"Galactica 1880" Part 4
Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
Written by Tony Lee
Illustrated by Aneke
Cover by Ardian Syaf
The steampunk Battle of Gamoray!
On page 1, Adama states that
only a few colonies survive and the human race has been almost
eradicated by Baltar. But in
"Galactica 1880" Part 3,
Baltar himself stated that Caprica and Gemini have been
destroyed, with ten colonies still surviving. Adama himself even
seems to confirm this on page 3.
In this issue, Sheba no longer has the mole above her upper
lip seen previously. As speculated in the study of
"Galactica 1880" Part 1,
it may be that it was an artificial beauty mark, and she's
chosen not to apply it for the battle. Some time after the
battle, on page 20, panel 3, it looks as if the mole may be back
if you look closely at the small drawing of her.
Throughout the issue, "Gamoray" is mistakenly spelled "Gamora".
As Adama finishes his speech to his rag-tag fleet in preparation
for the attack against Gamoray, he ends it with, "So say we
all!" This phrase was frequently used at the end of a prayer,
sermon, or speech by the Colonials in BSG2000.
On page 5, Starbuck says to Boxey, "Never tell me the odds..!"
This is likely another intentional similarity to Han Solo in the
Star Wars franchise (as evidenced in previous issues of
this mini-series); Han makes the same statement in
The Empire Strikes Back.
On page 6, Sheba calls Cassiopeia a back-stabbing, traitorous
snitrat. The term snitrat was used a time or two in the original
BSG as an insult with no clear English meaning.
This issue implies that little Boxey is older than he looks,
having been Lady Athena's manservant. At the end of the story,
he has taken over as captain of the Starchaser after
Starbuck's return to fleet duties.
Formerly a flight lieutenant, Starbuck is allowed to return to
the Colonial fleet as a major. He also becomes engaged,
willingly it seems, to Lady Athena.
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|On the final page
of the story, Archduke Adama speaks an altered version
of the preamble from the original BSG series:
There are those who believe that
life here began out there, far across the universe, with
tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of
the Capricans, or the Aerians, or the Sagittarians. Some
believe that there may yet be brothers of man, who even
now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens. If
they do--then it's up to the aethership Galactica
and it's allies to help them."