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Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters (Part 3)

"Gods & Monsters" Part 3

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #3

Dynamite Entertainment

Written by Karl Kesel

Art by Dan Schkade

Color by Chris O'Halloran

Letters by Tom Napolitano

Cover A by Alec Morgan & Chris O'Halloran

2016

 

Tallos is put to the test.

 

Story Summary

 

On Caprica, the Buccaneers chase Simon to New Atlas Arena, their former home stadium, only to find it is now a Cylon base. They retreat to return with a full force to attack the site and blow up the stadium. Simon finds he doesn't like the way his Cylon cohorts are treating him after his undercover role amongst the humans and he uses the confusion caused by the resistance attack to escape the base himself. He is captured again by Barolay and he makes a deal with Anders to act as their medic again in exchange for his life; he doesn't want to go back to his Cylon friends.

 

In the rag-tag fleet, Baltar prepares Tallos for its upcoming mining work on the planetoid. During a preparatory data upload, Tallos discovers a hidden message from Caprica-Valerii to help her escape from the brig and protect her unborn baby. But Tallos recognizes that the message was not recorded by the same Valerii and proves it to his human masters.

 

Meanwhile, Fleet Cavil and Fleet Eight discuss their deception attempt against Tallos. Upset that the plan didn't work out, Cavil orders Fleet Eight to kill herself, sending her soul to resurrect where she can reveal the location of the fleet to its Cylon pursuers.

 

CONTINUED IN BSG: GODS & MONSTERS #4

 

Didja Know?

 

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters was a 5-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2016-2017.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Sam Anders

Jean Barolay

Kripke

Simon O'Neill (Number Four model Cylon)

Caprica Six

Caprica Cavil

Aaron Doral (Number Five)

Baltar

Tallos

Commander Adama

Colonel Tigh

Caprica-Valerii

Buccaneers

Helo

Apollo

Starbuck

President Roslin

Fleet Cavil

Fleet Eight

Boomer (mentioned only, deceased)

 

Didja Notice?

 

In this issue, the Buccaneers find their old stadium now turned into a Cylon base. Anders refers to the stadium as "New Atlas Arena".

 

Anders laments that he never led the team to a championship. This is mentioned later in "Daybreak" Part 1.

 

On page 15, Anders agrees to Simon's deal to continue to act as medic for the Buccaneers, arguing with Kripke, "...it's the devil we know!" On Earth, the idiom "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know" is an old Irish proverb dating back to at least the 16th Century.

 

Fleet Cavil remarks that the humans thinks of the Number Eight models has having suicidal tendencies thanks to the suicide attempt of a previous eight some time earlier. This was Boomer, who made a failed attempt at suicide in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 1. Cavil is right, as Apollo mentions Boomer's suicide attempt after Fleet Eight's body is found in "Gods & Monsters" Part 4.

 

The last page of the issue implies that Fleet Eight resurrects aboard a Cylon baseship instead of a Resurrection Ship. This should not be possible, as the TV series depicted the Cylons only able to download their consciousness to the Resurrection Hub, a Resurrection Ship, or a planet-based Resurrection facility. For purposes of continuity, we might pretend a Resurrection Ship is depicted on this last page of the issue.


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