Tactical Sci Fi

Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team

Click here to edit subtitle

Logo         Timeline         Kit         Armory         Threats         Resources         Reviews


Chances are if you are reading this you have already seen all the Terminator movies.  Rather than give extensive reviews of each one (something which has already been covered more times than I can count)  I just listed which ones I like in preference order.  This gives you an idea of what I enjoy.  Then below I did short reviews (with no spoilers) of the comic books and then in a separate list the novels.  If your move list matches mine, chances are you will also enjoy the same comics and/or novels.

Included below is movies, comics and novels in three separate headings.


In order of preference my favorite Terminator movies are:
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
2. Terminator
3. Terminator 6: Dark Fate
4. Terminator 5: Genisys
5. Terminator 4: Salvation
6. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


Comics are listed in order of preference of which ones I enjoyed most.  At the bottom is a list if you were going to try to read them in chronological order (not in order of release but in order they occur in the Terminator universe). 

This list of comics does not cover every single Terminator comic, just the ones I have read, which also happen to be the ones that are most easily available.  Each one includes links where you can purchase copies.
Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle Vol 1 and Vol 2: If you are a fan of continuity and something that ties in all the events from the first four Terminator movies that also has an ending, then you need this comic.  Unlike the multiple timeline theories that is commonly accepted now (due to the release of Genisys and Dark Fate), this comic ensures continuity with the first four movies while also giving you a interesting ending to the war with the machines. 
Terminator 2029-1984:  My personal favorite Terminator comic, until I read Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle.  Published after the release of Terminator 2 Judgement Day, the first half of the book (4 issues) is in 2029 focusing on resistance fighter Ben and his relationship with his girlfriend and Kyle Reese.  The second half of the book (last four issues) jumps back to 1984 and covers events that occur between Terminator and T2.  The book fills gaps in the Terminator movie universe including why there is only a arm and chip left from the original T-800 Model 101 when at the end of the movie there is very clearly more left, even though parts of it are largely smashed. 
After reading 2029-1984, I highly recommend reading Terminator Omnibus Vol 1 (which includes Tempest, One Shot, Secondary Objectives and The Enemy Within) and then Omnibus Vol 2 (which includes Hunters and Killers, Endgame, Suicide Run, Death Valley and The Dark Years).  The two books collect a lot of the comics shown below.  For ease of understanding, the comics that are included in the Omnibus books also have the Omnibus image located below the text of each individual story line.
Terminator: Tempest: The first set of comics released after Terminator tells the story of 5x resistance fighters who travel back to 1984 within 9 months of Terminator (as evident by a still pregnant Sarah Connor) who are attempting to stop Skynet by killing its creator.  Written before Terminator 2 was released they aren't going after Miles Dyson but Dr. Betram Hollister (the creator in the original timeline).  The five fighters are pursued by three terminators (two male and one female) along with a Cyborg medic augmented to repair Terminators, who are attempting to stop them while also protecting Dr. Hollister. 
Terminator: Secondary Objectives: This story line continues where Tempest leaves off.  The resistance survivors of Tempest along with the surviving Terminator(s?) continue their battle to ensure Skynet's survival or extinction through battles fought in 1984.
Terminator: The Enemy Within: This story line continues where Secondary Objectives leaves off.  The surviving resistance fighters and Terminators continue to battle it out.  Additionally, a cyborg is fighting for his life as his human side tells him to help the humans and his machine side is telling him to kill everyone.  Not everything is as it seems as people's good intentions may not always lead to positive outcomes in the future.

Terminator: Endgame: The conclusion of the story line that starts with Tempest.  The biggest shocker is the ending, which includes Sarah Connor's child being born and the only instance in a Terminator comic book of someone disappearing due to adjustments in the timeline (like in Back to the Future movies).  This comic proves that the comic series results in a timeline split and is not part of the universe we are associated with in most of the Terminator movies.

