"The Law of Volahd" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica #1 (Season II) (Realm Press)
Written and Illustrated by Chris Scalf
Cover by Chris Scalf
fleet’s fuel and weapons resources are down to critical levels.
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
The inside front cover of each of the Realm Press issues of BSG
featured a painting of the Galactica by Chris Scalf
with the title of the issue in white block letters below,
in emulation of the title sequence of the episodes of the TV
The first 8.5 pages of this issue are a slightly modified retelling
of the destruction of the basestar near the end of
Hand of God". For the PopApostle analysis of this
section, see our page for
Hand of God".
On the cover, one of the fleet ships
following the Galactica appears to be the prison barge.
Commander Adama's log entry on page 8
states that it is the Colonial yahren 7324. This seems unlikely
"The Man with Nine Lives"
states that it was 7322 when the Cylons attacked the town of Umbra on
Caprica (causing Starbuck to become orphaned). From the
BSG Timeline on the Battlestar Wiki, we can deduce that
"The Law of Volahd" Part 1 actually takes place in
Commander's Adama's log entry also reveals that it has been a
couple of sectons (weeks) since the Galactica defeated
the Cylon basestar in
Hand of God".
Some of Adama's log entry remarks here are
similar to ones he made in "Baltar's Escape", in which he
worried they were fleeing the Cylon tyranny only to enter a new
one in the form of the Eastern Alliance. Here, after continuing
on into new territory after having destroyed a Cylon basestar in
Hand of God", he asks, "Have we finally escaped the
Cylons or will we just walk into the hands of a newer, more
As he ponders their quest for Earth, why
does Adama refer to it as "...quite possible (sic) the last
outpost of humanity..."? The fleet has already passed numerous
previously unknown worlds hosting human outposts and
civilizations! Maybe he's assuming (as have many BSG fans) that
the Cylons are mopping up those pockets of humanity as they pass
through in their pursuit of the Colonial fleet!
Page 9 reveals that Baltar has not yet been
freed to an uninhabited planet as per the deal made with
Commander Adama in exchange for information about the layout of
a basestar in
Hand of God". Presumably the fleet has not yet come to
a habitable world on which to leave him; or, possibly, Adama
wants to be sure the world is far enough away from their last
encounter with the Cylons that they won't just find him
immediately and rescue him. The exchange between Adama and
Baltar here implies that their deal has not been made public to
most members of the fleet for fear of outrage with any decision to
set the traitor of humanity free.
Omega informs us that the battle in
Hand of God" has brought the Galactica's
weapons systems resources down to minimum.
Pages 15-16 suggest that in the two sectons
since their first kiss in
Hand of God", Apollo and Sheba have pursued a romantic
This issue introduces a substance called
cyranite which is found on some planets and is used as an energy
source by the fleet. Apparently unshielded cyranite can cause
disruptions in long-range communications (and possibly in scans
judging from events in this issue).
On page 22, Boomer refers to his
cockpit computer as a computon. This is a misspelling of "computron",
a term that originated in the Galactica 1980 TV series. He also uses the term
"hectometer" in place of altimeter.
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