"The Rebirth of Cy"
Battlestar Galactica Compendium (Maximum Press)
Writers: Robert Napton and Scott Devine
Art: Hector Gomez
Cover A by Robert Scott, Cover B by Dan Parsons
A Cylon centurion
damaged by an ion storm
questions his programmed hatred for
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG chronology
Page 2 of the story indicates it takes place in the Colonial
yahren 7342. However, according to the
BSG Timeline on the Battlestar Wiki, this cannot be correct
based on what we know of the TV episodes. The only date given in
the TV series is the Colonial yahren 7322, when the Cylons
attacked Umbra on Caprica (causing Starbuck to become orphaned),
as mentioned in
"The Man with Nine Lives". From this it is deduced that the
destruction of the Colonies occurs in 7348. Since the yahren
stated in this issue is so far off the mark, I've decided to
place it after most of the Realm Press stories which take place
is "seasons" 2 and 3 of BSG.
"The Rebirth of Cy" was originally presented in an 8-page
story in issue #10 of Asylum, an anthology title
published 1995-1997 by Maximum Press. The story was reprinted in
Battlestar Galactica: The Compendium from Maximum Press
in 1997; the reprint also features an additional page of
material, as Apollo and Starbuck prepare to go out on patrol,
making the story 9 pages long. The page numbers in this study
refer to the 9-page story as printed in Battlestar
Galactica: The Compendium.
This story is not actually titled. In issue #3 of Asylum,
the BSG story coming up in the next issue (though it actually
was not published until issue #10) is advertised as "The Rebirth
of Cy", hence the title most fans have given it.
This story is a reimagining of sorts of the Cylon character
referred to as Cy by Starbuck in the
"The Return of Starbuck"
episode of Galactica 1980. Since the entire
Galactica 1980 series is generally considered
non-canonical (even by creator Glen A. Larson), this may have
been Maximum Press' attempt to retell the Cy story in a
more-or-less canonical setting. Unfortunately, this plotline was left incomplete
when Maximum Press abandoned the BSG license in 1997. So, the
title "The Rebirth of Cy" is a misnomer in that this is the
first appearance of Cy in the "mainstream" BSG universe.
Realm Press' later-published series of BSG comics (though
placed earlier in PopApostle's BSG chronology) also made an attempt to
bring in a Cy-like character in "Fire
in the Sky", but the company folded without finishing the story.
On page 1, panel 2, notice that Starbuck's
Viper appears to have a slide-open canopy instead of the rising
one seen in televised episodes of BSG. I guess it's just artistic license,
but I like to think that by this time in the chronology, the
foundry ship was producing new variations of Viper (as witnessed
already in the form of the SuperViper in
Surrender the Galactica) and Starbuck is now flying one
of these variations.
On page 3, how did the ion storm manage to
sneak up on the Cylon squadron? Do the storms move
faster-than-light? Or do they form instantaneously? Ion storms
are a largely fictional contrivance used in different ways, with
different effects, in various science-fiction stories. In the
real world, a coronal mass ejection from the sun (a massive
release of plasma, effecting magnetic fields for millions of
miles) is sometimes referred to colloquially as an "ion storm".
So it's possible that the space battle depicted here took place
near a sun that experienced a sudden coronal mass ejection.
The Centurion who becomes the Cy character
of this story is officially designated as Cylon 8765. Notice
that his code number is simply a reverse-chronological order of
the numbers 5-8.
The basestar in this story is referred to as
Base Ship 127.
On page 5, Cy's damaged Raider is brought
aboard the basestar by what appears to be a tractor beam. As far
as I can find, this is
only the second use of a tractor beam in any BSG story,
the first being in "Doomsday Rock",
also by the Cylons. It's possible that the Cylons have tractor
beam technology, while the Colonials do not.
An IL-series Cylon who appears to be in
command of the basestar, places Cy in charge of interrogating
the captured human prisoner. It seems odd that the same Cylon
who was in charge of a Raider squadron would be placed in charge
of interrogating prisoners. Wouldn't they have a specialist in
interrogating humans already designated?
On page 7, panel 2, notice that there appear
to be two centurions tucked into an alcove of the corridor, with
cables plugged into them as if to recharge. This may have been
inspired by the Borg of Star Trek: The Next Generation,
who step into individual alcoves to rejuvenate aboard a Borg
On page 7, the Cylon computer states that
the Cylon Empire attacked the human colonies in 7221. This is
only 121 yahrens earlier! The Cylon War is supposed to have been
going on for about 1,000 yahrens. It could possibly be argued
that the year presented here is a Cylon nomenclature, not the
What happens to Cylon 8765 and the captured
Starbuck? We'll never know.
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