The combined forces of Sarah's Slammers and the Horse
Soldiers launch an attack on the Kennedy Space Center to
stop Skynet's war shuttle.
Sarah's Slammers and the Horse Soldiers formulate a plan to
destroy Skynet's war shuttle, the Viking. Their
first attempt is foiled by Skynet's forces. The next night,
they stage a diversionary attack on the shuttle on the
launchpad, then use their captured aerial HK to destroy the
shuttle as it launches. But the humans' HK is shot down in
the process, crashing into the nearby ocean.
This issue (and the previous) does not have
a title in it; I have borrowed the title that was applied
to these two issues on the
On page 1, panel 1, a billboard for NOW Comics, with the
slogan "BETTER NOW THAN NEVER", is seen among the ruins of
Cocoa Beach. NOW Comics is the publisher of this issue. As
far as I've been able to find, the slogan
"BETTER NOW THAN NEVER" was never used by the company.
Also in panel 1 of page 1 is a sign among the rubble reading
"22 Acacia Ave." There is no Acacia Avenue in Cocoa Beach,
but "22 Acacia Avenue" is the name of a 1982 song by heavy
metal band Iron Maiden.
On page 1, panel 2, the store next to the parking structure
where the Horse Soldiers have their base appears to be a
Toys R Us.
On page 2, panel 1, the shoulder strap and rifle carried by
Commander Leahy is missing, though he wears throughout the
rest of the scene, before and after.
On page 4, Major Adams relates that four years ago, John
Connor and his elite commando unit successfully took down
the LBJ Space Command Center in
knocking out half of Skynet's defensive grid satellites.
This refers to the
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA's primary
establishment for spaceflight training, research, and
flight control, named for former U.S. president, Lyndon B.
Johnson (1908-1973). NASA, of course,
is the United States' official space agency, the
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
On page 5, Major Adams says that Skynet has named its war
shuttle the Viking. On page 23, we even see that a
profile face of a Viking has been painted on the side of the
cockpit! Why would Skynet bother?
In panel 4 of page 5, a couple of unusual-looking
Terminators are seen guarding and working on the Viking
On page 11, panel 5, it looks as if Major Adams may have a
patch of the flag of the Confederate States of America on
the left shoulder of his shirt.
On page 12, Major Adams suggests a plan to use C-4 plastic
explosives to destroy the Viking on the launch pad.
C-4 is a real world plastic explosive
used by many militaries around the world.
On various pages throughout this issue, Resistance members
are seen wearing baseball caps of assorted Major League
Baseball teams. On page 13, Slager wears one with the "NY"
logo of the
New York Mets; on page 14, Daniels is wearing a
Boston Red Sox cap and Leahy a
Astros one (Leahy is also seen wearing it previously on
page 13, but the H is missing from the star logo there); on
page 16, Jameson is wearing a cap of the
Oakland A's (in one of the panels, the "apostrophe-s" is
missing!); an unnamed soldier is wearing a
Cincinnati Reds cap; Essie wears a
Rangers cap. With all these baseball caps appearing
(Tucker wears an
LA Dodgers cap as well in this issue and
last), artist Thomas Tenney must be a baseball fan!
A rather bizarre Hunter-Killer on treads appears on page 14.
It looks like a cross between a tank and a Dalek! Or maybe
an evil R2-D2?
By page 18, Essie has apparently lost her cap in the battle!
After Dorian kisses Gow on page 22, Essie refers to him as
"Romeo". This is, of course, a reference to the character of
Romeo in Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
On page 22, the combined Sarah's Slammers/Horse Soldiers
unit launches a new assault on the Viking on its launchpad at
the Kennedy Space Center. The
John F. Kennedy Space Center is NASA's Launch Operations
Center, north-northwest of Cape Canaveral, named for former
U.S. president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
On page 24, Major Adams refers his people as "owlhoots" as
he urges them on in the attack. "Owlhoot" is a term that was
used in the American old west for a cowboy outlaw.
On page 25, K.C. uses the weapons of the Slammers' captured
HK to destroy the Viking as it launches. But, it
was established in
"Cocoa Beach" Part 1 that
Gow did not have time to get the weapons working when he
rewired the HK to be flown by humans. I guess he found the
time while the Slammers were ensconced in the Horse Soldiers
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