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Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 2) "The Burning Earth" Part 2
Terminator: The Burning Earth #2
NOW Comics
Writer: Ron Fortier
Illustrator: Alexander Ross
Letterers: Williams & Allen
Cover: Alexander Ross
April 1990


John Connor and Skynet each come up with a new plot to end the other.


Read the complete mini-series summary at Wikipedia


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place in 2041, 10 years after the events of the regular NOW Comics Terminator comic book series.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue




Patch (aka Miguel De Verona)


John Connor

Gerry Gagnon



Tim Reese 


Didja Notice?


On the cover of this issue, the sunglasses on the female Terminator called Aurora show a reflection of the letter-number combination N-I-L-8. But if it were an actual reflection, the letters and number would be a reversed image. Also note that N-I-L-8 is sort of an abbreviation of "annihilate".


On page 2, Skynet refers to itself as having been created by the Technodyne Corporation. In this mini-series (as well as in the regular Terminator comic book series published by NOW) the more familiar Cyberdyne Corporation is called Technodyne instead for some reason.


In panel 3 of page 12, there appears to be a Coke can on the ground next to the fallen soldier. Do the human resistance troops still have access to Coke in the machine-dominated future war of 2041?


On page 13, Patch says "Caramba!" and "At least that amigo did not die in vain." "Caramba!" is a Spanish exclamation used to express surprise. Amigo is Spanish for "friend".


On page 15, John states that Skynet's headquarters is inside Thunder Mountain. It's not until "The Burning Earth" Part 4 that we learn that Thunder Mountain is in Nevada. There are three different Thunder Mountains in the state of Nevada. The one mentioned by John here is seen to be an old NORAD facility in "The Burning Earth" Part 3, but none of the existing Thunder Mountains are known to house such a facility. A Thunder Mountain is also stated as the home of Skynet in the 2004 novel Hour of the Wolf (Timeline JD-3), though there it seems to be yet another Thunder Mountain in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. However, most stories set in the Terminator universe consider Skynet's home to be in the real world NORAD complex of Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado.


On page 15, Patch says, "Fantastico!" Fantastico is Spanish for "fantastic".


On page 19, Patch says, "Dios, I have never seen so many of them." Dios is Spanish for "God".


On page 21, the nuclear missile being carried by an aerial HK has "USA NORAD" painted on it. NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint operation of the U.S. and Canada to provide early warning and defense against air and space offenses against the two nations. It is unlikely that "NORAD" would be painted on a U.S. missile, as NORAD is a surveillance and early-warning operation, not a weapons facility.


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