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Battlestar Galactica: Snake in the Garden Battlestar Galactica
"Snake in the Garden"
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol. 3, #2
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Alex Sanchez
Colors by Daniela Miwa
Letters by Sal Cipriano
Cover A by Alex Sanchez and Daniela Miwa
Published: 2016

Apollo's Viper patrol makes a discovery on the unknown planet; the fleet faces an oncoming swarm of Cylons.

 

Read the summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Didja Know?

 

Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Volume 3 was a 5-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2016.

 

The title of this issue is a reference to the snake in the Garden of Eden in the Bible's Book of Genesis.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Lucifer
Apollo
Starbuck
Sheba
Boomer
Baltar
Commander Adama
Colonel Tigh
Omega
President Adar (mentioned only, deceased)
Count Iblis
Rigel
Jolly


Didja Notice? 

 

The main cover of this issue depicts one of the Beings of Light seemingly tearing apart a Cylon Raider and its occupants with telekinetic powers, though no scene like this takes place in this issue.
Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Vol 3, #2

 

On page 4, the enemy Cylons fighting against the basestar slam their Raiders into it in suicide runs. Cylons used a similar tactic against the Galactica in "Fire in Space".

 

The Viper patrol of Apollo, Starbuck, Sheba, and Boomer discover Baltar among the residents of the unknown planet they've discovered. On page 7, Baltar explains how he was marooned by the fleet on an uninhabited world previously and he used a short-range communications device hoping to eventually contact his Cylon allies for rescue, but he was taken by a strange being to this world instead. However, in "There Will Be Blood",

Baltar is seen as having been marooned on an uninhabited planet by Adama for a yahren when he is finally found by a gold Centurion who rescues him.

 

On page 10, all four Vipers of the patrol are destroyed sitting on the planet's surface.

 

In this issue, we are introduced to a new kind of Cylon in a new kind of Raider.
New Cylons

 

Still dreaming in his coma, Commander Adama sees Count Iblis, the fallen Being of Light first seen in the two-part "War of the Gods".

 

On page 18, Sheba remarks that the skulls of the bodies the patrol finds at the site of the ancient crashed ship look just like Count Iblis. But they don't, really; the skulls as depicted have long, protruding tusks like a boar. Though Iblis' "true" face was seen to be somewhat boar-like in "War of the Gods" Part 2, it did not have tusks.
tusked skull Iblis' true form
Tusked skull Iblis' true form in "War of the Gods" Part 2.

 

On pages 21-22, the Galactica's Vipers appear to be launching from a rectangular opening in the sides of the hangar bays instead of the through the launch tubes!


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