"The Death of Apollo" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1
Illustrated by Dietrich Smith
Cover A by Mike Mayhew
On the 10th anniversary of the fleet's exodus from the
Colonies, a reunion is in the offing.
The story opens with Apollo making an emergency report to the
Galactica from his Viper. His wingmen have both been
killed in a Cylon ambush, then his Viper is struck and the
Galactica loses contact as we see his flaming
fighter plow down into what looks like a dead moon.
Three days earlier, Commander Adama delivers a speech to the
fleet on the 10th anniversary of the
fleet's exodus from the Colonies. He remarks that they have not
had contact with the Cylon menace for over two yahrens, but must
remain vigilant and promises that they will endure until they
finally locate the lost thirteenth colony called Earth. After
the speech, Adama calls for a meeting of the section leaders,
but Starbuck has to drop out as he receives an urgent call to
meet Dr. Salik in the life center.
In the meeting, Athena pushes to start using some
non-conventional methods in their search for Earth, such as
psionic divination. The senior members shoot her down rather
rudely. In the life center, Xam, the deck chief who gained
psionic abilities but fell into a coma after using them (in
"Dreams of the
Thirteenth" Part 3) has been comatose for the past seven
yahrens, but has suddenly been able to type out a single message
on a touchpad, "TAURELLA 441: 334: 112: 198". The Taurella
was a ship of the fugitive fleet that fell behind and was lost
during the first yahren of the voyage. Adama sends a Viper
flight to check out the coordinates provided and the
Taurella is found, led by the psionic Countess Sephoni of
Scorpion. She sent the psychic message of their present
coordinates in hopes of being reunited with the fleet. She then
reveals she has divined the location of Earth.
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE DEATH OF APOLLO
Notes from the Battlestar Galactica chronology
This story takes place ten yahrens after the fleet's escape from
the Twelve Colonies, about two years after the events of
the last recorded adventure in the
"A Destiny Among the Stars" in the Colonial yahren 7350, making it
yahren 7352. The story also indicates the events of
"Dreams of the
Thirteenth" Part 3 took place seven yahrens ago.
Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo was a
6-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Throughout this mini-series, the nickname/abbreviation "'Buck"
is used by many characters when addressing Starbuck. Boomer
referred to him as Buck a couple of times in
Some of the artist's depictions of Vipers
seem to be of the BSG2000 Mark II model instead of the
traditional Viper seen in BSG70. This happens a few times
throughout the mini-series.
On page 1, Apollo reports the loss of both
of his wingmen, Zurel and Neats, to a Cylon ambush.
Zurel and Neats have not previously appeared in any other BSG
Page 2 reveals that Apollo is now a major at
On page 3, a number of familiar ships of the
fleet are seen following the Galactica through space. A
previously unseen ship with a ring around its central cylinder
is borrowed from the BSG2000 fleet ship, Zephyr, used
for rest and relaxation by members of the fleet. Whether this
similar-looking ship serves the same purpose here is unknown.
Two similar ships are seen in the distance in
"The Death of Apollo" Part 6 (page 21, panel 1).
Commander Adama sports a full beard here, as
opposed to the Van Dyke style he had in Dynamite Entertainment's
previous BSG series beginning with
As usual (outside of the TV episodes), and incorrectly, Apollo is
depicted with his laser gun on his right hip instead of his
In his speech to the fleet on the tenth
anniversary of their escape from the Colonies, Adama remarks
that it has been over two yahrens since their last contact with
the Cylon menace. We might interpret this as a reference to the
events on the planet Arilos in
"A Destiny Among the Stars" in Colonial yahren 7350.
On page 4, Boxey refers to Cylons as
We see here that Boxey still has Muffit as a
Page 7 reveals that arthritis plagues Adama.
Page 8 reveals that Starbuck is now a
captain. Page 9 reveals that Athena is a captain as well;
however, she was a Lt. Colonel in
"A Destiny Among the Stars". For continuity's sake, we might
assume her rank in this mini-series to be the same.
Page 10 reveals that Starbuck has been
visiting Xam's medical chamber in the life center every day for
the last seven yahrens, ever since Xam's latent psychic ability
was triggered and he stopped the Cylons and fell into a coma in
"Dreams of the
Thirteenth" Part 3.
Doctor Madusa finds that Xam is finally
starting to show signs of activity. Doctor
Madusa last appeared in "The
Adama Gambit" Part 2.
On page 13, Dr. Madusa tells Starbuck that
Xam has been unconsciously typing out "TAURELLA 441: 334: 112:
198" on a touchpad placed under his hand for the past two
centars. A centar is a Colonial unit of time measurement similar
to one Earth hour.
The keypad on the touchscreen used by Xam is
a fairly standard QWERTY keyboard. On page 13, there is even a
.com button visible, similar to the keypads found on Kindle
Athena's suggestion of using psionic
divination as part of the fleet's attempts to locate Earth is
rudely shot down in the senior briefing by Colonel Tigh, Omega,
and even her father, Adama himself! But it seems odd that Adama
would oppose the idea; he has shown receptivity to psychic
abilities in the past, even demonstrating them to a limited
degree in "War of the Gods"
On page 19, Adama implies that Athena will
be commander of the Galactica before Apollo, leaving
Apollo to do what he excels at, piloting a Viper.
This issues reunites the fleet with a ship, the Taurella,
that fell behind and was lost in the first yahren of the exodus. This is the first mention of
the ship. It has rather a look of some of the BSG2000 ships,
most particularly the Pegasus.
||The Pegasus from BSG2000
With the return of the
Taurella, the fleet is up to 211 ships from the last
known 210 in "The Fever".
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