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RoboCop versus the Terminator (Part 2) "Robocop versus the Terminator" Part 2
Robocop versus the Terminator #2
Dark Horse Comics
Story: Frank Miller
Art: Walt Simonson
Letters: John Workman
Colors: Rachelle Menashe
Cover: Walt Simonson


RoboCop is forced to accept the truth of his involvement in the creation of Skynet.


Read the complete summary of the mini-series at Casual Comix Critique


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.


Didja Know?


Robocop versus the Terminator was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992. A 1994 video game of the same name for the Sega and Nintendo gaming systems was loosely based on this mini-series. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



Flo Langer

Skynet (mentioned only)

Dr. Marie Lazarus

Norman (cop, mentioned only, presumed killed by Terminators)



Didja Notice?


Page 6 has an ED-209 guarding the entrance of Laimbeer Memorial Hospital. This appears to be a fictitious hospital of Detroit, probably named tongue-in-cheek for former NBA All-Star player Bill Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons. PopApostle readers may also know that Laimbeer played a Sleestak on the 1974-1976 TV show Land of the Lost when he was a high school student!


In panel 1 of page 8, notice that the admissions desk of the hospital has a sign posted above it, "No Pay, No Play".


On page 9, Flo tells RoboCop that "when they plug you into Skynet in a couple of years--when your mind makes the Terminators possible--when your mind starts a war that wipes us out, maybe then you’ll get it!" Her using the phrase "a couple of years" hints that this story takes place in approximately 1995 since Skynet is said to come online in 1997 in Judgment Day.


On page 10, RoboCop's maintenance room and chair are much more decked out than those seen in the RoboCop films.
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On page 12, a satellite in space labeled as Skynet 519 is seen. It is unclear whether this is intended as a satellite currently in orbit or a projection of what could happen if RoboCop's human mind is merged with Skynet.


The hospital patient in panel 4 of page 24 appears to be in an iron lung.


On page 27, an ambulance is seen with the letters EMS on the roof. EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services.


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