed and falsely accused of murder in this issue
and last. The same thing occurs in the TV episode
"Murder on the Rising
As Starbuck is arrested under suspicion for the murder of Kandi,
one of the officers tells him his DNA was found on a whiskey
glass and a fumarello. This is the first mention of whiskey in
the BSG universe; usually Colonial beverages have less
The arresting officers' jackets have name patches identifying
one as Kalb and the other possibly as Napolitano (the second is
In his holding cell on page 3, Starbuck tells Apollo the only
good piece of luck in his arrest is that at least he left the
pendant in his Viper. But he's wearing the pendant as he says
As Adama meets with Osiris on page 4, panel 1, the edge of
Osiris' desk can be seen through Adama's head!
On page 8, as Starbuck and Apollo make their escape from the
Aerian hub, Starbuck states that he thinks the pendant links
with McKintosh's ship's locator. What makes him think that? It
was never stated in the previous chapters.
On page 10, the character of Councilor Romo looks as if
he may be based on the lawyer character of Romo Lampkin
||Romo Lampkin from BSG2000
Page 11 suggests that Adama and Baltar are meeting for the first
time outside the council chambers. But the two of them were seen
to be classmates at the Academy in one of Adama's memories in
the memory machine in
"All Things Past and Present" and their past at the Academy
together is also mentioned in
Surrender the Galactica. For continuity's sake, the
reader can imagine that Adama is a bit more confrontational with
Baltar here, knowing his weasely ways.
As he and Apollo approach McKintosh's ship
on page 12, Starbuck remarks, "...I've got a bad feeling about
this..." This may be an homage by the writer to the Star
Wars saga, which frequently has characters use this phrase
(or a variant thereof). Starbuck also says it in
"Search for Sanctuary"
On page 13, McKintosh's holo-image explains that Osiris was
responsible for dropping the defense net over Umbra over thirty
yahrens ago. But at the time of this story,
the Colonial yahren 7348, the Umbra attack was only 24
As Athena watches surveillance footage of Kandi's murder on page
17, a number set on the bottom of the screen looks like an Earth
Baltar learns that Osiris' Cylon allies are holding the
kidnapped Athena in an old tylium mine on the ice moon of
Thrace. In BSG2000, Starbuck's real name was Kara Thrace.
At the end of this issue, Colonel Adama pilots a Viper, the
first time (chronologically) we see him do so. He rarely does so
in the later stories, as he has higher duties as the commander
of the Galactica and the fleet. He does fly a Viper
Surrender the Galactica
and in Part 4 of Dynamite Entertainment's Galactica 1980
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