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Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta. Chapter (PDF Available) · February with 10, Reads. In book: Critical Insights: The Graphic Novel. Stabliste. Buch. Andy Wachowski. Larry Wachowski, nach dem Comic von Alan Moore und David Lloyd. Kamera. Adrian Biddle. Schnitt. Martin Walsh. Ton. A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in atotalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the.
The artwork makes ingenious and sometimes dizzying use of angles, shadows and repetitions, but the style and look are overall conventional. The book was initially published in black and white. For some reason, the latest editions have been coloured: I guess the authors would not disavow this ideological twist: I guess it might also be read as a vindication of media manipulation, terrorism, civil unrest and political chaos — a widespread phenomenon odd years later —, which is one of the many deliberate and troubling ambiguities of this book.
I watched the film adaptation by the Wachowskis, with Natalie Portman, a few years ago. She, of course, is, as always, outstanding. I forget about the rest. View all 10 comments. Jul 09, Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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. The story is bracing, the art beautiful, the way it plays with iconography of humanities past sins is simply genius. It's politics are more earnest then they are sensible.
I find Anarchy to be a very coddled philosophy. Not because I have any great love for government, but because I side with The Joker in my firm belief that so called "civilized" people will eat eachother alive when given the slightest reason or provocation. Hell most of them do it anyway. Anyway rant ended, great book, Alan Moore Prevails. View all 8 comments. Aug 16, Foad rated it liked it Shelves: View all 23 comments.
Mar 15, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 '' or 'Animal Fa Behind this mask there is more than just flesh.
Honestly, the actual presentation of the book was uneven, alternating between brilliant script passages and stark, powerful poster-art graphics down to muddled secondary characters and slow paced detours from the main story.
But, like it says in my opening quote, the idea behind V is stronger than the execution Alan Moore was still experimenting with the medium and developing his skills in this early piece. The proof of the enduring quality of the tale is not necessarily in the success of the movie version which I liked even better than the comic , but in the recent proliferation of masked 'Guy Fawkes' anarchists who are starting to challenge their governments in their abuse of authority, and who believe in the freedom of information and the freedom of expression, with Wikileaks, Anonymous, assorted whistleblowers and antiglobalization protesters hopefully only the tip of the iceberg: People should not be afraid of their government.
Governments should be afraid of their own people. And in another place: Twists people into joyless mannequins that fear and hate, while culture plunges into the abyss. The artist uses his anarchist premise in a didactic role with V as the teacher and Evey as a stand-in for the reader , as a challenge to take a hard look at our own lives and do something about changing the world: Artists use lies to tell the truth.
Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself The artist is 'V', who makes a spectacular entrance as the flamboyant masked justiciary in a cape who saves a damsell in distress Evey from the clutches of secret police thugs. His introduction is a riot of wordplay and innuendo, and of course I've bookmarked it for savouring it at my leisure: In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate.
This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me "V".
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I will leave the actual details of the plan and of the execution out of my review out of consideration of readers unfamiliar with the comic, only mentioning that Alan Moore did a sterling job subverting the myth of the superhero, pointing out the risks of taking the law into your own hands and the fact that destruction is necessary but not enough for creating a better world. I'm the king of the 20th century.
I'm the boogeyman, the villain, the black sheep of the family. The identity of the man behind the mask remains a mystery to me, as it should, because 'who' he is is less important than 'why' he is. Sometimes I found his teaching methods too brutal and hard to swallow, but at the end of the journey in his company I knew him in his secret heart and I bleed for him and for my own inadequacy: With all my heart, I love you.
This is the part I sometimes found confusing and less well executed, with the exception of an elderly crime investigator who still reads books and thinks outside the box. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse. I hope they will remain there to burn brightly as I continue my literary pursuits in other directions. My mother said I broke her heart Is that so selfish?
It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us Mar 16, Sam Quixote rated it did not like it.
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-characters in a moronic dystopian future world with a storyline of the most convoluted revenge. The setup: Fascism rises and the country becomes a military dictatorship, banning things like art, music, and public freedom just because, and everyone is ok with this.
One of these poor souls experimented upon survives and takes the roman numeral on his door as his name — V. This man quietly builds up a hideout of contraband and weaponry as he prepares to tear down the government and begin a revolution.
Ok, the nuclear war thing was a product of its time. V for Vendetta was written in the 80s when the Cold War was going on and everyone thought the nukes would start flying at any moment. So the setup right away dates this book and makes its proclamations of future dystopianism seem utterly ridiculous and hysterical - which they are.
But the rise of fascism in Britain is completely unbelievable. People in Britain will protest at the drop of a hat - a cutting of benefits in certain public sector jobs, an unfair tax, and so on. That NOBODY would protest or stand up against the dismissal of democracy, the rise of fascism, concentration camps, strict curfews, the loss of basic freedoms, and insane amounts of prejudice and random violence from the people supposedly in charge?
Or an extreme left winger like Moore. Or both. My point is that anarchism is definitely not the right political system, but to Moore it is the perfect form of everything. Under anarchism, people are free to be themselves, live in peace, enjoy things they like, etc.
