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Terminator: Sector War (Part 1) "Sector War" Part 1
Terminator: Sector War #1
Dark Horse Comics
Script: Brian Wood
Art: Jeff Stokely
Colors: Triona Farrell
Lettering: Nate Piekos
Cover: Robert Sammelin


The night Sarah Connor was targeted in Los Angeles in 1984, another Terminator targets a female cop in New York.


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place over roughly the same time period as the events of The Terminator in 1984.


Didja Know?


Terminator: Sector War was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics in 2018-2019.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



Officer Lucy Castro

Will (dies in this issue)

black woman

convenience store clerk 


Didja Notice?


    On the main cover for this issue by Robert Sammelin, the center building in the background appears to be the Empire State Building, setting the stage as the city of New York.

    Also on this cover, the Terminator's face looks rather like Harrison Ford! In the issue itself, the Terminator more-or-less looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the last page of this issue, the Terminator's POV display shows the host machine as Cyberdyne Systems 101 T-800. Model 101 is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" body type of Terminator.

Terminator: Sector War #1


The opening text on page 1, panel 1, is the text that opened the original 1984 film The Terminator.


Page 1, panel 2 depicts Times Square in New York. The advertising signs for Midori Melon Liquer, Coca-Cola, and Castro Cervesa are for real brands. The movies Repo Man, Streets of Fire, and Bloodbath at the House of Death seen on the marquees of two movie theaters are all real films that were released in 1984.


A poster for the Misfits is seen on page 1, panel 3. The Misfits are a punk rock band.


Officer Castro lives at 520 Dewitt Avenue in New York. This is an actual address in the city, though the neighborhood does not look quite like that depicted here.


On page 17, panel 3, the convenience store clerk is watching news footage on TV with the breaking news banner heading "Carnage in Los Angeles", a reference to the events of The Terminator.


An ad poster for Jeff's Donuts Holes is seen hanging in a stall in the women's restroom at the convenience store. This appears to be a fictitious brand, possibly inserted by artist Jeff Stokely as a self-reference.


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