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Terminator: Time to Kill (Part 4) Terminator
"Time to Kill" Part 4
Terminator 2 #7 (Dynamite)
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Nigel Raynor
Covers by Nigel Raynor


In 2029, John determines he must send Vanessa back in time to confront the female Terminator.


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Wiki


Didja Notice?


Cover A depicts a public transit bus in the background that appears to have a destination sign reading Times Square. In fact, it appears the cover scene takes place in Times Square, a major intersection in Manhattan known for it's huge and colorful ad displays and has become a symbol of New York also known as the Crossroads of the World. Several ad displays are seen in the background here as well, all appearing to be for fictitious products or companies.


Cover B depicts the Terminator with all of her skin still intact even though her face should be mostly shorn of skin at this point in the story, as seen in "Time to Kill" Part 3.


On pages 1-2, Maureen remarks that the last police update on the Terminator had it killing a pedestrian around 48th street and heading north. She guesses it's heading to Central Park to hide. It is true that New York's Central Park lies about 11 blocks north of 48th Street.


On page 2, panel 1, a billboard for Wicked is seen, probably referring to the extremely popular 2003 Broadway musical about the Wicked Witch of the West from the Oz books of L. Frank Baum.


In the same panel above, the rear license plate of the car reads ASSMAN. This is a reference to a 1995 episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, set in New York, in which the character Kramer accidentally receives someone else's personalized license plates from the DMV.


On page 2, panel 3, the Terminator passes the famous steel globe in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Columbus Circle. In panel 3, we see the statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of Columbus Circle and the USS Maine National Monument in the foreground. Columbus Circle is a traffic circle in front of the southwest entrance of Central Park.


In the same panel above, a sign for a brand or company called Carr is seen on top of a building, but the letters are backward.


On page 8, at the north end of Central Park, a group of park-goers approach Huddlestone Arch, inside which they unfortunately run across the Terminator. Huddlestone Arch is one of the many archway tunnels in Central Park and is located in the North Woods section of the park.


On page 12, Vanessa arrives in 2008 New York inside a clothing store that appears to be called La Luna. This appears to be a fictitious business. La luna is Italian and Spanish for "the moon". The store must be inside a mall because a security guard confronts her who has a MALL SECURITY patch on the sleeve.


On page 13, Vanessa sees an NNC news update about the manhunt in Central Park on a series of TV screens in the windowfront of a Digital Age electronics store. NNC is a parody name for CNN, Cable News Network. Digital Age appears to be a fictitious business.


The NYPD helicopter stolen by Vanessa appears to be an AgustaWestland AW119 Koala, a model actually in use by the NYPD in the real world. The aircraft registration number seen on it is N318. Normally, an NYPD aircraft registration marking would also have PD on the end for "Police Department"; in fact, the NYPD actually has an AW119 Koala with the registration number N318PD with a slightly different paint job from the one seen here. (Photo of N318PD from Flickr page of elharley.
N318 N318PD


On page 19, the police helicopter N318 even appears to have a red police light on it.


On page 21, Jane refers to the Terminator as R2D2. This is, of course, a reference to the droid character of R2-D2 in the Star Wars films.


Unanswered Questions


Did Vanessa Vasko survive her assault on the Terminator in 2008? Judging from the explosion, it seems unlikely, but she does have the healing factor which brought her mother back to life from the dead earlier in this issue.


Did John and the other resistance fighters survive the Skynet assault on the citadel in 2029?


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