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The classic '80s comic book series later reprinted as a graphic novel, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, about a totalitarian England and a costumed freedom fighter/terrorist named V.

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Intelligent thriller meets political critique

  • Jan 21, 2006
Rating:
+5
All I want to add to the torrent of reviews already out on this--and well before the movie comes out--is that, if like me you're a fan of Orwellian dystopia, thoughtful considerations of personal responsibility within the context of a police state and those who allow such a situation to control them, and a challenging plotline, this is superb edification as well as cracking good entertainment. Moore & Lloyd stretch again the ability of their genre to deliver multiple storylines, overlapping or simultaneous (or as close you can get to this in print) voices, narrative, and/or soundtracks, and quickly edited scenes makes this a satisfying visual and auditory experience. Characterizations are also fleshed out well; as the afterword's notes comment, even the baddies gain recognizable features that we share with them, and nobody's a caricature, although many people's poses are satirized deftly. My favorite section, the set-piece of Valerie that centers the whole triptych, was astonishingly intricate.

This work takes considerable mental concentration; the hours flew by as I read, and I found myself engrossed, by the combination of visuals and print, in a way that combined the best of film and literature. I commend Moore and Lloyd for their diligence, intelligence, and craft. Macbeth, the Stones, Blake, Crowley, Martha & the Vandellas: all this and more pack the intertextual references with even more layers of sophistication. A fine work indeed, and one also that can be valuable for teenagers as well as those of us who read "1984" in our formative years. My son borrowed this from his classmate and urged me to read it. I'm glad I did. And, for the present generation, this take on Orwell's vision of "a boot crushing a face, forever" is considerably faster-paced and bolder in its near-familiarity.

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review by . July 06, 2010
   This is a great example of how our social structure has evolved to perhaps caution against an assumed caste.  The main character, V, was forced to undergo what is considered by today's standards ghastly and illegal experimentation that resulted in not his inability to adhere to social standards but integrate his self within them.  The book illustrates his personal efforts to undermine a corrupt and conspiratorial system in which the medical experiments performed on V result …
review by . July 01, 2010
V for Vendetta is a 'whatif' scenario by grahic novel genius Alan Moore. The book takes place in London, England in a universe where after rioting a far right group which follows a fascist nordic ideology sweeps into power in London and does what any fascist political party would be expected to do - exercises complete control over the country and ruthlessly kill and maim with no regard for human life. The book starts in a human experimentation lab where people are used as test subjects with …
review by . July 12, 2010
I mean what can I say? Who doesn't like a story of totalitarian society along with a masked phantom terrorist who isn't really a terrorist but is actually trying to save the subdued and coerced culture? I know I do! However, V for Vendetta isn't one of the best. Don't get me wrong, everyone loves a good individualist story, being different never really goes out of style; but NOT being different from all the other  "I'm-different and-damn-proud-of-it" novels is …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Perfect Poetic Protest. This is an unique and great novel. You will never read something like V for Vendetta. Alan Moore shows how a person that we firstly take as lunatic actually is a real visionary.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I honestly found this book hard to follow. I spent much time confused.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
i have not a clue why i seem to be in love with this movie. i think the hero in this movie was also the viline. it showed just a little bit of weho i am.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
It pretty much goes Watchmen and then V for great Alan Moore.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A modern day Count of Monte Cristo , wearing a Guy Fawlkes mask, gets his revenge on those and the country which betrays him
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
While the film was about US, the book is about England. Whereas film ends with hope, book ends with total anarchy. It's one of the hardest comics I ever read, for its rich and hard to glance through. But I love V, think Evey is a strong character in this one, and Norsefire is much more complex. The plot? It's what happens when governments forget the power of people and try to take control. One man can change everything.
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Medievalist turned humanities professor; unrepentant but not unskeptical Fenian; overconfident accumulator of books & music; overcurious seeker of trivia, quadrivia, esoterica.      … more
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Author: Alan Moore, David Lloyd
Genre: Superheroes, Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Political and Social Satire
Publisher: DC Comics, Warrior, Vertigo
Format: Graphic Novel

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