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Absolute V for Vendetta (V for Vendetta Complete)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  153,929 ratings  ·  2,790 reviews
Presents a story about the loss of freedom and individuality set in a totalitarian England. This work is written against a background of third-term Thatcherism and tabloid rants against minorities.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published September 25th 2009 by Titan (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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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

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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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
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?
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,
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
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
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

“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.

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
Dec 29, 2007 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
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
Ana Luisa
***Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars***

"By the power of truth I, while living, have conquered the universe."

The world has experienced another war. Fascist groups got together and took over the power in Britain, and it is now ruled by a Leader. The cities have been cleaned of people of colour, homosexuals, and foreigners, as well as radicals. There are cameras everywhere the ensure "people's protection", and the government keeps everyone safe by taking away their freedom. In this scenario of des
I never intended to read this graphic novel. That is, not until after I was at my library to look and see if they had the movie. After I picked up the movie off of the shelf, I was curious to see IF they also had the graphic novel. I had to ask the librian where the adult graphic novels shelf was. After she told me, we looked up the title and found that they had one copy and it was in. It was fate?

I couldn't decide if I wanted to read the "comic book" or watch the movie first. How different coul
Considerazioni odierne a distanza di qualche anno dalla lettura di questo capolavoro

Ho amato la maschera di V ispirata a Guy Fawkes, così come amo questa graphic novel. Però ogni volta che vedo tale maschera in qualche foto profilo di Facebook, la percepisco come un'immensa violenza. Perché in realtà chi la usa non sa che Fawkes era un reazionario cattolico, così come non sa che il modello storico usato da Moore per il personaggio di V era l'anarchico Bakunin (ed infatti nel film manca il solilo
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.
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.
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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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