Issue by Issue – V #11

Wrtier – Cary Bates
Artist – Carmine Infantino
Inker – Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Michelle Wolfman
Letters – Carrie Spiegle

After the debacle in New York which saw the plans of Diana and the Visitors stymied thanks to a little teamwork, the Resistance is all back together again in Los Angeles and it is a grim gathering among the ruins of the club they once called home, at least after a fashion. That being said, there is no rest to be had as the Visitors are on patrol and they need to get back to their current headquarters to regroup, rebuild and plan their next step. As for those they stand against, Diana is instructed to prepare for the coming of the Crown Prince and when he arrives, she will be responsible for his protection. She of course agrees to do so, including the caveat that she must work with Lydia. While this is going on, the Visitors have also found the headquarters of the Resistance and Cary Bates weaves all of these plot threads together in a confluence of events to make for a pretty captivating read. Illustrated once more by Carmine Infantino, the man makes it all look as incredible as ever and while there might not be any capes or cowls present, this tale of good guys and bad is never boring for a second. As the book moves into its final act, Lydia orders the Visitors to launch the attack, not knowing that inside of the building is the Crown Prince, rescued by the Resistance after crashlanding in a craft that was meant to be transporting him to the mothership until some Fifth Columnists got involved. Bates writes a fun story and seeing the Resistance take it to the Visitors despite being overwhelmed is always a good thing and yet they must retreat given the lack of preparedness and the surprise of the attack. If there was a positive to all of it, they discovered yet another traitor in their ranks, now excised due to the attack and they have a political prisoner which may or may not turn the tide of things to come, though Bates does leave the book on a bit of a cliff-hanger with the Prince supposedly keeping a little something under the collar. Another book that goes in the win column.

4 out of 5

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