Dynamite Battlestar Galactica 6

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by Jessica Greenlee
Staff Writer

In Battlestar Galactica #6 Dan Abnett has plotted a gripping, single-issue story. It covers one shift on the Galactica as Athena, the officer on watch, grapples with command decisions normal to a convoy on the run from a relentless enemy. She must send out scouts to choose between two possible routes for the convoy—one charted and potentially full of enemies, one not and full of stellar storms, and she must decide what to do about the damaged Ariadna and how to house the people on board if the ship fails. All the while, she must remain on watch lest the Cylons attack.

Abnett paces this perfectly. The difficulties begin the moment Athena takes command and continue all through the watch, with one dilemma feeding into another. It’s great to see a story focusing on Athena and her role in the command structure, something the original show had little chance to do. While all the familiar faces appear, Abnett chooses to stay on the ship, letting the readers worry about the scouting parties along with Athena rather than following them along. The issue wraps well, ending with just a hint of the troubles to come as Athena hands command back over to her father for the next shift. This really is just a day’s work on the Galactica.

Dietrich O. Smith draws grand space vistas and mechanical ship corridors with equal skill with Alex Guimaraes providing the depth of color necessary to make the scenes live. Panel division helps structure the story, focusing in tightly on Athena while she thinks and then widening out to show the scope of the varying dilemmas. Faces unfortunately are sometimes slightly squashed. The space battle on the other hand, is a beauty.

Overall, Battlestar Galactica #6 is a fine adventure that I have no hesitation in recommending to fans of the original series and to lovers of space opera and adventure in general. It is also a great spot for newcomers to the series to step in.

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