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V jak Vendetta by Alan Moore
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it was amazing
bookshelves: akcja, komiks, fantasy

When for the first time I was watching the V for Vendetta movie I didn't realize that this is the comic’s adaptation. I noticed it much later by chance. I was very curious if there are differences between the book and the movie and if yes, how many those will be.

My name is Vendetta

The story is based in England, in an alternative future in the XXth century, and takes many ideas from Orwell’s 1984. The society is under total control, and the government is spying people all the time. The propaganda is flooding from the television. For first sight, it’s not a dramatic situation, but people aren’t free. They need to obey the ridiculous laws and the lack of total obedience could cause tortures and death. In these “pleasing” circumstances we met Evey and V who are the main characters. For those who have seen the movie already, the comic’s plot won’t be surprising. But when we’ll meet details we could see many differences, because apart from the main storyline everything else is different.

Movie vs comic book

The characters in the comic are deeper, they have other motivations and we can better see their emotions and fears. The plot is also much more extended. We can learn more about the social and political situation at those times. The author also explains how propaganda works and we have also the additional materials. At the beginning of the comic book, we can read the short text from the comic drafter. It’s like a page from his diary that is the warning for the reader. It warns those who aren’t certain of their opinions because reading this comic could change their mind irreversibly. What has been seen… We also have the short introduction and a longer article at the end of the book written by the scenario’s author. All those texts are explaining the circumstances of comic making and other titbits about it like stories that aren’t incorporated into the plot eventually. So in this edition, we have everything about V that has been released.

The drawings are quite specific. Pictures aren’t much colorful and the outline doesn’t remind anything drawn in nowadays. It isn’t surprising because this comic was drawn in the 80s. To be frank I don’t know how this comic book could enjoy anyone but the comic maniacs or the movie version fans. I think that before buying you should be certain that you will like this style. I’m mesmerized but I belong to both categories, so if anyone is identifying also, I really recommend this comic book.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
June 13, 2020 – Shelved
June 13, 2020 – Shelved as: akcja
June 13, 2020 – Shelved as: komiks
June 13, 2020 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 13, 2020 – Finished Reading

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