Konrad and Tim Reese hop aboard the Amazon Express for a
fateful rendezvous with John Connor.
A small convoy called the Amazon Express, led by Amazon
Annie, arrives at the Orlando base to pick up a new batch of
IVF babies for delivery to a resistance camp in Arkansas.
The convoy will eventually hook up with John Connor's group,
whom Tim Reese desperately wants to meet to find out what
really happened to his brother Kyle, so he and Konrad join
the Express on the road, travelling only at night to avoid
the eyes in the sky of Skynet.
During a daylight scouting patrol in Georgia, Tim is
captured by the T-103 Terminator called Goliath (formerly
DIX-190), who seeks to destroy Konrad. To bring Konrad to
him, Goliath cuts the captive Tim's tongue from his mouth,
sending it back as a message to Konrad. Konrad has no choice
but to accept the invitation to a showdown, but the rest of
the convoy must continue with their mission to deliver the
babies and keep them safe.
Konrad meets Goliath at the human extermination camp and the
untrustworthy Goliath orders his Terminator guards to kill
Tim anyway. But before they can, John Connor and his forces
suddenly show up for the battle with the Amazon Express.
John uses a powerful plasma rifle to destroy Goliath and the
other Terminators are quickly taken down. Tim and Konrad are
safe as John explains that they met the Amazon Express on
the road and came to Goliath's rendezvous point as fast as
they could. Konrad introduces John to Tim and John reveals
he has been looking for Tim Reese for a long time.
The cover of this issue depicts John Connor for the first
time in any medium. He is introduced "in person" in this
issue. He is blonde and bearded, giving him the nickname "the
Golden Bear". This issue was published in 1989, a couple of
years before Terminator 2:
Judgment Day was released, depicting a dark-haired
On the cover, John Connor looks as if he has a mullet
hairstyle, though he does not have it within the story itself.
On page 1, panel 1, a clown statue at the Orlando
resistance's Dizzy World base appears to have the phrase "No
More Terminators" painted on it. Also, Amazon Annie's semi-truck has "Non Stop!" painted on the trailer door.
A sign for Rock-It Mountain is seen inside Dizzy World on
page 1, panel 2. This is probably a reference to the Space
Mountain indoor roller coaster ride at Disney World.
Tim is wearing an Iron Maiden tank top shirt in the first
half of this issue.
Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band active since
1975. In "Goin' Back to Miami",
Tim wore an Ace's Comet t-shirt, a reference to the
Frehley's Comet band of rocker Ace Frehley. Where is Tim
picking up all these heavy metal shirts from?
This issue introduces the Amazons resistance group, who
transport the batch babies from the nurseries at Dizzy World
to other resistance bases to be adopted and raised. It seems
that all members of the Amazons are female, hence the name (Amazons
were a race of women warriors in Greek mythology). Amazon
Annie (Ann Marie Welch) is the leader of the group.
One of the Amazons is named Johnny Go. In
"The Flesh is Weak",
a male resistance member with a similar name appeared,
On page 6, Amazon Annie's semi-truck is seen to have "Nator
Bait" on the driver's door and "Roll On" and "Amazons Do It
Better" painted on the cab. On page 11, a sign on the side
of the cab reads, "Cargo IVF Transport" (seems like a bad
idea since it might one day clue Skynet in on what's being
transported!). On the passenger side of the cab, the phrase
"Skynet is a P.C." is painted (see page 11); I suppose it's
intended as an insult to Skynet, suggesting that it's primitive. On page
10, the driver's side of the trailer is seen to have
"ROCKIN' 'N' ROLLIN'" painted on it. On page 17, the
driver's side wheel well has "LOADED ALL THE WAY!" painted
on it, right above a mounted gun. Another gun is
center-mounted on the hood.
On page 7, panel 6, a sign hanging in the machine shop in
the background reads "OKAY TO BORROW TOOLS BUT PUT THEM BACK
WHEN DONE". A hand-printed note at the bottom of the sign is
just barely legible, reading "DAMN IT,
On page 8, panel 4, a locker in the background is labeled
"C. SAVOY". It must be the personnal locker of Colin Savoy,
the chief engineer at the base.
