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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"Genesis & Revelations"
T2: Cybernetic Dawn #4 (Malibu)
Writer: Dan Abnett
Story by: Dan Abnett & Mark Paniccia
Art: Rod Whigham & Jack Snider
Cover by Rod Whigham and Chuck Maiden
February 1996

 

Sarah makes an offer to the feds.

 

Story Summary

 

Sarah offers herself up to NetWork Developments, promising everything she knows, if they will stop the research into the future technology. Karyn Stern shows Sarah that NetWork Developments has known of the Terminators since the mid-1970s and has recovered a number of damaged Terminator bodies since then. Sarah is shocked to learn this...and then Karyn transforms into a replica of Sarah herself, revealing her poly-alloy nature.

 

Meanwhile, Mossberg is fleeing L.A. with John and the Dyson kids, but they are pursued by Terminators themselves.

 

CONCLUDED IN T2: CYBERNETIC DAWN #0

 

Didja Notice?

 

On the cover of this issue, the specimen tube holding the T-800 endoskeleton is labeled "21". This number is explained within this issue's story.

 

On the cover of this issue, notice that the female T-1000 appears to be gripping something like a small scythe in her curled fingers...but that's misleading. Note that her index finger is missing, indicating the "scythe" is actually her transformed index finger itself.

 

On page 1, the partially obscured slogan on the coffee mug on the reception desk at NetWork Developments appears to read "Stud Muffin".

 

Also on page 1, the guest signatures on the receptionist clipboard are all names of highly-regarded cartoonists: Wally Wood (1927-1981), best known for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and his work on The Spirit; John Severin (1921-2012), best known for his work in EC Comics and Cracked; Alex Toth (1928-2006), best known for his work in comic books and Hanna-Barbera cartoons; Russ Heath, best known for his comic book work; Bernie Kriegstien (sic) (1919-1990), best known for his EC Comics work; Will Eisner (1917-2005), best known as the creator of The Spirit; the final signature is half obscured and can't be made out.

 

The name badge of the security guard at the reception desk of NetWork Developments on page 2 reveals his name is Nedermeyer.

 

On page 4, Sarah tries to reassure Agent Spasky that he has the upper hand by remarking, "You've got a nine to the back of my skull, Spasky." "Nine" is referring to a 9mm pistol, i.e. a gun that fires 9mm bullets.

 

Page 5 opens on Highway 78, skirting the Chocolate Mountains. This appears to be a reference to California State Route 78, running near the Chocolate Mountain Naval Reserve. Mossberg is driving the kids in a Volkswagen van (officially referred to as the Volkswagen Type 2, or sometimes T2, which may have been the inspiration for its appearance here).

 

On page 5, Mossberg buys some comic books for the kids, including one published by Hafass Comics. I think you can figure out what "Hafass" means; needless to say, this is a fictional publisher.

 

On page 6, a sign in Pop's store says drink Coda. This appears to be a fictional beverage, probably a play on the word "cola".

 

Also on page 6, John tells Blythe that Mossberg is a wad. This is presumably short for "dickwad", a term John uses in Judgment Day and earlier in this mini-series.

 

On page 8, the T-1000 (as Karyn Stern) states the date as Friday the 5th. No month is given. This is supposed to be only a couple days since the end of Judgment Day, which takes place in 1995 and the only Friday the 5th in 1995 is in May of that year. However, the novelization of Judgment Day claims the month is June.

 

The phone booth on page 11 has a lot of graffiti on it, some of it the same names as seen in the graffiti at the end of "Judgment Impaired": "Owsley" (for the comic's letterer, Patrick Owsley) and "Iggy" (possibly for rock musician Iggy Pop). Also seen here are: John Cale (possibly a reference to the founding member of the rock band Velvet Underground); New England (half-obscured, may be a reference to the U.S. rock band of that name); Shaheen (the comic's editor, Dan Shaheen); Oingo Boingo (a U.S. rock band); Levine (unknown); Coil (possibly a reference to the English experimental music group).

 

Page 11, panel 1 shows a bus destination sign reading Sepulveda. This refers to Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles, as confirmed by Sarah in panel 3.

 

On page 13, young Danny Dyson proposes an idea to John: that the basic source code of Skynet must be contained in the CPU chip they retrieved from the fallen T-800 (in "Judgment Impaired"), so they could theoretically write a virus from that which could later infect and destroy Skynet. It seems that John plans to implement this plan at the end of the following issue, "No Fate".

 

On page 15, the Terminator appears to be wielding an Uzi submachine gun.

 

On pages 19-20, it's revealed that the U.S. government has 27 partially intact Terminator bodies, the first found in the mid-1970s, all believed to be part of Skynet's experiments to perfect time displacement. The U.S. believes China to have another three and France, one. The presence of all these past Terminators may help explain why the development of Skynet is seemingly inevitable, as expounded in Rise of the Machines

 

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