V Storybook (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The Visitors plan to kill thousands of disloyal
humans held prisoner in the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
One bright spring day, Diana has scheduled the slaughter of
thousands of disloyal humans held prisoner in the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Among the prisoners, however, are
several disguised resistance members with guns, including Ham
Tyler. As the festivities are about to begin, the resistance
fighters pull out their guns and begin shooting at the Visitors.
Two skyfighters piloted by Donovan and Kyle join in as well and
soon the prisoners are all striking out at their captors.
The Visitors are forced to flee the Coliseum in fear. Diana's
day is ruined, but for the people of Earth, the day is not so
Notes from the V Chronology
The opening paragraph of the story indicates it takes place in
Spring. However, this makes it difficult to place the story
accurately in the chronology. The first day of Spring arrives
during "The Deadly
Rites of Spring", but there is no break in the timeline to
insert this story afterward because the following episodes all
take place immediately after one another up to the final
episode of V. More
glaringly, the story features Ham Tyler, who is in Chicago at
this point in the chronology. I've decided to place it at the
latest open spot before Tyler leaves L.A. at the end of "The Betrayal"; we can always figure that Spring comes
early in L.A.!
This story appeared in the British 1984
V Storybook, a kids book of short stories all about V.
The stories are all pretty lame.
In the illustration on page 24, the Visitor emblem on Diana's
uniform is on the wrong side.
Page 24 describes Diana's quarters on the mothership as
"palatial" and "sumptuous". In the TV episodes, her quarters do
not appear to be anything fancy, though in issue #9 of the
V comic book,
"The Poison in the Apple",
it does appear more so.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is never named in the story,
but page 25 describes Diana watching her communications screen, which
is showing the forced gathering of thousands of people
for slaughter, who refuse to publicly state their loyalty to the Visitors, at
the football stadium of the Los Angeles Raiders. Now an Oakland
team, at the time the Raiders NFL team was based in Los Angeles. The
stadium then, is the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the
team played during their L.A. tenure.
Page 25 also mentions Santa Barbara. This is a coastal city
located about 95 miles north of Los Angeles.
On page 25, Snake-Eyes refers to the Visitors as "dinosaurs".
When Sonny is revealed as a Visitor, the text describes
reptilian eyes as black. In the TV episodes, the Visitors' eyes
are depicted as red, with some yellow around the pupils. But
that doesn't mean there isn't some variation in coloring among
Page 27 describes a disguised resistance fighter pulling out a
Hech and Kochler machine pistol. There is no such manufacturer
as Hech and Kochler, but there is a gun manufacturer called
Koch; either this was a gaffe by the writer or just a small joke.
Another resistance fighter lifts "a Thompson sub-machine gun of
the kind popularized by Al Capone and his men." This is true. Al
Capone was a Prohibition-era gangster who led a crime syndicate;
many Prohibition-era gangsters, including Capone's men, used
How did the resistance members manage to get inside
the Coliseum/prison with guns?
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