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Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future

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Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future is a four-part comic book crossover story published in 2000. It was published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics as an out of continuity battle between DC's super hero Superman and the T-800 Terminators.


In the present day of 2000, Sarah and John Connor, who have been fleeing from time-traveling Terminators for decades, come upon the city of Metropolis.

Skynet has taken control of the world in the distant future of 2032 AD, and hope to kill the young John Connor by sending Terminators to the present.

While walking in a Metropolis shopping mall, Sarah and John are attacked by a T-800 Terminator that emerges from a time portal and immediately begins destroying everything in sight. Superman spots the destruction while patrolling the city, and manages to subdue the killer robot. Eventually, Superman discovers that John Connor is destined to lead a resistance against Skynet, hence the reason for the attempted assassinations by Terminator cyborgs.

Superman is taken through a time portal to the future world of 2032, where he meets an aged version of Steel, a fellow hero from his time and universe, and the future John Connor. Superman promises to aid the two men in bringing down Skynet. Meanwhile, back in 1999, Lois Lane, Sarah Connor, Supergirl, and Superboy fight off a continual wave of Terminators, perhaps XL series, each one upgraded to a level that allows them to challenge Supergirl and Superboy.



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  • The DC robotic villain Hank Henshaw, also known as "Cyborg", makes an appearance, forming an alliance with a Terminatrix. Lex Luthor also makes an appearance, where he reveals that he had invested in and supported Skynet back in 2000, and believes that he will be in charge of Skynet if it is activated.
  • This series is possibly the first official appearance of the T-X, roughly four years before it makes its appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It shares many similarities with the movie version: this T-X is an attractive blonde woman that is tougher than a T-800 and it too carries onboard weapons. Unlike T3 character, its skeleton resembles that of a T-800, and its skin is not made of mimetic polyalloy.

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