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Transformers vs. the Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy (Part 4) "Enemy of My Enemy" Part 4
Transformers vs. the Terminator #4

Story by David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, and John Barber
Written by David Mariotte and John Barber
Art by Alex Milne
Colors by David Garcia Cruz
Letters and design by Jake M. Wood
Cover A by Gavin Fullerton
September 2020


The future of Skynet and humanity hangs in the balance during the final battle between Autobots and Decepticons.


Read the summary of this issue at the Transformers Wiki


Didja Know?


Transformers vs. the Terminator was a 4-issue mini-series published by IDW in cooperation with Dark Horse Comics (holder of the Terminator comic book license at the time).


Although the comic-book series itself is titled Transformers vs. the Terminator, the story contained in these four issues is titled "Enemy of My Enemy" (not be confused with the earlier Terminator comic book mini-series Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy from 2014).


The image seen on the inside front cover of each issue depicts what may be a Terminator's eye view of the planets Cybertron and Earth.


This issue has several references to the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie, including the showdown between Optimus Prime and Megatron and the Cybertronian chant of "Till all are one."


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue



1100100000 (dies in this issue)

Skynet (mentioned only)

Ravage (dies in this issue)

Sarah Connor




Kickback (dies in this issue)



Soundwave (dies in this issue)

Megatron (dies in this issue)

Optimus Prime

Starscream (dies in this issue)

Skywarp (dies in this issue)

Thundercracker (dies in this issue)





Didja Notice?


Panel 3 of page 2 is a flashback in the Terminator's memory of Starscream's words from "TvT: Enemy of My Enemy" Part 1.


On page 3, the calendar hanging on the wall behind Sarah in the Cyberdyne security booth shows an image from the 1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan of the U.S.S. Enterprise firing on the U.S.S. Reliant.


Bumblebee uses the nickname "Lotty" for Velocity, which was used for her in the original Transformers animated series.


On page 16, two garages at the Cyberdyne facility are labeled T2 and T3, nods to the two films Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.


At the end of the story, Sarah has begun working for Skywatch, which, it seems, just happens to be headquartered next to Big Jeff's restaurant in L.A. where she previously worked as a waitress!


On page 19, Sarah receives a report from Tulsa. This presumably refers to Tulsa, Oklahoma.


On the last page of this issue, Skynet comes online and is already building T-800s and even a couple of Terminator Transformers (T-8000s, as identified in the concept art extras by Alex Milne at the end of Transformers vs. the Terminator #1).


The Skynet base under Skywatch headquarters at the end of the issue is referred to as Alpha Base. In the previous timeline, in 2029 ("TvT: Enemy of My Enemy" Part 1), the same base was called Omega Base. "Alpha and Omega" is a phrase meaning "beginning and end" (from the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet). The TvT story begins at the end of Skynet in a sense, in 2029 in "TvT: Enemy of My Enemy" Part 1, and ends at the beginning of Skynet at the conclusion of this issue.


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