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Battlestar Galactica: The Manga -- Echoes of New Caprica (v. 1) Paperback – April 14, 2009
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I would only ask for a little more consistency...instead of an anthology of stories, let's have one story with one writer and one artist.
That being said, it adds to the story of the show, which is a great thing :)
There are three stories in this book, each with one author and one artist. The stories are decent-to-good, with, as another reviewer mentioned, the very dark, gritty feel of the tv series. For the first two stories, the art is ok. I liked the first story about children being used by the cylons to manipulate the humans, including Roslin, the childrens' teacher. The second story, about the initiation of the trials of the New Caprican "traitors" and the first execution, was enjoyable if simplistic.
I think the third story is the best, because it dives deepest into a character's head -- namely, starbuck's. There were some odd "wtf? would she really do that?" moments, but this story was the one that really got under my skin the most. I could tell the artist was making a genuine effort, and I wondered if perhaps s/he was rushed, because some panels are lovely, and others, well ... helo and Lee are unrecognizable, mostly because they look like they have down's syndrome. I'm not knocking ppl w down's syndrome, I'm knocking the artist and all the absurdly elongated heads s/he draws. I did go back and re-read the 3rd story right after I finished it because it was compelling, but I avoided looking at the art.
If I had been aware of the art quality, I wouldn't have spent more than $5 on this book. If decent-to-good art is important to you, look elsewhere. If you're a BSG fan and can suffer thru bad art to read a good story, I'd recommend this book.
Unlike the Dynamite comics, "Echoes" mostly choses character-based drama over explosiony scifi nonsense--kind of like the show it's based on.
The dialogue is uneven, both in that it sometimes seems out of character, and that it's often kind of grammatically awkward (is this a tradition in manga based on decades of mediocre translations?), but the story was good enough to make up for it.
The first of the three stories--about Laura Roslin as a teacher on New Caprica, with one of her students a suspected informer for the Cylons--was really interesting, and, while it was occassionally hard to tell who was who, the art is generally compelling.
This isn't the best comic you'll ever read, but if you dig Battlestar, it's definitely worth the ten bucks.