V #7 (DC Comics)
Written by Mindy Newell
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
nightmares of the conversion process, Julie takes some time off
from the resistance to return to her abandoned
home town…but is targeted for assassination by Diana.
Julie has another nightmare about her time in Diana's conversion
chamber. She awakens to Donovan's concerned face in a mine shaft
where the resistance is hiding.
Julie arrives in her old home town of Echo Valley, New Mexico,
needing some time away from L.A. and the resistance and the
pressures of leadership. The town has been empty since shortly
after the Visitors first appeared a couple years ago, the
population having disappeared. She does not realize she is being
followed into town.
On the mothership, Diana reveals to Lydia that she has
dispatched one of her best assassins to kill Julie, whom they've
learned is heading to Echo Valley.
Julie walks through the empty streets of Echo Valley and raids
some canned goods from the local grocery store. Then she stops
by her old school and hits a few baseballs on the diamond to burn
off her nervous energy. She then heads to her old family home
and fixes dinner and sleeps in her old bed. Unknown to her, her
pursuer continues to watch and spends the night in the barn.
Early in the morning, Julie is awoken by the sound of clanging
coming from the barn. She grabs her rifle and goes to
investigate. She finds an old schoolmate named Judd forging a
spearhead in a firepot. Each makes vague accusations against the
other about possibly being a Visitor in disguise. But they
finally seemingly begin to trust each other and spend a pleasant
few days together in the solitude.
While walking out in the nearby woods, the two are suddenly
attacked by a skyfighter. The house being too far away for
shelter, Judd takes her to a cave that used to serve as the
local boys' clubhouse. Due to the recent recurring nightmares of
her time in the conversion chamber, the darkness of the cave
terrifies her and she curls up in a fetal position and eventually
falls asleep, while the skyfighter continues to rain laser
blasts against the hillside where the cave is located. She
thinks she hears Judd talking to her as she drifts off. He seems
to mention Diana's name and finally says he can't let anything
happen to Julie.
Later, on the mothership, Lydia reports that Diana's agent was
found shot to death by a human rifle near a small grove in the
When Julie awakens later, the Visitor skyfighter has gone and so has
Judd. She finds dried blood outside the cave but from the dried
color, can't tell if it's human or Visitor.
Twice this issue, Julie recites poetry by
Alfred Lord Tennyson.
This is a carryover from
page 288 of the
V novelization, where we learn that
Julie loves poetry and one of the things she does to keep her
mind off the torture of the conversion chamber is recite poetry
in her mind, particularly lines from
"The Splendour Falls" by Alfred Lord
A nice tie-in between two different
media. This issue ends with Julie again
reciting the same lines from "The Splendour Falls".
Page 3 implies that Julie's mother left the family when Julie
was 7 years old.
Pages 3-4 reveal that Julie is from the small New Mexico town of
Echo Valley. This is a fictional town.
Page 4 mentions that Harrison, Julie's Arizona contact, fought
with Lord Mountbatten's special forces in Burma during WWII.
Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten was the commander of the Allied
South East Asia Command (SEAC).
The signs in the windows of the closed-down shops of Echo Valley
on page 6 show the year 1982, indicating when they were closed,
which roughly coincides with Julie's statement on page 3 that
everyone disappeared from the town
shortly after the Visitors first arrived on Earth (although the
original mini-series first aired in 1983).
As Julie feels nervous and tense walking through the empty
streets of Echo Valley on page 6, she muses,
"I can feel the
fight-or-flight routine is building up in my body. Catecholamines are released into my bloodstream. My heart beats
faster, respiration increases, blood pressure rises.
Vasodilation occurs as a result, and so I feel a flush on my
cheeks." Thanks to her medical training she is able to analyze
her own involuntary reactions.
Catecholamines are hormones released by the body during stress.
Vasodilation is a widening of the blood vessels to reduce blood
pressure within the body as a whole or to specific organs.
Also on page 6, Julie muses on having spent eight years in
medical school. This is the only source I've found that suggests
she spent 8 years rather than 4. (The article "Fight or Die" in
the British V Annual 1986, states that Julie spent five
years studying anatomy before the Visitors arrived).
On page 7, Julie strolls by her old school, thinking, Good
times there...a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
She is reminded of Star Wars because Robin once told
her that she played John Williams' Star Wars theme in
her high school band for John and Diana when they first arrived
at the Richmond chemical plant (as seen in
On page 11, Julie recites a line from Tennyson's
"The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Into the valley of Death
rode the six hundred".
Page 11 shows that Julie's old family home is still intact,
complete with furnishings. The portrait above the couch shows
four people. Is it her family? If so, it implies that Julie has
a sibling we've not heard about.
On page 12, a mouse eats crumbs of food from the foot of where
Judd is sleeping in the barn. This may be meant to indicate that
he is not a Visitor in disguise since the mouse does not appear to
be terrified by his presence. (Judd's fate and identity are left
unresolved at the end of the story.)
After making her way to her old
house, Julie sleeps for the
night, in what is presumably her
bedroom as a youth, on page 13.
There is a poster on the bedroom
wall that says "WAR IS NOT
HEALTHY". This is a
representation (perhaps one the
made herself) of Lorraine
Schneider's anti-Vietnam War art
piece of 1966. This may touch on
Julie's childhood fears of
nuclear war, as revealed in the
novelization of the two
On page 16 Julie calls the intruder in the barn Judd Andrews. On
page 17 she calls him Judd Anderson! So, which is it?
On page 17, Judd comments that Julie is able to sneak up on
people like a V.C. He must be a Vietnam veteran; V.C. refers
to the Viet Cong, the communist army of North Vietnam during the
Also on page 17, Julie and Judd make veiled accusations to each
other of being Visitors in disguise, Judd saying, "Maybe
you're the one who speaks with forked tongue," referring to
the reptilian aliens' lizard tongues.
Notes from V-Mail
The V-Mail of issue #8 reveals
that the cover of this issue was done by Jerry Bingham.
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