"Blood on the Wind"
V #15 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
In Chicago, Tyler and Chris discover a Visitor
camp holding the men and women abducted from Mayville.
As the issue opens, Lydia is executed by the Leader's command in
the Obliteron chair, her molecules dispelled through space.
Meanwhile, Tyler and Chris, in their new home of Chicago,
stumble across a facility where the Visitors are
holding the adult population of Mayville. They learn that
potentially "soft" Visitor soldiers are being brainwashed to
believe to that it was the humans of Earth who first traveled to Sirius
and attacked with a devastating weapon known as red dust.
the two resistance fighters are captured and imprisoned with the former Mayville
residents, where they learn the captives are used as targets for
the brainwashed Visitor soldiers to prove they are loyal and not
sympathetic to the human cause.
In Mayville itself, Donovan and Julie find a little time to
themselves to renew their romance. And Bozz launches a sneak
attack on Bron and discovers the youth is a Visitor.
Back in Chicago, Tyler and Chris turn the tables on their
Visitor wardens, free the human captives and, with the help of
some fifth columnists, destroy the brainwashing facility.
And, back in Mayville again, Bozz reveals his discovery about
Bron to the kids, leading to Donovan, Julie, and the prince being placed on
trial for their deception.
TO BE CONTINUED IN V #16
The title "Blood on the Wind" is probably a reference to Lydia's
disintegrated essence floating through the atmosphere of Earth
as described in several of the scenes in this story.
The writer consistently misspells the Visitors' homeworld of
Sirius as Syria (and also using "Syrian" as a descriptive).
As she prepares for death on page 1, Lydia is chanting in
though the characters shown are not from the official Visitor
As Lydia is about to be executed on page 1, Diana comments to
Philip, "...the talk is you and Lydia were becoming quite the--"
before she is cut off by her superior officer. Is Diana just
angered over the pact he and Lydia had made against her in
Secret Underground" to save Nigel? Or has Lydia begun to turn
over a new leaf and become someone with whom the fifth columnist
Philip could have a relationship?
On page 2, Lydia tells Philip not to "prolong the inevitable
another drud". "Drud" must be a Visitor unit of time
measurement, probably similar to "second" or "minute". On page
5, we get another unit of time measurement, "jarns", probably
"minutes" or "hours" from the context.
Lydia has chosen to die by the Obliteron chair, in which, as
Philip explains it, her "...protoplasmic essence is being
distilled and dispersed into the cosmos--protoid to protoid--plasmod
to plasmod." The words "protoid" and "plasmod" appear to have
been invented by the writer.
On pages 4-5, Ham and Chris
witness the Visitors subjecting
some of their own troopers to
designed to make them believe
that it was humans from Earth
who first traveled to Syria (no,
not the country!) and attacked
with a devastating weapon known
as red dust! Presumably the
planet should actually be called
Sirius, like its mother star. On
the viewscreen, we see images of
strange buildings that look
almost like they are made of
mud. The Earth fighter ships
depicted say NASA on them and
the images are reminiscent of
scenes from Planet of the
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On page 6, Tyler suggests he and Chris may have dropped into the
Twilight Zone. This is a reference to the classic Twilight
Zone TV series of 1959-1964, an anthology of fantasy,
horror, science-fiction, and suspense.
After checking in with the resistance headquarters on Catalina
Island, the third-person narrative of the story tells us on page
8 that we are shifting nearly 600 miles south-southwest to
Mayville, CA where Donovan, Julie, and Bron are hiding out.
Considering Mayville is supposed to be in Nevada, it would have
to be more like northeast of Catalina!
Despite having chosen the human name Brad to go with his human
disguise in "Siege", he seems to be using his Visitor name anyway
with the inhabitants of Mayville. In fact, I think his
announcement when he chose the name "Brad" is the only time in
the whole 6-issue story the name is used!
On page 10, Donovan and Julie renew their romance, despite
Julie's promise to her old flame Stephen Maitland (in
"The Secret Underground")
to seek him out again after the war. Hey, all's fair in love and
On page 13, the Visitor guards use a gun that shoots out
something like a rope and snares two of the human captives to
drag off as test subjects.
The human captives are made to
fight in an arena that has been
made up to look like the
landscape of the Visitors'
On page 17, Tyler comments that the machine guns the Visitors
have provided to the humans in the arena are Hampson Model
77's. This seems to be a fictional brand, though probably meant
to suggest a Thompson machine gun, which they resemble.
Isn't it convenient that Tyler and Chris just happen to stumble
across the location in Chicago where the adult population of
Mayville just happen to be held? What are the odds this would
happen just as Donovan and Julie are wondering what happened to
We never get an explanation throughout the issue of how the
Visitors are able to operate in the red dust contaminated zone
of Chicago. We could simply continue to accept
Julie's comments in "The Deadly Rites of Spring" that the
Visitors have a small amount of the red dust antidote to allow a
few Visitor infiltrators into the protected regions, as they
also do in
Symphony of Terror.
But a "small amount" should run out before long! And, once
again, why can't the Visitors analyze it to learn how to
We also never get a good explanation of why the Visitors would
want to go to the trouble of smuggling the adult population of
Mayville, Nevada to be held and used as target practice in
Chicago, when they could much more easily do the same tests in
Notes from V-Mail
I've long thought the V
comic book had some of the best cover designs in its short life.
This letter to the editor reproduced below, points out one reason
they are so cool.
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