"Conquest at Any Cost"
V #14 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
Julie, and Bron pull into a town where all the adults have been
abducted; Kyle moves the Resistance HQ to
After defeating the fake Willie, Willie and Bron return to the
landing site and hook up with Donovan and Julie. Bron takes
on a new human face since the Visitors now know the one he'd
Later they pull into the small town of
Mayville, where they find only children, all the adults having
been abducted by the Visitors weeks ago. The eldest of
the youngsters, Bozz, becomes jealous of the attention the
younglings heap on the new arrivals, as he is used to being the boss
himself. Not realizing he's a Visitor, Bozz gets Bron alone and
begins to fight him, only to get his ass kicked by the young
Meanwhile, Kyle, as acting leader of the L.A. resistance, is
establishing a new HQ on Catalina Island. He questions his own
qualifications and ability to lead, but Elizabeth reassures him.
Willie joins the group there and reports that Donovan and Julie
are continuing on the road to keep Bron hidden. During all this,
Kyle's authority is challenged by a woman named Miki, who thinks
Kyle is too young and chauvinistic to be leader. She claims that
she could beat him in a physical match-up and challenges him to
a duel. Each more-or-less gives as good as they get, and the
match ends with Kyle calling a truce with the woman. But
Elizabeth begins to worry that the two may harbor some chemistry
with each other.
After his humiliating defeat by Bron in front of the kids, Bozz
disappears into a building in town and obtains a gun.
On the L.A. mothership,
Lydia is about to be executed by order of the Leader for
endangering his son with her illicit missions against the
TO BE CONTINUED IN V #15!
The story of the town of Mayville, populated only by children
since the abduction of all the adults by the Visitors, is
somewhat reminiscent of the original
Star Trek episode
"Miri" in which all the inhabitants on the planet die after
The Visitor on the cover looks like he's wearing the brown
uniform of the Visitor Youth instead of the normal red military
On page 1, the curve of the Earth is seen in the bottom left
corner, indicating the motherships are rendezvousing in orbit.
Yet there appear to be clouds behind the ships! Perhaps it's
just meant to be a montage image though, of Earth from space and
the motherships in Earth's atmosphere.
Notice also, in the image above, that the motherships are in a
One of the Visitors speaking in the image above is referred to
as Lordon. This may be a Visitor name rather than his Earth
On page 2, Diana says she returned 24 captured
resistance fighters in the exchange for Bron in
"The Prince and
the Power". But in "Siege", Lydia's commander of the siege
against the resistance said that 13 members were captured.
Possibly, the discrepancy is simply that
Diana's number may be deliberately exaggerated to make the
resistance look more guilty when Bron was "recaptured" by them
almost immediately after his return. Or it could be that some
resistance members captured in earlier actions were also freed
as part of the bargain.
On page 6, Donovan, Julie, and Bron pull into Mayville. We learn
in the following issue ("Blood on the Wind"), that it's in the
state of Nevada. This appears to be a fictional town.
On page 6, Julie mentions that they have brought a portable exo-adapter
from the skyfighter with them and used it to give Prince Bron a
new face since Diana is now aware of his previous human
Page 8 reveals that, in Julie and Donovan's absence, Kyle has
become the acting leader of the L.A. resistance and has set up
their new main HQ on Catalina Island. Catalina is
located in the Pacific Ocean about 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
On page 10, a Mayville girl mentions that the Visitors carried
weapons like none they'd ever seen, not even on
Star Trek, of course, is a science-fiction property which has
appeared in television, film, books, comics, and other formats
since, created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966. As mentioned in the
"Didja Know?" section above,
this issue's story is somewhat reminiscent of the
Star Trek episode
Caleb Taylor reappears again after last being seen in issue #11,
"Meanwhile, Out in Space..." Here
we learn that he has warned Kyle about
getting over-confident "time and
time again". This implies that Caleb has been active, at least
on the fringes of the resistance, for quite some time, more than
we've actually seen since the Visitors returned for the second
invasion of Earth.
On the last page of the issue, Lydia is about to be executed by
order of the Leader for endangering his son with her illicit
missions against the resistance. Once again, she invokes Zon as
she prepares to die, "Take me, Zon--I am about to become yours
to do with what you will."
Notes from V-Mail
Editor Robert Greenberger hints that a story was in the works
written by Mindy Newell and drawn by cover artist Jerry Bingham.
He also notes that Lydia's brother (presumably Nigel from
"The Secret Underground")
would turn up about two issues down the line. Unfortunately, the
comic was canceled (with issue #18) before these stories saw
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