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"Good evening, London." It's nine o'clock and this is The Voice of Fate... It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...

"The people of London are advised that the Brixton and Streatham areas are quarantine zones as of today. It is suggested that these areas be avoided for reasons of health and safety...

Police raided seventeen homes in the Birmingham area early...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 12th 2005 by Vertigo (first published March 1982)
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Stephen
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Algernon
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...more
Alejandro
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. However, the most powerful quote that sticks to my mind is...
People should not be afraid of their governments.
Governments should be afraid of their people.

That quote resumes the power of this story. Story of one man. One man who can be everybody. Everybody will remember "V".
One of the first impacts when I read reading this graphic nove...more
Laura
Eh.

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.

POLITICAL COMICS HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT.

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...more
Choco
Update after 2nd read: I want to say meh, but that wouldn't be fair. I don't like it any better though... let me think about this a little, okay?
/falls asleep

25/03/2013: Reading this again, now that I know a bit more about dystopia/critical dystopia and what Moore was trying to do. Let's see if I change my mind about this!

17/1/2012: I've decided to change this from 3 to 3.7
Yes, now I don't feel so bad.

Spoilers and babies coming. You've been warned.

I had to think about this one for some time....more
Aubrey
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...more
Eh?Eh!
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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?
Wendell Adams
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...more
Evgeny
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
Brad
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,...more
Kirstine
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...more
Kim
Ugh.

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...more
Buck
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
Tony
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...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
Meredith
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...more
Lisa
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“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.

...more
Caroline
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...more
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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Priscilla
Remember, remember, the 5th of November...

Initial thoughts
1. Loved V. He was very interesting, and an eccentric character. V is a very powerful symbol throughout the story which I liked.
2. SYMBOLS GALORE. Great symbolism and themes throughout the read. Very powerful.
3. I really liked V and Evey's story arc...not so much the Norsefire party. The Norsefire party was quite the unlikable bunch. But seeing the other side of the story and the characters that are attached to them, and how they were aff...more
Tatiana
Oct 06, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: graphic novel fans
Maybe my expectation were too high after reading my first graphic novel "Watchmen," but I was rather underwhelmed by this critically acclaimed story.

The concept was intriguing. Moore once again creates a clever political dystopia. The novel is set in 1990s UK which is under the rule of the fascist party. The party came to power after a nuclear war which eradicated Africa and Europe and drastically changed climate which in turn caused various natural disasters, hunger, and chaos in the country....more
Diane
After reading this grahpic novel I'm even more impressed with the movie version -- I think the screenwriters pulled out a more cohesive story. As for the subplots in the comic that got left behind... well, they weren't missed on screen.

Vendetta's story of railing against fascism is one that seems best suited to a comic, but there were too many inscrutable frames. Every few pages I was confronted with pictures or characters that I couldn't comprehend. I knew something significant had happened, bu...more
Jay Kristoff
A tale of resistance under English state sponsored tyranny, in line and on par with Orwell's 1984. One of the first truly subversive mainstream comics ever written and released, and the work of a writer in his prime.

Any reader who's a fan of modern day 'dystopias' should check this out. It'll show you the real meaning of the word.
Tancredi
"Con la forza della verità, vivendo, ho conquistato l'universo."

Capolavoro di Alan Moore e capolavoro indiscusso della storia delle graphic novel, "V per vendetta", credo, non merita presentazioni, ma solo lodi infinite.

La forza stroardinaria di questa storia sta, innanzitutto, nella mescolanza dei generi che rende il prodotto unico ed irripetibile. Ad un esame superficiale, emerge che "V per vendetta" è la classica storia fantascientifica di ambientazione distopica, con un futuro regime totalit

...more
Ferdy
3.5 stars - Spoilers

Really enjoyed it. I didn't expect to like V for Vendetta all that much but after the first few chapters I was engrossed in the characters, the action, and the plot.

-The first couple of chapters were kind of confusing. I wasn't sure what was going on or who was who. The worldbuilding was all over the place - I didn't really know what the purpose of the Finger, the Ear, Fate, the Nose and the Eyes were, and it made for frustrating reading. It was only after I got a third of t...more
htanzil
London, 5 November 1997, House of Parliamet, simbol kekuasaan pemerintah Inggris diledakkan oleh seseorang berinisial ‘V’ yang dalam aksinya berdandan dan menggenakan topeng ala Guy Fawkes. Selain peledakan, aksi V juga diikuti dengan atraksi kembang api yang mengagetkan seluruh penduduk London.
Di saat yang hampir bersamaan, V menyelamatkan Evey Hammond, seorang gadis dengan masa lalu yang kelam dari jebakan para intel polisi saat hendak melacur. Dalam aksinya ini beberapa intel polisi terbunuh...more
Kyle
I won't deny that V for Vendetta is a good book - or comic/graphic novel. It's very intelligent, the world-building is well done, the characters definitely go through some pretty tremendous development, yet it lacks this spark. The spark that makes you feel something towards the characters, towards the story, to feel compelled to read on. While it is good, I can't say I really enjoyed reading it, nor do I ever see myself reading it again.

The last 100 pages I also felt myself constantly gettin...more
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