"The Poison in the Apple"
V #9 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
coming of summer, the Visitors have a window to exploit the heat
weakness in the red dust and prepare an attack against
In a captured skyfighter, Donovan, Julie, Willie, Kyle, and
Elizabeth travel to New York City to meet with Mayor Alison
Stein about the Visitors' planned attempt to move in on the city
with the coming of Spring and the expected weakness of the red dust
bacteria during that time. But upon landing and making their
presentation of evidence to Mayor Stein, they are rejected.
Soon we learn that Mayor Stein has been replaced with a lizard
duplicate. Later, as Donovan and Julie go on a stroll through
the city, they are attacked by three Visitors disguised as
homeless humans. They defeat the three lizards and Diana is
upset at the upset.
Meanwhile, Lydia seeks revenge on Diana for bringing about the
death of Charles. She sets her up to have to "reward" the
humongous, lovesick Visitor freak Walter if he should
successfully track down and kill Donovan.
At the end of the issue, a plethora of New York citizens present
themselves to our heroes, ready to fight for their city and for
The title "The Poison in the Apple" is a double reference. The
story takes place in New York, which has the nickname the Big
Apple. The second reference is to the poisoned apple eaten by
Snow White in the Brothers Grimm version of the European fairy
tale often called "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".
The cover of this issue shows Kyle, Willie, Julie, Donovan, and
Elizabeth against the flaming backdrop of L.A. with the question
"Who are the Survivors?" It really has nothing to do with the
story and is intended to show that the comic book has
finally caught up to the TV series and is showing who is left as
the major cast of V after
the fall of Los Angeles on the TV series.
New York City mayor Alison Stein is a character borrowed from
the novels, East Coast
Crisis, Death Tide,
and Path to Conquest.
The TV news reporter on pages 1-2 is presumably meant to be
Howard K. Smith since Donovan mentions that this report is from
the Freedom Network.
The news reporter tells us that this issue opens three months
after the burning of the open city of Los Angeles.
On page 4 Willie tries to make a joking remark about Donovan's
chauvinism towards Julie. He says, "You sound like a male
chauvinist fig, Mike."
Also on page 4, Mayor Stein mentions Gracie Mansion. Gracie
Mansion, built by Archibald Gracie in 1799, has been the
official residence of the mayor of New York City since 1942.
On page 5, Lydia is mourning the death of Charles in what
appears to be a place of worship on the L.A. mothership. The
room has a number of giant carved serpent heads, a pedestal of
steaming stones, and a stylized image of a sun on the wall
behind the pedestal.
Page 5 depicts Lydia crying over thoughts of the dead Charles.
But how can that be when Death Tide
reveals that the Visitors have no tear ducts? Lydia also invokes
revenge against Diana in the name of Zon! But not only is Zon an
outlawed religion, its followers believe only in peace and
nonviolence, not vengeance. It is highly unlikely that Lydia
would be a follower of the Zon religion.
On pages 8-9, the imposter Mayor Stein reveals a Visitor weapon
we've not seen before. She shoots a ray beam out of her purse
that causes two muggers in Central Park to "evaporate" over the
course of a few minutes.
Page 10 reveals that Nathan Bates has a brother named Dave who
owns a townhouse in New York City. Dave is away in Europe at the
time of this story.
Page 10 also reveals that Science Frontiers is now defunct since
the death of its CEO, Nathan Bates.
On page 11, Kyle, Elizabeth, and Willie play a game of Trivial
Pursuit. Elizabeth pulls a card and asks the question "What were
the two hostile races that were the arch-enemies of the
Federation on Star Trek?" Kyle, being the Trekkie he is
(who knew?) immediately answers "Klingons and Romulans", which
On page 14, one of the undercover Visitors posing as vagrants
calls the other Hanak. I presume that is a Visitor name. On page
15, Diana calls the undercover "bag lady" Visitor, Cybul. The
unusual spelling of "Cybul" (instead of Cybil) may indicate it is
an actual Visitor name as well.
After Donovan and Julie thwart the Visitor "hit" on Donovan, he
comments, regarding Diana, their actions did not "make her day".
This is probably a reference to the 1982 Clint Eastwood movie
Sudden Impact in which Detective Harry Callahan twice uses the
phrase "Go ahead, make my day," daring two
violent criminals not to surrender so he will have an excuse to
Page 17 shows Diana sleeping on a huge, ornate bed in her
quarters. The serpents look similar to the ones just seen in
Lydia's place of worship. And we've seen Diana in bed before ("Plan
for Resistance" and "War of
Illusions") and it doesn't look like this!
On page 18 we see that the Visitor Walter is apparently capable
of crashing through a bulkhead on the mothership! Despite his
large size, it seems unlikely at best.
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