"Together We Stand"
V Storybook (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The resistance struggles to destroy a Visitor
skyfighter which is transporting an extremely rare ingredient in
the production of an experimental nerve gas being developed by
As the story opens, Willie is meeting with a fifth columnist
named Gordon, who tells him about an experimental nerve gas
being developed by Diana. She needs a rare crystal called
Xephite she discovered on the way to Earth, in the asteroid belt,
which is stored on the San Francisco mothership. It was being
transported by skyfighter to Los Angeles when the skyfighter was
shot down by a resistance group in the mountains along the way.
He says that a battle is currently being fought between Visitor
and resistance forces to retrieve the Xephite. He gives Willie a
sheet of paper relating the location of the downed vessel just
before two Visitor soldiers ambush them, immediately killing
Gordon and wounding Willie with a laser blast. Willie manages to
escape and is picked up by Tyler, who takes him to the
Julie determines that Willie is dying and needs medical help
trained in Visitor medicine. Donovan and Kyle successfully
kidnap two Visitor medical personnel from one of their medical
centers and force them to work on saving Willie.
Meanwhile, Donovan and Tyler decide they need to help steal or
destroy the Xephite from the downed skyfighter. They manage to
steal two specialized "tankbuster" military aircraft from a base
and fly up to the trouble spot where they attempt to destroy the
downed fighter, but are themselves targeted by two skyfighters.
Donovan shoots down one, but Tyler's plane is shot down by the
other; he is able to steer it straight into the downed
fighter, destroying it, while he bails out and parachutes to
safety. Meanwhile, Donovan is also shot down, but parachutes
out. Tyler brings down the final skyfighter with an
anti-aircraft gun in the possession of the resistance ground force.
Back in L.A., Willie finally succumbs to his injuries and dies.
But a grieving Elizabeth is suddenly able to use her amazing
powers to bring the alien resistance fighter back to life.
Notes from the V chronology
This story tries to have it both ways in that it
suggests that Nathan Bates is dead, indicating that it takes
place after the fall of the open city of Los Angeles, and that
Ham Tyler is still present, indicating that it takes place
before the fall of the open city. Since Tyler is a fairly
integral character in the story, I have chosen to place it
before the death of Nathan Bates in the chronology.
This story appeared in the British 1984
V Storybook, a kids book of short stories all about V.
The stories are all pretty lame.
The Willie-portion of the story seems to have been ripped off
from the episode
"The Betrayal". In both, Willie
secretly meets with a fifth columnist, they shake hands, and the
sympathizer gives him information about Visitor weapons; they
are ambushed by a couple of Visitor guards, the sympathizer is
killed, and Willie is shot and wounded before escaping; in the
burned-out remains of a resistance HQ (here, an old gambling
club, in "The Betrayal", the Club
Creole) Willie is cared for but is dying from his wound; a
Visitor medical technician is kidnapped by the resistance to
treat Willie; Willie gets a blood transfusion from the medical
student; Willie dies and Elizabeth uses her powers to bring him
back to life. Both stories also mention substances beginning
with "x" that are important for Visitor weapons, xenon in
"The Betrayal" and Xephite in
this story. For purposes of continuity, I prefer to ignore the
Willie portions of this story and think of it as just the battle
in the mountains to destroy the downed Visitor skyfighter.
Page 12 mentions the riot cops having an M60 machine gun mounted
on the back of their Jeep. The M60 is a real world family of
American machine guns in production since 1957 and currently
manufactured by General Dynamics.
Also on page 12, Gordon tells Willie that Diana picked up a
small crystal called Xephite in the asteroid belt on the way to
Earth. Presumably the asteroid belt mentioned is the one which
lies in an orbit in between Mars and Jupiter. Xephite is a
fictional type of crystal.
Also on page 12, Gordon mentions 'Frisco. This is a shorthand
way of saying San Francisco.
The drawings in this story
depict Willie wearing a striped
shirt similar to the striped
sweater worn by the same actor,
Robert Englund, as Freddy
Krueger in the original Nightmare on Elm
Street series of films.
In this story, the L.A. resistance is working out of a temporary
headquarters in the burned-out shell of an old gambling club.
That suggests the story takes place sometime after the fall of
the open city, other wise they'd still be in the Club Creole.
Page 15 mentions the Hippocratic Oath. This is the oath taken by
western doctors to obey a certain code of ethics. The original
version is believed to have been written by Hippocrates in
On page 16, Donovan and Tyler drive away from the HQ and 50
minutes later have infiltrated an aircraft hangar to steal two
military planes. We're not told where this is at, but it must be a
of some kind in or near the L.A. area, presumably a U.S.
Air Force base since the type of plane stolen,
a pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II's (misprinted as "Thunderbolt
11's" in the story), are actual planes once made for
the USAF. The
closest USAF base would be Los Angeles Air Force Base in El
Segundo. The A-10 is a jet ground support aircraft, sometimes known as
"warthogs" or "tankbusters" just as stated in the story. The
description of the plane's TF34 turbofan engines is also accurate, as
are the artistic depictions of the planes in the story. The 30mm GAU cannons
mounted on the planes are also real.
On page 17, Kyle is referred to as "the ex-mayor's son". That's
not quite correct, as his father, Nathan Bates, was never
elected or referred to as "mayor" even though he did have de
facto control of Los Angeles for several months after the
Also on page 17, Tyler mentions the AGM-65E Laser Maverick air-to-surface missiles mounted under the A-10's wings. These are
actual American tactical missiles and are often found mounted on
On page 20, Tyler has just demonstrated the use of an M-167 20mm
Vulcan Air Defense system. This is an actual anti-aircraft gun,
as is the XM-168 (though the "X" stands for experimental; the
tested and approved version for production, if produced,
probably became known as
With the Xephite destroyed with the Visitor skyfighter, would
Diana be able to get more? Is there more Xephite still in storage on the
San Francisco mothership? Or might she be able to find more in
the asteroid belt?
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