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V for Vendetta

(V for Vendetta #Complete)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  290,368 ratings  ·  6,344 reviews
A new trade paperback edition of the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie!

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 2005 by Vertigo (first published 1990)
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Notes: A Miltonian antihero in an Orwellian world, the hero's a kind of philosopher Batman, but for anarchy instead of law.
Remember, remember the fifth of November...

This TPB edition collects the original 10 comic book issues, then divided in the graphic novel in three chapters.

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrator: David Lloyd


Remember, remember! The fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!

It's one of the first sentences that came to mind when you think about the masterpiece by Alan Moore & David Lloyd. A

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
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this graphic novel, every single page of it. If I could give it more than 5 stars, then I would.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I freaking love the movie and I love this novel!!

One day I will add the pic of me in my V mask! I just need to get a good hat and cape 😉

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Sean Barrs
Prison. What exactly is prison? Is it just the confinement in which we are placed after crime? Or is it something more? Can we become imprisoned without being aware of it? Can we even imprison ourselves? Perhaps even to the state?



Alan Moore depicts these questions in this scary graphic novel that is set in some crazy right-winged London that reeks of fascism and corruption. It’s a dark, eerily real place; it is a place that might have actually been in an alternate history. Just like in Watchm
Me: *is 21 yo and has no idea what tf V for Vendetta is about*
My friend: *hands me her personal graphic novel in disgust* I pity you
J.G. 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
Leonard Gaya
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Post-catastrophic dystopias were all the rage in the 1980s. After all, the end of the century was just around the corner, and millennialism was getting into a gentle simmer — it is now, it seems, in a running boil. It was a second “golden age” for science fiction and dystopian visions of the future: the time of The Handmaid's Tale and Neuromancer and Blade Runner and Terminator and V (the miniseries with the reptilian aliens) and many others. V for Vendetta, published around 1988, fits right in ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

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
Michael Finocchiaro
There are some classics that it takes time to get around to reading, watching, and appreciating. I recall the hubbub around the movie premiere of V for Vendetta but for some reason, I didn’t go see it or even take interest in the comic book. Somehow, the other big hits of 2005 – Star Wars III, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Jackson’s King Kong (with the delicious Naomi Watts), Brokeback Mountain, and Walk the Line (amazing interpretation of the Man in Black by J ...more
Sam Quixote
Mar 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bryce Wilson
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
An interesting premise - a lone, solitary man waging a vendetta against the power behind a totalitarian post-holocaust UK in a future dystopia. Another Alan Moore classic, but one that loses direction as it progresses, from my point of view. 6 out of 12.

The enlarged significance of this work and its long standing cultural impact is because of the appropriation of the mask used by the book's protagonist and its context in regards to combating presumed totalitarianism.

Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, comics
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
Brett C(urrently deployed...can't read too much)
"Ideas are bulletproof", pg. 236

This was a decent story. This can be labeled as action, political, and very philosophical at the same time. The plot was about a post-war England that has become a dictatorship. The fascist regime Norsefire promoted racial ideology and rhetoric similar to National Socialism. The party had all the elements of state-sponsored media, single party rule, surveillance, and corruption in all levels. The hero of the story, a dark cloaked and masked man named V, focused on
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, favorites
V for Vendetta is superb. For people wanting to read this book, that's really all you have to take away from my review. Written in a period of liberal angst (over Thatcher's Election as PM) wherein he forecasts a dystopian view of England's future. There has been a nuclear war (not very specific as to the who/why) but England has been spared. The government is Fascist and uses Orwellian terminology for it's different departments-the Head, the Fingers, the Eye, etc. In this world we are introduce ...more
V is for Vendetta is one of those graphic novels that I would think that everyone at least kind of knows about due to the 2005 movie with Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving or the fact that the Guy Fawkes mask from it has become a popular pop culture symbol. It has been a long time since I have seen the movie, but it feels like in many ways it followed the graphic novel closely. But, if you want the full experience of the story as it was meant to be, reading the graphic novel is a must.

This was de
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading this and I enjoyed it immensely.
V is wonderful and I understand now how his character has stood the test of time.
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comic

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
Nickolas the Kid
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
That was a great graphic novel!
In dystopian times, the UK government has taken all civil liberties from the citizens, allowing them to spy on anyone without warrant at anytime. V will stand against the oppressive and controlling British government at all costs.

The masked hero V is a good crusader like Batman or Zorro, but for me and because of his relationship with Evey, he has a lot of similarities with the Phantom of the Opera. Both are masked (because of their deformed face) and they have a
Ayman Gomaa
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

One of the best graphic novel i read ever
My second reading for Alan Moore after Batman:the killing Joke and to be fair he is the best graphic author ever , if he was wrote only this novel it will be enough to make him the best coz of the idea and the imagination he had , but we are lucky to enjoy more of his Masterpieces .

Many People don't prefer Alan Moore novels because they see it's so dark and in a Dystopia World , well he is right , the world is a mess and enough with the fairy
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love V for Vendetta! Every November for the past few years I either watch the film or read the graphic novel. Sometimes I listen to the film soundtrack too. I really must get out more!
Alan Moore may try & squeeze too much dialogue into the panels of a comic, but reading this dystopian thriller is always a delight.

And here is my previous review from 2016...
This dystopian tale of a near future Britain has always been one of my favourite comics. While the comic is often praised the film version
Mohammed Arabey
The 5th of November....

One of a very long waited to-read that been sitting on my shelf for so long.

As a Story, it's almost 4 ☆☆☆☆, but the art is totally 2 ☆☆.
Yet both have its own high points and low ones...
More on that on the full review.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My very first comic / graphic novel - and yes, I don't really know the difference except, maybe, that graphic novels are darker than the typical comic books? Or maybe it's just the difference in origin? Before I offend hardcore fans of the genre, let's move on to my review of this one, shall we? ;p

By the way, since this is the first graphic novel I've read and am reviewing, I thought it appropriate to finally try including images / gifs - if you don't think it appropriate, shut up.
So here we go
Sidharth Vardhan
“I didn't put you in a prison, Evey. I just showed you the bars.”

I watched the movie first, I loved it - I knew I would love the novel too and yet it amazed me. It answers Orwell's 1984 question; the way Lion King's Hakuna-matata answered Hamlet's 'To be or not to be'. Alan Moore assures us worst of governments can be broken by a single man believing in a single idea. The prose is simply beautiful - I felt like hugging every word uttered in it, specially in Valerie's letter:

"“But what I hope mos
Gianfranco Mancini

Remember, remember! 
    The fifth of November, 
    The Gunpowder treason and plot; 
    I know of no reason 
    Why the Gunpowder treason 
    Should ever be forgot! 

A great classic ucronic dystopian graphic novel, with echoes of Orwell's 1984 and a fascist England not so much futuristic, but a few parts were really just boring, characters' faces were almost the same and at the start of the series the author was like not knowing where the storyline was going... Sorry, mr Moore. I enjoyed much more
Steven Godin

I'm not big on graphic novels generally, but this supposed revolutionary classic has had me intrigued for quite a while. Found the artwork to be the highpoint - although even that's not great - as while the story itself does raise big issues like fascism, oppression, anarchy, and hope, it was just all too hit and miss for me, and with a couple of big plot holes too. One being the investigation and its conclusion by the detective of the fascist police. By the end I didn't really feel anything, wh
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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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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