Battlestar Galactica: Centurion Prime (Realm Press)
Written by Jim Kuhoric
Art by Mike Malbrough
Cover A by Robert Scott, Cover B by Dan Parsons
Colonial warrior is turned into a cyborg Cylon.
The fleet is attacked by a squadron of Cylon Raiders. One of the
fresh pilots, named Roz, sustains damage to his Viper in the
battle and the Cylons tow the craft back to their basestar.
There, Imperious Leader commands Bael to use the human pilot in
a new project to create an advanced centurion that will be
able to pilot and fight the way the humans do. Soon, Roz's brain
is somehow incorporated into a new centurion design.
In its first test, the prototype ferociously wipes out a squad
of standard centurions. Imperious Leader then orders it to be
given command of a Raider squadron with orders to attack the
human fleet. This it does, and the squadron is much more
successful against the human Viper pilots than most, with the
prototype centurion the most successful of all, damaging Apollo's
ship in battle.
Apollo is forced to crash-land on an uninhabited planet and the
prototype follows him. The centurion recognizes the captain and
calls him by name, but Apollo doesn't realize who it really is.
The centurion beats the tar out of him and his about to kill him
with its laser pistol when Starbuck shows up in his Viper just
in time to destroy the centurion with his ship's turbolasers.
Apollo is rescued and spends time in the Life Center
recuperating from his injuries and left to ponder on how the
strange, new centurion knew his name. Unable to investigate
further due to the presence of the basestar, the fleet moves on.
Back on the planet, it seems that the prototype is not entirely
destroyed as the red eye winks on and the head speaks, "Apollo."
This story is similar to the earlier
"Berserker" from the Marvel Comics BSG series, issue #16, in
which Apollo is also shot down by an advanced Cylon and then the
two do battle on an uninhabited planet. In both cases, the
presumed-destroyed centurion is found to still have some life
left in it at the end of the issue. In fact, "Centurion Prime" is
dedicated to Roger McKenzie and Walter Simonson, the writer and
artist, respectively, of
This story seems to be a prequel of sorts to
I have placed immediately following in the chronology.
On page 2, panel 5, there are stars shining
through the dark crescents of planets!
This would not be possible, as even the dark part of the crescent
still has a solid body behind it.
Throughout the issue, artist Mike Malbrough
depicts the Cylon Raiders with two red lights shining above the
canopy. This was not an obvious feature in the TV episodes of
Pages 6 and 7 are a bit disjointed, in that
it seems that Roz has been a Cylon prisoner long
enough to have been mistreated by them on page 6 and yet, on
page 7, Blue Squadron has just arrived in the Galactica's
landing bay after the same battle in which Roz was captured by
On page 7, panel 3, it looks like the ship
directly behind the Galactica in the fleet may be the agro ship,
from the dome design just barely visible in the bottom right
The IL-series Cylon, Bael, who seems to be
involved in research and development and who first appeared in
"Hades Hath No Fury", appears on several pages
of this story. But his augmented eye, which should be on the
right-hand side of his face, appears on the left in the
miniature "talking heads" on pages 8, 11, and 14.
On page 14, Centurion Prime is tested by
Bael and Imperious Leader against a squad of standard Centurions
and Centurion Prime wipes out the Cylons with intense, and
unanticipated, ferocity. Imperious Leader then wants to see how
the unit functions against human targets and gives him command
of a Raider squadron and sends it after the fleet. Notice that
in his lead Raider, on page 15, panel 3, it appears that
Centurion Prime has destroyed his two Cylon pilots and taken
sole control of the ship!
On page 21, Apollo crash-lands in the desert
of an unknown world after his Viper is hit by laser fire from
Centurion Prime's Raider. As he climbs out of his wrecked ship,
Apollo says to himself, "...if I was Starbuck, I'd be naming
this planet after myself or something." This is a
tongue-in-cheek reference to the
"The Return of Starbuck"
episode of Galactica 1980, in which Starbuck
on a desert world and does exactly that.
On page 11, Bael had informed Imperious
Leader that the new advanced Centurion's exoskeleton was
constructed with a poly-alloy that would allow it to "withstand
several point blank blasts of laser fire from up to a Class 5
weapon." It's not explained how powerful a Class 5 weapon is,
but on page 24, the Centurion is destroyed on the ground by a
blast from the powerful tubolasers of Starbuck's Viper.
Although not explicitly stated, it seems the
Roz portion of the prototype still had much of his hatred of
Cylons intact and may also harbor a grudge against Apollo as
leader of Blue Squadron for not coming after him when he was
initially captured by the Cylons.
Did the Imperious Leader have the
prototype's remains picked up from the planet? If so, was it
rebuilt? Was the prototype considered successful enough to
entail the construction of additional such models with a human
component? (It seems likely that they did construct newer,
modified models, as seen in the following story
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