Media Release — Dynamite and NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products proudly announces the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Six comic book series, set within the continuity of the reimagined 2003 Battlestar Galactica television series, produced by Universal Cable Productions and featuring one of its most iconic characters, the Cylon model known as Six. The first chapter of this five-issue miniseries will launch in April 2014, featuring the creative talents of writer J.T. Krul (Justice League, Fathom), interior artist Igor Vitorino, and cover artists Jenny Frison and Chris Bolson. A photo cover featuring actress Tricia Helfer will also be available.
“Ever since Dynamite started making Battlestar Galactica comics, I made it very clear that I would leap at the opportunity to write in that universe,” says J.T. Krul. “Not only was I a fan of the original series, but I think the revitalized version developed by Ronald Moore is one the best television shows of the past decade. Like most great science fiction, Battlestar Galactica teaches us about who we are by showing us where we might end up.”
Battlestar Galactica: Six takes place in the days before the last great Cylon War. Locked away in a psychiatric ward on the planet Leonis, a woman known only as Eve is haunted by memories of worlds she’s never seen, hazy images of a past full of anguish and death. One vision in particular calls to her through the pain, like a distant song echoing in her mind. It is calling her home. Is Eve crazy… or something much more? In developing the next generation of Cylons, getting the models to look human was the easy part… but acting human is another story. Longtime fans will witness the evolution of Number Six as she learns to live, to love, and to hate.
“When it comes to the Cylons, the story has always been less about how they look human and more about how they act human,” adds Krul. “That aspect is at the core of this story. Focusing on Number Six, we explore the development of a Cylon on an almost psychological level. Through various existences on various planets of the colonies, Number Six sees what it means to be human. Perhaps the most striking feature separating humans from Cylons is the fear of death. Much of human behavior is driven by it, and Cylons have no real concept of it. It’s a vital lesson any Cylon must learn in order to understand how the human mind works. But it’s not enough that Number Six understand them. She must come to empathize with them. And eventually, she must come to loathe them.”
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. In recent months, Dynamite has published a bestselling Battlestar Galactica series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning set in the classic continuity.
“The reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series shook the foundations of sci-fi fandom,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. “We have had the privilege and enjoyment of contributing many tales to that star-spanning mythos over the years, but in 2013, our focus was set primarily on the 35th anniversary celebration of the classic BSG continuity. What better way to rocket back into the reimagined universe than by focusing the spotlight on Number Six — the sexiest, most seductive woman in the universe, even if she was manufactured on a Cylon assembly line.”
Dynamite will be soliciting Battlestar Galactica: Six in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release beginning in April 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Battlestar Galactica: Six with their local comic book shop or hobby specialty store. The Battlestar Galactica: Six series 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, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, 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, Purgatori, 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.
About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group:
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBC Entertainment and Catalog portfolio, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and www.nbcuniversalstore.com. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at http://nbcuconsumerproducts.com.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Playing House,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
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