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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Counterstrike (Part 2) Battlestar Galactica
"Counterstrike" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol. 4, #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by John Jackson Miller
Art by Daniel HDR
Letters by Taylor Esposito
Colors by Natalia Marques
Cover C by Sean Chen and Cris Peter
Published: 2018


When Commander Adama is given the chance to strike back at the Cylons, will he do it?


Didja Know?


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


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Commander Adama
Colonel Tigh
Thane Korbok

Didja Notice? 


On page 3, Lucifer remarks that Baltar has recently returned to the Cylons' service. This would imply the story takes place not long after the events of "There Will Be Blood", at the end of which Baltar was rescued by the Cylons from his maroonment on an uninhabited planet by Commander Adama.


On page 6, Parrin's Okaati vessel is docked on top of Galactica's starboard hangar bay, as the ship is too large to fit inside the bay. This implies there is an airlock on top of the bay at this location.
Okaati ship docked to Galactica


On page 10, Adama remarks to Parrin that many of his fleet's ships are sublight-capable only. As commented on in past studies, it would have been essentially impossible for the fleet to escape the Twelve Colonies in the first place unless each ship had faster-than-light capability. In "The Last Hiding Place", the fleet's master technician, Shadrack, completed converting all fleet ships to FTL drives. In PopApostle's BSG chronology, we might choose to modify Adama's comment here to say that some of the fleet's ships have a slower FTL speed than others (Adama's later comment, "...there's a limit to how much their engines can be upgraded" helps to support this view).


On page 14, the name plate on Galactica is suddenly depicted in the font of the Battlestar Galactica logo, despite having been depicted correctly earlier in the issue!


On page 15, Silver Spar squadron, led by Sheba, returns from patrol just in time to find the Comitat ships attacking the Okaati fleet with the humans caught in the middle. She quips from her Viper, "Let me guess. Did Starbuck annoy another alien race?" I'm not sure we've seen Starbuck annoy an alien race previously, though he's annoyed a human outpost or two the fleet has encountered and had incensed the varied denizens of Scavenge World after his escape from there in "The Daring Escape of the Space Cowboy" which led to a force of Scavenge World fighter craft assailing the fleet to attain his capture for execution. Perhaps it is this earlier story from the 1979-1981 Marvel Comics series that writer John Jackson Miller is referring to, seeing as how he is a fan of that early run.


On page 15, Commander Cain's name is misspelled "Kane".


On page 18, Adama remarks that the Cylon war began because humans freed the Hasari from them. This is mentioned in passing in "Deathtrap". Adama also mentions the fleet's encounter with the Ovions, which took place in that same episode.

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