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Remember remember the fifth of NovemberA frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David LloydSet in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence V for Vendetta brings an uneualed depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance


10 thoughts on “V for Vendetta

  1. says:

    A 83% | Very Good Notes A Miltonian antihero in an Orwellian world the hero's a kind of philosopher Batman but for anarchy instead of law


  2. says:

    Remember remember the fifth of November This TPB edition collects the original 10 comic book issues then divided in the graphic novel in three chaptersCreative TeamWriter Alan MooreIllustrator David Lloyd VALIANT VERICITY Remember remember The fifth of November the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot It's one of the first sentences that came to mind when you think about the masterpiece by Alan Moore David Lloyd And certainly something uite easy to remember each year on the infamous mentioned dateHowever the most powerful uote that sticks to my mind is People should not be afraid of their governments Governments should be afraid of their people That uote resumes the very power of this majestic storyThe story of one manOne man who can be everybody Everybody is special Everybody Everybody is a hero a lover a fool a villain everybody Everybody has their story to tell And the story of V is one very powerful to tell Good evening London I thought it time we had a little talk Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin VIGOROUS VOCALITY This is my favorite graphic novel everOne of the first impacts when I read reading this graphic novel the first time it was when I realized that you don't start to read in the beginning of the storyNo the plan of V is so carefully crafted that when the government think that he started he is already finishing it V? You're almost finished aren't you? It's very likely that by now you may have watched the film and it's a very good adaptation I liked it a lot and it's one of my favorite movies Are there differences? Oh yes But honestly as a hardcore Alan Moore's fan I think that the changes are good thinking that film is a different format than comic book and therefore some things can be changed and still delivering the same powerful message There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill There's only an idea Ideas are bulletproof However if you are a truly V for Vendetta's fan like me you must read the graphic novel at some point or you will be missing a lot VEHEMENT VITALISM Knowledge like air is vital to life Like air no one should be denied it It's a wonderful joy to watch how Alan Moore put everywhere the letter v in the titles of the chapters just to mention an exampleAlso David Lloyd is a very creative partner of Moore making into art many original concepts like a chapter made entirely in the form a music sheetWonderful concepts that you only can get in the format of a graphic novel VENDETTA VALIDITY If I take off that mask something will go away forever be diminished because whoever you are isn’t as big as the idea of you I am a huge fan of Alan Moore's work and I have the luck to find a lot of his work not only the uite known examples like Watchmen and this very graphic novel V for Vendetta but also his entire runs of Swamp Thing Top Ten Tom Strong Promethea Fashion Beast along with great issues like For the Man who has everything The Killing Joke Whatever happened with the Man of Tomorrow etcand I loved to read everything and I have to say that my favorite work by Alan Moore is this graphic novel V for VendettaI think the strongest issue that convince me to realize that V for Vendetta is my own personal favorite graphic novel but also my own personal favorite work by Alan Moore is because it's that each little detail on the story was so carefully done so carefully thought so carefully presentedAnd that's the beautiful irony of all Since this is a story about chaos but it's done with a precision where nothing is left to chance Everything is where that's supposed to be No or less than needed to tell the storyAnd threrefore My own personal opinion is that this is his masterpiece in the middle of an universe of masterpieces written by Alan MooreNot only is a strong political story but also an impressive artworkAlso the terrorist known as V is one of the best characters ever made in literature What was done to me created me It's a basic principle of the Universe that every action will create an eual and opposing reaction That will be all You may return to your labors England prevails


  3. says:

    For all of the criticism heaped on movie versions of novels and other literary works well deserved in many cases there are times when the filmmakers get it very right eg Lord of the Rings the Princess Bride Schindler’s List The Graphic Novel in particular is a format that lends itself well to adaptation and in the right hands can often IMPROVE on the source material Examples of this IMHO would include From Hell Road to Perdition and Sin City To that small but distinctive list I would add V for Vendetta as I thought the film version was superior to the print That's not to say the graphic novel is not good Alan Moore deserves a lot of credit for this ground breaking original story Had I not seen the movie prior to reading this I would likely have been far impressed with it However as it is I couldn't help feeling that the film did a better job of conveying the “oppressive nature” of the fascist society envisioned in the story The stellar cast assembled for the movie didn't hurt either While reading I often found myself thinking to myself that I preferred the film's vision of the narrative Without spoilerizing one example of this is that I thought in general the character depictions were vastly enhanced largely due to the superior casting I mean seriously the movie hadNUFF SAIDI also think the movie clearly defined the central plot allowing the underlying message of the story to be delivered with power As for the climax the movie's was golden and I thought the addition of the public’s “participation” was inspired To be fair the GN had its share of moments of advantage as well enough to make reading it worth while even if you have seen the movie V’s “confrontation” with the “Voice of London” was much elaborate in the graphic novel and V’s back story is expanded upon and given depth Both of these are interesting and well done Still overall I found the movie was superior and I think my rating of the GN suffers a bit unfair or not as a result Thus a good read and one that I recommendjust make sure to see the movie as well 35 stars


