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Battlestar Galactica: Counterstrike #4

“I did not save the fleet. It saved me. And now, thanks to the deceptions of the Okaati… it is gone.” — Commander Adama

“Counterstrike, Part 4”

Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, loses to an Okaati ruse that which it had so long protected: the fleet carrying the last remnants of humanity!
Published by Dynamite • May 15, 2019
Written by John Jackson Miller

Art by Edu Menna and Daniel HDR

Lettered by Taylor Esposito

Colored by Natalia Marques

Main cover by Marco Rudy

Variant cover by Daniel HDR with Natalia Marques

Edited by Matt Idelson

From my very first professional series in comics, Crimson Dynamo, I knew that things could change midstream in a hurry. That series was struck with an artist change, and we had to find a new one quickly; we wound up not missing a deadline.

This time, even though my work had ended on the series back in 2018, it apparently wasn’t possible to keep to the original schedule when Daniel HDR‘s tenure on the series ended. Edu Menna came on board to see the miniseries to its finale, but in the meantime there was about a four month publication gap. All that said — now that the story is complete and the graphic novel is out, today’s readers would have no idea there ever was a break. (Unless they read about it here!)

I provided Dynamite with my own visual conception of how the Galactica should appear within the Comitat fleet; the artist’s depiction ended up being pretty close to what I had imagined.

This is the only issue of the run for which I didn’t write an essay for the Dynamite site, so the thoughts you’re reading on this page are the first I’ve published about the issue.

“The cause is just!” — Commander Adama

While Daniel HDR didn’t do any more interior work after this issue, his variant covers appeared until the end of the run.

While a few of the covers did relate editorially to what was going on in the storyline, a few really were just to celebrate characters from the series’ long history. That’s the case with Athena on this issue’s variant cover.