Writer Dan Abnett is no stranger to the world of cosmic events, and in December, the writer makes his return to a franchise he’s guided through the stars in the past when he takes on Dynamite Entertainment’s “Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo.”
Announced today, Dynamite and Abnett join forces to return to the world of the original spacebound series to show what happened between the time the original sci-fi television show’s final episode aired and its follow-up “Galactica 1980.” The comic, illustrated by Dietrich Smith, will show the fan favorite character’s ultimate fate, a death which was hinted at on television, but was never seen or directly explained.
Official Press Release
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to reveal one of the biggest secrets of the Battlestar Galactica mythos in the upcoming miniseries event, Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo. Â Scheduled for release this December, The Death of Apollo reunites the creative team of fan-favorite comic book writer Dan Abnett (one of the architects of the Guardians of the Galaxy phenomenon) and talented artist Dietrich Smith in a heartwrenching chronicle of the iconic Viper pilot’s last days — an event hinted at during official TV series continuity but never before revealed.
When Battlestar Galactica first captured the hearts of sci-fi fans in 1978, the bold starfighter pilot Captain Apollo stood out as the central character of the series, defending the fleet from the Cylon menace as deftly portrayed by actor Richard Hatch. After the original series came to an end in 1979, the sequel series Galactica 1980 continued the tale of the nomadic fleet, but set years after the events of the previous run. Â Captain Apollo was no longer a member of the cast, and in-story dialogue strongly implied that the implacable heroÂ had met his demise in the intervening years. Dynamite Entertainment, for the first time ever, fills in the gap between Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980 which officially reveals the fate of the beloved character.
The solicitation for Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 sets the stage for the action of this milestone event: “The fleet has been travelling for years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything forever.”
“During one of our editorial meetings, it came to light that Apollo — whom many would consider to be the very soul of the original BSG series — had died tragically off-screen in-between the 1978 and 1980 Galactica shows,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher and CEO. “We realized that we had not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to the fans, to shed light on the character’s noble sacrifice.Â The first person who came to mind who could write such an important story was Dan Abnett, and thankfully, he agreed and his pitch is amazing.Â The term ‘blaze of glory’ cannot even begin to describe what Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith have planned for the Galactica’s favorite son.”
Dynamite Entertainment has been publishing Battlestar Galactica comic books since 2006, focusing on each incarnation of the franchise from the classic continuity of the 1978 television series, to the Galactica 1980 follow-up, and finally to the reimagined series aired on Syfy from 2003 through 2009. Â Recently, Dynamite has published a bestselling Battlestar Galactica series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning set in the classic continuity, as well as a miniseries focusing on Galactica’s scoundrel with a heart of gold, Starbuck.
Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1Â will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies ofÂ Battlestar Galactica: The Death of ApolloÂ #1 with their local comic book retailers.Â Battlestar Galactica: The Death of ApolloÂ will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
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