Midtown Comics recently had the chance to interview Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2000 AD) about his recent work on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo series from Dynamite Comics. Check out the whole interview below!

Midtown Comics: How long have you been a fan of Battlestar Galactica? What’s your favorite thing about the series?

Dan: Since I was a kid, and saw the original “movie” at the cinema (the first two or three episodes were released theatrically over here in the UK). I love the ships, the designs, the concept, and the mix of hard-fought survival with a generally positive, upbeat flavor.

Midtown Comics: What would you say are the similarities, if any, between Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo and your run on Guardians of the Galaxy?

Dan: Well, both are cosmic and fast-paced, with a strong, character-driven narrative. I’m really interest din character-driven things, and, like many of the big twists and events in GOTG, this is major storyline where proper, big, game-changing things happen. It’s an honor to be allowed to do something so significant with the lore.

Midtown Comics: Did you have any creative input on the GOTG screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman? If not, what would you change about that movie, if anything?

Dan: I didn’t, but James was kind enough to acknowledge the fact that the movie’s inspiration, in terms of tone, character, style, character choice and plot elements was heavily influenced by my run. I got to visit the set a couple of times and, with James, read the script, meet the main characters and clamber around  the ships. It was very nice to be so enthusiastically included. And to be high-fived by Zoe Saldana.


Midtown Comics: What’s been your favorite part of writing the new Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo series?

Dan: I think it’s the character interplay, which I’m extending out of the ‘continuity’ I developed on the BSG book before this mini-series. I also really love the fact that this is an honest-to-goodness major event. It’s a story that matters. I’m aware of the responsibility. No pressure, eh 😉

Midtown Comics: What can we expect from this series? Will casual fans enjoy this book as much as the hardcore Battlestar Galactica fans? What sort of backstory will we need?

Dan: I think – I believe – that it will really delight hardcore fans, because it is such a big deal in terms of Galactica continuity. It’s packed with action, and powerful emotional turns. But I think a casual reader can easily get into it and enjoy it – there’s not a huge amount of backstory needed to understand it, and I try to explain the situation and relationships as I go along. The basic premise of BSG is quite straightforward and easy to grasp, and this builds on that concept and delivers a powerful tale. The art, by the way, is gorgeous. Dietrich is doing a fantastic job.

Midtown Comics: GOTG, Battlestar Galactica; which space epic is next from Dan Abnett?!

Dan: I’m still writing big things in my Warhammer 40K and Horus heresy novels – that’s big and cosmic. Then there’s my work on the Alien:Isolation game and the upcoming ‘big starship combat’ game Dreadnought from Yager. Plus, I’m back with the Guardians – the original Guardians – for Marvel with Guardians 3000, which sees the far-flung future adventures (circa 3014AD) of Vance Astro, Martinex, Yondu, Charlie-27 and Starhawk! Seems I’m all about the cosmic!

Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo comes out 12/03/2014 but you can pre-order the book here!


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