In the background of panel 6 on page 8, a
small pin-up of what appears to be a fighter jet is seen in
the workshop. It is labeled across the top "The Leeke F-14".
The picture has what appear to be twin tailfins sticking up
from the plane, suggesting it is the Grumman F-14 Tomcat
fighter jet, deployed by the U.S. Navy from 1974-2006.
"Leeke" appears to be a fictitious company name or
In this same panel, Savoy has a toolbox next him
with "MY FRIGGIN TOOLS" written across the front.
In panel 1 of page 11, one of the ticket booths at Dizzy
World has "KINKO THE KLOWN" printed on it. This may be a
reference to the 1983 song "Kinko the Clown" by Odgen Edsl
(about a pedophile who dresses as a clown to lure children)
or the joking reference to a "Kinko
the Klown" in the 1986 Stephen King novel It (which
may be a reference itself to Edsl's song).
Annie tells Sister Claire that she is taking the current
batch of babies to homes at a guerilla camp near what used
Little Rock, Arkansas.
On page 12, an armored van that accompanies the Amazon semi
has "SIDE KICK" painted on the side.
On page 16, panel 5, the convoy passes the remains of Lupo's
Butcher Shop. This is probably intended as a fictitious
business in Florida, though there is a real world
Lupo's Butcher Shop in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Violent human scavengers are referred to as scavs. Skynet
tends to leave them alone because it knows they will cause
grief to resistance groups.
On page 19, the scavs use two old buses as part of a
roadblock. One is painted with "THE BUS STOPS HERE" and the
other with circle-A symbol for "anarchy". The phrase "the
bus stops here" is a play on "the buck stops here", a phrase
popularized by President Harry S. Truman through a desk sign
he kept in the Oval Office.
On page 21, Annie seems to refer to the semi-truck as the
The convoy travels at night and stops and hides during the
day to avoid Skynet's eyes in the sky. On page 21, they stop
for the day in Georgia at the ruins of a convenience store
and gas station called Pit Stop. There are several small
chains of stores by this name in various states, including
On page 23, Johnny Go and Tim stop in front of an old movie
theater that has a partial marquee listing for what looks
like one of the Ghostbusters films. It's probably a
reference to Ghostbusters II since that film came
out in 1989, the same year this issue was published. NOW
Comics was also publishing a
movie adaptation mini-series at the same time this issue was
Johnny and Tim spot a human termination camp inside the
sports fields of the Bluebirds, probably a fictitious high
school team name. They witness Goliath execute Colonel
Pinewood there. Pinewood had previously appeared as a
resistance cell leader in
"Big, Bad Wolf";
"From the Journals of Timothy Reese, Mexico, 2067"
will reveal that Pinewood and Marissa Powell came to the southern
states after fleeing the Terminator dog in that issue.
Goliath has a gun built into his right hand.
Goliath cuts out the tongue of Tim Reese while holding him
hostage in order to get Konrad to come to him.
On page 33, a list of central players and personnel on the
Bluebirds baseball team is seen posted in a dug house. The
names are people involved in the creation of this issue:
Tenney/Catcher (artist), Thomas/Catcher (inker),
Fortier/Coach (writer), and Caputo/Manager
On page 35, Tim is seen be wearing a Junior Bear emblem tank
top shirt, a reference to the Golden Bear nickname held by
John Connor apparently destroys Goliath at the end of this
Notes from the Terminal Data letters page
A letter writer calling himself Mr. Destructo suggests the
story idea of having the resistance capture a Terminator and
wipe out its old programming, reprogramming it to work
for them. This was a couple of years before the release of Terminator 2:
Another letter writer going by the initials A.D. suggests an
issue or two about Terminators fighting in Alaska against
Eskimos. A similar story is the basis of the 2009 novel
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