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Terminator: Revolution (Part 5) Terminator
"Revolution" Part 5
Terminator: Revolution #5 (Dynamite)
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Lui Antonio
Cover: Nigel Raynor


The assembled Connor family of past and future faces a showdown with the T-Infinity and the Dire Wolf.


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This mini-series takes place largely about 6 years after the events of Infinity.


Didja Know?


This mini-series is a follow-up to Infinity and features the T-Infinity Terminator that appeared in that earlier story.


The header of the mini-series reads, "Continuing the T2 saga..." even though it takes place after the events of T3: Rise of the Machines.


Didja Notice?


2015: On page 5, for Operation Sidearm, Tara tells her troops to move in on their targets at 2015 hours, with the main strike at 2100. This is, of course, military time for 8:15 PM and 9:00 PM.


2015: On page 6, a resistance member is seen with a tattoo on his arm that appears to be the Three Stars and a Sun symbol of the flag of the Philippines. Another resistance member wearing a bandanna with the symbol is seen on page 16.


1996: During the attack on the Bluff Creek shack by the T-Infinity, both Johns appear to be armed with an M16 rifle (though big John's rifle has the optional grenade launcher attached below the rifle barrel).


2015: Page 15 depicts the various Resistance squads prepping their assaults in seven different cities and towns in New York and Pennsylvania. They are all real world locations.


2015: On page 15, panel 6, one of the resistance members is wearing a vest with the name Binay on the back of it. This may be a reference to the Binay political family in the Philippines, as artist Lui Antonio is Filipino.


1996: On page 17, young Kyle Reese appears to be armed with an M134 Minigun (the massive six-barreled machine gun the protector Terminator finds in the bunker at Enrique's compound, and later uses at Cyberdyne, in Judgment Day).


1996: On page 17, how is it that Kyle appears to be wearing the same shirt he was wearing in 2015 when he chronoported to 1996 with the Dire Wolf? All of his clothing should have been stripped away by the transport process!


1996: On page 19, Kyle says the Dire Wolf led him right to Sarah and the two Johns, implying he followed the T-Dog. It seems unlikely a human would be able to follow a rushing Terminator for any real distance without getting left far behind, especially considering they had to trek out into the middle of a swamp!


1996: On page 19, big John refers to the shattered T-Infinity as Humpty-Dumpty, hoping he can put enough of it back together to access its time circuits and chronoport he and Kyle back to the future. Humpty Dumpty is a character, usually depicted as an egg, in an English nursery rhyme since the 18th Century. Currently, the most well-known version of the rhyme goes: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, Couldn't put Humpty together again."


2015: On page 20, panel 1, a notepad or something has a header of Smart Bro printed on it. Smart Bro is a nickname for Smart Broadband, a subsidiary of Smart Communications, a mobile phone and internet service provider in the Philippines.


On page 22, panel 4, a woman in a new, human-dominated timeline is seen wearing a shirt with the phrase Fully-Booked on it and another woman is holding a crate of goods, including a can with "Alaska" printed on its label. These may be references to the Fully Booked chain of bookstores and the Alaska Milk Corporation, both located in the Philippines.


In the final panel of the issue, John acknowledges that, despite the second chance he has won for the human race in 2015, in his gut, he knows that elsewhere/when, the war goes on. The panel presents a resistance squad fighting against Terminators; a man with a patch over his right eye, shooting at the enemy, may be intended as John Connor himself.


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