Terminator 1984 #2 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 7.0
Art 6.5
Value 6.0
Total 6.5
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: 29/9/2010 (US)
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

6.5


Terminator 1984 #2

First off, you really need to read the blurb at the start of the comic to understand what the hell is going on. I know this because I didnít and halfway through I was left thinking Ďwait what?í before reaching the conclusion with the impression Ďhuh?í The blurb makes the story make a lot more sense and has stimulated my interest for future issues. 

Dark Horseís latest Terminator tale takes place both during and after the events of the first film. The jumping around in the timeline can be a little unsettling to read as you struggle to get your bearings but the book should be a good addition to the Terminator cannon. It looks like itís going to help fill in the years between Terminator and Terminator 2 which, done well, will give fans a great companion to the films but if done badly will ruin some of the mystique surrounding those years. So far Iím interested to know just how and why Ben, another human freedom fighter from the future, was sent back in time shortly after Kyle Reese and what affect he will have on Sarah Connor but I donít really buy him as much of a savior as all he really did was cruise around on a motorbike and not really do anything.  

The main thing I noticed with this book was it looked like a Terminator book. I think the main reason for that was it played out some scenes from the original movie so I instantly felt like I was in a Terminator film seeing things from a different angle. While it had the look it didnít have its own unique feel. Not much really happened that we arenít already aware of and there really wasnít a lot of action.  

The issue had some really nice dialogue when Ben first comes back to 1984. Listening to him comment on our society, with its abundance of everything from food to living breathing people was really interesting and nothing Iíd ever considered with Kyle Reese in the films. It provided a bit of perspective on our modern, consumer culture without sounding too political or preachy. It was more just general amazement.  

For me the art was okay but not great. I got the sense that it was Sarah Connor and it was a Terminator but they werenít picture perfect representations. Itís off-putting when the filmís are so popular and those images so ingrained in your memory. Iím also hoping that future issues will give the artist a chance to really wow the reader, especially with some things we havenít seen before. Also the daylight scenes seemed a little bit too bright to me and at times it felt like the night and day parts of the book had been pieced together from two different stories as there is such a stark contrast. 

Overall, this issue has enough to get me interested in the series. Maybe itís just playing on my love of the Terminator films and my curiosity at wanting to find out what happened between 1 and 2 but Iím prepared to stick with it, especially as future issues will allow Whedon to stamp his authority on the story and not just piggyback off the first film. Hopefully Whedon doesnít disappoint as I donít know how many more Terminator related disappointments I can handle.   






 
 



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