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Terminator: 1984 (Part 3) "1984" Part 3
Terminator: 1984 #3 (Dark Horse)
Script: Zack Whedon
Art: Andy MacDonald
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
October 2010


Ben, Sarah, and Kyle's final showdown with the remaining T-800.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



Kyle Reese

Sarah Connor

Ben Oliver



Ramon (unnamed here, but introduced in "1984" Part 1)

John Connor

Mr. Cort

Paige's mother (unnamed)


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?


An embryo (that of John Connor) is seen in the reflection of the Terminator's eye on the cover.

Terminator: 1984 #3


On page 5, Kyle appears to eat an entire strawberry with the calyx (green, leafy part on top) still attached!


In this issue, Ben is wearing a t-shirt with the logo "Bushwood CC" on the left breast. This may be a reference to Bushwood Country Club from the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack.


The rifle Kyle grabs off the wall on page 7 appears to be an AK-47. Ramon also appears to be firing one at the T-800.


The T-800 appears to be firing an M16 on page 8.


The man killed by the T-800 on page 8 appears to be Ramon, Sarah's friend introduced in "1984" Part 1.


On page 16, Kyle's dialog to Sarah is similar to what he told her in Judgment Day, from the words of John. "You're strong, Sarah. You're stronger than I ever could have imagined."


Kyle Reese dies on page 17.


On page 20, Sarah and Ben blow up a building owned by Raven Technologies. This appears to be a fictitious company.


On page 22, panel 7, a college student is wearing a UCLA sweatshirt. UCLA is University of California, Los Angeles.


The end of the story has Sarah, young John, and Ben living together some years after the events of The Terminator, but before Judgment Day. The fact that the remains of the smashed T-800 from the end of The Terminator are all destroyed except for the arm and microchip seen later in Judgment Day suggests that this story leads into that film. If so, what happened to Ben? Why does Sarah never mention him or the rescued-and-later-killed Kyle in Judgment Day?


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