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Terminator: Night Convoy "Night Convoy"
Terminator #12 (NOW Comics)
Writer: Ron Fortier
Penciler: Thomas Tenney
Inker: Brian Thomas
Cover by Mitch O'Connell
September 1989

 

Konrad and Tim Reese hop aboard the Amazon Express for a fateful rendezvous with John Connor.

 

Story Summary

 

A small convoy called the Amazon Express, led by Amazon Annie, arrives at the Orlando base to pick up a new batch of IVF babies for delivery to a resistance camp in Arkansas. The convoy will eventually hook up with John Connor's group, whom Tim Reese desperately wants to meet to find out what really happened to his brother Kyle, so he and Konrad join the Express on the road, travelling only at night to avoid the eyes in the sky of Skynet.

 

During a daylight scouting patrol in Georgia, Tim is captured by the T-103 Terminator called Goliath (formerly DIX-190), who seeks to destroy Konrad. To bring Konrad to him, Goliath cuts the captive Tim's tongue from his mouth, sending it back as a message to Konrad. Konrad has no choice but to accept the invitation to a showdown, but the rest of the convoy must continue with their mission to deliver the babies and keep them safe.

 

Konrad meets Goliath at the human extermination camp and the untrustworthy Goliath orders his Terminator guards to kill Tim anyway. But before they can, John Connor and his forces suddenly show up for the battle with the Amazon Express. John uses a powerful plasma rifle to destroy Goliath and the other Terminators are quickly taken down. Tim and Konrad are safe as John explains that they met the Amazon Express on the road and came to Goliath's rendezvous point as fast as they could. Konrad introduces John to Tim and John reveals he has been looking for Tim Reese for a long time.

 

THE END

 

Didja Know?

 

The cover of this issue depicts John Connor for the first time in any medium. He is introduced "in person" in this issue. He is blonde and bearded, giving him the nickname "the Golden Bear". This issue was published in 1989, a couple of years before Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released, depicting a dark-haired John Connor.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Amazon Annie

Dr. Potterwax

Konrad

Sister Claire

Tim Reese

Peter

Colin Savoy

John Connor

Kyle Reese (mentioned only)

Cindi

Amazons (a female resistance cell)

Johnny Go

Dolores Parres

Sandy (mentioned only)

Sister Irene (mentioned only)

Tama

Amanda

Wanda

Goliath

Colonel Pinewood

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

On the cover, John Connor looks as if he has a mullet hairstyle, though he does not have it within the story itself.

 

On page 1, panel 1, a clown statue at the Orlando resistance's Dizzy World base appears to have the phrase "No More Terminators" painted on it. Also, Amazon Annie's semi-truck has "Non Stop!" painted on the trailer door.

 

A sign for Rock-It Mountain is seen inside Dizzy World on page 1, panel 2. This is probably a reference to the Space Mountain indoor roller coaster ride at Disney World.

 

Tim is wearing an Iron Maiden tank top shirt in the first half of this issue. Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band active since 1975. In "Goin' Back to Miami", Tim wore an Ace's Comet t-shirt, a reference to the Frehley's Comet band of rocker Ace Frehley. Where is Tim picking up all these heavy metal shirts from?

 

This issue introduces the Amazons resistance group, who transport the batch babies from the nurseries at Dizzy World to other resistance bases to be adopted and raised. It seems that all members of the Amazons are female, hence the name (Amazons were a race of women warriors in Greek mythology). Amazon Annie (Ann Marie Welch) is the leader of the group.

 

One of the Amazons is named Johnny Go. In "The Flesh is Weak", a male resistance member with a similar name appeared, Johnnie-O.

 

On page 6, Amazon Annie's semi-truck is seen to have "Nator Bait" on the driver's door and "Roll On" and "Amazons Do It Better" painted on the cab. On page 11, a sign on the side of the cab reads, "Cargo IVF Transport" (seems like a bad idea since it might one day clue Skynet in on what's being transported!). On the passenger side of the cab, the phrase "Skynet is a P.C." is painted (see page 11); I suppose it's intended as an insult to Skynet, suggesting that it's primitive. On page 10, the driver's side of the trailer is seen to have "ROCKIN' 'N' ROLLIN'" painted on it. On page 17, the driver's side wheel well has "LOADED ALL THE WAY!" painted on it, right above a mounted gun. Another gun is center-mounted on the hood.

