Tripwire’s contributing writer Scott Braden reviews Dynamite’s Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition…
Writers: Walter Simonson, Roger McKenzie, Bob Layton, Steven Grant
Artists: Walter Simonson
Marvel Comics’ adaptation of Battlestar Galactica was more than just another way to cash in on the commercial success of science fiction films started by Star Wars in the mid-to-late-70s – it was also a turning point in legendary comic creator and Mighty Thor fabulist Walter Simonson’s four-color career. Four issues of the series (Battlestar Galactica #19 – #23) were written by Simonson — the first comic book writing that would mark his storied work. For that reason alone you should buy Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition from Dynamite Entertainment. But then there’s the beautiful art to take in, and that, too, should seal the deal.
Running for a single season, the anticipated sci-fi TV series Battlestar Galactica launched in the fall of 1978 and immediately garnered a huge fan base. From comics to toys to board games and even color forms, among others, the series spawned a wealth of products – all of which enjoyed stellar success!
Collecting five issues of the classic sci-fi comic book series from the House of Ideas – those mentioned above as well as issue #16 – this must-have art edition measures 12” x 17” and beautifully reproduces the stories themselves from Simonson’s original art pages. One thing fans will notice right away from seeing the pages is how inker Klaus Janson made a significant mark on the look of the four Simonson-drawn comics he inked, as opposed to the Janson-free issue #16. Janson’s contributions don’t hurt the quality of the work; in fact, the exact opposite takes place. Readers will just immediately recognize that the art chores of the brief Simonson/Janson run were a true partnership. Taken as a whole, Simonson’s concentrated run on the title is another Marvel-ous masterwork.
A legendary small screen property that entertained millions of comic book readers for many years, Battlestar Galactica indeed struck a chord with armies of pop culture enthusiasts. Simonson’s amazing work on this series continues to introduce generations of fans to brave new worlds shining brightly in the outer dark. And, it’s a flame that still burns strong today!