V #16 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
Cover by Jerry Bingham
Julie, and Bron are sentenced to death by the children of
Mayville; the Leader arrives at Earth.
The issue opens with Donovan, Julie, and Bron
being held in the Mayville jail as Bozz and the children prepare
for their execution. Bron has found that his pendant (which he
calls the Djon) was damaged in his last tussle with Bozz and
attempts to repair it.
On Catalina Island, Elizabeth has a nightmare
that she deems prophetic and tells Kyle that she feels they
must get back to Los Angeles right away, though she doesn't know
As Bozz is about to proceed with the execution of
his prisoners, a skyfighter lands in the middle of town,
disgorging a contingent of seven Visitor troops seeking Prince
Bron, whom they've tracked by the radiation of the Djon. In the
jail cell, Bron suddenly manages to get the Djon working
properly and uses it to blast a hole in the back wall of the cell to
escape. The Visitors give chase to the three and Bron sacrifices
himself in the ensuing battle, shot by laser-fire from a
trooper. He dies and the Djon causes a cocoon to suddenly
develop around him and levitate off into the sky.
The other troopers are stunned by the sight of
the royal death-capsule and the shock allows the kids, with
and Julie, to take down the Visitor troops. Julie uses a ham
radio to contact the Las Vegas resistance and learns that the
adult population of Mayville are on their way back home (having
been freed from captivity by Ham and Chris in
"Blood on the Wind").
Meanwhile, out in space, Philip and Diana witness
Bron's capsule rise upward to be delivered to the suddenly
arrived Sentinel Ship from the Leader's royal fleet. Diana
insists on shuttling over to the Sentinel Ship to find out what is
going on. She gains entry and is overjoyed to see Bron's dead
body. She is convinced his death will enrage the Leader and
cause him to escalate the war. Suddenly, Lydia steps out from
the shadows and explains that her faked death was part of the
Leader's plan to convince Visitors and humans alike that his
son's crash-landing and abduction on Earth were accidental and
not part of a secret mission to gather information. Bron was
using the Djon to send information directly back to his father.
Lydia tells her that the Leader has made his final decision, but
won't reveal it to the infuriated Diana.
Donovan, Julie, Kyle, Elizabeth, and Willie are all back in L.A.
being chased by a Visitor laser-Jeep. They are cornered in an
alleyway and about to be shot to death when a booming voice from
the mothership commands all Visitor troops to cease hostilities.
Elizabeth senses it is the Leader and that he has a strong
desire for peace.
On page 2, Bron refers to his crystal pendant as a Djon. In
"The Prince and the
Power", he refers to it simply as the
Crystal Cluster of Zon.
Page 3 mentions the "vitro engines" of a skyfighter. As far as I
know, "vitro" is not a word by itself, so I'm not sure what is
meant by the description.
Thanks to the engineering skill of Miki, the resistance now has
skyfighters that are converted to also be used for submarine
As he tries to repair his Djon on page 6, Bron comments, "If I
can just get the transducus back in realignment..." I'm pretty
sure "transducus" is not a real word, but I guess it means
something to the Visitors!
On page 6, a Visitor skyfighter pilot refers to his copilot as
Rork. This may be a Visitor name rather than his human
On page 6, a kid refers to Bozz as Bron!
On page 7, a Visitor skyfighter pilot refers to the invasion of
Earth as a "misbegotten war". This may be an indication that the
Visitor troops are beginning to think the Leader's invasion of
this world was a mistake, perhaps one of the reasons an alleged
truce is soon to be declared by the Leader in
Also on page 7, the pilot is revealed as the Visitor captain who raided
Mayville weeks ago, Mordos. This is likely a Visitor name.
On page 8, Diana is informed that a resistance skyfighter shot
down a Visitor patrol vessel just off Redondo Beach. Redondo
Beach is one of the beach cities of Los Angeles county.
Also on page 8, Diana's subordinate refers to the destruction of
the resistance's L.A. headquarters,
the Club Creole, some months ago, but neglects the far more recent destruction of the
base at the movie studio/ranch (depending on one's interpretation of where
the siege that occurred in
"Meanwhile, Out in Space..." actually happened).
As Kyle and Elizabeth fly away from Catalina Island in the
skyfighter on page 11, Kyle tells her he suddenly just had the
strangest feeling he'll never come back to the island. This may
have been a bit of an in-joke by writer Cary Bates referring to
the fact that the announcement of the
V comic book's
cancellation occurs in the letters page of this issue, with only
two flashback story issues left to be printed, so the Catalina
resistance base would never be seen again. Or, it could also be
a reference to Kyle's possible death if the Leader's shuttle
actually blows up as the cliffhanger ending of
"The Return", the
series' final episode, suggests.
On page 14, Bron's death triggers the Djon in some way and a
glowing cocoon forms around him and levitates itself up into the
sky until it disappears. Is Bron's cocoon related to the
type of cocoon which transformed Elizabeth in
"Dreadnought" and her clone in
"Reflections in Terror"?
(Although on page 15, Rork refers to it simply as a royal death
capsule as he sees it ascend.)
On pages 16 and 18, we see a Sentinel Ship from the Leader's
royal fleet. The drawings look suspiciously like artist Carmine
Infantino's Imperial Star-Destroyers when he was drawing
Marvel's Star Wars comic from 1978-1981.
The Leader's Sentinel Ship
On page 17, Julie is on a ham radio to the resistance relay
station in Las Vegas and informs the kids of Mayville that their
parents are on their way back from captivity in Chicago aboard a
10-wheeler heading west on Route 80. Route 80 is probably a
reference to Interstate 80 which runs from Teaneck, NJ to San
Francisco, CA, passing near Chicago and through Nevada. This
would place the fictional town of Mayville somewhere in northern
Diana arrives on the Sentinel Ship via an unusual-looking
shuttle pod of some kind, never before seen.
After turning up alive on the Sentinel Ship, Lydia explains to
Diana on page 20 that it was an unfortunate junior officer whom
she saw disintegrated in "Blood
on the Wind". Did Philip somehow get this unfortunate
officer to cooperate with the subterfuge which would end in her
own death? After all, she spoke as if she were Lydia moments
before she was executed.
On page 22, a white Visitor Jeep with a laser mounted in the
back appears to chase Donovan, Julie, Kyle, Elizabeth, and
Willie. This is the first time in the comic book series that we
see one of the "laser-Jeeps" that have been used a number of times
in the TV series (though the laser gun drawn in these pages is
much smaller than the ones seen on TV).
The story ends with our heroes cornered in an alleyway, about to
be shot to death when, suddenly, the Leader's broadcasted voice
commands all Visitor troops to cease hostilities. This is the
same as the opening scene of the final episode of the TV series,
"The Return", though these pages do contain some
The dialog is slightly altered
as well as some words added to tie it into the Prince Bron
Our heroes are also wearing
different clothing here.
James does not appear to be
Visitors state that the voice
ordering them to cease all
hostilities is the Leader's. In
the episode, it is obviously
Notes from V-Mail
The V-mail column of
V #18 reveals that if the comic had continued, Miki would have become a contender
with Elizabeth for Kyle's affections.
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