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Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future (Part 1) "Death to the Future" Part 2
Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future #2
Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Alan Grant
Penciler: Steve Pugh
Inker: Mike Perkins
Colorist: David Stewart
Letterer: Clem Robins
Cover by Steve Pugh
January 2000


Superman finds himself in 2032, in the middle of the war against the machines.


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


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place around the time of the events in the Terminator: Death Valley mini-series (also written by Alan Grant), as revealed in "Death to the Future" Part 4, indicating that the "current day" scenes take place in 2000. This is a timeline that includes the events of The Terminator, but not those of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.


The future scenes of this mini-series take place in 2032.


Didja Know?


Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future was a 4-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics in cooperation with DC Comics. DC Comics owns the Superman character.


The back cover of each issue features a digitized version of Superman's "S" shield. On each subsequent cover, the shield becomes more digitally distorted.



Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue




Skynet (mentioned only)

John Connor

Lois Lane

Sarah Connor


Cyborg Superman


Sky 1 


Didja Notice?


2032: On pages 4-5, Steel and Superman are set upon by human cannibals in the ruins of Metropolis. Steel refers to them as skells (a slang term originally used to represent a homeless or derelict person, but has more recently taken on the meaning of a criminal perpetrator). Steel remarks to Superman that there is not a lot of food left and the Resistance won't take in the cannibals, as they are not trustworthy. This is the first instance of cannibals appearing in the ruins of a city in the Terminator universe.


    2000: On page 7, panel 2, the bistro table Lois, Sarah, and John are seated at is seen to be at least one table away from the windows. But panel 4 and later shows the table is right up against the windows!

    Page 17 reveals that the restaurant is called Megellan. 


2000: One of the Terminators left enabled at the end of "Death to the Future" Part 1 is now seen to wear a police officer's uniform. Where did he get a uniform large enough to fit him? It seem unlikely he would run across an officer that large from whom he could take the clothes. Did he break into a Metropolis PD supply room?


2000: The Terminatrix who appears in this issue and the next three superficially resembles the TX that appears in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines three years later, but does not have the polymimetic skin the TX has. She does, however, have weapons built into her arm as does the later TX (see "Death to the Future" Part 4).


2032: As the Resistance attacks one of the Skynet hubs, Steel asks Superman how it feels to be back in action and Supes responds, "Like I've been away far too long!" I suppose it might make sense that Steel would ask this considering Superman has been "missing" for the past 30+ years from his perspective. But for Superman, it's only been a day, if that, since he saw action back in "Death to the Future" Part 1.


2032: At the end of the issue, it appears that Skynet was prepared for Superman to take part in the war against the machines, as the Skynet bunker is lined with lead to prevent him using his x-ray vision on it and the Sky 1 robot has been built with a Kryptonite ray included. Presumably, this is due to the information provided by Cyborg Superman in 2000. Kryptonite, of course, is a type of metal or crystal made of elements from the exploded planet Krypton and when a Kryptonian is in its presence it has the effect of draining their superpowers and, if the exposure is prolonged, can kill them.


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