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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human (Part 4) "Kill Human" Part 4
Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human #4
Dynamite Entertainment

Written by Rob Williams
Illustrated by P.J. Holden
Colored by Inlight Studio
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Cover B by Tom Feister
2011

 

Robocop must make a fatal judgment.

 

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

 

Robocop/Alex Murphy

Dick Jones

Lauren Amendola (in flashback only, deceased)

Uncle Bob (protector Terminator from Judgment Day)

Sarah Connor

John Connor (dies in this issue)

Skynet (mentioned only) 

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 1, UAVs are flying over Robocop's naval convoy, providing protection. UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

 

Dick Jones tells Robocop that the acid they're using to dissolve the Terminator parts is "a specialized, hi-tech version of aqua regia acid." Aqua regia is a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, used to dissolve noble metals such as gold and platinum, but does not dissolve all metals. Of course, Jones says this is a specialized, hi-tech version.

 

In panels 3-5 on page 7, the stolen plane flown by the T-1000 appears to be flying in reverse as it closes in on the naval convoy!

 

On pages 8-9, the stolen plane is painted with the logo of Lightstorm Air. This is a fictitious air service, but the name is a nod to James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. 

 

On page 14, Robocop dons a battlesuit that is sort of a wearable version of ED-209 armor. ED armor

 

On page 17, the Uncle Bob protector Terminator has been "reactivated" by Jones to aid in the battle against the T-1000. But there's no explanation given about how Jones was able to reactivate it when Robocop had said in "Kill Human" Part 3 that it's CPU had been destroyed by the Skynet virus he used against it. Possibly, Jones could have installed a new CPU, but would the Terminator still be "Uncle Bob"? Would it still have "protect John Connor" as it's primary directive?

 

On page 20, the T-1000 kills John Connor.

 

Robocop allows John and Jones to die in the aqua regia chamber because it will take the T-1000 and T-800 with it, saying on page 21, "The room has to stay sealed, Dick. The acid will eventually disintegrate the Terminators and this ship will sink to the bottom of the ocean. And Skynet will never exist. The human race will be saved." But, the two Terminators were already once destroyed in the Judgment Day timeline and Skynet was built anyway! This may be an indication that Robocop had been pre-programmed by Skynet in the future to come back to this time and bring about John's death, which he does!

 

The story ends with Robocop trapped in the sinking ship and wondering himself if Skynet had let him go in the future ("Kill Human" Part 2) and allowed him to travel back in time because it somehow knew he would eventually kill John Connor.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Did Skynet program Robocop to bring about the death of John Connor? To me, that seems the most viable explanation for Robocop's callous behavior towards individual human life in this series.

 

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