RoboCop Versus The Terminator #4
Dark Horse (December, 1992)WRITER: Frank Miller ARTIST: Walter Simonson COLORIST: Steve Oliff LETTERER: John Workman EDITOR: Randy Stradley
In his RoboCopish body, Murphy saves the soldiers just before the one we met (who we learn is named Florence) is about to pop back in time. At Flo’s suggestion Murphy creates an army of RoboCops and defeats another advancing Terminator army and makes his way into the base where his old head is stored and destroys it, ending the threat of the Terminators, but Flo dies in the battle. Murphy then uses the time machine go back and destroy the Skynet satellite before he is linked to it and all the events of this comic never happened.
And it’s still more satisfying than Liefeld’s Galactica!
What they got right: I have to give Miller credit here. The human moments are heartwarming (by Miller’s standards anyway) and the action is good. We only get one scene of his usual treatment of women (compared to Flo and Marie, who haven’t been sluts) but that’s Skynet trying to coerce Murphy into not killing it.
What they got wrong: I’m not even going to begin to go over the time paradox issues of this miniseries. I need what’s left of my functional brain cells to remain so.
Recommendation: This miniseries will be re-released in July in trade form, although you can find older collections or individual issues. If you’re a fan of both franchises it’s worth picking up. This Sunday in The Clutter Reports we’ll look at the Diamond exclusive trade I own.