#4, pgs. 15-17, 22, 23)
#5, pgs. 1-2, 5-7, panel 2, pgs. 10-14, panel 2, pg. 17, panel
5-pg. 21, pg. 23)
#6, pgs. 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 19-24)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Tod Smith (#4-5), Carmine Infantino (#6)
Inks by Tony DeZuniga (#4, #6), Alfredo Alcala (#5)
Cover by Eduardo Barreto (#4), Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar (#5),
Rich Buckler and Romeo Tanghal (#6)
quest for peace turns into a plot to destroy the
Notes from the V
Issues 1-3 of
V told two stories at
once: the story of Donovan, Julie, Willie, Hart, and Boyce in
Sparkling Springs and the story of Tyler and Chris being pursued
by Visitor mercenaries hired by Nathan Bates. With the Sparkling
Springs story concluded in issue #3, issue #4 continues with
the Tyler/Chris/Bates story and begins a new story about Julie's
scientist friend, Dr. Meagan, and his quest for peace with the
Visitors. Because of the monthly frequency of the comic book
versus the weekly episodes of the TV series, Cary Bates and Marv Wolfman, the comic's writer and editor
respectively, found themselves falling
behind the story arc progressing on TV.
Issues 1-3 took place squarely within the earlier
days of the "open city" phase of the chronology, but as issues
4-6 were being written, the TV series had progressed the
chronology to the point where Charles had arrived to lead the
invasion. So, attempting to stay relevant to the events in the
TV series, Bates and Wolfman included appearances of Charles
within the Dr. Meagan story. So we have the Tyler/Chris/Bates
story taking place in the pre-Charles days concurrently with the
Dr. Meagan "Charles in Charge" days! This is why I have broken
these stories out into two separate places in the chronology in
the unusual manner of hop-scotching through pages of issues 4-6
twice. I've already
presented the study of the
Tyler/Chris/Bates arc in
This story's title of "Shatterday" is taken from the title of
V #5. The "abandoned
movie ranch" base mentioned in this story must be interpreted as
the same one seen in
V: The Final Battle and earlier in the comic book
series in "City on the Edge" and not the abandoned movie studio
the resistance moves into after the fall of L.A. in the episode
"The Rescue". (Note that I've
left a brief introduction to
Dr. Meagan within the earlier
"Alien Conflict" since it partly involves Julie taking a call from him at
the Club Creole, which has been destroyed by the time "Shatterday" takes place.)
Dr. Earl Meagan broadcasts a television
announcement sponsored by himself and the Humans for Peaceful
Co-Existence Committee asking for a meeting with Diana to
discuss prospects for peace between their two species. When
Diana accepts, Meagan arranges to meet with Julie and the L.A.
resistance to make preparations. At the resistance's base at the
abandoned movie studio, Meagan looks through a telescope at
Diana's mothership, fervently hoping for a peaceful solution to
the war...but, if not, he has a deadly backup plan in his mind.
The next day Meagan confides to Julie that if the
Visitors don't agree to peace, he's going to blow up the
mothership with himself and Diana aboard. Julie tries to talk
him out of it, but he gets angry and catches his prearranged
helicopter flight to the mothership anyway. Julie runs off to
find Donovan and tells him what's happened and that Meagan
blames his own "friendship message", beamed out to the cosmos
aboard a NASA probe that left the solar system 10 years ago, for
attracting the Visitors to Earth.
Somehow Julie and Donovan find a doctor who is
aware of what Meagan has done and he explains that Meagan has
had a nuclear micro-bomb implanted in his skull which, if set
off near a critical area of the ship, could destroy the entire
vessel and all aboard. Their fear is, if that happens, the
Visitors will obviously blame the resistance and retaliate with
an all-out attack on Earth.
Willie arranges with one of his contacts in the
fifth column to smuggle a couple of crates aboard a supply
shipment from the Visitor embassy in L.A. to the mothership.
Aboard the mothership, Diana has treated Meagan
to s sumptuous banquet of French cuisine, while she herself
enjoys some live rodents. Then Meagan broaches the subject of
the rough draft of a basic peace proposal he has brought with
him which he hopes both sides can live with. Diana, of course,
betrays him as she triggers an energy field which traps him in
his chair and then renders him unconscious.
In a storage room on the ship, Donovan and Willie
pop out of their two crates and begin quietly searching for
Meagan. Lydia spies them on a surveillance monitor, but rather
than stop them, she brings Charles in on a scheme to actually
aid them in rescuing Meagan in order to make Diana look bad and
justify an official reprimand of her.
Meanwhile, Diana is forced to wait several hours
while the conversion chamber undergoes an overhaul before she
can begin turning Meagan into a Visitor puppet.
