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"Remember, remember the fifth of November..."

A 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 Lloyd.

Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 12th 2005 by Vertigo (first published March 1982)
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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 (e.g., 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 li
Remember, remember the fifth of November...

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 quite easy to remember each year on the mentioned date...

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

However, the most powerful quote that sticks to my mind is...

People should not be afraid of their governments.
J.G. Keely
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 funny.

Certainly 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 her
Bryce Wilson
If Watchmen is Alan Moore's Sergeant Pepper, and From Hell his Abbey Road (And in the end the love you take is equal to the number of prostitutes you disembowl) then V For Vendetta is his Rubber Soul.

Like Rubber Soul it tends to get overlooked and undervalued because it's "merely" a perfect pop record rather then a artform redefining masterpiece. V is simply put a potent piece of Pop Art. The story is bracing, the art beautiful, the way it plays with iconography of humanities past sins is simpl
Hunger For Knowledge
As wonderful as I recalled. V for Vendetta is rather good graphic novel despite of the quality changes in graphics as well as in the story itself. It's all the way political, so many messages and views mixed together, and despite most of them not meeting my personal views, I can still appreciate it with many shiny stars.

This works as a good reminder to myself as to why I am extremely tolerant towards different political agendas and views, however much they differ from my own. I just have genera
Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea ... And ideas are bulletproof.

Comic books are for geeky kids who dream of men in tights saving the world and women in skimpy outfits who swoon into their brawny arms, right? Who takes comic book seriously? Alan Moore is not the only name to be put forward in answer to this question, but he is for me the best example of the power behind the medium. I rate 'V for Vendetta' on the same level as '1984' or 'Animal Fa

Okay. There's political writing, and then there's political comics (Watchmen, also by Moore). Pure political writing, essays or editorials or what have you, doesn't have to leave everyone satisfied. It can leave some angry or displeased or challenged, so long as it makes its point.


A political comic must not only make a clear political point, but it must ALSO be interesting in a way that is peculiar to comics: it must have a gratifying narrative, it must b
"فکر کردی میتونی منو بکشی؟ زیر این شنل گوشت و پوستی وجود نداره تا با گلوله از بین بره؛ زیر این شنل فقط یه آرمانه و آرمان ها ضد گلوله ن."

یکی دیگه از کمیک های معروف و خیلی خوب "آلن مور" نویسنده ی افسانه ای کمیک.
داستان این کمیک در انگلستانی مشابه آنچه جورج اورول در 1984 توصیف میکنه اتفاق میفته و به شرح مبارزات یه هرج و مرج طلب با نام مستعار "وی" میپردازه.

مقایسه با فیلم
کمیک خیلی از فیلم بهتره. شیوه ی روایت آلن مور، شیوه ی کنار هم گذاشتن تصاویر و ترکیب دیالوگ ها با صحنه ها، خیلی هنرمندانه است. اوج ای
When I picked up this graphic novel (after years of telling myself I’d get to it one of these days), I really wanted to love it. Watchmen by Moore is one of my all-time, favorite graphic novels, so I always envisioned V for Vendetta being another masterpiece of comic writing along those same lines: not only entertaining but enlightening as well. Unfortunately, I was immensely disappointed by this graphic novel.

Now, to be fair, I hate overtly political literary works. If a writer wishes to explor
I don't read comic books of this type all that often. It's true that in my youth I devoured shelf after shelf of the Asian equivalents, but I can tell you that the two are as different as night and day. I came to this graphic novel with its movie, the fellow Alan Moore work Watchmen, and a whole host of literature under my belt, and that's the context that I'll review it in.

The movie cut whole swathes of the story out, and plumped up what was left with a good old fashioned mix of action sequence
Me da mucha pena darle un cuatro sobre cinco, porque realmente la historia de V y cómo se desarrolla es de cinco estrellas. Sin embargo, tengo que juzgar a la novela gráfica como a un todo, y por tanto, creo que algunas tramas secundarias no acompañan a la principal. La mayoría de los personajes que se nos presentan en segundo plano sirven como exploración de algunos de los temas a tratar, como la búsqueda del sentido de la vida o la venganza, pero no consiguen terminar de encajar con la trama d ...more
Sam Quixote
V for Vendetta is one of those books that has the reputation for being one of the greatest comics ever written and frequently appears on “graphic novels everyone must read” lists. It’s a celebrated classic by the most acclaimed comics writer of all time, Alan Moore, and is one of the few books many non-comics readers have read. But why is this so feted? V for Vendetta is a badly written, even more poorly conceived pamphlet espousing anarchism as the ideal political system featuring non-character ...more

So I read this book because people seem to think it is this great political tome and V is this great revolutionary character. I couldn't disagree more:

1. This graphic novel is deeply sexist. The main female character is weak, spineless and insipid, drawn in this awful vaguely tarty style, and used as less an actual character, and more as a plot point. V saves her from being raped and murdered - and I could get into a diatribe here about how much I dislike sexual violence being used for enter
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Riku Sayuj
Watching the movie first was a big mistake - but maybe the movie had a finer dramatic tension to it, being less inclined to be so philosophical and cryptic?
The plot of the graphic novel is well-known, so I do not think I will go into many details. Basically after a nuclear war Britain survived, but now has a pseudo-fascist government - with concentration camps and such. There were a series of experiments on human prisoners in one of the camps with one prisoner surviving and acquiring super-human abilities (as well as some touch of madness). The guy escaped and is now planning his revenge on the people who were in charge in the camp as well as the w ...more
Alan Moore's V for Vendetta is to his Watchmen what Tolkien's Hobbit is to his The Silmarillion: an inferior work of superior satisfaction.

