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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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Ultimately Not A Vendetta

  • Jul 6, 2010
Rating:
+5

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 in massive profits for some of the involved individuals.

This actually mirrors some of what is occurring in our society today and we as well see that, while V undergoes some actions that can be described as terrorist in nature, his motivation is to alert the people of his society that they are being placated and unnecessarily subjected to a daily routine that enhances the profitability of many situated at the top.

V's journey also causes the personal growth and awareness of Eve, who discovers a kind of kinship with V after having been rescued by him but in returning the favour she is forced to endure an imprisonment so as to not compromise V's plan. 

All in all, the book is very well written and highlights some of the tactics used by the heads of state where dissenters are categorized as threats to the system and made examples of.  The use of media to increase the fear of the populace and subsequently adherence to state government propaganda could also be described as a mirror to today's role of the media and is a great eye opener for those who have been exposed only to the propagations of the generally accepted media.

While I find that I ultimately disagree with the actions of V, the reasonings given are  consistent with societal interest and is highlighted with an implicit message that the labels we toss around in reference to our fellow men and women are adverse to our need to cooperate and understand ourselves.

An incredible message in a very well presented book, I wholly recommend this title to anyone who is interested in an indirect description of how society works and especially to those who didn't even know that they were interested.  My only advice is to look beyond some of the seemingly anti-social actions and to view the message underneath them.

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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
After you read Watchmen, check this out.
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.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
greatest and probably most popular cult series of all time. this was a verrryy interesting read. satyrical for a graphic novel. really made you think about underground politics, and extreme activism. also the reason for the whole "anon" movement that has been going on.
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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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