The Terminator: 2029 #1

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

Story by
Zack Whedon
Art by
Andy MacDonald
Colors by
Dan Jackson
Letters by
Nate Piekos
Cover by
Massimo Carnevale
Publisher
Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price
$3.50 (USD)
Release Date
Mar 31st, 2010

Wed, March 31st, 2010 at 8:56PM (PDT)


Set before the first "Terminator" film and focusing on the character of Kyle Reese from said film, this story is about a colony of human resistance set against Skynet and their Terminators. This is the first big reveal -- to the humans -- of the Terminators cloaked as humans.

This issue reads like a collection of storyboards for lost scenes from the "Terminator" line of movies. It doesn't feel consequential, but there are a few fun scenes with big action, like when the Terminators all show up. For the most, it's largely talking heads with some fighting, setting up things to come.

Whedon does a good job breathing life into these characters, but most of what is to come is well known, kind of like with the prequels to "Star Wars." That puts the burden on Whedon to make the in-betweens interesting and engaging. Whedon does a decent job with this issue, especially by keeping the focus on a tight segment of four members of the colony.

I'll admit I was not the least bit familiar with Andy MacDonald's work except for the commission and con sketch work I've seen from him on various fan and art websites. He is amazingly well-matched to this tale, deftly establishing appearances for all of the cast members. His work isn't going to set anyone's world on fire, but it is consistent, detailed, and strong, without defaulting to using Arnold as the default template for the Terminator 101s marching upon the colony. The body language MacDonald uses for the characters is good, and MacDonald makes some smart choices to drop out backgrounds when he needs the character to play stronger in the scene. I'm certain MacDonald's work is only going to get better as he learns more about these characters he is drawing for the next two issues.

Of the various licenses Dark Horse has acquired over the years, "Terminator" seems like it has the strongest legs to walk on. The fact that this "prequel" delivers an interesting story is testament to the potential the Terminator universe has in the comic medium.