Tony Lee brings the tale to a triumphant close as the allies sweep in, fully enjoying the steampunk possibilities with “aetheriships,” “Cylonics,” and “Babbage Computers.” The re-assigning of the main characters roles throughout the series somewhat mitigated here as the heroes are now lined up on the same side, with the villains now identified and lined up for the final battle—though Sheba remains anamolous, neither fully friend nor foe. One nice touch Lees his handling of Lord Iblis. He is in a vital role and gives the plot momentum, and his character and actions are also an effective twist on the role Count Iblis had in the original Battlestar Galactica.
Perhaps because this has only four issues to run in, everyone appears to have been busy between issues: Athena and the Ovions in particular have developed a lot of mutual respect between issues 3 and 4, having gone from negotiating a mutually beneficial, somewhat grudging treaty to worrying about one another’s fate, with Athena exclaiming in dismay when any damage happens to the Ovions, and the aliens honoring her.
Aneke’s art brings the steampunk side to the table most firmly, employing all the ornate flourishes the genre allows for. The men have the exaggerated mustaches and beard possible and everyone wears swashbuckling clothes, even if they are not pirates. The women still have extraordinarily bee-stung lips, exaggerated in any era. Overall, it’s a bright, slick look suited to the tale being told.
The Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880 series has been a bright, enjoyable detour in the Battlestar Galactica and fits in comfortably next to Legenderry, Dynamite’s other recent Steampunk extravaganza. While the tale finishes, Lee also leaves room for sequels at some point.
Writer: Tony Lee
Colorist: Alex Starling
Cover: Ardian Syaf
Letters: Marshall Dillon