I picked up V for Vendetta for a variety of reasons. Of course, there is the movie that came out with Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman. Alan Moore,I picked up V for Vendetta for a variety of reasons. Of course, there is the movie that came out with Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman. Alan Moore, a fantastic comic/graphic novel writer, also wrote the book. Finally, I'm doing some research on the graphic novel's form and this one was highly recommended (and close at hand).
Through the course of the story, we follow V from when he saves Evey from rape and being killed for prostitution by the government police - The Finger (after he has blown up the Parliament Building) through the assassination of key individuals and setting up the government to fall onto itself, opening the way for the "Land-of-Do-As-You-Please." Needless to say, V is crazy and does some questionable things (Evey's torture is high on my list). However, he does it all in the name of Anarchy, holding true to the ideal. This pushes him from the role of villain to that of an anti-hero.
The art is bold and simple, the framework easy to follow. Each character is distinct in appearance and behavior and ties into the growing chaos of the twining plots that culminate in the end.
Though the comic was written through the 1980's in response to topical ideas of the time, it does not come over as dated or out of place. Like 1984 or Brave New World, the story sets its own stage and there are still aspects of out lives that allow us to relate to it.
I managed to read the hardback version and then compare the paperback to the hardback. The hardback is printed on better paper, which results in clearer more vivid color. This is particularly pertinent with the black ink, for inking is an important part of the style of the book. Additionally, an essay that was written for the back of the second book of the graphic novel when it was originally released is published in the back of the hardcover. It helps give some insight into the creation and growth of the collaborative work that became V for Vendetta.
I would recommend this book to other avid graphic novel fans, and those interested in reading about dystopian futures as well. Fantastic writing and artwork....more