"The Prince and the Power"
V #13 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
Resistance strikes a deal for the return of Prince Bron.
On the road with Prince Bron, Donovan and Julie's car is
attacked by a trio of Visitor skyfighters. Bron reveals that his
pendant of the Crystal Cluster of Zon emits a unique radiation
that must have led them to him. But the two humans (with Bron's
cooperation) turn the tables on the Visitors, threatening to
kill the royal son unless the recently captured resistance
members are released unharmed, at which point Bron will be
Meanwhile, two fifth columnists help Willie to escape from the
mothership. But Diana's fake Willie makes it to the resistance
first and he is chosen by them to be the liaison between them and
the Visitors for the prisoner exchange.
While this is happening, the real Willie reconnoiters
a Visitor rehabilitation camp and captures a Visitor
ground vehicle that has the capability to monitor transmissions
to and from the mothership. Learning of the prisoner exchange
and the fake Willie's involvement, he makes his way to the
designated exchange point and surreptitiously slips aboard the
Visitor shuttle. After the exchange is made and the shuttle is
flying off with Bron,
fake Willie reveals to the prince that Diana's plot
is to kill him in order to convince his father to continue the
invasion against Earth. Hearing this, the real Willie jumps from
his hiding place and tackles his double and kills him.
TO BE CONTINUED IN V #14!
On the cover, the markings on Diana's uniform are on the wrong
On page 1, one of the skyfighter pilots calls another Dacco.
On page 4, two Visitor guards use the names
Xadu and Kobba. On page 11, Diana refers to one of her men as
Joris. On page 17, a Visitor soldier refers to another as Krako.
These all sound as if they are Visitor names, not the aliens'
When the three skyfighters move in on Donovan and Julie's
vehicle demanding the return of Prince Bron, Donovan comments
they are "...circling in closer for a view to their kill!" This
may be a reference to the James Bond film,
A View to a Kill, that was released about 6
months before this issue.
On page 3, Julie refers to the weapons being fired at them from
the skyfighters as mega-lasers. I'm not sure if that's just her
own nickname for them or an actual term used by the Visitors.
Also on page 3, Bron reveals that he wears around his neck the
rarest gem on his world, the Crystal Cluster of Zon. He
apologizes for forgetting that it emits a unique radiation that
is probably easy to track on Earth, leading the Visitor
skyfighters to them. It seems unlikely that even a member of the
Visitor royal family could get away with wearing jewelry
symbolic of a religion outlawed by his father, the Leader.
Willie's refusal to betray his resistance friends under torture
leads one of his guards to speculate that he has adopted the
human phrase "death before dishonor". This is a phrase that goes
back at least to the times of ancient Rome when the Roman
soldiers would shout it as a battle cry.
Some Visitor symbols appear on a
refuse dump chute on the
mothership on page 8.
On page 8, two fifth columnists help Willie escape the
mothership and one of them says, "...may Zon be with you..." which
may be a reference by the writer to the "May the Force be with
you" phrase of the Star Wars saga.
On page 9, Julie seems to be thinking of the possibility of she
and Donovan having a kid and being a family, just as they're
posing as now. This despite the fact that she seemed to have
given up on him and focused on eventually reuniting with Stephen
Maitland after the war at the end of
"The Secret Underground".
Also on page 9, Bron seems to be
speaking some Visitorese as he
meditates, though the characters
shown are not from the official
Visitor alphabet. He is using
the aforementioned Crystal
Cluster of Zon to induce a
meditative trance. Might this be
the same thing Philip was doing
with a geode-like rock, without
"The Secret Underground"?
On page 12, we are introduced to
a previously unseen form of
Visitor transportation. One of
the human boys who sees it calls
it a flying skateboard.
On page 13, Julie, for Donovan's benefit, refers to some young
female motorists who've broken down on the road as P.Y.T.'s. She
means Pretty Young Things.
On page 15, a resistance mechanic is working on a damaged
skyfighter and says he needs to cannibalize more jet engine
parts to get it airworthy again and Kyle complains that they
already raided parts from a 727 for it. By 727, he is referring
to a Boeing 727, a mid-size jet airliner.
On page 16, we see that the fake Willie knows enough about the
real one's mannerisms to mangle English words and phrases
occasionally, saying he escaped capture "by the epidermis of my
Page 17 shows us the outside of a Visitor rehabilitation camp in
the San Fernando Valley of California. The San Fernando Valley
holds much of the city of Los Angeles as well as the cities of
Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Hidden Hills, and San Fernando.
On page 17, two Visitor soldiers are driving a strange little
vehicle that could be either Earth or Visitor transportation. It
has wheels rather than anti-grav technology, but it does have
what Willie calls a "mega-range communicatrix" built in for
monitoring transmissions to and from the mothership.
On page 17, a Visitor soldier comments that the San Fernando
Valley air is squalid and smog-infested every day. It seems to
me that with the Visitor occupation of southern California, the
use of internal combustion engines has probably gone down since
gasoline would be expensive and somewhat hard to obtain, not to
mention humans would be mostly huddled in their homes or place
of work to stay out of Visitor sight, so the smog levels should
have gone down.
Also on page 17, one of the Visitor soldiers uses "By Diana!" as
an exclamation of surprise when Willie drops into their Jeep
from the tree branch above. I guess this shows the level of power
and fear Diana has attained among her troops.
On page 19, panel 1, the Visitor
shuttle transporting the
resistance prisoners is shown
with four "modules" making up
the vessel. But in panel 2, it's
depicted with 11 modules! And
then on page 20 through the end,
it's depicted as a standard
On page 20, fake Willie's comments give us our first indication
that the Leader himself is questioning the continuance of the
invasion of Earth.
When the real Willie tackles the fake on page 20, the fake
exclaims, "By the will of Zon--where did you come from?" Again,
why would a loyal lizard soldier be using the name of the
prophet of an outlawed religion?
Bron takes over flying the shuttle while the two Willies are
fighting, but what happened to the original pilot? Since the
fake Willie was already on the ground before the exchange, some
other Visitor crewman had to have flown it to the exchange point.
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