V #12 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
captured and tortured for information; Donovan and Julie run for
their lives with Prince Bron in tow.
Donovan, Julie, Kyle, Elizabeth, and Bron land their skyfighter
in the woods to camp overnight, in hiding from the Visitors who
have destroyed the resistance base. Donovan uses a Visitor
face-creator, with which the skyfighter happens to be equipped, to
give Bron a human face as a disguise. Bron chooses the human
name of Brad as part of his disguise. Bron, despite being the
Leader's son, seems like a nice kid and he claims to have
studied the ways of the outlawed Zon religion in secret.
The next morning, Donovan and Julie hitchhike into the nearest
town to rent a car and buy some farm clothes for themselves and
Bron as part of an attempt to pass themselves off as a family driving back up to their northern California farm. The
three head north while Kyle and Elizabeth are left with the
skyfighter. During the drive north, the three come across police
and rescue workers attempting to rescue a man trapped in a
collapsed mine shaft. Bron is instrumental in saving him.
Up on the mothership, Lydia tortures Willie for information on
the whereabouts of Prince Bron. But Willie refuses to betray the
Prince and his resistance friends. Later, Diana outfits one of
her best killers in a mask made to look exactly like Willie and
sends him to Earth to infiltrate and destroy the remaining L.A.
TO BE CONTINUED IN V #13!
For some reason the cover appears to depict both Ham Tyler and
Robin Maxwell fighting side-by-side with Donovan, Julie, Kyle,
and Elizabeth even though the two are long gone to Chicago at this
point! Note also that the wall behind the group seems to have a
picture of a reptilian Visitor face on it; perhaps it's meant to
be a missing-poster for the lost Prince Bron?
The title of the issue ("Siege") does not actually appear on any
interior page. It seems it was inadvertently left off of page
one where the credit box appears. I used the title indicated
on the cover. An episode of the V2000
TV series also uses "Siege" as
On page 1, Lydia has promised Jurgen a Prime-Star commendation
for his efforts in taking the resistance's L.A. headquarters.
Presumably, a Prime-Star is a Visitor military award.
Page 2 implies that the abandoned movie studio that serves as an
L.A. resistance base is the same movie ranch they have occupied
more-or-less continuously since
"The Masterpiece", rather than the movie studio that became
their headquarters in "The Rescue".
Of course, the real implication is more likely that writer Cary
Bates forgot that the abandoned studio seen as the
"The Rescue" is a different place
than the aforementioned movie ranch. This page also reveals that
the movie ranch was the home of Sovereign Studios, where many
classic serials were filmed in the 1940s-1950s; Sovereign
Studios is a fictional movie studio, not existing in the real
On page 9, during his conversation with Bron, Donovan mentions
the Sears Catalogue. The catalog has been published annually, or
more frequently, by
and Company since 1888.
Donovan and Julie disguise themselves as farmers Jonathan and
Martha Morris, with Prince Bron as their son, Brad. The names
Jonathan and Martha are borrowed from Jonathan and Martha Kent,
the adoptive Earth parents of Clark Kent from the various
Superman comics (also, like V, published by DC Comics). So, both
sets of Jonathan and Martha have an alien son who crash landed
on Earth! Like Clark, will Bron go on to become a champion for
Page 10 reveals that the name of the Leader's Prime Adjutant is
On page 16, Bron refers to the Visitor laser pistol he holds as
a third-gauge laser refractogun.
On page 17, Soames takes the laser gun from Bron, saying,
"...now, thanks to you...I got myself a weapon straight outa
Star Wars..." This, of course, is a reference to the
Star Wars movie saga created by George Lucas.
When young Bron throws Soames out of the mine, one of the rescue
workers comments that he doesn't think even Hulk Hogan could
manage a throw like that.
was an extremely popular American professional wrestler at the
time and is still involved with the sport today.
Page 22 informs us that Donovan's son, Sean, is being trained as
a killer at a Visitor Youth Camp near San Francisco. This jibes
with Diana's comment in Death Tide
that Sean was in a Visitor-run camp for
boys near Carmel-Monterey.
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