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Battlestar Galactica: Bringing Back the Dead

"Bringing Back the Dead"

Battlestar Galactica #0 (Dynamite)

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Nigel Raynor

Colors: David Curiel

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover: Steve McNiven



The Galactica discovers a 60-year old space battlefield from a skirmish during the Third Colonial Conflict.


Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki Clone Site


Didja Know?


The events of this 12-issue comic book series take place after "Home" Part 2.


The issues of this series were untitled. I assigned the title "Bringing Back the Dead" to this issue based on the reappearance of dead humans from the Colonies in this issue, including Zak Adama. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


President Roslin

Jenny Lesa (last name revealed in "Ark of Fire")

Commander Adama



Zak (mentioned only)

Colonel Tigh


Lt. Gaeta

Darrin Dualla (Returner)

Billy Keikeya

Jane Esolia (Returner)

Sparto Relamia (Returner)

Zak (Returner)

Felis Ava

Bob Helis

President Roslin

Colonel Tigh


Didja Notice?


The chronological note on the inside front cover states that the events of this comic book series takes place before the arrival of Pegasus in "Resurrection Ship" Part 1. But Pegasus actually arrives in the episode before that one, titled simply "Pegasus". This error is repeated in Battlestar Galactica #1, "Ark of Fire".


Page 3 suggests that Commander Adama is still upset with Apollo and Starbuck over their respective insubordinations (in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Parts 1 and 2), despite the fact that he seems to have forgiven everyone involved (including President Roslin) by the end of "Home" Part 2.


The fleet stumbles upon the drifting wreckage of a former space battlefield from the Third Colonial Conflict, which occurred 60 years ago, before the first Cylon War.


Commander Adama takes Roslin to see the floating wreckage of the space battlefield on page 4, at some place on the Galactica with immense windows looking out on space. This doesn't exactly fit with the much smaller lone viewport into space depicted in "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down".

Observation deck


On page 7, Colonel Tigh speculates that the distress call from the burning medevac found in the space battlefield is a Cylon trap, saying, "They're going to ram us. The Olympic Carrier all over again." This refers to the former ship of the fleet, Olympic Carrier, which seemingly attempted to ram Galactica while armed with a nuclear device in "33".


On page 8, Dee's brother turns up alive on the burning medevac ship. But he addresses his sister as "Dualla" as if that is her first name, not her (their) last. It's not until "Final Cut" that we learn her first name is Anastasia, hence the writer's error.


It seems that Adama likes to write down his thoughts in the form of letters to loved ones which he can never send. This issue reveals that Adama has been keeping a journal in which he writes to his dead son, Zak. In "Endings and Beginnings", we learned that the letters he used to write to his father while in the service were never sent because they were filled with classified information which would have been heavily censored, so he didn't bother. 

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