"Prison of Souls" Part 3
Battlestar Galactica #5 (Season II) (Realm Press)
Written by Chris Scalf and James Kuhoric
Illustrated by Chris Scalf and Robert Scott
Cover by Chris Scalf
Back cover by Robert Scott
humans and Cylons deal with the repercussions of the Somnian
Aboard Vulpa Six's basestar, the human captives, now possessed
by Somnians, overcome the Cylons, grabbing up weapons, and a
firefight begins. As
chaos erupts, the Somnian derelict ship collides with the
basestar, destroying both. But, Vulpa Six manages to escape in a
Raider with two centurion pilots.
Meanwhile, on the Galactica, Apollo's journey to the Somnian
universe (as seen in
"Prison of Souls" Part
2) has brought an end to the Somnian possessions on the
battlestar, returning human consciousnesses to their bodies. But
Apollo is gone.
On the prison barge, Starbuck and Boomer ambush Krolis. But the
traitorous guard continues to hold Baltar as a hostage and makes
his way to the hangar deck to escape. The two Colonial warriors
manage to beat them there and during the renewed firefight, the
cyranite generator is hit and a tremendous explosion kills one
of the two criminals, while the other escapes in a Colonial
shuttle. But which one is dead and which escaped?
Back on the Galactica, Dr. Salik uses a neuro-memory recall
device on Adama
in an attempt to gain information about Apollo's whereabouts
that may have been left behind by the being who had inhabited Adama's
brain. They manage to obtain star coordinates and Starbuck and
Boomer are sent to investigate the location in a shuttle with a Viper escort.
Farther out in space, Vulpa Six's Raider is intercepted by a
mysterious alien ship. The reptilian being on board claims he
can help them in their pursuit of the scourge called man. And
it seems his help will be taken whether it's wanted or not.
And, in the debris field of Vulpa Six's basestar, a large chunk
of the ship hums back into life...with one of the alien Somnians
This was the final issue of the so-called "Season Two" arc of
Battlestar Galactica from Realm Press. The publisher
had fallen behind on issues and eventually decided to proceed
with Battlestar Galactica: Season Three, with a promise
to complete the Season Two stories at a later date. However,
with the exception of the (also incomplete)
Sanctuary" arc, no further Season Two stories were published. I
had vague hopes that the last known holder of the BSG comic book
license, Dynamite Entertainment, would republish the Realm Press
issues in TPB form with the never-before-seen continuations by
writer James Kuhoric; but so far, nothing. I even corresponded
with James a few times and he sounded like he could have been
convinced to do it if there was an interested publisher.
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The back cover depicts a scene that has
nothing to do with the story in
this issue. It is interesting to note that judging by the size
of the Vipers in comparison to the gigantic snow beast they are
attacking, the creature is almost the size of the Galactica
itself! (Click the image to see the full cover.)
Page 1 reveals that Vulpa Six is in command
of Baseship 24.
On page 1, artists Scalf and Scott depict
Vulpa Six's two Cylon centurions as more robotic looking in
their torsos and limbs, moving away from the man-in-a-costume
look seen in the TV series and most other licensed sources (the
rest of the issue, however, goes back to the normal look).
Interestingly, the look here is similar to what would eventually
be adopted for the old-school centurions who occasionally
appeared in BSG2000.
Page 4 gives us a broader view of the hangar
bay of a Cylon basestar than we've ever seen before.
Page 19, panel 1, has an empty narrative
box...somehow the words were left out.
On page 19, Dr. Salik subjects Adama to
neuro-memory recall in an attempt to gain information about
Apollo's whereabouts possibly left behind by the being who had
inhabited Adama's brain. Is the device seen here the same as
psycho-electron recall mentioned in
"War of the Gods" Part 1?
Starting at the end of this issue, there
seems to be some renewed romantic tension between Starbuck and
Athena. This is followed up on in
"Search for Sanctuary" Part 1 and
the issues of Season III.
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