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G.O.R.E. Score: Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse

BSG Cylon Apocalypse (2007)
BSG Cylon Apocalypse (2007)

Original Release Date: February 1, 2007
Number of Issues: 4 (mini-series; collected graphic novel)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Zombie crossovers: they’re all the rage these days. Differing slightly from the zombie mash-up, where the undead are inserted in a known story as the story itself is re-imagined, the zombie crossover is a much more flexible event: put our favorite reanimated creatures into the realm of an existing fictional universe, and let the mayhem begin.

We’ve seen the zombie crossover with quite a few properties recently, most notably those in the sci-fi realm: to name just a few, Star Wars has the novel “Death Troopers” (reviewed by The G.O.R.E. Score not too long ago), Star Trek has the recently-released book “Night of the Living Trekkies” (to be reviewed by The G.O.R.E. Score soon!), and IDW Entertainment just announced a massive intra-company crossover where zombies will feature in their “licensed” comic book properties of G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghostbusters.

The result of zombie crossovers, much like mash-ups, meet with mixed success: if done correctly, with the appropriate amount of intelligence and respect for the “home” property, these stories can be very entertaining and a great “what if” to let fans see how characters they know and love in one environment might react to an undead menace. The boundary between doing a crossover or mash-up because someone wants to create an amazing story versus the desire to cash in and “make a quick buck” off of the current popularity of zombies is a fine line, and usually the savvy zombie fan can tell which is which pretty quickly.

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One comment on “G.O.R.E. Score: Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse

  1. I have recently gotten into revisiting the original Battlestar Galactica series on Netflix as well as the new series, which, sad to say, I never had much of a chance to check out when it was on the air.
    My first reaction to this one was to groan, because it does initially sound like a cash grab rip off. Your description of it makes it sound like perhaps a slightly better effort than that, but not that they really pulled it off to make it become something that will be a memorable addition to the BSG universe. I am not so anxious to check it out, so I am glad that you did instead. 🙂

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