I'm trying something new today. Rather than reviewing a single novel or comic book I'm going to discuss all of the tie-in novels and comics to NBC's V (referred to here as V: The Miniseries) and its spin-offs. V: The Miniseries, a two-part, four-hour sci-fi miniseries originally broadcast in May of 1983, spawned a sequel miniseries (V: The Final Battle, broadcast in May of 1984), a short-lived weekly television series (V: The Series, broadcast from October of 1984 to March of 1985) and a slew of collectibles and memorabilia, much of it released in 1984. There was a metal lunchbox (with plastic thermos) from Aladdin, a set of 66 trading cards and stickers from Fleer, an "Enemy Visitor" action figure from LJN and toy guns from Arco. LJN was set to produce an additional series of action figures in 1985 but due to the failure of V: The Series the figures were never produced .
Outliving V: The Series, however, were a series a novels from Pinnacle Books and a comic book adaptation from DC Comics. Author A. C. Crispin wrote a roughly 400-page novelization of both V: The Miniseries and V: The Final Battle for Pinnacle, first published in April of 1984. The New York Times called it an "unusual multimedia event" given that it would hit shelves shortly before V: The Final Battle appeared on television . Pinnacle had approached NBC during the summer of 1983 about novelizing V, explaining that "bookstores could provide a whole new showcase for television promotion" and ultimately ordered a first printing running an astounding 850,000 books . The publisher hoped V: The Final Battle would draw attention to the novelization while NBC felt that the novelization would promote V: The Final Battle.Read the rest of this entry »