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J. Michael Straczynski to End 'Terminator' Machine War

Launching in December, a new comic written by the "Babylon 5" and "Changeling" scribe will bring the war between humanity and Skynet to a close.

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The big-screen reboot of the Terminator franchise -- which may or may not be directed by Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor -- is still some years away. But that doesn't mean that fans of unstoppable killing machines that travel through time will be starved of the sight of a John Connor/Skynet clash in the meantime, as this winter sees J. Michael Straczynski launching a new comic series about the end of the Machine War.

Announced at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, Straczynski and artist Pete Woods are responsible for Terminator Salvation: Final Battle, a new yearlong series spinning out of the most recent installment of the movie series from Dark Horse Comics this December.

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The first issue is advertised with the plot summary: "Hopping between the future and the past, this sweeping, 12-issue epic counts down the end of the Machine War -- but not the one fans expect! Everything’s at stake, and the fates of Skynet and John Connor will be told!"

Given that we know that there's a reboot of the entire franchise on the way, what is the possibility that Straczynski will have the chance to wrap up the first incarnation of the story, which has theoretically stretched from the first movie in the 1980s all the way through the more recent Salvation?

Terminator Salvation: Final Battle will be released on December 4.