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Battlestar Galactica: Fear and Joy

"Fear and Joy"

Battlestar Galactica #2 (Dynamite)

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Nigel Raynor

Colors: David Curiel

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover A: Nigel Raynor



A virus cripples the fleet, seemingly brought by the Returners.


Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki


Didja Know?


The issues of this series were untitled. I assigned the title "Fear and Joy" to this issue from a line of prophecy in the Sacred Scrolls presented in this issue. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Anastasia Dualla

Darrin Dualla (Returner)


Commander Adama

Zak (Returner)


President Roslin

Colonel Tigh

Lt. Gaeta


Head Six


Didja Notice?


On page 7, Commander Adama is wearing an oxygen mask to prevent infection from the Returner virus. But, on page 8, he's suddenly not wearing it. And, on page 9, he's wearing it again!


This issue introduces the concepts of the extinct Caprican sand cat and tree lion species.


On page 13, Starbuck tells Baltar she prefers either of the Adama brothers over him; of course, she slept with Baltar in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 1, and she embarrassingly moaned Lee's name to him during climax.


On page 14, Baltar is still referring to Head Six as if she's a Cylon living in his head, when, in "Home" Part 2, he learns that there is no Cylon chip in his brain and seems to accept that she is either his own psychotic figment or "an angel of God" as she then claimed. Here, she does not correct him.


On pages 15-16, Zak seems to make the assumption from Apollo's silence that his brother slept with Starbuck. But the only thing that's physically happened between Apollo and Starbuck at this point is that he kissed her briefly in "Home" Part 1.


On the double splash page of pages 21-22, a classic-style Cylon basestar jumps into the middle of the ancient space battlefield.

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