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"The Dark Years" Part 2
Terminator: The Dark Years #2
Dark Horse
Writer: Alan Grant
Penciler: Mel Rubi
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Cover: Jae Lee
October 1999


When his mother is shot by the Terminator, John has no choice but to rush her to the hospital under an alias; in 2030, Jon Norden and John Connor come to terms.


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Didja Notice?


1999: When the ambulance comes for his injured and unconscious mother, John tells the paramedics her name is Sarah Hamilton. Obviously, writer Alan Grant chose the name in reference to the actress who played Sarah in The Terminator and Judgment Day, Linda Hamilton.


1999: It's a bit confusing, but on page 6, it seems as if John is looking up information about his mother in the hospital database, but he is actually entering the false data into the records computer in order to convince the Terminator that Sarah is dead.


1999: When the Terminator sees the hospital records screen indicating that Sarah Connor arrived dead on arrival, he states, "Secondary objective achieved. Pursuing primary objective--John Connor." This indicates his programmed secondary objective was terminating Sarah.


1999: On page 18, panel 2, the taxi driver sees the damaged cyborg approaching and says, "If that ain't Rudy Giuliani, it's the next worst thing!" Giuliani was the mayor of New York City from 1994-2001. The thing is, there are four small, wavy underline marks under portions of the name Rudy Giuliani in the speech balloon. I suspect that some other name was initially written there and was changed at the last minute. If so, what name was in there? Why was it changed?


2030: A very odd type of Terminator is seen on page 19. Presumably, it is a result of the machines' recent experimentation with life forms and what Norden states as "...the machines have become fascinated with life!"
Odd Terminator


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