Issue by Issue – V #3

Writer – Cary Bates
Artist – Carmine Infantino
Inker – Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Michele Wolfman
Letters – John Costanza

Things are not going well for the resistance fighters who find themselves locked up in a jail cell while the residents of Sparkling Springs go to make nice with the alien invaders. They have come to this small town in order to procure the water that lies beneath it and in return, the residents have been made whole, all of their ailments cured and more. For them, it is like a miracle and all they have to do is give up the water they were not using anyway. Soon a jailbreak is orchestrated and Julie and her men are free to take the fight to the snakes who have arrived earlier than usual to collect the water. They do what they do best and yet, they manage to suffer a casualty along the way before getting captured. What turns the tide for them though is the death of a boy named Billy which spurs the town into rethinking their position on the aliens and soon they are up in arms, taking the fight to those who would subjugate and kill all of humanity if given a choice. Cary Bates and Carmine Infantino continue to do a great job on this spinoff book, expanding the television mythos of V just a little bit and making it quite enjoyable as they go along. The writing is solid and the artwork is more so, making things move along at a good pace so readers are excited to turn the page and find out where it is all going. Those of the resistance put up a good fight and while it seems like impossible odds, the aliens with their ship far outnumbering those on the ground, they manage to even the odds and with the townsfolk, take that fight to the snakes and come out on top. There was a lot of good action in this book and the pace that was set was fairly brisk and made for more than a fun read and while there were no scenes involving Ham and Chris who played quite the large part in the first two issues, they do leave the book off on a cliff-hanger as they try to get to the bottom of why they were being hunted in the first place. V continues to be a solid read, not as good as the television show obviously but quite good nonetheless.

3.5 out of 5

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