Soon, a Visitor who lacks his human syntho-skin
has found Donovan and Willie and helps them, revealing that his
fifth column cohorts have transported Meagan out of the
detention chamber. The two resistance fighters escape with the
sedated Meagan in a skyfighter out into space, heading back to
Earth. Back on the mothership, the
unmasked Visitor who helped them turns out to be Charles; he and
Lydia congratulate themselves on manipulating the humans and
pulling one over on Diana. Julie has taken a resistance
skyfighter up into space as well, having decided she must try to
help Donovan and Willie. They meet in space just as Meagan
regains consciousness and grabs Donovan's weapon. He forces the
two skyfighters to dock together and he leaves the three
resistance members in one while he takes the other back to the
mothership to complete his mission of destruction.
Meanwhile, Diana has quickly learned of the escape and sends 3
skyfighters in pursuit, with orders to bring Meagan back alive.
The 3 Visitor skyfighters find him heading back towards the ship
and they grab him with their tractor beams. But the energy of
the beams triggers the micro-bomb in Meagan's skull, blowing up
all four skyfighters while Julie, Donovan, and Willie witness the
explosion from a distance.
Diana fumes while Lydia and Charles gloat that the Leader will
not be pleased at Diana's actions.
Later, on Earth, the resistance has allowed the public to
believe that Diana is the one who ordered Dr. Meagan's death in
space and he becomes a martyr to the resistance cause.
(V #4, pgs. 15-17, 22,
Page 15 contains a minor inconsistency in my hop-scotching
chronology of "Shatterday". Lydia refers to Diana as the leader
of the Visitor invasion fleet, but as seen in
been demoted to merely the head science officer, with Charles
assuming command of the fleet.
On page 23, Tyler is seen playing a game of checkers with Willie
in panel 1. In the background of panel 2, he suddenly appears to
be upset at Willie about something. Maybe he's upset that,
if we were following the comics strictly page-by-page instead of
hop-scotching around, Tyler is supposed to still be in Nathan
Bates' office with Chris planning how to rescue Kyle and
"Alien Conflict".) Here we have yet another justification for my
decision to split these stories in the chronology. With that
settled, we are still left with the question of why does Tyler
look upset? Did Willie triple jump him or something?
#5, pgs. 1-2, 5-7, panel 2, pgs. 10-14,
panel 2, pg. 17, panel 5-pg. 21, pg. 23)
As he did in "The Town with
No Shame", writer Cary Bates seems to have forgotten that
Willie is a vegetarian. On page 5 he is seen in front of the TV
holding a bowlful of insects and munching one down as if it were
Page 11 reveals that Meagan was the originator of the idea to
send a NASA "friendship probe" outside the solar system to
broadcast a "we're here" message to the cosmos to entice
extraterrestrials to come visit us. This is an allusion to the
golden plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11 and the golden records on
the Voyager probes, all largely designed by Carl Sagan (who is
the model on whom our character of Earl Meagan is based, as
previously discussed in
Page 11 shows previously unseen Visitor technology, a
force-field bridge that is extended from a skyfighter to
Meagan's helicopter while hovering in flight so he can cross
over and be ferried to the mothership.
On page 12, Meagan arrives aboard the mothership and is greeted
on Diana's behalf by one of her subordinates called Vernon. But
he looks just like the depiction of Charles (down to the black
clothing!) we've already seen on pages 1 and 2!
On page 13 is depicted an imagined scenario of a Visitor all-out
attack on Earth featuring some ship designs never before seen!
On page 19 there is a poster on the wall of Donovan's quarters
at the resistance base. It appears to be a V-Busters poster,
similar to the logo of Ghostbusters in the 1984 film of the same
On page 20, a Visitor foreman loads two final crates aboard the
transport vessel with a hand-sized anti-grav unit, levitating
the boxes. A similar technology was used in the novel
The Florida Project.
#6, pgs. 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 19-24)
On page 1, a Visitor transport
vessel requests permission to
dock with the mothership and the
pilot speaks the security code
in the aliens' own language. But
the alien characters used in the
word balloon do not look
anything like the Visitor
alphabet we're familiar with.
In "The Conversion", we learn
that Diana has moved the conversion chamber from the mothership
to the L.A. legation. But, we see that she had planned to use it
on Meagan right there on the mothership. Perhaps after the
escape of Tyler from the legation in
"The Conversion", Diana
(or Charles) decided to move the conversion chamber back to
mothership (or build another one, so they would have both).
On page 9, Diana scolds the technicians working on the
conversion chamber to complete their repairs in five hours or
they will be subjected to "severe reprimands at punishment level
3." What sort of punishment is she referring to and what is the
"level 3" form of it? It may be a reference to the energy lance
she used to torture and finally disintegrate Devon in
On page 19, panel 5, we see the back of Julie's blond head, but
she is speaking Donovan's dialog!
On page 21, we see two skyfighters docked to each other,
top-to-bottom, which we've never seen before.
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