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Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel (Terminator Salvation)

by Dara Naraghi

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The artwork is the typical new computer style. The story is thin and the relationships between characters are too contrived. They tried to fit too much into this slim volume. It just doesn't have enough substance to be anything other than average comic book fare. That said, if you're a hardcore Terminator fan, you'll still want to read it. ( )
  wilsonknut | Nov 27, 2009 |
Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel (story arc titled, "Sand in the Gears") focuses on human resistance fighters, primarily in the locations of Detroit, Michigan, and Arlit, Niger. Leads into Terminator: Salvation movie (2009), but only in an indirect way. John Connor is heard broadcasting via radio to his fellow resistance fighers in this series (as he does in the movie), and is also seen in a few flashback scenes with one of the characters here, but otherwise is not present. Several of the models of Terminators introduced in the movie are also seen here.

Average enough (actually, "okay", at best), but hardly essential reading. Basically just fleshes out what others in the resistance are doing during this period. Art wise, perhaps not surprisingly, the artist (Robinson) does a better job of drawing the various Terminators and associated technology than he does the human characters.

Trade paperback edition also includes Terminator: Salvation Movie Adaptation Teaser #0, a one-shot apparently reprinting just the first part of the movie (which is what makes it a "teaser", I suppose). Didn't read this as I initially thought that it was a preview for a longer movie adaptation mini-series and I don't usually read such previews. Glancing through it, the art does look better than that of the prequel mini, though. ( )
  YoungTrek | Aug 15, 2009 |
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"Sand In The Gears," meanwhile, feels more non-essential. There were long stretches where I felt like Dara Naraghi wanted to write a story about Arab and French people learning to understand each other, and decided to use this opportunity to get it in front of a lot of Terminator fans. On the other hand, the stuff with Jackson's delusions that Skynet will leave his group of survivors alone were a nice compliment to Grimaldi's in the book. And the comic includes some great scenes of a T-600 trying to impersonate a human, with mixed success. There are some nice panels of T-600s squashing people's heads and running rampant through the post-apocalyptic landscape. But you won't have a great aching void in your life if you skip the prequel comic.
 
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The year is 2018. With John Connor as the voice of the resistance, the scattered remnants of humanity find themselves united against their common enemy - Skynet and its Terminators. Through a patchwork system of radio transmitters, hacked satellite phones, and encrypted computer networks, resistance leader Elena Maric in Detroit and Nigerian mining engineer Bem Aworuwa have formed an unlikely friendship and drawn up battle plans to take the fight to the Terminators!… (more)

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