"The Leiter Side of Life"
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #3 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Art: Hector Gomez
Cover: Hector Gomez
camp becomes the center of battle between the Lunar 1 resistance
and the Alliance.
The resistance attack on the prison camp begins and the
prisoners begin their breakout. While this is happening, Blue
Squadron arrives to rescue Starbuck at the same time that
Commandant Leiter and a fleet of destroyers also arrive to
destroy the prison to keep the Galactica or the Western
Nationalists from gaining the prisoners and their information.
Blue Squadron engages the destroyers.
During the melee, Starbuck has a showdown with prison commander
Commandant Kresh, finally killing him. Meanwhile, all of the
destroyers are destroyed themselves, except for Leiter's and he
beats a retreat.
Joseph and Charlie are in touch with Terra and will be rescued
from Lunar 1 in a few days when their ships arrive. Justine
wishes Starbuck would stay behind to be with her, but he has his
own duties, not to mention Cassiopeia, back at the fleet.
Upon arriving back at the Galactica, Starbuck is given
a hero's welcome and is greeted by Cassie and Chameleon.
Starbuck is kind of surprised to see Chameleon on the
Galactica, but the old man makes the excuse that he'd come
over to show him a new gambling system and just decided to wait
around for Starbuck's inevitable rescue.
I gave this issue the title of
"The Leiter Side of Life" as a play on the attack of
Commandant Leiter's destroyers against the resistance forces
breaking out of the Alliance prison camp.
In this issue, Charlie is depicted with partially gray hair
which he didn't have in the previous two issues ("Lunar
Won" and "Kresh Course").
Page 4, panel 1 mistakenly refers to "Labor One Prison Colony"
instead of "Lunar One Prison Colony".
On page 15, Greenbean seems to have been surprised by the tail
gun on Leiter's destroyer. But why should he have been? They fought
off an attack by an armada of destroyers in
"Lunar Won" and would presumably
have come under fire from such tail guns during the battle. Not
to mention the fact that Leiter's destroyer was previously in
the Galactica's possession after the events of
"Greetings from Earth"
Part 2 and should have been examined thoroughly by experts
at the time.
Finally returning to the Galactica, Starbuck is kind of
surprised to see Chameleon aboard, but the old man makes the
excuse that he'd come over to show him a new gambling system and
just decided to wait around for Starbuck's inevitable rescue. Of
course, he is continuing to hide the fact that he is really
Starbuck's father, as revealed in
"The Man With Nine Lives".
What happened to the Borellian Nomen who escaped the Galactica
to Lunar 7 aboard Leiter's destroyer in
"Baltar's Escape"? We don't
hear anything about them in this mini-series and it doesn't seem
like the Alliance would be tolerant of beings so quasi-human in
appearance as the Nomen. Two of the Nomen,
Maga and Bora, inexplicably return in
Die, Chameleon!, no mention of how they came to be
returned to the fleet being made.
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