Select one of the keywords
Echoes of New Caprica: Battlestar Galactica    by Emily Salzfrass & et al order for
Echoes of New Caprica
by Emily Salzfrass
Order:  USA  Can
TOKYOPOP, 2009 (2009)
*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

I have never watched Battlestar Galactica, but I find that I usually have no trouble getting into manga based on TV shows that I have never seen. With Battlestar Galactica: Echoes of New Caprica - by Emily Salzfrass, Chrissy Delk, Richard Hatch, Christopher Schons, Mike Wellman, and Anthony Wu - this was not the case; I was lost through all three stories. Therefore, I would have to say this is one manga that is truly for Battlestar Galactica fans only.

The first story, Teacher's Pet, is the most manga-like of the three. It is also the one that I understood the best. Though it is a little too wordy for a manga, Emily Salzfrass has penned a tale with a thorough storyline and great character development. Chrissy Delk's artwork is clean and typical of American manga.

The middle story, Shelf Life, ias the most mainstream American comic of the three. While I was lost in places, I did enjoy this plot the best. Richard Hatch brings out the emotional identities of the characters as they face a moral conundrum. Christopher Schons's artwork is bold with clean, hard lines, really giving it a comic book feel.

The last story, Visitation, completely lost me. It is by far the least wordy of the three but still with enough text to convey Mike Wellman's story. However, I did not feel anything for the characters, and this is probably the most emotional of the stories. Anthony Wu's art style is very modern graphic novel with minimal backgrounds and almost abstract facial features in distant panels. Unfortunately, this does not help connect the reader to the characters.

As I have never seen Battlestar Galatica, I really cannot say if fans of the show will like Battlestar Galactica: Echoes of New Caprica. However, just judging the collection on an Original-English-Language-manga-aspect alone, I would not recommend it to those who are not already series fans.

Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.

Find more Teens books on our Shelves or in our book Reviews