Abnett & Lanning On ‘Battlestar Galactica’

The guys who revitalized cosmic Marvel are going to Dynamite to revitalize the classic version of the series.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Battlestar Galactica

Dynamite is really cranking out the news before New York Comic-Con even starts. Not only have they announced that they've signed Andy Diggle to add to their new line of crime comics led by Garth Ennis, and that Tom Sniegoski is returning to write Vampirella, but now they've let us know that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the guys credited with revitalizing Marvel's cosmic characters with their Annihilation series, will be doing the same for the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV show.

"'DnA' brings the bang to Dynamite," says Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamite Entertainment.  "We haven't released new Classic Battlestar Galactica series for a bit, waiting for the right writer to bring their adventures back to comes.  Little did we know that it would take two writers to relaunch this universe.  Very few comics writers tell awesome epic space adventures as Dan and Andy do.  Renewing our contract and signing ‘DnA' to write a series as important as Battlestar Galactica is a great combination.  Dan and Andy were meant to write Battlestar Galactica and they'll be exploring the universe featuring Starbuck, Apollo, Adama, and all the characters we know and love.  Oh, frack it, and there'll be Cylons to fight too."

"I'm really looking forward to working with Dynamite on this Battlestar Galactica project," Abnett says.  "I've been a fan of Battlestar Galactica since I was a kid, and it's going to be great for Andy and I to get our cosmically-honed teeth into such a long-standing and beloved Science Fiction franchise."

"Growing up in the seventies, I was hooked on sci-fi," adds Lanning.  "As a kid I couldn't get enough of it and grew up watching TV shows like ‘Lost in Space,' ‘Doctor Who,' ‘Space 1999' and ‘Land of the Giants' and reading comics in the UK like ‘Action and 2000 A.D.' as well as all the Marvel and DC titles I could hunt down. Star Wars took things to a new high and in its wake there followed a flood of sci-fi entertainment that I lapped up. The original series of Battlestar Galactica was like catnip to my younger self; more than filling my rabid craving for spaceships, laser weapons, robots and alien invasions! It had cool characters, snappy dialogue, creepy alien cyborgs, awesome space battles with fantastic special effects (it was 1978 cut me some slack) and a totally cute robot dog! So, imagine the thrill and excitement to be given the chance to develop something in the Battlestar Galactica universe: to get to play with characters and concepts that I've grown up with, that are such a part of my formative years. With this new series from Dynamite, Dan and I are hoping we can add to the established cannon of continuity with our own take on the classic series.  I know my inner 14 year old is squealing with delight at this opportunity. I'm still holding out hope that one day I'll get my own Daggit too!"

Here's some neat art in the classic 1978 vein.

 

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