Nerdlocker Comic Book Review: The Terminator: Enemy Of My Enemy #1

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The Terminator: Enemy Of My Enemy #1
Written By: Dan Jolley
Pencils By: Jamal Igle
Cover Artist: Jamal Igle
Inker: Ray Snyder
Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: February 19, 2014

I’m a huge Terminator fan. I jumped onboard with T2 way back in the day. I know this is odd because it throws off the dynamic/surprise of the good guy/bad guy scenario of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800. Regardless, I fell in love with the story and creativity. Although in the minority, I have also enjoyed the two follow ups, Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation. There have been many false starts to the franchise lately, but hopefully we’ll see a new film soon. In the meantime, Dark Horse has stepped up to the plate with some great comic books, specifically J. Michael Straczynski’s Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle. You can read my review here.
Their latest effort is The Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy written by Dan Jolley. At first I was not thrilled with this concept. It sounded like a rehash of the original 1984 storyline.

There’s a new T-800 in town… with no Kyle Reese to stop it!

We open with a shady situation that introduces us to bounty hunter/disgraced decommissioned CIA agent, Farrow Greene. We quickly learn that she’s crafty, innovative and does not lose. Cut to, the sky on fire with lighting, signaling the latest arrival of a T-800. This terminator is unlike any we’ve seen before. But clearly the objective is the same, terminate.
Where do these stories converge? T-800 and bounty hunter Greene find themselves going after the same target. The characters of this story make reading to this point intriguing, but the book takes a great turn as we realize without a future soldier protecting our target, we have no idea what’s going on. This is exactly the case with Farrow. She runs up against a man she can’t defeat, kill or stop. She has no clue what to do or where to go. Plus she loses her target. The only good news, so did T-800.
This first book sets up some great potential storylines and characters. Where I first thought this was just retreading on old material, now I am very curious to see where they go. I’m also curious if this book will take into account the continuity of the Salvation book. At the moment it doesn’t seem like it will matter, but I’m a big fan of that sort of thing.

I’m giving The Terminator: Enemy Of My Enemy #1, 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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