Jan 16, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 691: Battlestar Galactica #1, March 1979

http://www.comics.org/issue/865477/

We really should all thank our lucky stars for Ronald D. Moore. Though he starts out with a good idea, the original execution of Battlestar Galactica was just bad. Even here, in the comics adaptation, it's bad. Galactica tried too hard to be the next Star Wars when it was so much better suited to the kind of intelligent social commentary the reimagined series gave us in the early 2000s.

But televisual execution isn't all that's damaging this comic. Though drawn by Ernie Colon, an excellent illustrator, the arrangement of panels and speech bubbles, the indistinguishability of some of the main characters, even the colour palate, all work together to make a really uninspiring comic. There are some fine moments. The destruction of the Battlestar Atlantia is well-depicted. But a few nice panels can't save this comic from being confusing and disappointing.

Now, this is not to say that the comics adaptations of the 2000s series were much better. I was never able to get into them, despite loving the show. Perhaps some stories are simply better suited to the medium of their creation.

Onward.

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