Guess what I do outside of reading comics and manga? Watching space operas. A TV genre I sorely miss with the current Zeitgeist of science fiction on TV. So with that being said, let me tell you the tale of how I acquired this specific product and exactly what I thought of this manga spin-off.
Since Battlestar Galactica made a FTL jump on Freeview TV but since the great TV Gods decided to show an episode on a weekly basis I decided to brave the great Internet Amazon Rain Forest and grab the Miniseries and all four seasons on DVD. In-between seasons I discovered a manga was produced. Poor reviews be dammed I purchased it for 5p – that’s right, five pence.
The manga contained three stories. All of which reflect the book’s title ‘Echoes of New Caprica’, since the stories all deal with the events of the New Caprcia story arc. These stores were as follows:
Teacher’s Pet – It’s weird when you transfer stories into different media formats. Case in point with Teachers Pet. The story follows former Colonies President Laura Roslin teaching the children of the Colonies under the Cylon occupation.
Most of the story takes place from Roslin’s point of view and the dialogue is mostly an internalised monologue, so it’s odd to read the inner thoughts of a usually reserved character. The story is well structured and feels like a Galactica episode which is always good.
Shelf Life – This story is set in the aftermath of the escape from New Caprcia. Resident bad guy Tom Zarek is using his power as Vice President to give the people the power to kill those who helped the Cylons.
The artwork doesn’t clearly translate the character appearances. Especially with Lee Adama (Apollo), it actually took me a few pages to work out who this character was.
It’s worth noting this particular story was written by Richard Hacth, who played Tom Zarek and Apollo on the original TV series and has been trying to get the original show back on air for a long time.
Visitation – Despite some great space fight scenes this is the weakest of three. It damages the character of Starbuck and again it’s hard to tell who is who. Starbuck kidnaps a child from a poverty stricken refugee camp on a hangar deck, who a Cylon convinced her the child was hers.
Overall, alone the three aren’t superb but together they really are something. Definitely worth the five pence.