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Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck

July 15, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite proudly announces that the #1 new York Times bestselling author Tony Lee (Doctor Who, star Trek: The next Generation, Superboy) will spotlight the origin of a cherished sci-fi character in the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck four-issue miniseries, based on the NBCUniversal television show.  The Starbuck miniseries is based on the classic 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica and is licensed through the NBCUniversal television consumer products Group.

Tony Lee will bring the science fiction sensibilities honed on such comics as doctor Who, and star trip to the Battlestar Galactica franchise, exploring a fan-favorite character immortalized on television by actor Dirk Benedict.  Lt. Starbuck, a likable rogue who serves as a Viper pilot aboard the spacefaring battleship, is a character with a lot more than enough charisma and innate heroism to carry his own solo series.  “I’ve always liked the scoundrels,” says Lee. “Han Solo and Starbuck taught me a lot about life between them, so I probably owe a whole load of broken relationships and split lips during my teen years to them both.”

Lee continues, “When Dynamite came to me with a idea to do a Starbuck story, I jumped at the opportunity.  Bar the fact that he was an amnesiac child after the attack on Umbra, we don’t know much about Starbuck’s history, generally because we only had thirteen episodes (and a flashback Galactica 1980 special) to learn about him.  I wished to fill in these gaps.  I wished to see the Starbuck that existed before the show.  how did he meet Apollo?  Why does Adama treat him like a surrogate son?  who taught him to smoke and gamble and womanize?  What shaped the man we know, and a lot more importantly, why did the Cylons attack Umbra that fateful day?  That ideal there was when I knew the story I wished to tell.”

Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck will genuinely explore a cherished character whose past life stayed — until now — a mystery.  An episode of the classic television series entitled “The man with nine Lives” aired in 1979, with the character Chameleon only briefly discussing that Starbuck was an amnesiac child on Umbra.  practically his entire life, from being discovered as a feral child through the moment he first appears in the pilot episode “Saga of the star World,” is an unexplored territory that Lee gleefully will venture into.

Nick Barrucci, the CEO and publisher of Dynamite, says, “I have the utmost respect for Tony Lee as a writer, and can’t wait to see the thrills of his Starbuck script take form on a comics page.  Bringing Tony aboard the good spaceship Battlestar is not only a pleasure because the story’s in good hands, and the fact that he’s also a terrific self-promoter — and I use the term endearingly – will help the series receive even a lot more awareness!  This is a man who will beat the drum ceaselessly and draw readers to the project.”

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