Issue by Issue – V #7

Wrtier – Mindy Newell
Artist – Carmine Infantino
Inker – Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Michelle Wolfman
Letters – Carrie Spiegle

Julie Parrish has had nightmares for years, sixteen at the very least and she always wakes up afraid, unsure of where she is and in a state of panic. What brought this phobia on happened when she was seven years old and it has persisted ever since. To that effect and after having a rough number of days what with happened to Earl Meagan and so forth, she heads back home to Echo Valley. The place is a ghost town thanks to the Visitors, everyone either dead or having fled and so she has the place to herself, or at least so she thinks. Mindy Newell soon brings a bit of Julie’s past to the present in the form of a man named Judd whom she knew as a child and they start hanging out as if no time has passed though time and the Visitors have been cruel and touched their lives in ways that can never be undone. Back aboard the mothership, Diana and her head of security Lydia play a game of cat and mouse, one always baiting the other and one has to wonder at this point why Diana does not simply kill her for her continued insubordination but there must be some sort of politics at play or Lydia is really, really good at her job. As it is, intel has reached them about Julie and so an assassin is sent to Echo Valley to take care of their problem, unbeknownst to the freedom fighter. Though Julie needed a break, wanted a break and thought that that is what she would get, deep down she knew that it was not to last and so when she and Judd find themselves under attack, it is no surprise. To make things even worse, her phobia attacks as well and so it is up to Judd to protect them. Hours later, after Julie comes to, she finds herself alone again, her friend nowhere to be found and she knows what has happened even without seeing it for herself. Newell writes a fine tale, one that puts the spotlight fully upon a Julie who has only been somewhat of a supporting character thus far. The artwork from Carmine Infantino is as good as ever and while there are no huge battles of any kind, it is good to take a break and present another kind of tale before things ramp up again.

4 out of 5

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  1. One of these days I want to revisit this comic book series. Back in the mid 1980s I really was unable to appreciate how powerful & unsettling the V television miniseries was as an examination of just how easily America could be subsumed by fascism. And even if the later weekly TV series basically degraded into “Dynasty in outer space” with Jane Badler and June Chadwick standing in for Joan Collins and Linda Evans for the requisite catfights, it still remains a potent, engaging story.

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