"War of Eden" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica: War of Eden #1 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Layouts: Karl Altstaetter
Penciler: Hector Gomez
Inker: Rene Micheletti
20 yahrens after fleeing the Colonies, the
Galactica and her
fleet discover Earth.
Read the story summary of
"War of Eden" Part 1 at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG chronology
The Maximum Press stories do not fit into the continuity
established by the
Richard Hatch novels which were published later but begin chronologically-earlier
Armageddon (18 yahrens after
fleeing the Colonies). But with some mental gymnastics, we can
pretend a few details are different to force it into the saga.
Page 1 reveals the current Colonial year (yahren) to be 7362.
This places that story just 2 yahrens after the events of
Armageddon (assuming we
disregard the huge jumps in time the novels following
The letters page of Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #1 ("Lunar
Won") indicates there are some
additional story pages of War of Eden in the TPB compilation.
I do not have a copy of this compilation, so no commentary on
those pages is included here. If I gain access to one in the
future, I'll add some additional commentary.
The Colonial term "centar" (hour) is consistently misspelled
"centaur" (the part-human, part-horse creature of Greek
mythology!). On the "Terminology" page in issue #2 of War of
Eden, it is stated that the spelling came from the script
of "War of the Gods".
Throughout the mini-series, many members of the fleet are seen
wearing garb that has aspects of ancient Egyptian design.
The "What Has Gone Before..." blurb on the inside front cover
describes humanity's flight from its mother-world Kobol. Of
course, in the later-published Richard Hatch novels starting
humanity's homeworld is said in the mythology to be a world
called Parnassus, much earlier than the civilization on Kobol.
The "What Has Gone Before..." blurb also describes the Twelve
Colonies as having had 12 battlestars, with now only the
Galactica surviving. The idea of 12 battlestars has been a prominent
one among fans, but series creator Glen Larson himself has
stated in interviews that there was never a specific number in
"Earth" is consistently spelled with a lower-case "e" in the
"What Has Gone Before..." blurbs of this series. The planet's name should be
capitalized; it's only when describing "dirt" or a generic
"world" as "earth" that it should be lower-case.
The story often uses the word "year" instead of the equivalent
Colonial term "yahren".
In the time-period of this issue's prologue, said to be 5
yahrens after fleeing the Colonies, Colonel Tigh is depicted as having gone
mostly bald and he is seen wearing a Warriors' brown and khaki
uniform and ascot similar to that worn by Commander Cain in the two-part
"The Living Legend"
According to Apollo's journal here, Commander Adama was stricken
with Kaitai Syndrome, a rare and incurable disease afflicting
elderly Capricans, five years after fleeing the Colonies. The
condition erodes the neuro-pathways of the brain, eventually
robbing the victim of all mental capacities.
At this point in time, Apollo is married to Sheba and they have
a son named Cain. Sheba is depicted with blond hair throughout
the Maximum Press comics, not brunette as in the TV series.
On page 3, why is Apollo wearing a dress uniform after returning
from his disappearance?
On page 4, Apollo tells how he was again abducted by the Beings
of Light, referred to in the Maximum Press stories as "Seraphs".
The term was also used in
"A Destiny Among the
Stars". "Seraph" is a term from the Old Testament of The
Bible, meaning "burning one" and referring to a type of heavenly
being (an angel).
On page 5, Apollo states that on the Ship of Lights, he met
John, just like "the last time they took me..." This is
presumably a reference to "Experiment in Terra", though we now
also have the events of
Armageddon to contend
with, in which Apollo was taken relatively recently, but John
was not among the Beings of Light he met in that story. Still, we could say
there is a missing story in between the events of the Hatch
novels and this one, wherein Apollo did meet John again.
Apollo explains that the Seraphs have given the fleet a device
called a temporal overdrive that will allow the fleet to reach
Earth much sooner, otherwise it would still be a journey of
thousands of yahrens. The device sounds similar to the
Quantum Shift-Effect generator the fleet
obtained from the wreckage of a Cylon base in Armageddon.
However, the name "temporal overdrive" given here suggests a
possible time-travel aspect, as "temporal" means "pertaining to
time". It's never explained in the course of the Maximum Press
stories, but this may be why the fleet arrives at what seems to
be approximately the Cretaceous period of Earth, populated by
dinosaurs, instead of a couple of decades or so after the Apollo
11 landing (as seen in a recording at the end of
"The Hand of God").
In the letters page of Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #2 ("Kresh
Course") the editor comments on Carrie Q. Lemmens'
letter regarding the Apollo 11 transmission in
"The Hand of God"
and the fleet's current arrival in what appears to be Earth's
and says, "time and relativity are funny things...keep reading."
Possibly this is a reference to the time travel that occurs in
the later Journey's End mini-series, in which the
travels in time back to the events of
"Annihilation" with hopes of stopping the Cylon sneak
attack on the Twelve Colonies, because the issue of the fleet arriving in Earth's far
distant past is never dealt with directly. Also, in the
"War of Eden" Part 4, another letter writer points out
the discrepancy and the editor replies, "The Apollo XI
transmission...would not make sense if this was indeed earth's
distant past...unless it's not earth's distant past."
