Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dynamite Announces Death of Apollo


All good things must come to an end. Sooner or later, even those characters we know and love meets their proverbial maker. In December, Dynamite Entertainment is ending the career (and life) of one of the more fiery characters in Battlestar Galactica in Apollo. In Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo, Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith can be blamed for the heartwrenching chronicle of the iconic Viper pilot's last days -- an event hinted at during official TV series continuity but never before revealed.

"During one of our editorial meetings, it came to light that Apollo -- whom many would consider to be the very soul of the original BSG series -- had died tragically off-screen in-between the 1978 and 1980 Galactica shows," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher and CEO. "We realized that we had not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to the fans, to shed light on the character's noble sacrifice. The first person who came to mind to write such an important story was Dan Abnett. Thankfully, he agreed and turned in an amazing pitch. The term 'blaze of glory' cannot even begin to describe what Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith have planned for the Galactica's favorite son."

When Battlestar Galactica first captured the hearts of sci-fi fans in 1978, the bold starfighter pilot Captain Apollo stood out as the central character of the series, defending the fleet from the Cylon menace as deftly portrayed by actor Richard Hatch. After the original series came to an end in 1979, the sequel series Galactica 1980 continued the tale of the nomadic fleet, but set years after the events of the previous run. Captain Apollo was no longer a member of the cast, and in-story dialogue strongly implied that the implacable hero had met his demise in the intervening years. Dynamite Entertainment, for the first time ever, fills in the gap between Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980 which officially reveals the fate of the beloved character.

The solicitation for Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 sets the stage for the action of this milestone event: "The fleet has been travelling for years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything forever."

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty marke, and slated for release in December. Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital. Full press release below.
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF APOLLO,

A SHOCKING BATTLESTAR GALACTICA EVENT THAT
MARKS A MILESTONE IN OFFICIAL SERIES CONTINUITY

September 13, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to reveal one of the biggest secrets of the Battlestar Galactica mythos in the upcoming miniseries event, Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo.  Scheduled for release this December, The Death of Apollo reunites the creative team of fan-favorite comic book writer Dan Abnett (one of the architects of the Guardians of the Galaxy phenomenon) and talented artist Dietrich Smith in a heartwrenching chronicle of the iconic Viper pilot's last days -- an event hinted at during official TV series continuity but never before revealed.

When Battlestar Galactica first captured the hearts of sci-fi fans in 1978, the bold starfighter pilot Captain Apollo stood out as the central character of the series, defending the fleet from the Cylon menace as deftly portrayed by actor Richard Hatch. After the original series came to an end in 1979, the sequel series Galactica 1980 continued the tale of the nomadic fleet, but set years after the events of the previous run.  Captain Apollo was no longer a member of the cast, and in-story dialogue strongly implied that the implacable hero had met his demise in the intervening years. Dynamite Entertainment, for the first time ever, fills in the gap between Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980 which officially reveals the fate of the beloved character.

The solicitation for Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 sets the stage for the action of this milestone event: "The fleet has been travelling for years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything forever."

"During one of our editorial meetings, it came to light that Apollo -- whom many would consider to be the very soul of the original BSG series -- had died tragically off-screen in-between the 1978 and 1980 Galactica shows," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher and CEO. "We realized that we had not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to the fans, to shed light on the character's noble sacrifice. The first person who came to mind to write such an important story was Dan Abnett.  Thankfully, he agreed and turned in an amazing pitch. The term 'blaze of glory' cannot even begin to describe what Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith have planned for the Galactica's favorite son."

Dynamite Entertainment has been publishing Battlestar Galactica comic books since 2006, focusing on each incarnation of the franchise from the classic continuity of the 1978 television series, to the Galactica 1980 follow-up, and finally to the reimagined series aired on Syfy from 2003 through 2009.  Recently, Dynamite has published a bestselling Battlestar Galactica series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning set in the classic continuity, as well as a miniseries focusing on Galactica's scoundrel with a heart of gold, Starbuck.

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 with their local comic book retailers. Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.




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About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

All characters, names, logos, etc. are ™ and © their respective owners.  Press release written by Kevin Pearl and Keith Davidsen.



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