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Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future (Part 4) "Death to the Future" Part 4
Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future #4
Dark Horse Comics

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

 

Superman's final showdown with the Terminators and the Cyborg Superman.

 

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 here 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

 

XL/5

Lex Luthor

Superman

Supergirl

Superboy

John Connor

Lois Lane

Sarah Connor

Skynet (mentioned only)

Steel (mentioned only)

Cyborg Superman

Terminatrix 

 

Didja Notice?

 

2000: On the last page of the issue, Lex Luthor reads from the Van Dirk diary. Van Dirk was a character who appeared in the Terminator: Death Valley mini-series, indicating Death to the Future takes place after that earlier story. Since our current series is set in the "current year" 2000, it also takes place after The Dark Years, which follows Death Valley and sees the celebration of New Year's Eve 1999/2000.

 

Lex Luthor's monologue indicates he now has the knowledge to rebuild Skynet, with himself in control.

 

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