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Battlestar Galactica: Counterstrike (Part 1) Battlestar Galactica
"Counterstrike" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol. 4, #0
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by John Jackson Miller
Art by Daniel HDR
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Colors by Natalia Marques
Cover A by Sean Chen and Cris Peter
Published: 2018

 

The fleet encounters a couple of alien civilizations while passing through the Empyrean Expanse.

 

Didja Know?

 

Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Volume 4 was a 6-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2018-2019.

 

The issues of this series featured covers mocked up to look virtually identical to the cover designs of the Marvel Comics Battlestar Galactica series that ran for 23 issues from 1979-1981.
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol 4, #0 Marvel Battlestar Galactica #7
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol. 4, #0  Marvel's Battlestar Galactica #7

 

The inside front cover of this issue and next features what was the closing tagline by Commander Adama at the end of most episodes of BSG70: "Fleeing the Cylon tyranny, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest: for a shining planet known as Earth." Issues 2-5 then have variations on this tagline that very briefly set up the new issue from where the previous one ended.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Commander Adama
Athena
Kiernu chancellor
Colonel Tigh
Starbuck
Apollo
Boomer
Rigel
Parrin
Grust

 

Didja Notice? 

 

On page 1, Commander Adama records in his journal that the fleet is in the Empyrean Expanse. This is the first mention of the expanse in the BSG universe.

 

In panel 2 of page 4, the keyboard seen on the communications console on the Galactica bridge is just like one of our own Earth keyboards, using the Latin alphabet in a QWERTY layout. Familiar, Earth-type keyboards were also seen in "Take the Celestra" and "The Death of Apollo" Part 1.

 

On page 9, Starbuck refers to the Cylons as bucketheads. In the space fantasy genre, the term "buckethead" is usually associated with the Imperial stormtroopers of the Star Wars saga.

 

This issue introduces alien civilizations called the Kiernu, the Okaati, and the Comitat.


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