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The Origin of Baltar – Finally! In Dynamite’s Battlestar Galactica 2014 Annual

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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:

The Origin of Baltar - Finally! In Dynamite's Battlestar Galactica 2014 AnnualThe Origin of Baltar - Finally! In Dynamite's Battlestar Galactica 2014 Annual

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.

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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.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ANNUAL 2014
Writer: Robert Place Napton
Artist: Kewber Baal
Publisher: Dynamite
Price: $4.99
On-Sale: April 2, 2014
UPC: 725130215475 01011

 

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Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at http://roespot.blogspot.com, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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  1. There is no official title to this issue, so I call this story Baltar’s Epipheny. Not only does it flesh out Baltar’s rise, fall, and quasi-rejuvenation, it also fills in gaps on Baltar’s role in the Carillon expedition, the Ovion race, and the beginning of his recruiting to the Cylon Empire and thus betray the Twelve Colonies. But the most delirious joy of the issue comes from the two killer plot twists at the end – and also the curious (metraphorical?) synergy of Baltar’s rescue by the Cylons and the lady and her child seen at the end.

    The artwork is superior; one can almost hear John Colicos’ powerful baritone throughout, as well as the crisp menace of Patrick Macnee as Imperious Leader and the arrogant smarm of Jonathan Harris as Lucifer (adding more interest is Lucifer’s role here when compared to his role in sparing Baltar in the Larson-Thurston novelization of Lost Planet Of The Gods). Baltar as youth resembles then-child actor Donald Losby (The Fugitive: Fear In A Desert City), while Baltar as young man resembles 1970s Wesley Eure.

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