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Terminator: 1984 (Part 2) "1984" Part 2
Terminator: 1984 #2 (Dark Horse)
Script: Zack Whedon
Art: Andy MacDonald
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
October 2010


Ben and Sarah break Kyle Reese out of Cyberdyne prison...where do they go from here?


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



Sarah Connor

Ben Oliver

Kyle Reese

Mr. Cort


Didja Know?


Terminator: 1984 was a 3-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. It is the sequel to the Terminator: 2029 mini-series.


Didja Notice?


On page 1, the punks appear to be outside of Griffith Observatory when a Terminator arrives from the future. Griffith Observatory is the same location the T-800 that was hunting Sarah Connor arrived in 1984 in The Terminator.


The punks on page 1 have a case of Beer 45 with them. This is a play on the real world Colt 45 brand of malt liquor.


The rifle Ben takes from the guard at the mountain facility on page 9 appears to be an M16. 


On page 12, Ben, Sarah, and Kyle discover a room in the mountain facility where the military is attempting to piece together the remains of the T-800 that was crushed in the press at the factory from the end of The Terminator. This is similar to the discovery of the same T-800's parts in an LAPD portable evidence locker in Timeline TT-3 in "Tempest" Part 3.
T-800 debris T-800 debris
T-800 debris in this issue T-800 debris from "Tempest" Part 3


The dialog between Kyle and Sarah on page 14, panel 4 and page 15, panel 1 is similar to that between Sarah and John in Judgment Day, about how it was stupid to risk the life of a person who will be important in the future (Sarah/John) to save the life of someone whose use is past (Kyle/Sarah).


On page 20, we see that the only bits of the T-800 that survived the explosion set by Ben are the arm and CPU chip, the same seen later in Judgment Day.


On pages 20-23, Ben, Sarah, and Kyle enjoy a meal at a desert diner. But is it really likely the workers at the diner would fail to notice that Kyle is dressed in a prison orange jumpsuit and not say or do anything about it?!


On page 22, when Sarah asks who started the Resistance, Kyle tells her she did.


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