Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #1 is the start of a brand-new Terminator mini-series. Terminator 2 is one of my favorite movies, and Sarah Connor is one of the most kick-ass female characters ever. I haven’t kept up with the series past Terminator 2, but I still have a love for it. 2014 is the thirtieth anniversary of the original Terminator movie too! The comic is set one year after the events of Terminator. The main characters are Farrow Greene (an awesome, ass-kicking black woman) and scientist Dr. Elise Fong (an Asian woman).
The art is off though. The Terminator they send is supposed to be a T-800, but he doesn’t look like Arnold at all; if I didn’t know it was supposed to be him, I wouldn’t. The faces overall aren’t quite detailed enough, but the action scenes are really cool, and you can feel the movement in them. The story was also really confusing; I hope it works itself out more, but I felt dropped in the middle and never got to circle back to understand – at least not yet. That made it difficult to get into, because I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on. There’s also a lot of pages where there’s no dialogue at all, which is a matter of personal taste, but I prefer more dialogue in my comics.
Basically, I’m a little torn – I like that the story revolves around two women who aren’t sexualized, and minority women on top of that, but I’d feel better if the plot was a little clearer. Without the plot summary (below), I’d be even more lost than I am now. Still, I think I’m going to keep reading – I want to see where this is going, especially because of the second-to-last panel. There’s also a cool Terminator time capsule at the very end of the comic that helps clear a few things up.
“In 1984, Kyle Reese protected Sarah Connor from a cyborg that would stop at nothing to terminate her. In 1985, Skynet targets a scientist whose discoveries threaten its future, but this time there is no resistance fighter sent back to face it! With only enemies around her, what chance does Elise Fong stand against the perfect killing machine?”
Writer: Dan Jolley
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Ray Snyder
Cover Artist: Jamal Igle
Get it from Dark Horse Comics or your local comic book shop for $3.99.
[Disclaimer: A review copy was provided for me to review this comic.]