Review – Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #2 (Of 12) (Dark Horse Comics)

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Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Artists: Pete Woods
Release Date: 31st December 2013

 As soon as I saw J. Michael Straczynski was the writer on this series I was immediately intrigued. I was a big fan of his work with Rising Stars and followed him onto his work with Amazing Spider-Man. He is a strong story teller and to have him continue the Terminator story that was left hanging after Salvation is exciting! Pete Woods was a new artist to me and I absolutely loved his work on this book. It brought JMS’ words to life very well. Now lets get down to the review business now that I’ve let my fanboy out.

I’m jumping on at issue #2 but read #1 and #2 back to back and I’m hooked in all honesty. At the beginning of issue #1 we are given a recap of the happenings in the Terminator universe. Informing of the events that happened in the last movie installment Terminator Salvation.  I have been a fan of the movies since they first came on the scene and yeah the story may be pretty much the same for every installment, and not missing in this new addition, they were/are good for a watch/read. It may seem a little redundant or regurgitated as far as story goes but it is a nice continuation from the movies.

The main story seems to revolve around Dr. Kogan, the creator behind Marcus Wright. Also, the search for an escaped serial killer by the name of Thomas Parnell. It’s been a while since I’ve watched any of the films but this name doesn’t ring any bells for me, but the Terminators describe as the primary donor. There is also a Time Door being built by Kogan that John Connor wants. So up to this point you have 3 Terminators after Thomas Parnell and also Simon one of the Resistance fighters after him as well, and John is gearing up the Resistance to attack Skynet and take the Time Door.

If you are fan of the movies up to this point and would like some resolution from where Salvation left off I suggest picking this series up and giving it a try. It may not be a fresh idea in the Terminator universe but it is a decent continuation of the story. The story is engaging and the artwork fits quite well with it. All in all interesting read and I for one am interested in what’s going to go down in issue #3.

Rating: 7/10.

Review by: Shane Hoffman (AKA “Hoff”)

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