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Terminator: Hunters and Killers (Part 3) "Hunters and Killers" Part 2
Terminator: Hunters and Killers #2 (Dark Horse)
Story: Toren Smith with Adam Warren and Chris Warner
Script: Toren Smith
Pencils: Bill Jaaska
Inks: Jeff Albrecht
Cover: John Taylor Dismukes
April 1992

 

The Spetznaz have a plan to fight back against the machines...with a Russian nuclear submarine.

 

Read the full mini-series summary at the Terminator Wiki

 

Notes from the Terminator chronology

 

This story takes place in Spring 2029.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Anatoly Golitsyn

Sgt. Larisa Bandera

Captain Sergey Pavlichenko

Unit Pavlichenko (TS-300 unit RSP-01)

MIR

Skynet

John Connor (mentioned only)

Zhdanov (mentioned only)

General Yegorov

General Norman Efron

Raisa (mentioned only)

Mikhail

Unit E3D6 (TS-300)

Unit Chikrizov (TS-300)

Unit C93B

Unit B7F5 

 

Didja Know?

 

Terminator: Hunters and Killers was a 3-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

On the cover of this issue, notice that: the larger mushroom cloud in the background has a skull-face image within the billowing smoke; the hammer and sickle + star symbol of the Soviet flag is on both the motorcycle's gas tank and on the hat of the rider; the rear wheel of the motorcycle is a tank-like tread instead of a rubber tire; a couple of Russian-style aerial Hunter-Killers are in the air in the background.

Terminator: Hunters and Killers #2

 

On page 4, Pavlichenko states that the hovercraft was destroyed in the Terminator attack, so they will have to cross the mountains (to the base at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk). What happened to the airplane they arrived in in "Hunters and Killers" Part 1? The group proceeds to walk to their destination, but no mention is made of the fact that the distance between the Pymta beachhead on the west coast of the peninsula to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk on the east coast is around 100 miles! Yet they seem to arrive the same day they left!

 

Page 5 remarks that the joint venture between Skynet and MIR should ensure success in the Final Solution for mankind. The original Final Solution was Nazi Germany's plan for the systematic extermination of Jews, what Hitler referred to as "the final solution to the Jewish question".

 

On page 5, Skynet mentions Yelizovo, northwest of the rebel base at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky previously mentioned in "Hunters and Killers" Part 1. Yelizovo is a real city on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

 

On page 7, Bandera mentions Khdanov telling her about Golitsyn. It's possible this is a misprint of Zhdanov, a character who appeared (as a TS-300) in "Hunters and Killers" Part 1.

 

The narrative on page 9 states that a direct strike of 20 or 30 large nuclear warheads on Cheyenne Mountain would be enough to obliterate Skynet's "brain".

 

Page 10 describes MIR's distrust of its creator, Skynet, just as Skynet had distrusted its human creators and began their destruction.

 

On page 11, one of Pavlichenko's men describes Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky as "garden spot of the Bering Sea." The Bering Sea is the body of water of the Pacific Ocean between the Alaskan Peninsula and Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.

 

On page 13, General Efron states, "MIR, unlike Skynet, is a software intelligence. It has no central "brain"--it exists simultaneously across the entire continent, in phone exchanges, compnets, etcetera." This is similar to the description of Skynet in the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and later timelines.

 

Also on page 13, General Efron states that an EMP through the simultaneous detonation of dozens of nuclear warheads in the upper atmosphere will short-circuit enough of MIR to fatally cripple it. It is true that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can be used to damage or destroy most types of unshielded electronic devices.

 

Efron states that Yegorov's forces have a Typhoon-class ballistic-missile submarine hiding near Iturup in the Kuril Islands. "Typhoon-class" is the NATO designation for the Russian Akula type of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. Iturup is the largest island of the Kuril Island chain in the Sea of Okhotsk.

 

On page 14, Yegorov proposes a toast to the end of MIR and the beginning of real peace. This is because mir is Russian for "peace".

 

On page 15, Golitsyn refers to the Spetznaz soldier as nekulturny. This is Russian for "uncultured" or "uncivilized".

 

On page 20, a human Resistance captive calls his Terminator interrogator a stukach. This is Russian for "informer".

 

On page 21, the Spetznaz helicopter flies south of Irup Island. Irup Island is an island neighboring Iturup Island in the Kuril Archipelago.

 

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