Starbuck and Apollo are lost in space with no robots or conniving doctors to help them. Are their time weapons responsible? Have they erased decades of Colonial history from the face of the universe? Find out in this, your Major Spoilers review.

SUMMARY

Pros
Story starts to get better about halfway through
Anne Lockhart (Sheba) on the cover!
Nice end hook for the next issue
Cons

Story waits until halfway through to get better
Dialogue still isn’t there yet
Bland faces

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

READER RATING!

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battlestargalactica2 coverBATTLESTAR GALACTICA #2
Writer: DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Artist: CEZAR REZAK
Inker: VINICIUS TOWNSEND
Letterer: SIMON BOWLAND
Editor: JOE RYBANDT
Publisher: DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in Battlestar Galactica: Facing a Cylon onslaught, Adama reluctantly deploys Dr. Z’s experimental and illegal time weapons on two modified vipers. Something goes haywire and the entire fleet disappears, leaving Apollo and Starbuck to fend for themselves.

IT’S GETTING ITS BEARINGS

My review of this title’s inaugural issue was decidedly uncharitable. I called it generic and forgettable before, in the most cardinal of sins, comparing it to “Galactic 1980.” Drawing such a foul parallel is something that, once said, cannot be unsaid. But despite a mea culpa on the latter observation, issue No. 1 was not the best beginning for a series. This issue works extremely hard to make a second first impression and it does a fairly good job. Believe me, there’s no shortage of hokey dialogue—which may well be intentional—or tell-don’t-show storytelling, but about halfway through the book things begin to get interesting.

At the first issue’s end Apollo and Starbuck, armed to the teeth with illegal temporal weapons, are left alone in the vipers amid a magnetic storm with neither Galactica nor the fleet anywhere in sight. Eventually we begin to get hints that this isn’t the universe they remember and this is, as I said, where things begin to get interesting. The ending is telegraphed from pretty far away—especially if you’re a genre-savvy reader—but I won’t spoil it.

To clarify: I’m not saying this issue is great, but it’s a nice improvement over the previous installment and, as the story matures, I think we might have a pretty good title here in a few months.

UP CLOSE AND IMPERSONAL

I adore the cover. It has absolutely nothing to do with anything inside the issue, but I love it nonetheless. This is probably because I can’t say no to any image of Anne Lockhart—at least, I think it’s Anne Lockhart—she’s gorgeous in any medium.

The interior art suffers from the same problems as last issue, with perhaps a few improvements. Instrument panels, faces, landscapes—all these things are drawn with too little detail. I understand the pressures and compromises that can result from tight deadlines, but it’s disheartening to see only broad strokes where there should be fine lines. Conversely, the space- and explosion-oriented imagery is done quite well.

BOTTOM LINE: LET’S SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING

I don’t love this book by any stretch of the word, but it’s really trying and I can honestly see it being much better in a few issues. I’m going to stick with it until the end of this arc and, if you’re a fan of the property and have a few extra dollars in your pocket, then you should, too. I’m giving it three Stars of Kobol.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Author

Brandon Dingess

Brandon Dingess

Brandon lives his life by the three guiding principals on which the universe is based: Neal Peart's lyrical infallibility, the superiority of the Latin language and freedom of speech. He's a comic book lover, newspaper journalist and amateur carpenter who's completely unashamed his wife caught him making full-sized wooden replicas of Klingon weaponry. Brandon enjoys the works of such literary luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, Jules Verne, Mark Twain and Matt Fraction. "Dolemite" is his favorite film, "The Immortal Iron Fist" is his all-time favorite comic and 2nd Edition is THE ONLY Dungeons and Dragons.

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3 Comments

  1. Andrew
    June 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    Looks more like Athena (Maren Jensen) on the cover to me.

    • aerohalen1
      June 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm — Reply

      it is Maren Jensen,had a crush on her when this show was on tv(yes ,dating myself)

      • Andrew
        June 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm — Reply

        I had a crush on Cassiopea. She made me feel “climbing the rope in gym class” kind of funny.

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