While Terminator first began its legendary infiltration into comics during the late 1980’s when it was published by NOW Comics, many fans fondly remember when Dark Horse Comics took over in 1990 with their “Tempest” four issue limited run, followed by the single issue “One Shot” released in 1991. Both stories have since been presented in hardcover collections, which are no longer in print and fans had to resort to purchasing used copies on the secondary market… until today!
Back in 2003, a month before the anticipated theatrical release of the film “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, comics publisher Beckett Comics released a limited comic series titled Terminator 3: Before The Rise. A story that spanned over two issues, this comic series was written by Ivan Brandon and featured art by Goran Parlov, which was announced as the official prequel story that took place before the events of T3. While how much these comics truly served as a prequel can be debated, this two issue run did indeed give fans a truly exceptional Terminator story! (For those who haven’t read it, we’ll try to keep the spoilers to a mininum.)