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Terminator: The Final Battle (Part 12) Terminator
"The Final Battle" Part 12
Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #12 (Dark Horse)
Script: J. Michael Strazynski
Art: Pete Woods
Cover: Pete Woods with Matthew Wilson
December 2014


The final judgment on man and machine!


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Files forum


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place during the future war in 2029 in the Salvation timeline.


Didja Notice?


2029: John's suggested solution to Skynet, after learning why it became what it has become, is something of a merging of humanity and cyber intelligence. This is similar to the concept of the "singularity" which some futurists believe will come to pass between humans and computers in the near future, most notably Ray Kurzweil in his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.


2029: On page 7, human survivors around the world celebrate peace. The cities of Paris (France), Rome (Italy), New York (USA), Moscow (Russia), and Beijing (China) are mentioned as places where the lights came on for the first time in years. Some of the images seen on this page are of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome, the Kremlin in Moscow, Big Ben in London, and the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing.


2029: On page 10, the Terminator that killed John is sent back to 2004 to complete its role as seen in Rise of the Machines. Here, the Terminator comes from 2029, though in Rise of the Machines it was 2032. Also, this Terminator is presumably a T-800, but the one from 2032 in Rise of the Machines was a T-850.


2032: At the end of the story, besides their son (name unknown), John and Kate also have a daughter (thanks to DNA saved by Dr. Kogan) named Sarah.


2004: On page 19, two fishermen are seen on the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. A Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is seen in the background, which does have a restaurant at that location.


2004: Not catching any fish, one of the fishermen suggests they try Jones Lake. This is an actual lake not far from the pier, in neighboring Brazoria County.


2004: One of the fishermen on page 19 appears to have CAT printed on his cap. This is likely a reference to "CAT Diesel Power", a popular patch on trucker's caps, advertising Caterpillar heavy machinery.


Unanswered Questions


Whatever happened to Blair, Barnes, and Star from earlier stories in the Salvation timeline? Throughout the entire mini-series, they don't appear except as extras in a couple flashback scenes to Salvation, and are not mentioned at all. I suppose they may all be dead by 2029.


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