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April 01 2010

(SPOILER) For the discussion of Terminator 2029 by Zack Whedon. Come discuss Zack Whedon's work in the Terminator universe as he tells the tell of Kyle Reese before he's sent back in time.

The year is 2029. It's the year that John Connor, leader of the Resistance, sends Kyle Reese to 1984 to save Sarah Connor from a T-800 with a grudge.But before all of that happened, Kyle Reese was just another man fighting to survive in a world overrun by a technology that had taken on a life of its own and annihilated civilization.Who was Kyle before he met John Connor and was thrust through time to face off with a T-800 and fall for a waitress with a destiny? And who were his comrades in arms? In this three-issue series we'll meet Kyle Reese and his closest allies as they take on T-600s, T-800s, and HKs, in a world where there is little in the way of food, water, or hope.

I felt this was a solid effort by Zack. The story is set before the events of the first movie, but still set in 2029. So it happens in the future before the events in 1984. Try wrapping your head around that! But make no mistake, this is the story of the Kyle from the first movie, not the Kyle from the fourth movie so heís a little more hardened, a bit more self reliant and more of a leader. The story is fast paced and very visually narrative but does not lack connection. Iím actually looking forward to this story as it is told. Iím glad that one of the Whedonís got to do something with the Terminator-verse. Though now it only makes me want to see a Terminator movie or show done by the Whedons even more!
Well-plotted first issue, felt very organic and Terminator-esque. Zack is a solid comics writer; he should write an original series IMO. :)
I enjoyed this a lot, excitement and humor right from the start, and the promise of some real attention to the time-lines. I'm very excited to see how Zack manages to tie in all the different movies and the TV show!
He can't tie them all in. Terminator 3 and the TV show don't fit together, and Salvation follows T3.
Ah, The Dark Shape, I think that Zack will bend time and space and all reality to make it all fit! I have faith.
I think there's a licensing issue that prevents Dark Horse from publishing anything that touches the later films and TV show.
Yep, they only have the license for the first film. That won't prevent Zack from respecting what comes later, of course. He might be able to make vague references to later events, not sure, but at the very least I'm sure he will respect continuity.

He's working with very few constraints though, with Kyle in the future, pre-time jump. Maybe there've been tales told of Kyle Reese in previous Terminator comics and novels, so maybe some hardcore, long time fans might not be happy if Whedon contradicts anything that was established/"established" before (dunno what's canon and what's not when it comes to the Terminator franchise). Though for comics at least, that's doubtful, since I'm pretty sure Dark Horse has had the license to Terminator (or one of the sequels?) in the past and I don't think they'd repeat themselves on backstory.

I was mightily impressed with the preview for this comic, but I'll wait for the trade. It's the Terminator franchise, it'll sell like hotcakes (or at least well enough), there will be a trade collection.
I quite enjoyed this comic. Zack really did a good job at getting the balance between everyday life (if admittedly in extreme circumstances) and fighting genocidal robots just right. It helped me buy into the characters. It also really had the feel of the future shown in the first movie, which none of the others have since captured.

Looking forward to issue 2.

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