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Aliens versus Predator versus the Terminator (Part 1) "Aliens versus Predator versus the Terminator" Part 1
Aliens versus Predator versus the Terminator #1
Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Mark Schultz
Penciler: Mel Rubi
Inker: Christopher Ivy
Colorist: David Stewart
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover by Dwayne Turner
April 2000

 

The Earth military is experimenting with alien DNA, unknowingly aided by a cyborg Terminator seeking to rebuild Skynet hundreds of years after its destruction by John Connor in 2035.

 

Read the complete summary of the mini-series at the Terminator Wiki

 

Notes from the Terminator chronology

 

This story takes place not long after the events of the 1997 film Alien: Resurrection (approximately the year 2381).

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Voorman

Ripley 8

Annalee Call

Blades (not named until next issue)

Dr. Trollenberg (Terminator, destroyed in this issue)

Fennick

General Helm (dies in this issue)

Echo (dies in this issue)

Saud (dies in this issue)
Fender (not named until next issue, but apparently dies in this issue)

alien-android hybrid  

 

Didja Notice?

 

The first few pages of this issue (re)introduce us to Ripley 8 and Annalee Call. Ripley 8 is the clone version of Ripley seen in the 1997 film Alien: Resurrection. Annalee Call, a synthetic person, was also first seen there.

 

On page 5, Ripley tells Call that she almost didn't sign for the fateful run on the Nostromo. This refers to the 1979 film Alien, where she first encountered the alien xenomorph aboard the commercial towing spaceship USCSS Nostromo. As for almost not signing on to the last run of the Nostromo, this bit is revealed in "crew dossier" bonus materials on the Alien video collector's sets (she wanted to stay with her young daughter, Amanda).

 

Call tells Ripley that the military's extra-biological projects boys are at it again on a military science station called Typhoon. She is referring to the original military study and experimentation with the alien xenomorphs that occurred in Alien: Resurrection aboard the Auriga. Ripley and Call managed to destroy all the alien specimens at the time. This is the first mention of military science station Typhoon, though there was later a dropship by that name in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator.

 

Call refers to the harvested alien DNA being used in the military project as that of Linguafoeda acheronsis. This is the Latin species name given to the alien xenomorphs by writer Mark Schultz in his 1997 mini-series Aliens: Havoc. It is also used in his Aliens: Apocalypse mini-series. The Latin translation of the species name is "foul tongue from Acheron". Acheron is the name that was finally given the world referred to as LV-426 in the original Alien film.

 

Page 11 introduces us to our first Predator in the series.

 

On page 12, panel 2, the name seen on the side of Call's small freighter as it lands on Typhoon station is Carthage.

 

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