  4. says:

    I adored this graphic novel every single page of it If I could give it than 5 stars then I would


  5. says:

    I freaking love the movie and I love this novel One day I will add the pic of me in my V mask I just need to get a good hat and cape 😉Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  6. says:

    Prison What exactly is prison? Is it just the confinement in which we are placed after crime? Or is it something ? Can we become imprisoned without being aware of it? Can we even imprison ourselves? Perhaps even to the state? Alan Moore depicts these uestions in this scary graphic novel that is set in some crazy right winged London that reeks of fascism and corruption It’s a dark eerily real place; it is a place that might have actually been in an alternate history Just like in Watchmen Moore shows us an alternative past that is stark and weirdly possible The people struggle under an oppressive regime; they have no voice; they have no liberty or identity they are in a monumental prison of both body and mind And worse yet because of the mass propaganda campaigns intimidating armed troop patrols and lack of freedom in general the people are not fully aware of their own oppressive plight They’re ignorant and led along by the voice of power and authority They have no free will This is where V comes in In the guise of a shadowy villain the costumed rogue represents pure anarchy His way of thought as he himself admits would lead to nothing but chaos But anything is better than fascism right? Well you’d think so but V is far from the morale crusader he identifies himself as Despite his form of vigilante justice he is not morally good What he inflicts on his protégé is nothing but damn nasty; yes it opened her eyes to the prison of life but in order for them to be opened he had to inflict great cruelty Do the ends ever justify the means? Anarchy is the complete lack of authority over the populace which is what V is striving for but he is acting with the power and ruthless of the very thing he is trying to overcome Indeed what he exacts is a form of manipulative control which is the very thing he is trying to destroy through his wave of terrorism He is certainly a dark and complex character Perhaps his ethos is even slightly self defeating and contradictory I don’t think he’s any better that what he is trying to destroy but perhaps that’s the idea Perhaps Moore is trying to suggest that corruption is the very essence of human nature and that nobody is beyond it I think V is less a man than an ideal He represents something much bigger than himself which is signified by his legacy But what this thing is destructive and extreme; his idea is not necessarily something beneficial to mankind I much preferred Watchmen to this; it was less political and focused on human nature rather than the complex nature of politics I think the right reader could take a lot from this but for me I thought it was too bleak There's little in the way of redemptive themes here 25 stars


  7. says:

    Me is 21 yo and has no idea what tf V for Vendetta is aboutMy friend hands me her personal graphic novel in disgust I pity you


  8. says:

