Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Science fiction
Publication date December 1999 - March 2000
Number of issues 4
Main character(s) Superman
Creative team
Writer(s) Alan Grant
Penciller(s) Steve Pugh
Inker(s) Mike Perkins
Letterer(s) Clem Robins
Colorist(s) Dave Stewart
Collected editions
Death to the Future ISBN 1-56971-476-2

Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future is a 2000 four-part comic book crossover written by Alan Grant, with pencils by Steve Pugh and inks by Mike Perkins.

It was published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics as an out-of-continuity battle between DC's super hero Superman and the Terminators from James Cameron's popular films.


In the present day of 1999, Sarah Connor and John Connor, who have been fleeing from time-traveling Terminators for years, 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 Steel, one of the few heroes to survive Skynet's takeover, and John Connor; the Resistance were attempting to retrieve the previously-dispatched Terminators and accidentally drew Superman into the future instead. Having recovered a version of his costume Steel kept as a memento, 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, each one upgraded to a level that allows them to challenge Supergirl and Superboy, including miniature 'rockets' on their backs that enable flight.

The robotic villain Cyborg makes an appearance, forming an alliance with a Terminatrix after leaving information in a Terminator skull that would allow Skynet access to knowledge about how to defeat Superman, and Lex Luthor makes an appearance, where he reveals that he had invested and supported Skynet back in 1999, and believes that he shall be in charge of Skynet if it is activated. The story concludes with Superman's return to the present after helping the Resistance detonate an EMP of sufficient power to shut down all machines on Earth - thus destroying Skynet for good, following it up by annihilating the last remaining Terminators in the present.

Collected editions

The series has been collected as a trade paperback:

  • Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future (96 pages, Titan Books, January 2001, ISBN 1-84023-237-4, Dark Horse Comics, November 2000, ISBN 1-56971-476-2)


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