"War of Eden" Part 4
Battlestar Galactica: War of Eden #4 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Layouts: Karl Altstaetter
Penciler: Hector Gomez
Eve are awakened; Baltar and Iblis make their move.
Read the story summary of "War of Eden" Part 4 at the Battlestar
On page 4, Baltar implies that he had the previous versions of
Lucifer recycled as scrap metal.
On page 6, Adam tells Adama that he and his family were living
in Kobol's capital city of Eden. In
"A Death in the Family" Adama had speculated that the city
they entered on the deserted planet Kobol might be Eden. Later,
"The Enemy Within" Part 1 it is revealed that the ark
of Adam and Eden is also named Eden.
Also on page 6, Adam relates how a being resembling Anubis
attacked the arks of the Thirteenth Tribe while they travelled
to Earth. A footnote tells the reader that Anubis was a
malevolent Kobolian god who ushered the dead to stand judgment.
This is similar to the god Anubis who was
the jackal-headed god of the afterlife and mummification in
Adam also reveals that the Thirteenth Tribe had its own
encounters with the Beings of Light, who assisted them against
Presumably, the Anubis met by the Thirteenth Tribe was actually
Count Iblis in disguise.
On page 11, one of the Galactica bridge personnel
reports that the Celestra has taken heavy damage in the
battle and all passengers are abandoning ship. The Celestra
previously appeared in "Take the Celestra".
On page 14, Apollo talks to John about the time Count Iblis
promised Sheba she would see her father again. This was in
of the Gods" Part 2.
In this issue, the Pegasus returns, now with gigantic
twin laser cannons mounted at the front of the ship. Of course,
in our BSG chronology, the Pegasus was destroyed in
Commander Cain and his crew went down with the ship. In order to
fit this story into our current continuity, it might argued that the
Pegasus was indeed destroyed at that time and Cain now commands
the Daedalus instead. With the Richard Hatch series of novels
left incomplete (thus far), we don't know the fate of the
Daedalus or if anything was to come of the unknown
readings of life that Dr. Salik detected in Cain's otherwise
dead body at the end of Rebellion
before his burial. So, we might argue that Cain somehow returned
alive to the fleet some time after the events of
Redemption, was given command
of the Daedalus at some point, and then Cain and the
battlestar were separated and lost from the fleet for a couple
of yahrens until this time. And in that interval, Cain and the
crew built the laser cannons on the front of the ship.
Admittedly, this is a convoluted way of fitting these disparate
stories together; obviously Hatch and his co-writers on the
novels were not concerned with maintaining continuity with a
comic book series published years prior and may not have even
had the rights to refer to stories produced by other licensees.
Commander Cain is depicted with a beard and long hair, pulled back in a
ponytail. What is it with the long hair?? Cain, Baltar, and
Starbuck have all decided to grow long manes in the 20 years
since the end of the series!
As he did in "The Living
Legend" Part 1, Commander Cain refers to Adama
affectionately as "that old modocker",
"modocker" still being an unknown term.
After one baseship is destroyed by the Pegasus, Baltar's
baseship falls back behind the other remaining one, just as it
did in a similar situation against the Pegasus in
"The Living Legend" Part 2
(though Baltar is not onboard the baseship at this time, still
returning from his encounter with the humans on Earth).
The last panel of the issue, ending this particular arc of the
ongoing story, is dated with a
personal journal entry by Commander Adama from the
Colonial yahren 7342, and features Adama's closing monologue
from most of the episodes, "Fleeing the Cylon the tyranny, the
last battlestar, Galactica..." etc. However according to the
BSG Timeline on the Battlestar Wiki, 7342 was about 6
yahrens before the destruction of the Colonies.
Has the fleet arrived at Earth millions of years in our past?
The lack of human settlements and the presence of dinosaurs
would seem to indicate so. But then, how could Apollo have
detected the transmission of the United States' historic first
landing of men on the moon as seen in
"The Hand of God"
(and Bojay and Sheba's detection of the FDR World's Fair
transmission of 1939 in "The
The issue is never resolved within the course of the Maximum
Press BSG comic books before the series was dropped. There are
hints from the editor in a couple of the comics, including
within this very issue, that the prehistoric time period is not
what it seems. In this issue's lettercol, letter writer Scott
Taylor points out the discrepancy and the editor replies, "The
Apollo XI transmission...would not make sense if this was indeed
earth's distant past...unless it's not earth's distant
past." This would seem to suggest that it is
actually far in the future, when Earth has, for some reason,
become primordial again or the planet at which the fleet has
arrived is not really Earth (though the partial outlines of
continents seen throughout War of Eden look remarkably
similar to our own).
With Commander Adama dead, who is now in charge of the fleet?
Nominally, it would seem that Cain should outrank Commander
Apollo by seniority. Yet, Apollo seems to remain the command
figure in later storylines, though Cain can always be counted on
to offer a dissenting opinion.
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