Battlestar Galactica #4 Review

Is there still enough meat to in this classic franchise to warrant further exploration? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

Marooned in a reality where the Battlestar Galactica never existed and the Cylon’s rule supreme, Apollo joins a very different version of his father in his relentless resistance against the Cylon domination. Meanwhile, imprisoned in the holding cells of a Cylon Basestar, Starbuck discovers an unexpected and startling new ally…

Lost in space would seem like a happy fate considering the odd predicaments our heroes now find themselves embroiled in.  Thankfully this odyssey among the stars is anchored expertly by a crafty creative team that offers something worthwhile if not wholly original.  By taking fanboys and fangirls down this path, they’ve seen fit to expand on the tropes associated with this franchise with good results.

When it comes to interstellar tales that feature zany concepts, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are among the best scribes to tackle such material. Their versatility gave life to many dormant concepts over in the Marvel universe and in this volume they do similar things.  By launching their audience into a alternate timeline with versions of characters that are both familiar and different this title continues a strong starting stride.  In this fourth outing the authors build on what they’ve set up by offering a script that makes use of its heritage while reveling in the some narrative meat.

Cezar Razek handles the art and he delivers interpretations that instantly capture the original look and feel of the classic television series.  I found the renditions of our protagonists and antagonists were brought to an authentic level by the talent’s discreet ability to discern unique features from the actors that played them.  There were however more than a few times where static movement robbed the overall work of its fluid consistency but overall the whole of the job complimented the text well enough to make this a believable extension of an already living franchise.

Battlestar Galactica #4 is excellent as this outstanding creative team continues their time-traveling yarn that’s oozing with complications.  Recommended.


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