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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human (Part 1) "Kill Human" Part 1
Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Rob Williams
Illustrated by P.J. Holden
Colored by Rainer Petter
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Cover C by Tom Feister
2011

 

After years of inactivation, Robocop finds himself on display in Skynet's personal museum during the war against humanity.

 

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

 

Notes from the Terminator chronology

 

This story takes place in an unidentified future year some time after the first RoboCop film, in an alternate universe from that seen in either the main RoboCop or Terminator franchises. It is also a different universe from the one seen in the previous cross-over of Terminator and RoboCop, RoboCop vs. the Terminator.

 

Didja Know?

 

Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2011. 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Taylor (dies in this issue)

Lauren Amendola (dies in this issue)

DeSean (dies in this issue)

Skynet

Robocop/Alex Murphy 

 

Didja Notice?

 

When Lauren breaks into Skynet's museum on page 6, a number of historic and pop culture robots and drones are seen on display:

 

  • An X-45 aircraft is seen suspended from the ceiling. This is the Boeing X-45 a demonstration model of an unmanned combat air vehicle built in 2002 for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense).

  • In a glass case on the right-hand side of the page is what may be the Big Dog dynamically stable quadruped robot prototype built by Boston Dynamics for DARPA in 2005.

  • What appears to be a boy and his teddy bear is also seen in a glass case. This is probably a reference to A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a 2002 film about a robot boy and robot teddy bear.

  • Others are present I haven't been able to identify. Possibly the copier-looking device partially visible behind Lauren's head is the W.O.P.R. (War Operations Plan Response) computer from the 1983 film War Games (although it looks a bit small), about a teenage boy who inadvertently causes an automated NORAD super-computer to begin preparations for a nuclear strike against the Soviet Union.

Skynet museum

 

Also in the museum, on page 7, panel 1, we see an ED-209 law enforcement unit (seen in the RoboCop film, as well as RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3). Robocop later activates it on page 17 to battle against the Terminators.

 

Robocop has inscribed lettering on his left leg that was not there in the films. Possibly, it was added as part of the museum exhibit. It reads: OCP POLICE DEPT.

 

On page 12, Robocop introduces himself to Lauren as Murphy. In his human life as a cop before he was nearly killed and rebuilt as Robocop, he was officer Alex Murphy.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Why did Robocop wake up in his display case at the museum when Lauren was attacked by the Terminator? Wasn't he deactivated for display? It may be that Skynet deliberately activated him in order to launch a new plan to use him against John Connor back in 1995 (also see the study of "Kill Human" Part 4).

 

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