"The Town with No Shame"
V #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Cary Bates
Pencils by Carmine Infantino
Inks by Tony DeZuniga
Cover by Eduardo Barreto
and Hart attempt to unravel the mysterious secret of
the small town of Sparkling
Springs; Tyler and Chris continue to
be pursued by Bates’ alien hit squad.
Picking up from last issue, Donovan, Julie, Willie, Boyce, and
Hart emerge from their crashed skyfighter and the townspeople
who have come to greet them turn and run away, dropping several
small wooden crates. They open the crates and find live mice
inside, realizing that they were intended as gifts of food for
the Visitors they thought would be in the ship.
Meanwhile, Tyler and Chris are being held at gunpoint on the
yacht by a shadowy figure. But they turn the tables on him and
discover the yacht is a drug-running vessel. Pitching the man
overboard, they take it out into the sea in hopes of evading
their Visitor pursuers.
Donovan, Julie, and Hart head into the town of Sparkling Springs
to gather material needed to repair the damaged skyfighter,
leaving Willie and Boyce with the vehicle. In town they are
greeted with hostility except for a young boy named Billy. They
learn that the area's natural geysers produce mineral water that
the townsfolk trade to the Visitors in return for crystals that
produce fertile ground and for medical visits that keep the
mostly senior citizen population in excellent health. The
mineral waters have been found to have an invigorating effect on
the aliens' bodies.
Out at sea, the boat is attacked by Lorne and his mercenary
squad. Tyler and Chris trick the Visitors into boarding the
vessel and they blow it up, themselves escaping underwater
wearing scuba gear.
In Sparkling Springs, Donovan, Julie, and Hart are placed under
arrest and locked in the local jail, to be held incognito until
after the Visitors next visit to siphon more water from the
geysers. Donovan manages to send Billy to inform Willie and
Boyce of the situation.
An injured Lorne survives the boat explosion and washes up on
the nearby beach. He radios Nathan Bates for help, who refuses.
Then Tyler and Chris come ashore nearby, overhearing Lorne's
communication with Bates. Tyler warns Lorne, "You're about to
make my day!"
Billy arrives at the skyfighter crash site to find a handful of
townspeople covering up the ship with brush to conceal it from the
Visitors. He finds Willie and Boyce hiding nearby and is about
to deliver Donovan's message when a Visitor tanker craft flies
overhead for its latest water run. Is it too late too late to
save Mike, Julie, and Hart?
CONTINUED IN V #3.
On this issue's cover, the V logo
is seen as a spray-painted protest symbol on the wall behind the
Visitor and his captive.
A mistake is made in the V slogan on the cover this time around,
saying "The Visitors are your friends" instead of the usual "The
Visitors are our friends." Within the pages of this issue,
Julie also makes a similar statement: "By now the Visitors have
become masters at this 'we are your friends' routine."
In the previous issue Willie
said it was the transducer coil that went out on the skyfighter,
causing them to crash. Here he says it was the stabilization
On page 1, panel 1,
to describe the failure of the coil, Willie uses the
expression "on the blink" and Julie corrects him, "The
expression is on the blink." I guess the letterer messed up and
wrote in the correct word in the first place! (Possibly Willie
was supposed to improperly say "on the blank"?)
At the beginning of this issue, in typical comic book fashion
(especially in the 1960s-80s) the characters all paraphrase the
things they said at the end of last issue. This is meant to
remind the readers of what happened previously in the story and
also to, hopefully, allow new readers to jump in having missed
the earlier chapters.
When Julie looks in one of the crates dropped by the fleeing
townspeople she discovers they contain live field mice,
apparently a food gift to the Visitors they thought were aboard
the crashed skyfighter. But new resistance member Hart acts like
he doesn't know what the mice are for, wondering why the locals
would have tried to pass off some "pet" mice to the lizards before
Julie corrects him. It seems unlikely that anyone would or could
be able to claim they don't know about the Visitors eating
habits at this point!
