Dynamite Entertainment have announced “Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica” (simply “BSG vs. BSG”), a crossover series written by Peter David due next year. It will pit the 1978 incarnation of the classic science-fiction TV series against those from the 2004 version. No artist was listed in the press release at Newsarama, though John Cassaday (“Planetary,” “Astonishing X-Men”) will be one of the cover artists.
The series starts with the emergence of Kali, the last of the original reptilian Cylons who created the robots that bear their name in the original continuity: her discovery will set the stage for the meeting and ensuing conflict between both incarnations of the Battlestar Galactica.
According to Dynamite senior editor Matt Idelson, a crossover has been mooted by several creative teams since they acquired the rights in 2006, but none came to fruition. David, who considers the Battlestar Galactica reboot to be “the best SF series ever,” settled upon writing the series after rewatching the original. He said:
I was amazed at how it held up far better than I ever could have believed. Forty years away from it being dismissed as a Star Wars rip-off, the first BSG had a style, story, and characters all its own and deserved far more than the truncated run it received. So I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this truly historic meeting, which was indeed set up in the new series: All of this has happened before, and it will happen again.
This is not David’s first foray into Battlestar Galactica fiction, having written Sagittarius Is Bleeding, a 2006 novel set in the remake’s universe. Hopefully the lack of an artist will not lead to this project falling apart like those mentioned by Idelson.
“Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica” will be released sometime in 2018.