It’s hard to believe that it has been over twenty years since Dark Horse originally brought together Frank Miller and Walter Simonson to create the RoboCop/Terminator crossover that more or less set the stage for the RoboCop sequels. If we could travel back in time and keep those sequels closer to this source material, imagine how much better the world would have been. But I digress.
The compelling thing about this particular crossover is that Miller and Simonson managed to make it so…well…compelling. The two disparate universes are married flawlessly here, becoming truly dependent upon one another and making this crossover seem necessary and predestined in a way that many of the more contrived crossovers througout the years failed to do. Considering the creators involved, that’s hardly surprising. The two arguably revitalized the comic book trade and birthed the graphic novel – here they take the crossover to a level it has rarely seen before or since.
That is not to say that this comic is completely without some warts. Time travel, as this comic points out, is a tricky business. The two craft a compelling story and the route taken to bring the two stories together is brilliant in its simplicity, but Skynet’s machinations to avert its own demise become a bit forced, leading to silly repeats in the action, reusing whole lines of text and even scenes. In small doses, it works well to convey the flow of time, bringing together the past, present and future and tying them together. But it becomes a bit overused.
A crossover which does a great job of making itself relevant, as opposed to contrived. This tells an awesome story which finds its footing early and becomes compelling from the outset, but the story bogs down in the middle with overuse of the time travel aspect. This was originally a four issue crossover, which could have probably told its story better in three. Rebound here with concept art and a new cover, this is totally worth picking up for fans of the franchises, the creators or just great graphic stories.