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Absolute V for Vendetta Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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"Densely packed, thematically vibrant and philosophically challenging work that defies easy categorization."
"In works as varied as Watchmen, Swamp Thing and V For Vendetta, Moore revitalized comic books' potential by fashioning complex stories out of deft action, dizzying allusions, and dazzling artwork."
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The color is another issue. I've always thought that the original coloring of the work was poorly done, and it looks even worse in this edition. It just looks like whole pages were arbitrarily washed with randomly chosen water-colors. If this is some concious attempt to imitate or parody a particular style of older comics art, someone let me know. Perhaps it was originally meant to be in B&W? I honestly think this work would be well-served by being completely recolored.
My other complaint is about the "extras." All the introductions and essays included in the book are simply reprints of material that V fans have already had access to. This work would have benefited from some fresh analysis and introduction by a critic or editor, perhaps to put the work in perspective and give some history on the publication, sales, and critical reception it has received through the years, as well as its place in Mr. Moore's career output, how it relates to the development of his work overall.
This edition is well worth buying for those who don't already have it in printed format. If you already have the smaller hardcover edition, however, you may think seriously about whether you need to buy this.Read more ›
V for Vendetta is, along with Marvelman/Miracleman, the first of Alan Moore's major works in the field of comics. It was begun at the time of Moore's early feelings of unease at the UK's ruling Conservative Party and concluded when those feelings had coalesced into outright disgust. Like the best Science Fiction, the best comics reflect concerns of the time in which they were written -and, yes, I'm aware I'm bringing together a genre and a medium- and V for Vendetta is political Science Fiction. In his introduction, written in 1988, Moore expresses his anxiety for the immediate future becoming a Conservative-led right wing intolerance as Margaret Thatcher forsaw a Conservative Britain into the next millenium and mentions that he's considering leaving the country. In the event, the Conservatives barely lasted until the middle of the 90's and Britain stands proudly, for all its flaws, as one of the most liberal, open. and tolerant of western societies. If you just limit this to England, I would argue, on evidence, that this is the most liberal, open, and tolerant of western societies. And Alan Moore is still ensconced happily in Northampton which, he argues, is located in the very centre of England.Read more ›
But it's expensive. The local store has it for the list price, here on amazon you can get it for a lot less, but is it worth it? You have to answer that for yourself I'm afraid. Is the larger format and the collector-grade packaging enough for you to spend the money? There are also sketches and work-in-progress, sort of behind the scenes, features much like the collector multidisk DVD packages. All of the back cover art and the silent art pages from the original comic are all here as well.
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Loved the movie, Love this graphic novel. The absolute edition is greatPublished 5 months ago by Thunder_Punching
A must for any fans of the comics/graphic novels of "V".
Great packaging & presentation. Nicely done. Price point was not too bad.
GREAT BOOK! Looks so sexy on my coffee table. Love that I have all the issues together in this compendium.Published on December 14, 2013 by Danielle Kiddy
This was a gift. They were extremely happy and surprised to receive it. They will be lending the book out so many people can enjoy it.Published on May 20, 2013 by Arline Laurentino