    I struggled for a long time with the growing notion that conservatives simply aren't funny At first it seemed a silly idea since conservatism draws from sources as varied as progressivism all levels of intelligence and wealth all kinds of people from all walks of life yet none of them are funnyCertainly they can tell jokes and be charming but not satirical not biting Subversion doesn't come naturally to them and it should have been clear why Conservatism relies on ideals on grand heroic notions which are to be believed in Progressives or Liberals rely on deconstruction of these notions which is in itself a subversionThat might not entirely explain the sad discrepancy between Doonesbury and Mallard Fill but it's a start I feel like this difference in mode is also to blame for some of the common critiues of Alan Moore's workHe's recently achieved notoriety as a Hollywood Gold Standard and as the scowling bearded mascot of rebranding 'Comics' as 'Graphic Novels' despite the fact that Moore Gaiman and I all prefer the original term As a product of this new visibility he has been discovered by new readers some of whom dismiss him as a subversive anarchistI agree that he is subversive and that he is interested in exploring violent anarchism in his works but he has too much subtlety to be saddled with the views of some of his characters Critics can uickly identify attacks on their ideologies but seem less skilled at seeing how an apparent 'progressive' like Moore simultaneously attacks his own representation of the agents of changeRorschach in Watchmen is a parody of the superhero staple of morality by violence or is it the other way 'round? a parody the film version completely fails to recognize Likewise 'V' is meant to be flawed fraught and difficult and Moore invites us to uestion his philosophies and methodsMoore always gives his characters motives because his characters operate by their psychology their history their disposition their experiences But in 'V' Moore is giving us a background to establish a motive which is why we might end up on V's side beyond the David and Goliath tropeMoore gives us this motive so that he can communicate his ideas clearly We see that V's actions are accountable personally which leads us to ask whether they are accountable socially morally or ethically It is after all a story concerned with the nature of politics power subjugation and resistance Like a philosopher hashing out his ideas Moore explores his theme by setting limits to focus the hypothesisWhether V can be excused or praised outside his personal motivations is another argument but the fact that Moore has isolated and located this argument at a point in narrative space shows his thoughtful deliberate mastery of the formLike Watchmen the film version mostly strips out this layer of complexity and is content like the majority of action films or violent dystopias to let this personal struggle be the end of the moral uestion thus reducing V to a violent hero or antihero This idealized 'personal morality' is common not only in action movies but in cape comics and conservatism yet focusing on a wholly personal response precludes observing how politics works or any grand social scale which is necessarily defined by the impersonal The personal is simply not important not viable and in the end gets lost in the mix The billions of personal elements counteract one another into a kind of Brownian Motion stirring without direction while the real forces of power move above them and alongside them shaping the worldThink of all the people acting out their personal moralities proud as peacocks You hear people talk about turning off the water when they brush their teeth despite the fact that than ninety percent of water use is industrial People buy free range organic despite the fact that the money still goes to the same five companies and the term 'organic' is entirely unregulated People get self satisfied about their Prius when five shipping tankers produce as many tons of emissions as all the cars in the worldIt is not that these personal beliefs cannot change things in fact they often come to the forefront but this change is momentary and complex and hence no great theory could be made to predict it so it cannot be harnessed only taken for granted by the forces of power The people act personally the they will be taken advantage of impersonallyIt isn't surprising that critiues of Moore tend to focus on these personal symbolic journeys but that's simply not how Moore operates Sympathy for his characters should be mistrusted just as we must mistrust Milton's Satan; even with all his charm it is the utmost foolishness not to recognize him for who he isYou don't have to look hard to see these little subversions these clues that something isn't right but you do have to look There is a fast paced exciting complex plot atop it all and it's easy to get caught up in Alan Moore's stories Unlike some authors Moore won't spell it out for you but calling him an Anarchist is an oversimplificationIn interviews Moore has said that an Anarchist state is one where the powerful rule the weak by fear and force of arms noting that this describes every government and nation in history no matter what florid terms are used to make such governance appealing Moore may use V to present the ideal of the Anarchist but we must remember he doesn't believe in idealsWhich is why Alan Moore is funny When you are uite sure that he is being serious you can be certain that he is being funny After all the surest sign that we have ceased to think clearly about something is that we can no longer laugh at it So remember if you aren't laughing you aren't thinking; and if you aren't thinking then you definitely won't understand Moore My Suggested Readings in Comics


  9. says:

    I enjoyed the 2005 film V for Vendetta starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving and so my son bought me the book The BOOK turned out to be a graphic novel I asked if this was an illustrated version of the literature and searched to discover that this WAS the book So the graphic novel sat on my bookcase for months and months while I read other books traditionally published But then I learned that Neil Gaiman had published The Sandman series and I recalled fondly my high school days when I read Marvel and DC comics and I have helped to enliven in my youngest son a fondness for the comics as well and he and I have had fun as he discovered this exciting medium And then out of the blue I found the copy of Alan Moore’s well written and well illustrated story of hope growing like a rose amidst the imagination stifling autocratic theocracy that had become England and I found myself liking it very much And so Sam I am I WILL read graphic novels in a box and with a fox


  10. says:

