If you’re an old school BSG fan like I am, you have that vision of Baltar, sitting up on his throne, with his ultra-creepy bottom-lit face sneering out at the Cylons. That is the first reason Dynamite’s 2014 annual is so awesome. Witness, the cover:
Yes, folks, in this annual, we get the Baltar origin story. You know you wanted it. I know I wanted it.You remember the original BSG pilot – Baltar, traitor to the colonies, expects to get his rewards, and ends up beheaded by the Cylons. The next thing we know, he’s up on the big chair, and the Centurions are taking orders from him with a hearty “By your command.” WHAT HAPPENED HERE? Well, now we find out.
Robert Place Napton gives us a full origin story for the man we love to hate – his childhood with a cruel father, his desire for more… everything, and his rise to power, ultimately leading to vengeance against the Capricans in the form of treachery. We see his shady deals and his reasons for making them. At no point do I feel bad for him – having a lousy childhood is no excuse, my friend, for genocide – but at least we get to see where he’s coming from.
Kewber Baal’s got some great art in this issue. Baltar looks like John Colicos, the actor who portrayed him on the original BSG. We get wild-eyed, angry Baltar, and we get sullen, young Baltar. We see desolation of worlds and some very familiar scenes and aliens from the first show. It’s a great trip down memory lane, and it provides a nice depth to a character we’ve known for years, but wasn’t nearly as fleshed out as he could have been.
BSG’s Annual hit shelves on April 2, but you can still most likely get a copy. Ask your comic book store! 4 out of 5 stars.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ANNUAL 2014
Writer: Robert Place Napton
Artist: Kewber Baal
On-Sale: April 2, 2014
UPC: 725130215475 01011