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Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 3) "The Burning Earth" Part 3
Terminator: The Burning Earth #3
NOW Comics
Writer: Ron Fortier
Illustrator: Alexander Ross
Letterers: Allen & Williams
Cover: Alexander Ross
May 1990


John Connor leads the Resistance to Skynet's front door.


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.


Didja Know?


A character named Marissa previously appeared in "Big Bad Wolf" and other issues of the regular Terminator comic book series from NOW. Presumably this is the same character by that name seen here.


The character named Jean seen here previously appeared in "Escape to Silver Dollar".


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


John Connor (aka Bear)

Sarah Connor (mentioned only, deceased)




Gerry Gagnon




Tim Reese



Didja Notice?


The rifle held by Aurora on the cover of this issue looks rather like a variant of the M41A Pulse Rifle from James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens! The M41A is also listed as one of the weapons options for the Terminatrix in 2003's Rise of the Machines!


On page 7, one of the Resistance soldiers calls Patch amigo. Amigo is Spanish for "friend". 


The snake that bites Jean on page 15 is likely a timber rattlesnake based on the color patterns, though we don't see the tail to see its rattle.
snake timber rattler
Snake biting Jean Timber rattlesnake (from Wikipedia)


As has been the case with issues of the regular Terminator comic book series from NOW, the Terminators dispatched by Skynet on page 21 are all wearing sunglasses.


On page 21, the Thunder Mountain complex is shown to be a NORAD base. There is no known NORAD base in Thunder Mountain, Nevada.


On page 22, Patch says, "Si." This is Spanish for "yes".


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