So, it may be that at some point in our future, Earth's
civilization crumbled and somehow seemingly prehistoric
creatures have repopulated the planet.
The images of the continents of Earth on pages 5 and 18 show the
modern day shapes of the continents
due to continental drift, not the shapes and positions
they would have been in during the reign of the dinosaurs. This
is further indication that, despite appearances, we are not
seeing Earth's distant past.
On page 7, Apollo states that the temporal overdrive has
strained the ships of the fleet, so the range of their jumps has
Also on page 7, Apollo's journal entry suggests that the Cylons
have spread across many galaxies, conquering hundreds of worlds.
As commander, Apollo wears a rather ugly maroon jacket with
shoulder tassels, as if he's a Prussian general or something.
On page 8, Colonel Athena reports the Rising Star
destroyed in the battle against the Cylons. Near the end of the
issue, Lucifer tells Baltar that several ships in the Colonial
fleet were destroyed.
The Galactica appears to be more heavily-armored and
thickly-plated now than in the early stories of the saga.
In the Maximum Press stories, the adult Boxey is referred to as
Box. In the Hatch novels, he was called Troy.
The latest generation Vipers in this story appear to have
multiple laser turrets on each wing and four engine mounts
instead of the classic three.
On page 11, Starbuck says he upgraded the reverse thrusters on
his Viper a few sectons back. A secton is about a week.
On page 12, Athena announces the fleet is ready to make the
final jump to Earth, "Programmed coordinates, nineteen million
sectars by epsilon vector twenty-two. Course reckoning 0000
point nine." These are the same coordinates and course reckoning
mysteriously placed in the brains of Apollo and Starbuck at the
end of "War
of the Gods" Part 2.
On page 14, Athena states there are currently 162 vessels in the fleet.
Of course, the most recent mention of fleet strength in the Hatch novel
Destiny, there were
only about 30 ships left! It seems unlikely
that many, if any, more could have been added since then. In the
Destiny, I remarked that the
30 figure seemed much too low from what we knew of the status of
the fleet previously. I like the 162 figure given here better,
(which takes place before
Destiny) ended with
fewer than 158 ships in the fleet.
On page 16, the Galactica is seen to have some
additional, smaller engines from the main thrusters.
In this story, Box is a lieutenant, Starbuck is a captain, and
Boomer is a colonel. But starting in the Hatch novel
Starbuck was referred to as a colonel.
Like Tigh, Starbuck is depicted wearing an ascot. Unlike Tigh,
he has ridiculously long, flowing hair.
Page 17 reveals that Box is Starbuck's wingman.
On page 17, Starbuck remarks to Apollo that if he'd been left
behind in his Viper while the fleet went into overdrive, he'd
just have found a nice, deserted planet somewhere, christened it
"Starbuck", and sat out the rest of the war. This is a reference
to the episode from the apocryphal
Galactica 1980 TV
series, "The Return of Starbuck", which details Starbuck being
shot down over a desert planet, which he dubs "planet Starbuck".
The energy probe Starbuck is detecting from Earth on
which turns out to be a Kobolian ark, is coming from
central Africa, where the first humans are believed to have
evolved on Earth according to modern science.
On page 21, panel 3, notice that one of the Kobolian markings
on the ark is an ankh, which we know in modern times as
the ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal
The two claws on its forelimbs suggest the carnivorous dinosaur
that attacks the landing party is a tyrannosaur. The scale of
the creature seems to vary somewhat from panel-to-panel, but is
generally depicted quite a bit larger than any
tyrannosaurid fossils that have been found.
On page 23, Boomer states that the tyrannosaur looks like a
Tavarian dragon. Starbuck amends that the dinosaur is bigger and
louder. This is the first mention of such a creature in the BSG
Page 26 reveals that Baltar is now the commander of the Cylon
baseship Hades. Of course, the original(?) Baltar
converted to the human side of the war in
Armageddon and died in
Destiny. It's possible that this
Baltar is a clone body of the original, created by the Cylons and
implanted with one of the cloned Baltar brains revealed to exist
Baltar's uniform has what appears to be tubing connected to the
arms. The letters page of
"War of Eden" Part 2 reveals that his arms are now
Lucifer is also depicted as still being Baltar's
cogitator. Lucifer was seemingly destroyed
in Resurrection, but it's possible
he uploaded his consciousness
before death as he'd previously done in Armageddon.
This could also be a new IL-series with the same name, since he
does look quite different from the Lucifer seen in the TV
series. In fact, in "The Making of Battlestar Galactica" sketch
pages at the back of this issue, the Lucifer character sketch is
labeled as Lucifer VI, implying the sixth model in a series. In
"War of Eden" Part 4, Baltar implies that he had the previous
versions of Lucifer recycled as scrap metal.
On the last page of this issue, Count Iblis returns to pay a
visit with Baltar. He looks quite different than he has in the
past, with a bald head and pointed ears.
How did Baltar get the scar over his left eye? It's never
explained throughout the series.
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