In Review: Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #2
The cover: Starbuck and Apollo aren’t just going to come to blows–they’re going to take shots at each other! I love the look of this cover by Sean Chen because it looks so 1970s: that oval window with the planet outside screams that decade’s “futuristic” look. I like how the characters resemble Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch and linework on their clothing. Without the coloring I would still have been able to see the shading in them. And speaking of coloring, Adriano Lucas has done a great job on this as well. The browns are perfect! Overall grade: A
The story: Another great chapter of Starbuck’s life from writer Tony Lee, with the story growing much bigger in its scope and cast of characters. Apollo comes back from patrol duty cheesed beyond measure that Starbuck wasn’t with him as his wingman as he was scheduled to be. Going to his father to complain, Apollo learns that Starbuck’s adopted parents were killed in the recent Cylon attack on Scorpia; his friend is drowning his sorrows. Recruiting his brother Rick Springfiel…er, Zac, Apollo goes to collect his friend. In the “Astral Utopia” Casino on Caprica, Starbuck is in classic mode: he’s hammered, still wanting more to drink, and running afoul of an old flame. Just when things can’t get worse, two bouncers arrive. His dialogue in this sequence, and throughout the book, is wonderful. Lee knows all the right buttons to push to find the humor and honor in Starbuck. Highlights include the top of Page 6, all of 14, the bottom of 16, and the conversation on 20. I like how the mystery of the pendant is furthered and how it’s taken a political turn. The mention of one individual’s name in the third panel on Page 9 gave me a shiver! The final bit of dialogue was perfection. Alan Lee is rockin’ this book! Overall grade: A+
The art: I am also thoroughly enjoying the artwork of Eman Casallos. His characters look great, his settings (old and original) look like the television series, his ship and their fight scenes super, and his page layout fantastic. I really liked Page 9, which features original characters in an original setting, but the drama the pages gives (without reading the text) is strongly felt: a quick establishment shot of the setting leaps to a great tilted introduction of the book’s two villains, with one looking like a god and the other a sullen underling. The third panel firmly establishes the size of each character, the fourth the beauty of the companion, and the fifth the bitter acknowledgement of orders. Absolutely wonderful! If I had to compare the look of this page to any artist I would say Jim Starlin, and there are many other pages and panels where this is apparent. I’m loving Casallos’s work. Overall grade: A
The colors: Davi Correia has some gorgeous work on this book. Every spaceshot is terrific in its background colors. I love the cool interiors of the Battlestar and the bright, flashy colors of the casino. Boomer is in a really bright page (11) and it’s great! When gunplay comes into action the colors rightly lit up the dark setting. Slick work! Overall grade: A
The letters: Dialogue, scene setting, Cylon speak, and sounds come to life from Joshua Cozine. All are done well. Overall grade: A
The final line: Highly enjoyable. You could start with this issue and follow it with no difficulty. No matter how many cubits you have in your account, you should pick this up! Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.