In Dynamite’s latest announcement (and we might not be half through them yet), the publisher announces its latest signing, the DnA writing duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Their assignment: Battlestar Galactica. This would be the original 1978 version of Battlestar, or “Classic Battlestar Galactica” as Dynamite is calling it.
Abnett and Lanning just finished a second run on Resurrection Man for DC’s New 52. No strangers to science fiction comics, Abnett’s done some 2000 A.D. work, while the duo has done the old “Legion Lost” era Legion of Superheroes and the current Hypernaturals comic for Boom!. They might be best known for the “Annihilation” block of comics for Marvel including Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, the version of Guardians of the Galaxy that the new film is based on.
For science fiction media adaptions, the duo has done some Star Trek Voyager work and Abnett wrote the Doctor Who strip for Doctor Who Monthly solo for a few years.
Battlestar Galactica sounds like a good match for them.
Official PR and some more graphics follow:
ABNETT AND LANNING TO WRITE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA!
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DYNAMITE!
October 10h, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite announces the renewal of the classic 1978 Battlestar Galactica license with NBCUniversal, as the acclaimed writing duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning sign on to write an epic Battlestar Galactica series for Dynamite Entertainment in 2013! This classic Battlestar Galactica series is licensed by NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Dynamite on this Battlestar Galactica project,” says writer Dan Abnett. “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 writer Andy 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!” – Andy Lanning
“With the 35th anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series just around the corner, we are incredibly excited to be working with our friends at Dynamite again to explore the further adventures of the classic Galactica crew,” said Chris Lucero, Director of Licensing for NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products. “And as a life-long comics fan, having Dan and Andy bring their intergalactic expertise to the Battlestar Galactica Universe is a huge privilege, too”.
“’DnA’ brings the bang to Dynamite. 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.” – states Dynamite President Nick Barrucci.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.