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Quick Critiques – March 27, 2007

Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
by Javier Grillo-Marxuach & Carlos Rafael

I don’t watch the new version of Battlestar Galactica that seems to have taken the sci-fi fan community by storm these days, and I have only the vaguest childhood memories of the original TV show from the late 1970s. It’s to writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s credit that he’s able to craft an accessible story that requires only the most passing familiarity with the original characters and concepts in order to follow along. The TV writer tells a story of a civil war in the robotic/cybernetic society of the Cylons and how the human soldiers of the Battlestar Galactica find themselves caught in the middle. We really only get the beginnings of the plot here, and I’m not completely hooked on it yet. But again, I found I was thoroughly impressed with its accessibility. Carlos Rafael’s artwork is clear and easy to follow, and he captures the designs and look of the original property with a slicker level of action in the space warfare scenes. His artwork shows a hint of influence from Rob (Onslaught Reborn) Liefeld’s style, but his figures aren’t nearly as exaggerated. Rafael’s figures are more restrained, and he boasts a stronger eye for design. He does an excellent job of instilling a creepiness in the various Cylon characters, even though they are expressionless. 6/10

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