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Battlestar Galactica: Zarek (Part 3)

"Zarek" Part 3

Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #3 (Dynamite)

Writer: Brandon Jerwa

Art: Adriano Batista

Colors: Scott Kester

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover B: Adriano Batista



Zarek's time in prison is spent constructively.


Story Summary


Zarek and Mason are incarcerated at the Colonial Corrections Department Tauron Detention Facility. There, they meet fellow prisoner, Duby, who acquires a notebook for Zarek to write his controversial book, The Revolution Within and to smuggle it out of prison for publication.


After the infraction of the manuscript smuggling, Zarek, Mason, and Duby are transferred to Luna Three, a mining work facility nicknamed Cold Hell. There, Zarek soon replaces the prison leader and works a deal with the warden for improved privileges and benefits for the prisoners in exchange for increased mining output form the inmates. Before long, the newly-elected President of the Twelve Colonies, Richard Adar, arranges a televised conference with Zarek. The President tells Zarek he will pardon him if he will renounce violence and tell his public followers to do so as well. Zarek refuses the offer.




Notes from the BSG chronology


This issue takes place about 13-8 years before the fall of the Twelve Colonies.


Didja Know?


Battlestar Galactica: Zarek was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment, covering the origin of Tom Zarek.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Tom Zarek

Benedict Mason


Warden Dr. Sara Freeman

Jordan Valance (mentioned only)

Warden Purdue

Jason Melton

Nixon Kinlow

Karen Zarek (mentioned only, deceased)

President Richard Adar

Education Secretary Laura Roslin




Didja Notice?


Zarek and Mason are incarcerated at the Colonial Corrections Department Tauron Detention Facility, run by Warden Dr. Sara Freeman. Zarek's prisoner number there is 839839. Zarek writes his book, The Revolution Within, while in prison here.


Zarek has his manuscript of The Revolution Within smuggled out of the prison and sent to a publisher, Jordan Valance, at 230 Charon's Pass, Sagittarion City, Sagittaron 8C9-TY. The Sagittaron zip code seen here has a different format than that on Caprica seen in the Caprica episode "The Imperfections of Memory".


On page 6, the newscaster remarks that Zarek has been in prison for 7 years and will be eligible for parole in another 13 years. This corresponds to his parole hearing on the rag-tag fleet's prison ship Astral Queen in "Bastille Day".


On page 8, Zarek, Mason, and Duby are transferred to a prison facility on a moon called Luna Three. The name may be intended as an homage to the "Greetings From Earth" and "Experiment in Terra" episodes of BSG70, which mentioned some Terran outposts named Luna 1 through 11. Here, Luna Three is also known as Cold Hell.

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