Adama is still having his crisis of confidence in Battlestar Galactica, just in time for the Cylons to attack, pinning Colonel Tigh an his crew down on the Ariadna and throwing the fleet into some confusion as they try to figure out who is calling the shots.
Abnett is following up on the Dreams of the Thirteenth storyline and exploring some of the possible outcomes of a charismatic leader who refuses to listen to others. It’s great to see Adama thinking things through. Also, the character of Doctor Madusa shines here. She is not just a random addition to the crew because there ought to be someone to care for the psychological needs of the crew; she is an omportant part of the process. She is also effective and not afraid to give Adama a piece of her mind when it is needed. Abnett also does a good job of showing how much the fleet needs its charismatic leader, however stubborn he may be, and provides plausible reasons both for Adama’s temporary resignation and for following events. Colonel Tigh is another character who really gets to shine here. Abnett is showing that there is and will continue to be some long-term fallout at different points. The only caveat is that it is a little hard to believe that Adama would step aside at a point like this without naming a temporary successor. Yes, he’s talking to Madusa about a permanent replacement, but it seems strange that there was no temporary chain of command instituted.
Rezek continues to draw extraordinary space battles and great ship’s interiors. Broad emotional states are also clear. There are still few subtleties of expression. The exception here is Colonel Tigh. There are some strong close-ups in the Ariadna as he comes to terms with the fact that he and his crew have failed to repair the ship and are now cut off from the Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica continues to be an enjoyable series for those who like good-hearted, classic series.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Cezar Razek
Colors: Vinicius Townsend
Letters: Simon Bowland
Covers: A: Livio Ramondelli, Subscription: Ken Haeser
Based on the television show: Battlestar Galactica by Glen A. Larson