BSG Starbuck #3 of 4

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Cover Battlestar Galactica Starbuck 03Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #3 (of 4) continues the story of Starbuck’s early years and his search for the man who deliberately left the defenses of his home planet down, leaving him an orphan.

This issue begins with Starbuck arrested for murdering his ex-girlfriend. The police and judicial system here are laughable—two items on a crime scene count as the “evidence” here (1). Fortunately, Lee doesn’t dwell on this aspect of the story. It’s not long before Starbuck is out and the action kicks in as he and Apollo start hunting down evidence that will prove Councilor Osiris guilty. Everyone on the crew gets involved, though Athena’s role is a bit disappointing so far.

The greatest delight in this is seeing a younger Baltar here, already scheming. He helps Apollo out because, as he explains later “either way, I profit.” There’s a lot more at stake here than in previous issues as the story rushes toward a close.

Casallos does love his action scenes, and there’s enough space flight here to keep him happy. His portrayal of the piratical Osiris and weasily Baltar is hardly subtle, but then, Battlestar Galactica, for all its merits, is not a subtle tale.

It’s been a treat seeing the younger crew in action, and the story promises to go out on a high note in the next, final issue.

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(1) On the other hand, the judicial system on the show (when Starbuck was also framed for murder; poor guy can’t get a break) was pretty strange, so it’s possible to chalk this up to the Colonies having lapsed in the area of criminal investigation.

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