I should point out before going any further, however, that I am in no way suggesting V for Vendetta or The Hobbit are anything less than classics. As works of literature both are vastly superior to most books written, particularly within their genres. They simply don't match the literary heights of their more lofty relations.

But this is about V for Vendetta,
علي الماجد
ماذا كان يدور بعقل الان مور حين كتب هذه الرواية؟

كيف تخدع الحكومات الشعوب؟ و تصنع لهم الامل الزائف؟

المرض الذي نشروه ثم انهوا الحكومة الحالية به ثم عن طريق استثمار العلاج اصبحوا من ملاك الملايين ثم اصبحوا هم الحكومة

لكن شخص واحد قرر ان يفضحهم "في الذي اصبح رمز للثورة في كل مكان الان, الذي تحول من ضحيه لهم الى منتقم جبار قرر القضاء على كل من ساهم بالمؤامرة عن طريق حقنهم بالسم

الموت الرحيم بطريقة (في)

رواية ذات خيال خصب و شخوص متعددة الاوجة و الرموز و حبكة متقنة

تستحق الخمس نجوم بلا تردد

الغريب ان الرو
I've loved the movie version of this ever since I first saw it, and it always made me sad how Alan Moore apparently didn't approve of it. I see now why he might have been disappointed, but I was not (this is perhaps helped by the fact that I didn't write the comic). I still love the movie, but there is no doubt the graphic novel is somewhat superior.

It just... It's a work of utter brilliance. And intelligence and insight into humanity. Sure some of the 'predictions' haven't come true or were fl
This is a riveting, thought-provoking work. I'm very much taken with both story and artwork; the way Alan Moore and David Lloyd were able to collaborate is beautiful. The idea of using Guy Fawkes as the face for V was pure genius, and Valerie's story, told very effectively as a contraband scribbling on toilet paper, was beyond touching and gave the story impetus.

This is only the second graphic novel I've ever read (besides Fun Home), and I realize only lately that it's a shame to have overlooke
In the same way that Dr. Who can only be understood as a daft British travesty of Star Trek—and yes, I’m aware that the former predates the latter, but let’s not muddle a beautiful theory with “facts”—V for Vendetta is really just Batman translated into Estuary English. Having read The Dark Knight Returns and V for Vendetta pretty much back to back, I was granted an overwhelming epiphany: V and Batman are spiritual twins from opposite sides of the Atlantic, each of them a damaged soul enacting a ...more
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, more traditionally published.

But then I learned that Neil Gaiman had published The Sandman series and I recalled fondly my high school days whe
To note - I am writing this review a quarter century after having read this. Please bear with me!

I had a boyfriend once who was into his comics. At first, I was thinking Batman? Well, that was true, but I didn't realize there was more to comics than The Fantastic Four and Thor.

He loaned me his copies of V for Vendetta to read. Wow. I was blown away. I had never read an adult comic (or perhaps I should say graphic novel?) The pictures, the dialog, the story. It was an amazing experience. I wanted

“It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses, and apologized to no one.”

I have not read many graphic novels in my life but it's been something I've been interested in reading more of. So I thought I'd start reading some this year and thought I'd start with a classic. I have seen the movie twice and thought it was amazing. It is such an imaginative movie and reading this showed me why. It had something so amazing to inspire a great movie.

3.5 stars.

I haven't seen the movie adaptation of V For Vendetta, so I only had a vague inkling of what the story was about. First off, it's incredibly political, which was a nice change for me as I don't tend to read anything particularly politically charged. It depicts a totalitarian London in the mid-90s, where one party rules over all citizens using a broadcasting propaganda mouthpiece known as Fate. Black people, homosexual people, and liberals have been eradicated from society, deemed as d
Dec 29, 2007 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Moore
Watchmen is one of my favorite novels of all time, so I was disapointed when I finished this. I felt that Watchmen was heavily layered and had very complex characters. Veidt, Rorschach, and Manhattan can all be read an interpreted in different ways, and there's a moral ambiguity to the themes and messages of the work. None of that can be said about Vendetta.

V, who comes to represent anarchy, and the British government, who represent facism, are both one dimensional. The fascists are all deviant
Note: this is the longest book review I've written in a while. Forgive me if it's a bit difficult to navigate. A lot of this was typed up from notes I scribbled & I tried to make it as readable as possible. Also, if anyone is offended or in any way upset by this review, you know where you can put your whining....In the comments section of course! Dissenters welcome. I'm ready to argue my points.

V for Vendetta is essentially ‘Socialism vs. Fascism’. Well…more like anarchy vs. fascist governme
This was very good, if somewhat convoluted at times. The biggest hurdle for me was actually the art--it took me a while to get the swing of who was who, and once I did it went a lot smoother. I also think having seen the movie was a bit of a disadvantage, since the movie combined characters and took out a number of sub-plots, so I was a bit confused at times.

I loved the fact that V is such an ambiguous character--you never really get any clue what his story is, other than the bare minimum. I tho
Sidharth Vardhan
“I didn't put you in a prison, Evey. I just showed you the bars.”

I watched the movie first, I loved it - I knew I would love the novel too and yet it amazed me. It answers Orwell's 1984 question; the way Lion King's Hakuna-matata answered Hamlet's 'To be or not to be'. Alan Moore assures us worst of governments can be broken by a single man believing in a single idea. The prose is simply beautiful - I felt like hugging every word uttered in it, specially in Valerie's letter:

"“But what I hope mos
D. B.
Aug 20, 2008 D. B. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think 1984 is too dour
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt
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