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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"Tempest" Part 2
Terminator #2
Dark Horse
Writer: John Arcudi
Penciler: Chris Warner
Inker: Paul Guinan
Cover: Chris Warner
September 1990


Machines and resistance both make their move on Cyberdyne.


Read the complete summary of Tempest at the Terminator wiki


Didja Notice?


On the cover of this issue, notice that the gas tank on the Terminator's motorcycle has the logo of this book's publisher, Dark Horse, on it. Also the wheel guard of the front wheel has a cursive "Chris Warner" (the artist) on it in the fashion of the logo of Electra Glide models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.


The mechanic on page 1 is wearing what appears to be an L.A. Dodgers cap.


On page 3, Dr. Astin runs out to an Oboy! sandwich shop, which page 6 shows to be directly across the street from Cyberdyne Systems. As far as I can tell, Oboy! is a fictional establishment.


On page 5, Bart throws down the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The author of the Metro front page article "Two Dead in Drive-By Shooting", Andrea Ford, was an actual reporter for the Times when this story was written (though not in 1984 when this story retroactively takes place, as discussed in the study of "Tempest" Part 1). She died in 1999. The article mentions LAPD Deputy Chief William Rathburn, who was a real person in that position at the time.


Notice on page 7 that I825.M is wearing an Oboy! uniform. Possibly he ambushed an employee for the clothes while he was staking out Cyberdyne across the street.


On page 7, I825.M impersonates an LAPD narcotics officer named Lt. Pinto over the phone and claims he's issuing an A.P.B. for Dr. Hollister. An A.P.B. (All-Points Bulletin) is a broadcast to all law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the lookout for a suspect, person of interest, or missing person. But where did I825.M get the name Lt. Pinto?


Also on page 7, a D.M.V. operator runs a request on Dr. Hollister's vehicle and finds he is registered with a Datsun 300ZX. The D.M.V. is the Department of Motor Vehicles, run by every state in the U.S. (sometimes under a slightly different name). The Datsun 300ZX was a real sports car made by Datsun (now known as Nissan) from 1993-2000; the design of the car as seen on page 8 is accurate for the model at the time.


On page 8, I825.M follows Dr. Hollister on Walbrook Court. As far as I can tell, this is a fictional street in Los Angeles. 


On page 11, Dr. Astin is revealed to ride a motorcycle; it looks like it could be a Honda model to me, but I could be wrong. Mary is driving a Jaguar sedan, certainly stolen.


On page 13, the Terminators visit the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Lincoln Heights is an actual neighborhood in the city.


On page 14, the police are ambushed by Terminators on Livesy Boulevard. As far as I can tell, this is a fictional street in L.A.


On page 16, panel 4, notice that as the Terminator yanks the cop out of the police car through the window, he is pulling with such strength he clips the cop's head on the top of the door's window frame, breaking the edge and cracking the cop's skull open.


On page 20, Dr. Hollister at first thinks the resistance members who come to his house holding Dr. Astin hostage must be KGB. The KGB was the national security agency of the Soviet Union. 


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