Issue by Issue – V #18

Writer – Paul Kupperberg
Artist – Denys Cowan
Inker – Dick Giordano, Arne Starr
Colours – Michelle Wolfman
Letters – Carrie Spiegle

The final issue of V, the comic book based upon the television series would end with more of a whimper than a bang though the story itself was fine and the artwork quite good. The reason for such is the simple fact that the book had built towards something for sixteen issues with Cary Bates and Carmine Infantino primarily at the helm until those in charge decided to either give them a break until they began the next phase of their arc with this fill-in story or they knew the book was coming to a close and simply did not care. Whatever the case, the last two issues of this series were not necessarily bad ones, they simply took the reader back in time to a moment when the Resistance was still battling the Visitors in Los Angeles with some very delicate intel at stake. Adding to that would be the cure for the Red Dust which had so far reigned in any plans for major expansion by Diana and the rest of her people, a chemical that when released in the air would prove fatal to the aliens. As it is a look into the past, one has to know that the Visitors would fail at stopping the Resistance on both of these fronts but it would not stop these two books from telling a good story with Paul Kupperberg doing a fine job along with artist Denys Cowan providing the artwork for it all. The characterization was on point, it was suspenseful at times with a bit of solid action and Diana was her cold calculating self, up to her machinations as per usual. It had all the right ingredients but one and that was leaving readers without a real resolution to the previous storyline which would never see the light of day. Suffice it to say, it was a bit of a shame and would slightly taint this story through no fault of its own as it was perfectly enjoyable all on its own. It is a sad thing that this book had to end, much like the show it was modelled after but all of it still makes for a great read and is definitely worth seeking out for those that were fans of the material.

4 out of 5

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