Terminator: Burning Earth:  If you are looking for the comic with the best art, this is it.  The comic was drawn by Alex Ross (DC's Kingdom Come) and has a very gritty feel.  Written like a Vietnam style warfare comic, it covers the final days of the resistance and concludes with one side winning the war.
Terminator: Infinity: This five issue series picks up after Terminator 3 with John Connor and Kate Brewster in the bunker.  After feeling sorry for himself and questioning his destiny John ventures out into the world to begin his fight against the machines.  A T-800 named Bob finds him and helps defend him for future attacks on Skynet.  Meanwhile, the T-Infinity, a terminator model with a built in Time Displacement Equipment (TDE) begins hoping around the timeline to restore order and ensure Skynet is built and ultimately wins. 
Terminator Revolution: Terminator Revolution picks up where Terminator Infinity left off.  After reading this I actually like Infinity a lot better.  Both have the T-Infinity as a main character.  While I thought a Terminator with an internal TDE would not be a good addition to the series, I actually found the change in capabilities refreshing and interesting.  It also helps reason to some of the common complaints about Skynet (i.e. why don't they mass produce the more advanced models and why not send a lot more Terminators back in time.  The first is you could compare Skynet to a dictator that is worried about giving one of his subordinates too much power resulting in a coup or the enemy getting control of it.  The second is it is worried about accidentally erasing it's past, so it is trying to send the minimum threshold of change to ensure future survival).  Anyway, the story is interesting with young John Connor, older John Connor and Sarah Connor all fighting along side each other. 
Robocop v. Terminator: When initially picking up this crossover I was skeptical since it seems a little forced.  However, the timeline this book exists in and the consequences for actions in the past/future made it very enjoyable.  The only thing that stops me from putting it higher on the list is that it clearly exists in a different timeline where Robocop (aka Alex Murphy) is ultimately the cause of Skynet becoming sentient. 
Terminator: Hunters and Killers: The only reference to the Soviet version of Skynet called MIR.  With Terminator very USA, specifically West coast-centric, you sometimes forget what the rest of the world is up to post-judgement day.  This comic is one of the only ones that tells you what is going on elsewhere and specifically Russia.  It includes Russian style terminators, Skynet's relationship with MIR (which is not so cut and dry) and how the Russians are fighting back.  While the first issue didn't pull me in, the uniqueness of the story compared to every other Terminator story makes me look back on this as a great series.
Terminator: Death Valley: A five issue series which is also compiled in Terminator: Omnibus 2.  The events cover two Terminators, a male and female, going back in time to 1998 (before T2: Judgement Day) in search of Sarah and John Connor.  The two Terminators end up hunting the wrong Sarah and John providing some interesting scenarios.  Plus, one of the Terminators starts having deep thoughts on his purpose, function and "life".
Terminator: The Enemy of My Enemy: An female Ex-CIA operative Farrow Greene and Terminator both have their sights set on the same person Dr. Elise Fong.  Set in 1985 in New York City, the most interesting part of this series is that the T-800 actually uses a human to help him track down his target instead of just killing everyone.  Dr. Elise Fong's involvement in the future is also unique making this a memorable story line.
Terminator: The Dark Years:  Terminators continue their pursuit of Sarah and John Connor, this time instead of being on the West Coast though, they track him down in New York City.  The story line takes place on New Years Eve in 1999.
Aliens v. Predator v. The Terminator: After being surprised with how good Robocop v. Terminator was, I had high hopes for Aliens v. Predator v. Terminator.  As a big fan of both the Alien franchise and the Predator franchise this seemed like it would be an epic story.  While it was cool to see them all in the same universe interacting, ultimately the story wasn't that good.  Honestly it is really hard to weave a story that includes all three in a logical and thoughtful manner so I appreciate the effort, I just didn't think it came out as well compared to the other Terminator comics that are available. 
Terminator: Sector War: On the same night that the T-800 is sent after Sarah Connor in Los Angeles, another T-800 is dispatched to New York City to kill Lucy Castro.  The machines are being thorough in their hunting of humans ensuring that not only the top of the leadership is killed but also those who may be key personnel in future successful operations.  Lucy finds herself in a tough place between her job as a cop, fighting a T-800 and attempting to survive in 1980's NYC slums without backup or a radio.
Terminator Salvation: Movie Prequel: Interesting story in that it highlights some of the other activities going in in the world by the resistance including in the Middle East.  It was a good story but didn't pull me in like some of the other comics did.  John Connor is only lighlty featured in the pages, instead focusing on other fighters, which was a nice change of pace.
Terminator: Suicide Run: Suicide Run is a single issue story included in the Omnibus Volume 2.  It tells the story of a small group of humans on a single mission to fight back against Skynet.  While I enjoyed it, the single issue format didn't create long lasting bonds with characters like some of the other story lines that are available.
Terminator: One Shot: If the machines were going to target John Connor as a child and Sarah Connor before John was born, why not also target Sarah's parents/Sarah as a child.  The resistance had the same idea so they sent back a resistant fighter to protect Sarah's birth.  However, no Terminators were sent back so he lived a normal life as a cop.  Now in 1984, he has grown older but still believes in doing what's right.  Taking place on the same week as Terminator movie, a different T-800 is sent back to San Fransisco to target a different Sarah Connor because they are unsure which is the correct Sarah so it's better to be safe than sorry.  This story line tells the story of that Sarah and her resistance protector.

Coming Soon

Comics in Chronological Order

Below are the comics in chronological order (not in order of release but in order they occur in the Terminator universe).  When the comic spans two time periods (as they most do), I listed it in order of when the majority of the action occurs.  For example if the book starts in 2029 but two pages in they jump to 1984 and the majority of the book takes place then, it's listed as 1984.
Of note, the comics often occur in different timelines than the movies and sometimes in different timelines than the other comics.


The novels tend to be published shortly after the release of each movie (except for the two most recent ones Genisys and Dark Fate).  Therefore, they often focus on the events surrounding that specific movie timeline.  As with the comics, the novels are listed in the order I enoyed them, with a chronological list below that and I was careful to avoid spoilers.
Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire:The best novel of the Salvation series.  The book focuses on the immediate hours/days after the movie ends.  It adds some nice details and spends most of the time focused on Blair Williams and Barnes.  It includes info from deleted scenes in Terminator Salvation as well as details on the development/future plans of the T-Hybrid program.  Parts of it reminded me of the Walking Dead, with settlements of survivors trying to make it on their own.  It also has some realistic theories of what people would say in post-Judgement Day like "If we leave the machines alone, they will leave us alone" type mentality.
Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes: An interesting story that focuses on John Connor and Kyle Reese on the events leading up to the start of the movie Terminator Salvation.  I think I would have liked this better if I read the book before I saw the movie.  I found it hard to build suspense for a lot of the charecters because you know many of their fates in the movie.  It was interesting to see survivors in settlements though which was reminiscent of zombie movies/shows like the Walking Dead.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Movie Novelization):  If you have seen the movie, this doesn't really add that much.  The best parts are in the begining (first hour if you are on audiobook) of the book.  It adds some depth and details about the future when the TX adn T-850 are sent through time.  The big adjustment is that in this novel, the T-850 that is sent back doesn't kill John Connor in the future (like the film says).  The book also includes the scene with the Command Master Sergeant John Candy, whose facial features and body the T-800 is based on, which was deleted from the movie.

Coming Soon


Novels in Chronological Order

This is a Terminator and associated properties fan site.  Videos and pictures are property of the original content producer.