Mikael Kuoppala's Reviews > Battlestar Galactica: Zarek, Volume 1

Battlestar Galactica by Brandon Jerwa
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Tom Zarek is perhaps the most frustrating- if quite interesting- character of the Battlestar Galactica reboot. Skilfully played by Richard Hatch, Zarek's actions have often felt a bit contrived, serving whichever plot developments have been current in the series. Now Brandon Jerwa has written a surprisingly strong back story for Zarek in the comic book form, illuminating the character's complexities and contradictions in a way that makes much of what we've seen on screen feel more plausible.

Jerwa gives us a story of how an unequal society builds inner tension which never goes unreleased. This time in the name of a smart man first idealistically fighting for justice, later resulting to senseless acts of terror to gain glory disguised as that idea of justice from his youth. Zarek's journey from a man with a conscience trying to make a society better to being a violent obsessive playing on people's fears is told in a strong, believable way accompanied by Adriano Batista's strong art. Quite an accomplishment from a short graphic novel. This truly is a must read for fans of the series, as it gives the already infinitely substantial story a yet another new layer of meaning.
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