Terminator #1 (NOW Comics)
Written by Fred Schiller
Illustrated by Tony Akins
Inked by Jim Brozman
Cover by Mitch O'Connell
A resistance unit in 2031 Florida meets a group of humans
from a forgotten UN base on the Moon.
The resistance unit known as Sarah's Slammers in Miami,
Florida saves an old woman with a baby from a Terminator.
But the woman turns out to be a Terminator herself and
resistance unit member Doyle hammers it with gunfire from a
plasma rifle, destroying it. Immediately, the baby reveals
itself as a Terminator as well and escapes. The unit soon
falls under attack by a number of Terminators summoned by
Meanwhile, just off the coast of Florida, a group of humans
from a forgotten UN base on the Moon is in a cloaked ship
obtaining samples of plankton to grow for food. Their
scanners reveal the battle on the nearby shore and the small
ship takes off for safety, but a stray shot from a Terminator hand-held
missile launcher buckles the shields and destroys the
cloaking circuits. Now visible, the unidentified ship
becomes a target for both resistance and machine forces and
is brought down. The occupants survive and aid the human
resistance members in wiping out the Terminator force assaulting
them. The newcomers are scanned as human and taken to the
old Minuteman silo the Slammers use as a base.
In the nearby town of Bedford Falls, resistance scout Martin
Reedfoot finds the town is made up of humans bred by Skynet
to be docile and sympathetic to machine rule. He reports his
findings via a message capsule launched from a hand-held
device, then is captured by a Terminator police officer.
Back at the Slammer's base, Moon crew member Konrad is found
to be a Terminator, prompting the cell members to decide on
killing the entire Moon crew.
TO BE CONTINUED IN TERMINATOR #2
No story title is given in this issue of the series. For
this issue, the title is simply taken from the year in which the
story takes place.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue
Essie Doyle (mistakenly called Dorian late in the issue)
K. C. Berwanger
Commander Mike Leahy
George (Bedford Falls resident)
Mary (Bedford Falls resident, mentioned only)
Joel (deceased, name painted on missile)
Milton (deceased, name painted on missile)
Silk (deceased, name painted on missile)
Dillon (deceased, name painted on missile)
Zeia (deceased, name painted on missile)
Hanley (deceased, name painted on missile)
Dorkin (deceased, name painted on missile)
Crazy Mike (deceased, name painted on missile)
A Miami phone book is lying on the ground on page 1, panel
endoskeletons seen throughout this
comic book series do not look
particularly like the T-800 series
Terminator. It might be
argued that the Terminators seen
here are a newer model or variation
since it does take place in 2031,
three years after the future scenes
The Terminator in 2029.
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After destroying the Terminator, resistance member Doyle
grabs up its still functioning plasma rifle on page 4,
referring to it as a new GE 380. Presumably, "GE" stands for
Electric, known for its electronics products, including
The Miami resistance unit is known as Sarah's Slammers.
Presumably, the group is named for Sarah Connor since there
is no "Sarah" in the group.
The old woman (who soon turns out to be a Terminator) says
her baby is sick and needs a medidoc. It's not explained
exactly what a medidoc is, maybe a medical computer or even
just another term for "doctor".
One of the resistance members refers to the old woman as
"ya-ya". This is an affectionate slang term for "old woman".
Apparently a couple of nicknames used by the resistance for
a Terminator are "'nator" and "gator".
On page 5, a Terminator disguised as a human baby is
On page 13, Essie uses something that seems similar to a
tricorder to scan the newcomer humans.
On page 14, Doyle states that the Terminator aerial
transports use three forced Harpshead turbines which emit a
wash temperature of 3,000+ degrees.
Harpshead turbines appear to be a fictional engine type
invented for the story.
The synthetic human town of idyllic Bedford Falls, Florida is not a
real world town. The name is likely borrowed by the
writer from the fictional idyllic town of Bedford Falls, New York in
the 1946 classic film It's a Wonderful Life.
This is further reinforced when a Terminator cop in town
mentions residents named George and Mary as two of the main
characters in the film are George Bailey and Mary Hatch.
The base of Sarah's Slammers is an old Minuteman silo. The
Minuteman is a U.S. nuclear intercontinental ballistic
The missile seen in the Minuteman silo on page 17 has the
letters "AF" visible on the bottom portion (the rest of the
missile is not seen). Most likely, the full term painted on
the missile is USAF, standing for United States Air Force,
which is, in fact, in charge of the country's Minuteman
Page 17 implies that Skynet launched the United States'
nuclear missiles against Russia in 2004. This seems pretty
far removed from Reese's claim in 1984 that the nukes
were/will-be launched "a few years from now" in
The Terminator, upon which
this series was inspired, prior to the production of any
further Terminator films or other licensed stories.
The 2004 date does, however, tie into the July 25, 2004 date
of Judgment Day given in
Rise of the Machines; this
makes it tempting to tie this comic book series to the
timeline of that film, but the absence of Kate
Brewster/Connor and, of course, the writer's ignorance of
what a sequel film 15 years later would bring makes that
placement problematic, thus I have left it as part of one of
the timelines spun off from
The Terminator in
PopApostle's Terminator chronology.
On page 17, Rosetti states that the United Nations began
construction of a permanent station on the Moon in 1998,
nicknamed Li'l Houston, complete with its own greenhouse.
Construction was completed in 2000. At this station, humans
have survived on the Moon throughout the apocalypse on
The man on page 19 may be the George mentioned along with
Mary by the Terminator cop since this fellow says, "I just
love my new car! Wait'll Mary sees it!"
On page 21, Essie calls herself Essie Dorian even though she
was referred to as
Doyle earlier in the issue. Later issues refer to her as
Doyle. (There is a different character called Dorian who
makes brief appearances in this and several other issues,
Page 22 reveals that the Moon people have developed
antivirals that will counter any known viral infection of
As Doyle explains the names spray-painted on the Minuteman
missile on page 22 as members of Sarah's Slammers who have
died, she remarks upon one called Crazy Mike. It's amusing
to consider that, although this issue of Terminator
was published in 1988, the actor/singer Michael Campbell,
known as Crazy Mike by his friends, would appear in
Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 film
Total Recall, and would tell the muscular star to
On page 23, a medic tells a sick soldier to drink plenty
of bluejuice. It's not explained what "bluejuice" is.
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