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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
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Mar 17, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: great-illustrations, graphic-novels-comics
Read in March, 2008

Either the world has been heading in a predictably fucked-up direction for quite some time, or Alan Moore was incredibly insightful about just how bad things would be getting around the start of the 21st century. The post-nuclear world of London in this dystopian graphic novel doesn't mention waterboarding or Guantanamo, but the sadistic excesses of the fascist state it does depict are startlingly plausible. V, the masked anarchist anti-hero wreaks havoc in a highly satisfying quest for vengeance against the state that tormented him, while young Evey is taken under his wing for life-altering lessons in finding strength within. The story is satisfying, the action is nearly nonstop, and the pictures are rich and detailed. A little air goes out of it during prolonged sequences involving one or another members of the government operations and their henchmen, but it's made up for with a wicked sense of humor and an overlay of deranged cabaret.
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