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Terminator: Infinity (Part 2) Terminator
"Infinity" Part 2
Terminator: Infinity #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Nigel Raynor
Cover A: Pat Lee, Cover B: Stjepan Sejic, Cover C: Nigel Raynor


In 2009, the T-Infinity attacks the L.A. resistance cell.


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This mini-series jumps around in time from 2033, where Skynet has been all-but-defeated and sends the T-Infinity prototype temporal Terminator to correct all divergent time paths, to 2009, with John Connor emerging from the Crystal Peak bunker.


Didja Notice?


John's narrative on page 1 states that with the dawning of the age of Skynet and the Terminators, "Anything not fitting their brave new world of circuitry and cybernetics is coldly and clinically erased from existence," and the art shows a Terminator identifying a rat and terminating it. But other depictions of Skynet have strongly suggested that Skynet does not have any issues with lifeforms other than humans and the sniffer dogs that serve them.


The resistance cell John falls in with after leaving Crystal Peak is based out of an old L.A. Metro station.


On page 6, an advertising poster for RED STAR is seen in the old Metro station. I am unaware of a specific brand of the time that would match this name, but the "E" in RED STAR is printed mirrored, suggesting a possible Russian association (vodka?), though the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia does not have a mirrored "E", despite some other mirrored letters (from the Latin alphabet point of view).


On page 7, the T-Infinity walks past what is surely intended to be a Starbucks, though it lacks the "S" at the end, and only "ARBUCK" is visible.


In this issue, John meets the boy Kyle Reese in a different manner than he does in Future War or Salvation.


On page 10, an advertising poster for something called Sugar Sugar (with a pair of lips on the poster) is seen.


On page 11, an advertising poster for a cell phone has the header "Allo Mofo". The "M" logo on the poster looks like the one for Motorola. "Allo Mofo" appears to be a fictional product or slogan for the company. Possibly, "Mofo" is a joking reference to the commonly spoken shorthand for "mother fucker".


On page 12, an advertising poster for DKYN is seen. This is likely a parody name for the fashion house DKNY (Donna Karan New York). Another ad poster on this page says "All the Time in the World" and has the image of a wristwatch.


On page 18, John puts a spin on the "I'll be back" quote of the Model 101 Terminators, but himself saying, "I'm back," as he rescues Uncle Bob from the T-Infinity. He also says, "We' back," in "Infinity" Part 4.


The art on page 21, as the T-Infinity jumps itself backward in time to escape the collapse of the subway station, is a repeat of its first appearance in 2009 on page 7, suggesting the T-Infinity has simply replaced its own self in the time period.


On page 22, John patches up Uncle Bob at the remains of the SC Medical Center. This is a parody of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Also on page 22, John refers to Uncle Bob as his "own personal Terminator". This is a play on young John's quote in Judgment Day, "Cool, my own Terminator."


At the end of this issue, John tells Uncle Bob the rest of the resistance cell is waiting for them after the T-Infinity attack, with plans to move on to Phoenix or Albuquerque. These are cities in Arizona and New Mexico, respectively.


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