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Exclusive: JT Krul brings female Cylon Six to life in new limited series

Exclusive: JT Krul brings female Cylon Six to life in new limited series


What was the difference between the old TV version of Battlestar Galactica and its 2003 remake? Female Cylons! And from the world of Cylons, there is none more famous that Six.

Writer JT Krul will join artist Igor Vitorino in bringing Six to stunning comic book life in a five-issue limited series from Dynamite hitting stores in April.

To get to the bottom of this new mini, CBN M.E. Byron Brewer exclusively discussed the work with Krul on one of the many smaller ships in the Galactica armada.

Cosmic Book News: How did JT Krul come to be associated with this limited series?

JT Krul: I made it known to Nick and Joe that I loved the reimagined Battlestar series and would jump at the chance to write in that universe. As we talked, the notion of a Cylon origin story seemed to be a great aspect to explore. And, let’s face it – Number Six was one of the primary Cylon voices in the series.
CBN: To those BSG fans not familiar with the character of Six, it might sound kinda wacky to center a limited series around a Cylon. Your thoughts?


JT Krul: If we were talking about the older model Cylons, then yes – a story about their origins might be odd, but the newer Cylons are designed to mirror us human beings – to look, act and feel like human beings. In a sense, the development of their different models is a study in what it means to be human. And that makes for a great story.

CBN: So, for the uninitiated, tell us about who and what the character of Six is.

JT Krul: As the Cylons developed several different human versions, they eventually created the model known as Number Six. In many ways, she was the most human of the initial Cylons – given the complex task of infiltrating humanity in order to sabotage their defense systems to allow for an easy assault. In the show, she is the first face of the new Cylons we (and the humans) see. She plays a pivotal role in much of the show and has several complex incarnations that deal directly with the complicated relationship the Cylons have with their creators – the same ones they want to destroy.


CBN: What exactly will we be seeing in this limited series and during what part of Battlestar Galactica continuity does it take place?

JT Krul: In developing various models of humanoid Cylons, the real trick isn’t getting them to look human. It’s getting them to be human. In this story, Number Six will live and relive different experiences designed to give her that insight into the human psyche. She must learn to love and to hate. She must learn to cherish life and fear death. She must learn the true beauty and majesty of what it means to be human, but she must also realize why they should and must be destroyed.

CBN: Will we be seeing any of the regular BSG characters?

JT Krul: In the world of Cylons you will, but not in terms of the human characters from the show. 
CBN: Who’s the big-bad?[[wysiwyg_imageupload:13628:]]

JT Krul: That all depends. From the humans point-of-view, they might say Number Six herself is the big bad, while she might tell you it’s the humans that are the big bad. The show did a great job of blurring the lines between good and evil, and we are trying to do the same with this story. On a certain level, Number Six’s own fragmented mind is the real threat – gnawing away at her like an old song ringing in your head. One that you just can’t remember, but you know that you know it. 
CBN: Where does your inspiration come for this kind of science fiction story? From the TV series, the older comic book series?

JT Krul: I drew heavily from the reimagined television series. Over the past decade, it’s definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen – and probably shares the top spot with The Wire. What’s so great about the show and what I’ve tried to inject into the story is the inherent flaws that make us human. There were so many engrossing characters on the show, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, that it made the drama that much more real. The heroes were good, but not perfect. Even the so-called “villains” of the show brought a depth and nuance with them – often becoming even more complex than the humans they were trying to mimic.

CBN: So what does Igor Vitorino bring to the table?

JT Krul: His style is clean and direct and allows the emotions of the moment to play across the character’s faces. Obviously, there’s a lot of external turmoil within the story, but it’s amplified by the internal struggle within Number Six. Seeing that played out in the art really brings the story to life.

CBN: JT, are there any other projects present future you would like to discuss?

JT Krul: I’m continuing my long relationship with Aspen Comics, writing the current volume of Soulfire, and preparing to launch the second volume of my creator book Jirni in the spring. I’ve also recently released my first novel called The Lost Spark. It’s a fantasy adventure about the lost toys and trinkets we all once cherished as children and the secret power hidden within them.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank JT Krul for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. We would also like to thank Nick Barrucci of Dynamite Entertainment who helped make this interview possible.

“Battlestar Galactica: Six” #1 (of 5) hits stores in April!