Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #1 (Dynamite – Ortega / Nylund / Raynor / Lucas)
Before the time of mankind’s exodus from the twelve colonies (as told in the current award winning Battlestar Galactica series on SCI FI) and the returned menace of the Cylons, a war was fought between man and machine. A story that has never before been told, until now….
I am huge fan of Dynamite Entertainment and even a bigger fan of Battlestar Galactica, I went into this one wanting it to fly on on all the buzz about the final episodes just starting to air, I wanted it to soar on the wings of the fanboys that want to absorb everything BSG right now… and unfortunately it falls, perhaps softly, but it still falls.
The story is a choppy timeline following the brief history that leads up to the Cylons waging war. The Cylons start out humanity’s servants without being able to hurt humans (think the three Laws of Robotics – from the books, not the slapdash movie). But humanity is in the middle of a military conflict with itself and decides they need more soldiers in the form of Cylons. Time for a little cyber-mashing and neural surgery and Alakazam! we have the perfect soldier and humanity’s worse enemy.
The slipstream writing (jumping months ahead at a time within frames) left a lot to be desired, the characters were not likable and it was pretty easy for the reader to not get attached to them. Add to this the fact that 22 out of the 40 page in the book were actual comic, the rest being advertisements and the typed script for the issue (huh?) and a $3.99 price tag and this becomes a waste of space in your monthly comic budget.
This will only be worth it to most hardcore fan would needs it all.
Issue Grade: C