Julie and the others open all the dropped crates and allow the
mice to run free back out into the wild. Then Julie says, "Sorry
we didn't save one for you, Willie." And Willie responds (for
some reason speaking to Donovan!), "That's all right, Mike. I'm
trying to cut down." Hasn't he already cut down and become a
vegetarian as revealed in "The
Deception"? And shouldn't Julie and the rest know that by
Page 4 reveals that the marina Tyler and Chris are at is an
exclusive marina north of Redondo Beach. This may be Marina del
Rey, home of many exclusive marinas.
On page 5, like last issue, Diana is again depicted as being
aboard a mothership in Earth orbit instead of above Los Angeles.
On page 6 we see a Visitor
remote-flying device armed with a killing laser. Perhaps
this is a precursor to the remote flying orb seen in the
V2000 "Pilot" episode!
On pages 6-7, Diana takes a Vaderish turn as she kills one of
her subordinate officers for his failure in defeating a
resistance force at a Visitor-run work camp on Earth. She then
promotes a nervous junior officer into his position.
On page 7, Hart makes a
Star Trek reference, saying,
"If things get too dicey down there we can always ask Scotty to
beam us up!"
Page 10 reveals that our heroes have landed near the town of
Sparkling Springs. There is no such real town in California.
On page 11, Tyler refers to a Visitor as a fly-eater.
On page 12, Donovan comments that he remembers his dad buying
bottles of Sparkling Springs Water when he was a kid. Since
Donovan's father was implied to be an alcoholic in
"Plan for Resistance" and
the V novelization, he
might have bought the water to mix his drinks with!
On page 13, when Donovan hears that the local hospital is empty
despite the average age of the townsfolk being over sixty, he
says, "That is one for Ripley's Believe It or Not."
Ripley's Believe It or Not is a franchise of books,
comic strips, comic books, radio shows, television programs, museums and more
that tell the bizarre but true stories of people, places, and
things in this world.
On page 14, the Visitors' flying platform, first seen in
on the Edge", is seen again, but now has weapons mounted
On page 17, Tyler is thinking of his hero on TV who likes to say
"I love it when a plan comes together!" Tyler's hero then must
be Hannibal Smith, portrayed by George Peppard in the 1983-87 TV
series The A-Team.
The mayor of Sparkling Springs says that the Visitors first
landed in town "nearly a year ago." If that is true, the
Visitors arrived there shortly after V-day when the red
dust was first released into Earth's atmosphere! It seems like
this statement must be in error and, more likely, the Visitors
arrived a little over a year ago, shortly before V-day.
Then there must have been a hiatus in visits as the aliens fled
Earth from the red dust until their return in
Page 18 reveals that the Visitors have some kind of crystals
that, when seeded into the otherwise worthless ground, can cause
vegetables to grow to the size of basketballs.
Page 18 also reveals that the mineral water of Sparkling Springs
has an invigorating effect on the Visitors' bodies.
Page 21 reveals that Nathan Bates financed Lorne and his squad's
defection from the Visitor military.
Also on page 21, Tyler says to Lorne, "You're about to make my
day!" It sounds like Tyler has another hero in movie character
Harry Callahan! Clint Eastwood made the phrase "Go ahead, make
my day" popular as the
tough cop character in the 1983 Dirty Harry film Sudden
Notes from V-Mail
In those pre-worldwide web days of
1984, letters on the first issue had not yet arrived for
publication, so this issue's V-Mail
column is a text piece by assistant editor Bob Greenberger about
the comic staff's visit to the World Science-Fiction Convention
in Anaheim, CA in the summer of 1984.
Greenberger mentions that the day after the convention, he met
with the TV series' Executive Producer Daniel Blatt, whose
office was decorated with posters from some of his films,
including one called Independence Day! (Blatt's 1983
Independence Day film has nothing to with aliens and
flying saucers, unlike the V-inspired 1996
film; this one is
about a female artist challenging herself to become all she can
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