    There are some classics that it takes time to get around to reading watching and appreciating I recall the hubbub around the movie premiere of V for Vendetta but for some reason I didn’t go see it or even take interest in the comic book Somehow the other big hits of 2005 – Star Wars III Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chronicles of Narnia Peter Jackson’s King Kong with the delicious Naomi Watts Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line amazing interpretation of the Man in Black by Joachim Pheonixcome to think of it 2005 was a BIG year in cinema and for me V for Vendetta fell through the cracks I was also not into comics back then Well there is a time for everything and the time to explore Alan Moore‘s apocalyptic vision of the United Kingdom in V finally arrived I will talk first about the comic book then about the movie then about my general impressions Hope you enjoy itThe comic book from 1982 is definitely a classic From the same author as the superb and similarly pessimistic Watchmen reviewed by yours truly here the story takes place in a future England following a global nuclear conflict with England tightly ruled by a vicious vindictive totalitarian Fascist party the Norsefire that has killed off the “denizens” of society minorities homosexuals etc in concentration camps A mysterious terrorist arises called simply V who threatens the established order His destructive path crosses that of Evey and their relationship is the primary focus of much of the comic The government is run by various entities ingeniously identified by various body parts The Eye visual surveillance The Nose regular police the Finger secret police the Mouth propaganda the Head executive Brand embodied in the “Leader” Adam Susan and the Ear audio surveillance There are several interweaving plot lines besides the V Evey story primarily focussed on the lives and sometimes deaths of various members of the government as well the cat and mouse game between Eric Finch of the Nose and his target V It is a surprisingly complex tale – so than I had imagined – and reuires concentration to fully understand and follow The artwork of David Lloyd is pseudo realist sort of like that of Frank Miller but a bit darker in color choices primarily black white blue and yellow throughout It is a long read but ends up being very rewarding – at least as much as Watchmen in terms of a standalone storyThe film as previously noted came out in 2005 It did a respectable 132m at the box office given the 50m production cost The performances of Hugo Weaving as V and Natalie Portman as Evey were both outstanding There are lots of signature Wachowski moments overhead views of rain falling on Evey after her “liberation” just like the Matrix shot before they go in after the Oracle or the slow motion V fighting scenes and the action is pretty much non stop There are uite a few divergences from the comic here – two example Evey does NOT take on the mask after the death of V V is presented as a liberator and lover of freedom while still being a “monster” than in the comic where his persona was far ambiguous Another major departure from the book was the confrontation at the end between V and the Finger where the blood splashes as V hacks through the secret police troops – again classic Wachowski Hugo Weaving borrowing some of his Smith moves from Matrix but still lots of fun to watch The great thing about this movie is that it is relatively timeless and shot in such a manner that it will probably still look fresh in another 10 20 years As for Portman despite my skepticism about her I have a real problem with anyone associated with The Phantom Menace and the rest of the Star Wars Preuel trilogy she was extraordinary in this film as Evey The final kiss notwithstanding it was not overacted and was challenging shaved head torture – lots of difficult acting choices to make so I regained some admiration for her acting skills Overall this is a keeper for sureAs for the themes and atmosphere in the universe of V I can’t help but wonder at this seeming obsession with fascism in the early 80s in the UK I got to thinking about The Wall which came out in 1979 and also showed a fascist side to England Roger Water’s interpretation anyway I also recall some of the criticisms aimed at punk rock having a strong fascist vein to it associations with swastika tattoos jackboots etc I have only really known the UK since the late 90s and I find it so far removed from fascism today that I have a real hard time suspending disbelief and imagining a fascist dictatorship in place of the parliamentary democracy Perhaps some of my UK readers that remember the 70s and 80s can speak in the comments about how prevalent and realistic fears of a fascist coup d’état were at the time Was it really a reaction by artists to the strictures of Thatcherism or perhaps preoccupation with the Irish crisis and unrest at home? I am really curious about this Another thing that is a bit forward looking perhaps in the book is the treatment of the pedophile Bishop Lilliman I don’t believe that the scandal of pedophilia in the priesthood had uite made the news back in 1982 but it is at the center of one of the key V kills where Evey was the bait Was this visionary on the part of Alan Moore as well or had there already been some high profile scandals back when it was written?The relationship between Evey and V is a fascinating one that ebbs and flows throughout the graphic novel and the film The love that V has for Evey has a fatherly aspect but also a brother sister aspect as well It does not seem sexual in the least but it is profoundly important to V Evey comes to love V profoundly as well as she is the only one to see behind the mask – while respecting his desire to never glance behind the mask – because she sees his indomitable spirit despite the suffering he endured at the hands of the government and she realizes that despite the violence his integrity is intact In the best fiction and film our values of good and bad are challenged Walt in Breaking Bad Tony Soprano Julien Sorel Raskolnikov and here we want to root for V despite his massive acts of violence The author and filmmakers did a great job of putting us in Evey’s shoes as we understand and sympathize with V’s motivations I think that is the essential timeless uality of this V for Vendetta and why it will remain a cult classic for years to come