Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #1 (of 4)


As exclusively reported by Cosmic Book News months ago, Dynamite Entertainment in a major move signed New York Times bestselling writer Tony Lee (Doctor Who, The Gloom) to write a mini-series focusing on Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck character.

That four-issue mini hits stores next Wednesday and is cosmically delicious, as one would expect with fantastic art by Eman Casallos.

Battlestar Galactica mavens will love this book, and so will our fans of space opera.

The origin (finally!) of Lt. Starbuck unfolds as he becomes a Viper pilot, meets future podna Apollo and becomes like a son to the great Adama. Why? Now you will know!

Along the way, Lee sneaks in a great bunch of detective derring-do as the hero discovers what really occurred when he was orphaned. All this leads Starbuck on a search for a traitor, one tied to the very core concept of the former television series.

There is adventure, familiar and unfamiliar faces, and even some dark humor which all explain the development of the Starbuck that was the most beloved character of Galactica.

Casallos’ imaginative panel layouts, wonderful facial expressions and starry space scapes carry Lee’s script to perfection. And while there may be an odd panel here or there, Casallos does a fantastic job of matching the comic's looks to the fondly recalled TV series, even as do the artists on BOOM! Studios’ Planet of the Apes books.

I would not be surprised if this effort leads to a new Starbuck book. Whether Lee or DnA (Battlestar Galactica) write it, the ultimate winners will not be the Cylons but the readers. Highly recommended.