The Players – Sarah Conner, T-800, Starscream
The Story – Skynet is under attack and the only recourse for its survival is to head into the past and eliminate the threat before it becomes one.
The Take – At first, this might seem fairly ridiculous on the surface, but once read, readers have to wonder why this crossover never happened sooner as the execution was smart, making complete sense while being extremely exciting. It begins in the future with the bodies of Autobots and more than likely Decepticons lying everywhere and Skynet on the run. Humans are almost an afterthought at this point in time and there comes a moment of desperation as Skynet sends one of their own back in time to 1984 in order to stop the Transformers before their foothold on the planet Earth ever began. Written by David Mariotte, Tom Waltz and John Barber, they do a great job at melding the two different properties together with the wildcard in all of this being Sarah Conner. The artwork by Alex Milne is exactly what the book called for, the Terminators looking as fearsome as ever, yet dying futilely at the hands of Starscream and the Decepticons. There are a lot of unanswered questions once this book ends, like how did Skynet even evolve in the first place with the Transformers on Earth unless mankind developed it as a weapon against them. Where and when did humanity fall, for with both Skynet and the Transformers against them it was all but inevitable but seeing it would definitely add some texture to the series. One also has to wonder just how Sarah Conner is going to play into all of this because if she is a secondary objective for Skynet, there has to be some sort of resistance that rises at some point in time and she has to somehow play a part in all of it. As for where this is going to lead, even in 1984, it leaves readers wondering just how it is that one lone T-800 is going to be able to defeat both Autobots and Decepticons, whether Conner is with it or not. All of it makes for a very captivating read and definitely makes those who pick up this book look forward to picking up the rest.
Worth it? – Yes.