One of the few books which I will describe with the phrase "changed my life" and actually mean it, V for Vendetta is one of Alan Moore's seminal worOne of the few books which I will describe with the phrase "changed my life" and actually mean it, V for Vendetta is one of Alan Moore's seminal works. As in Watchmen Alan Moore takes the superhero concept and distorts to tell a story above and beyond the average adolescent messiah complex tale prevalent in the genre. Yet, unlike Watchmen, V for Vendetta is not a dissection of the superhero genre, exploring the psychology of someone who dresses up in costumes and beats up criminals. Although, similar to Watchmen, V changes the dynamic. Instead of beating street criminals, this hero, declares war against the corrupt, fascist government of post-apocalyptic England.
In V, Moore presents us with a character who sits somewhere between a freedom fighter and a terrorist. An almost superhuman one man army, with a flare for theater (he dresses up in a 16th century outfit and wears a Guy Fawke's mask, quotes Shakespeare, all the while beating up government thugs and blowing up public property), he calls himself V. Much like a bizarro version of Batman, V takes on a 16 year old girl, Evey, as his protege and begins to school her in the ins and outs of the fight for liberty and freedom (although, not always in the most kindest way). V is no perfect hero, and depending on the perspective of what character Moore gives us, is a down right villain at times.
So why did this book change my life? Moore tells a tale of fighting against an authoritarian system, created in a time of fear and confusion, to offer the masses a veneer of stability and safety. His description of fascism and authoritarianism was frightening, not in its ugliness, but in its attraction to people as a panacea from responsibility and change. There are lines in the comic which still resonate with my today and ideas I find myself referring to after reading some particularly scary piece of news. V for Vendetta still ranks as one of the top political book I have ever read. Couple that with some really awesome fight scenes, interesting character development, and a pretty cool superhero, like no other, and well, what else was going to change my life? Plato's Republic or something?...more
A good start to a great series, The Sandman, was one of the first collected comic series I ever read, and changed my mind on what the genre can do. AA good start to a great series, The Sandman, was one of the first collected comic series I ever read, and changed my mind on what the genre can do. A blend of contemporary and ancient mythology, the author spins a tale that takes the reader from settings from the mundane to the magical from panel to panel. The themes are mature and intelligent, while not being about subjects too pedantic for everyone to enjoy. The comic also has a diverse cast of characters, many from the DC universe, including the Martian Manhunter and Doctor Destiny, well integrated into the unique storyline. My only complaint is the art work would have done better with a better inker and sometimes a few scenes lose their impact. Still, considering how good the plot and dialogue are, the reader will won't be disappointed....more