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Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 5) "The Burning Earth" Part 5
Terminator: The Burning Earth #5
NOW Comics
Writer: Ron Fortier
Illustrator: Alexander Ross
Letterer: Patrick Williams
Cover: Alexander Ross
July 1990


The final confrontation!


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


John Connor (aka Bear)



Sarah Connor (mentioned only, deceased)




Gerry Gagnon

Tim Reese 


Didja Notice?


The cover of this issue depicts a robotic Terminator hand attepting to choke John Connor. Notice that John's face looks a lot like a male version of Sarah Connor (actress Linda Hamilton)!

Terminator: The Burning Earth #5


On page 3, the word balloons for John and Patch in panel 1 are floating way up at the top of the panel, making it confusing to figure out who is speaking!


On page 3, Patch says, "Sí, amigo." This is Spanish for "Yes, friend."


Page 3 reveals that Patch knew John's mother, Sarah.


On page 5, Sasha says, "Madre Dios!" This is Spanish for "Mother God!" The usual phrase used in Spanish, however, would be "Madre de Dios", "Mother of God" (a reference to the Virgin Mary).


On page 8, Sue refers to Thunder Mountain as Mt. Thunder instead.


On page 9, Tim comes up with an idea to steal one of the Terminators' Mark-108 Plasma Cannons to use against Skynet's generator plant. This is the only mention of this weapon model in the Terminator universe thus far.


The Resistance manages to kill the power to Skynet's bunker and CPU, ending Skynet's threat and bringing down the HKs and stilling the Terminators, giving humanity a new hope for tomorrow. But in the final panel of the story, the red eyes of one of the stilled Terminators begins to shine again, possibly suggesting it (and others) are now entering autonomous mode to continue the fight.


Unanswered Questions


What happened to Konrad and the other Resistance members from the regular Terminator series from NOW Comics?


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