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V for Vendetta Paperback – October 24, 2008
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“Mr. Moore, a native of Northampton, England, distinguished himself as a darkly philosophical voice in the medium of comic books — a rare talent whose work can sell solely on the strength of his name.”—The New York Times
"Dark, gripping storytelling." —Entertainment Weekly
“It is a good book, it is smart, and there's no doubt that it remains relevant.” —The Guardian
“Moore's work has great depth. It shows a dirty world with ugly, fully-realized characters.” —IGN
“A complex, involving narrative.” —AV Club
“It’s difficult not to be sucked into V’s take on anarchy. —PopMatters
About the Author
Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.
David Lloyd has been working in comics since 1977. Amongst his most favored works are Sláine: Cauldron of Blood, Night Raven: House of Cards, Aliens: Glass Corridor, Weird War Tales, Gangland, Dark Horse Presents 86, The Horrorist, Marlowe: The Graphic Novel, Hellblazer: Rare Cuts, War Story: J For Jenny, War Story: Nightingale, and Kickback.
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Every story should have at least one "Moment of Awesome", and this story has lots of them. From the opening scene on, it's great stuff. The dialogue especially is exceptional.
I really liked the artwork also. It was a bit dark in some places, so it has to be studied sometimes. But it was still wonderfully done.
My only negative about this story is that for me, it was a bit difficult sometimes to understand who all the characters were. There were a lot of names thrown around, along with many inner monologues. This wasn't a bad thing exactly. It just took a while for all of it to click. Once it did, it was okay. I'm sure it will all make more sense to me on a reread.
The story is compelling. Even though you can often predict where it is going, it is still very satisfying. The near future envisioned also holds up well. This is surprising, considering how long ago this story was written. It seems some themes don't grow old.
I like how this book - at its core - is about ideas. Personal freedom, and the role of government. These are important things worth thinking about, and most comics don't go there. That's part of what makes "V for Vendetta" so special. It's not so much a typical action story - although it does have action. It's really more of a thought piece.
What makes a "terrorist", exactly? Would a government building bombing be morally acceptable, if done against an evil regime? What is anarchy, and is it ever appropriate?
This book raises these uneasy questions, and offers no answers. The protagonist suggests his own answers, but still leaves the final moral judgment up to the reader. This is compelling reading, and raises the story above usual comic fare.
The Guy Fawkes mask was a stroke of genius by the authors. Forever now, it will symbolize something great: Ideas of freedom, personal responsibility, and constrained government. It also represents the flip side of that: mob rule, anarchy, and anonymity. (And at worst, terrorism.) It's not easy to consider those things in full.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I highly recommend it.
Not to give too much away, but two scenes that deftly highlight this dynamic are the Madam Justice scene and the Bishop Lilliman scene. In both scenes, the point of view of the panels had the aforementioned effects. I found what makes V for Vendetta, and graphic novels in general, compelling is that they’re like no literary work I’ve read before. The last time I read a book with images was in elementary school. The originality, in addition to the detailed excellence of the graphic novel as a whole, is what makes V for Vendetta compelling, and why I would recommend it to all.
Examples Moore uses here include the various kinds of authority from the top to the bottom i.e. the government, the police, organised religion down to the personal level of the abusive spouse in an organised structure called marriage. Moore shows that frequently when this happens it is the vulnerable in society such as the minorities of every kind be it racial. social strata or gender affiliation that are scapegoated and persecuted. Society ends up poorer for the lack of diversity while under the delusion that uniformity and conforming to one standard way of thinking is ideal. When one looks at nature, incredible diversity appears to be the norm and yet humankind appears to want to go the opposite way and Moore's apologetic for his brand of anarchy to the point of quoting Aleister Crowley appears to be saying that the current "natural order" of things is actually unnatural.
This library format release is pretty decent with a page size and texture about the same as your comic floppy. The binding is glued and a little tight but my copy on a flat surface stays open from page 9 i.e. the start of the story itself and there is little to no gutter loss for the most part. No dust cover here so what you see is the hard cover design itself. There are short intros by both Moore and Lloyd to start and an article by Moore from an issue of Warrior #17 at the end. David Lloyd's artwork here complements Moore's great story very well and brings across the feeling of dread and despondency very keenly for the reader to experience.
This ranks among the greatest adult graphic novels ever released and this version is a nice addition to your library.