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Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future (Part 3) "Death to the Future" Part 3
Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future #3
Dark Horse Comics

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

 

Cyborg Superman and the Terminatrix set their sites on John Connor.

 

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.
S-shield

 

 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Superman

Steel

Sky-1

Skynet

Supergirl

Superboy

Cyborg Superman

Terminatrix

Lois Lane

Sarah Connor

John Connor

Lex Luthor 

 

Didja Notice?

 

2032: On page 1, Sky-1 tells the captured Superman and Steel the neural probes they are now undergoing will drain every last byte of data from their minds, serving the purpose of hastening the Omega Point, when machine rule will hold sway over the Earth and all human life is cleansed. This is apparently Skynet's version of Omega Point. In the real world, the Omega Point has been used by some to describe a spiritual final point of divine unification of the universe. The term has also been used for the technological singularity, where the invention of true artificial intelligence will trigger vast technological growth that will transform human civilization, possibly ending it.

 

2032: On page 2, Sky-1 goes on to say that after the domination of Earth, machine intelligence will spread out into the galaxy, and even the entire universe. A similar hypothetical launching of Terminator spaceships from Earth to explore and conquer the cosmos is seen in "Robocop versus the Terminator" Part 3.

 

2032: On page 2, Steel seems to think that the Kryptonite ray with which Sky-1 hit Superman at the end of "Death to the Future" Part 2 was generated with synthetic kryptonite.

 

2000: The Terminators that begin appearing on page 3 to battle Supergirl, have some kind of anti-gravity apparatus emerging from their backs, welded onto their endoskeletons through the human tissue layer. But how were they able to make the time displacement jump with unsheathed metal on them?!

 

2000: Page 6, panel 3 shows a billboard for an art exhibit of Utagawa Toyokuni at the Conalbert Museum. Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825) was a Japanese woodblock artist. The Conalbert Museum is fictitious as far as I can tell.

 

2032: On page 7, Steel uses voice activation on his kinetic hammer and muses on the anti-grav motor with which he had it fitted. In the mainstream DC Universe, Steel's hammer does have both voice activation and anti-grav capability.

 

2032: Using his hammer to break himself free, Steel then frees Superman, saying, "...let's get you away from that K!" Here, "K" stands for Kryptonite.

 

2000: On page 11, John Connor is using a pay phone at the Choke St. subway station, next to a fenced lot under construction by TransCo Construction. TransCo appears to be a fictitious construction company.

 

2032: As the Resistance around the world battles and defeats the machine menace once and for all on page 19, we see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and Big Ben in London, England in panel 1.

 

2032: In panel 4 of page 19, one of the humans who has emerged from their hiding hole after the Resistance victory against the machines is carrying a flag on a pole that appears to have the image of a football on it!

 

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