Review – Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #1 (Dark Horse)

24901Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Jamal Igle
Release Date: 19th February 2014

Dark Horse’s latest Terminator series posits the interesting idea of how would present-day humans fare against the machines with no Kyle Reece character to fill them in on exactly what’s happening. Think about it, without someone who has actually seen the post-Judgement Day horrors for themselves to explain, all you would see is an unstoppable monster, one that can take a bullet to the skull and barely flinch. Why would you assume they come from the future?

Set contemporaneously with the first movie, Enemy Of My Enemy sees Dr Elise Fong as the target of Skynet’s assassin, for reasons neither she nor the reader are aware of yet. Her protector turns out to be Farrow Greene, an ex-CIA operative who’s attempt to capture the on-the-run Fong is interrupted by the arrival of a Terminator. Hard as nails, Greene goes toe to toe with the big fella before throwing him out a fifth-floor window. Who needs Kyle Reese?

Jamal Igle’s art is strong without being flashy and suits the different demands of Dan Jolley’s script. For a title so tied to movies like Terminator, this is exactly what you’re looking for; good, solid art that isn’t too stylised.

This first issue draws up more questions than it answers, but it’s more intriguing than infuriating and makes for a good set-up. I’ll be there for issue 2.

Rating: 3/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Jules Boyle

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