In Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #2, Abnett shows how and why Apollo’s death occurred. Countes Sephoni whose ship the Galactica recently relocated is still certain that she knows the location of Earth and urges immediate investigation. The crew is, understandably, eager to locate the Thirteenth colony and to try anything, regardless of their view on psionics in general.
Abnett has given Adama a nicely balanced view of psionics: He is not dismissing them out of hand (after the events in Adama’s Choice, he can hardly afford to!), but is unwilling to accept them without trial, pointing out that there may be things that the psionics do not see. It is good to see this kind of continuity between events. Xam, too, is still in play, though in his limited fashion. Starbuck here is oddly vulnerable and more childlike than he is generally shown. At the same time, he is showing that Athena has matured and is an asset on the flight deck and in meetings.
Smith has made the strange choice to twice put the angle of view up the countess’s dress as she sits down, both times necessitating a very awkward panel view. Otherwise, he brings a solid set of character designs to the book, giving the characters some much-needed emotional range. He does a good job of portraying an older Boxey, keeping the character’s general look while showing that he has grown up over time. Also, whoever made the decision, it is good to see a female pilot other than Sheba out in the Vipers. Smith and Gamboa between them create some beautiful space scenes; both clearly love the Vipers and the Cylon ships.
The Death of Apollo is shaping to be a good space opera adventure, continuing to build the suspense and leave the question of “What is really going on?” open.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Dietrich Smith
Colors: Fran Gamboa
Letters: Simon Bowland
Covers: Dietrich Smith, Mike Mayhew, Livio Ramondelli, Ardian Syaf