"Starbuck" Part 4
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #4 (Dynamite)
Written by Tony Lee
Illustrated by Eman Casallos
Cover by Sean Chen
Athena is held captive by the treacherous
As Adama's plan to rescue Athena from
Diana's clutches unfolds, Athena is putting her own escape
attempt into action. They all meet in the middle, Athena is
rescued, and Osiris and Diana's plot with the Cylons is ended,
finally resulting in their deaths.
As the story wraps, Starbuck is cleared of
the murder charge, and he and Apollo receive promotions,
Starbuck to Lieutenant and Apollo to Captain. Meanwhile, having
lost their Colonial connection with the fall of Osiris and
Diana, the Cylon Imperious Leader makes a deal with the man
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck was a four-issue
mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.
This issue presents a somewhat different path to Baltar's
alliance with the Cylons than the one seen in
"There Will Be Blood",
but not entirely unreconcilable. It might be that Baltar had the
Carillon tylium operation running for the Cylons as presented in
"There Will Be Blood" and
the Cylon commandant came to him with the Imperious Leader's
peace plan as also seen there, due to the increasing
unreliabilty of Osiris as an agent as seen here in the Starbuck
mini-series. Then, Baltar's request to the Imperious Leader for
two yahrens to convince the Colonies of the peace plan, as seen
here, occurs after
he's had some time to plan it out.
On page 1, Athena identifies the door pad of her cell on the ice
moon of Thrace as a Grayson model. Presumably, Grayson is a
Colonial company. It would have been cool if it was a Graystone
On the last panel of page 1, Athena removes a small wall panel
in her cell in order to gain access to the components of the
door's electronic lock panel. It seems unlikely that any room
designed as a prisoner holding cell would have removable wall
panels for any reason!
Lucifer makes a cameo appearance on page 8. He tells Diana that
the Cylons are unconcerned about the likely loss of her and her
father because they already have a replacement lined up. The
replacement is, of course, Baltar, as we see at the end of the
On page 11, Adama implies that Zac used to be afraid of spiders
when he was a kid. Generally, the term "crawlon" has been used
in place of "spider" in the BSG universe.
After Councilor Osiris is exposed for his treachery, President
Adar remarks, "I really do seem to have a terrible judge of
character." We see another example of this in his appointment of
Baltar to Osiris' vacated seat on the Quorum.
The large seal of the Office of the President on page 18
is nearly identical to the emblem of the Galactica in
|Colonial Presidential seal
||BSG2000 Galactica emblem (by
Frylock86 on the
Apollo and Starbuck are promoted to Captain and Lieutenant
respectively on page 18. And Adama is referred to as
Commander even though he was called Colonel in
"Starbuck" Part 2. Was Adama
also promoted at the ceremony in an earlier, unseen moment?
Ironically, President Adar ends the ceremony with a chant of
"Long live the Colonies!" As we know, the Colonies will survive
only another two yahrens until destroyed by the Cylon attack
orchestrated by Baltar in
Page 20 reveals the Memorial to the Colonial Warrior on Caprica,
a statue of said warrior with a list of names of those who have
died in that capacity.
Hanging on the wall in the background at the memorial site on
page 20, panel 3, is a picture of what appears to be an alien
gray, typical of the type often reported in alien abduction
cases in our own world.
In panel 4 of page 20, Jolly seems to be giving a "peace" or "V
for Victory" sign as he, Boomer, and Zac join Apollo and
Apparently the Rising Star was already a well-known
pleasure ship at this time. On page 20, our gang of Colonial
Warriors are implied to be headed there to celebrate.
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