 

On page 7, panel 6, a sign hanging in the machine shop in the background reads "OKAY TO BORROW TOOLS BUT PUT THEM BACK WHEN DONE". A hand-printed note at the bottom of the sign is just barely legible, reading "DAMN IT, SANDY!"

 

On page 8, panel 4, a locker in the background is labeled "C. SAVOY". It must be the personnal locker of Colin Savoy, the chief engineer at the base.

 

    In the background of panel 6 on page 8, a small pin-up of what appears to be a fighter jet is seen in the workshop. It is labeled across the top "The Leeke F-14". The picture has what appear to be twin tailfins sticking up from the plane, suggesting it is the Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, deployed by the U.S. Navy from 1974-2006. "Leeke" appears to be a fictitious company name or designation.

   In this same panel, Savoy has a toolbox next him with "MY FRIGGIN TOOLS" written across the front.

 

In panel 1 of page 11, one of the ticket booths at Dizzy World has "KINKO THE KLOWN" printed on it. This may be a reference to the 1983 song "Kinko the Clown" by Odgen Edsl (about a pedophile who dresses as a clown to lure children) or the joking reference to a "Kinko the Klown" in the 1986 Stephen King novel It (which may be a reference itself to Edsl's song).

 

Annie tells Sister Claire that she is taking the current batch of babies to homes at a guerilla camp near what used to be Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

On page 12, an armored van that accompanies the Amazon semi has "SIDE KICK" painted on the side.

 

On page 16, panel 5, the convoy passes the remains of Lupo's Butcher Shop. This is probably intended as a fictitious business in Florida, though there is a real world Lupo's Butcher Shop in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Violent human scavengers are referred to as scavs. Skynet tends to leave them alone because it knows they will cause grief to resistance groups.

 

On page 19, the scavs use two old buses as part of a roadblock. One is painted with "THE BUS STOPS HERE" and the other with circle-A symbol for "anarchy". The phrase "the bus stops here" is a play on "the buck stops here", a phrase popularized by President Harry S. Truman through a desk sign he kept in the Oval Office.

 

On page 21, Annie seems to refer to the semi-truck as the Amazon Express.

 

The convoy travels at night and stops and hides during the day to avoid Skynet's eyes in the sky. On page 21, they stop for the day in Georgia at the ruins of a convenience store and gas station called Pit Stop. There are several small chains of stores by this name in various states, including Georgia.

 

On page 23, Johnny Go and Tim stop in front of an old movie theater that has a partial marquee listing for what looks like one of the Ghostbusters films. It's probably a reference to Ghostbusters II since that film came out in 1989, the same year this issue was published. NOW Comics was also publishing a Ghostbusters II movie adaptation mini-series at the same time this issue was released.

 

Johnny and Tim spot a human termination camp inside the sports fields of the Bluebirds, probably a fictitious high school team name. They witness Goliath execute Colonel Pinewood there. Pinewood had previously appeared as a resistance cell leader in Duluth, Minnesota in "Big, Bad Wolf"; "From the Journals of Timothy Reese, Mexico, 2067" will reveal that Pinewood and Marissa Powell came to the southern states after fleeing the Terminator dog in that issue.

 

Goliath has a gun built into his right hand.

 

Goliath cuts out the tongue of Tim Reese while holding him hostage in order to get Konrad to come to him.

 

On page 33, a list of central players and personnel on the Bluebirds baseball team is seen posted in a dug house. The names are people involved in the creation of this issue: Tenney/Catcher (artist), Thomas/Catcher (inker), Fortier/Coach (writer), and Caputo/Manager (Editor-in-Chief).

 

On page 35, Tim is seen be wearing a Junior Bear emblem tank top shirt, a reference to the Golden Bear nickname held by John Connor.

 

John Connor apparently destroys Goliath at the end of this issue.

 

Notes from the Terminal Data letters page

 

A letter writer calling himself Mr. Destructo suggests the story idea of having the resistance capture a Terminator and wipe out its old programming, reprogramming it to work for them. This was a couple of years before the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day!

 

Another letter writer going by the initials A.D. suggests an issue or two about Terminators fighting in Alaska against Eskimos. A similar story is the basis of the 2009 novel Cold War.

 

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