Review: Battlestar Galactica #21 

Battlestar Galactica #21 cover
Cover by Brent Anderson and Klaus Janson

Battlestar Galactica #21 
Published Marvel and © by Universal, November 1980

Title: “A World for the Killing!”
Synopsis: Athena is sucked into a space warp where she encounters a powerful alien who can fulfill her every dream.

Writer: Steven Grant
Writer (story assist): Walter Simonson
Penciler:  Brent Anderson
Inker: Klaus Janson

Review: During the Bronze Age, Marvel had a knack for developing comics based on licensed properties. While not as good as Micronauts or Rom, Battlestar Galactica is one of the era’s more underrated books. This issue’s story is rather generic sci-fi that feels a bit grafted onto the BSG framework. But the character interaction is solid and the story remains a pleasant read. The art is also above average. Klaus Janson is vital to the look of this series; Brent Anderson fills in for Walter Simonson on pencils this issue, but Janson keeps the look and feel consistent.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Let’s give it up for Klaus Janson. His heavy, angular inking doesn’t work over every artist, but, when his style fits, he really ads to the mix.

Character quotable: “Two with a single shot! You’ve got talent for this Captain, but I’ve got genius.” – Starbuck, always a cocky SOB (regardless of gender!)

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Aug. 20, 2009.

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