But democracy has to fail because Moore believes anarchism is the answer and so paints democracy as bad and anarchism as good. Nearly all of the characters in this book are ciphers.
The detective character, Finch, is equally boring. Oh yeah and through Finch we discover that apparently if you take psychotropic drugs in abandoned places where bad things happened, you literally time-travel and the past comes to life around you! Except I read that scene and felt nothing. It was two non-characters making empty gestures. The story is repetitive: V kills someone who was at Larkhill Resettlement Camp, goes and tells Evie about the wonders of anarchism, Finch shows up and uselessly tries to figure out who killed the person, the Leader looks at a screen and stares at a screen.
So what a daring position to take: DUH, we already know, stupid! Give the people some credit! You see what I mean? The bad plotting, non-characterisation, terrible writing, and obnoxiously moronic political posturing is like listening to a teenager wittering on ceaselessly about something that could only make sense to someone who shared his worldview, not to anyone with a considered opinion who thought for themselves.
Mar 17, Nickolas the Kid rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 That was a great graphic novel! Both are masked because of their deformed face and they have a score to settle View all 9 comments. Apr 29, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: 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: V for Vendetta is a glut of political writing stuffed into an attractive skin of art and garnished over with the platitudiest delivery I have ever had the misfortune to be exposed to outside a 50s superhero comic.
My god. It's got the same blind and senseless energy of delivery that any Superman-hurling-a-car comic would have. This stems, I think, primarily from the fact that it's an anarchist comic, and making anarchism into a coherent and attractive viewpoint is nearly impossible, given that anarchism is probably the illest-conceived of any extant ideology.
However, because it's ANARCHISM, because the writing is coherent and cleverer than most graphic novels', because it's all draped over with mystery, because it's a well-designed book, tone and layout-wise, and because the art is fantastic, the essential failure of the book-- the fact that it lacks anything behind its shell of hyperenergetic blathering-- gets a pass.
The book tries so hard to be political and symbolic it crushes itself. Premise-wise, the story doesn't make a lot of sense-- we hear that England was living in a government vacuum for several years, and that London was straight-across flooded, and that every other landmass on the planet has been nuked, AND that a nuclear winter has occurred, but for some reason they're still living in a fully-mechanized modern consumer society.
All right. All right, again. Got that. I don't know. What is Moore posing here as the only options for political ideology? What does he mean by this? Returning to a state of nature? Gradual and spontaneous shift to democracy? End of the modern mechanized world? Spontaneous national adoption of a sort of leaderless socialist state? Moore handles his material childishly. For me, the political-apocalypse stories that WORK show the protagonists yearning after a state of leave-me-alone-let's-all-be-friends sort of political neutralism-- a state of 'let's have universal human rights and that's all please' joy.
A utopia of 'being a normal person'. Children of Men is like this. Even Watchmen is less heavy on the socialism and focuses more on the 'let's stop being persecutors and start being nice to everyone else again' mentality.
Readers can therefore identify with the protagonists-- they aren't radicals. They're just normal people trying to be normal again.
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But in V for Vendetta, the only way peace can be achieved is if every individual person is a politically-radical crowd member willing to use mob violence. Not inspirational. I don't care what you think about the degree to which individuals must be political to preserve their rights. This book makes no coherent political point and the messages it DOES articulate are comprised solely of platitudes. It fails to rpesent any realistic view of any political spectrum whatsoever.
The fact is that this book reads like a poorly-contrived piece of anti-Thatcher propaganda. Which is essentially what it is. I've read some other reviews of this book on goodreads and I've decided I have to make one point. Moore specifically has him talk about how who he is is not important. V is a big bundle of soggy political ideology stuffed up into a man-suit with a funny mask on the front.
The fact that the backstory even exists sours Moore's ideological point, which is unfortunate, since the point was shallow enough to begin with.
V is suppsoed to be an 'everyman', and is supposed to represent the potential in all of us to make a difference. But how did he get like this?
First of all, he's insane, mildly or seriously, but slightly insane at some level, at any rate. So the potential to make a difference is there in all of us, but we need a hero to tell us this is so, and that hero himself needs to be a super-human person in some way before he can take up the job?
I don't think so. There's some extreme cognitive dissonance in this story. Moore can't decide whether to espouse the power of the people as a body or the power of the individual-- an individual who, in some ways, is nearly as charismatic as a 20th-century dictator, yet who is, in other ways, utterly flat and irrelevant. V is not a character. V is an idea, and a cloudy one at that. Jul 13, Carlos De Eguiluz rated it it was amazing Shelves: That ending; the fire rising from those ashes I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
La Libertad. Es una historia con significado y con fuerza en sus palabras. Oct 29, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: View 2 comments. 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? So here we go As I said, this was my first.
Somehow the genre never seemed appealing to me although I've heard great things here and there. However, since I have seen the movie several times and love it , I decided this would be the perfect try. And it was. You probably all know that the story depicts a grim future with a totalitarian regime that rules through fear.
And that can still happen to us again. However, it also has wonderful characters that I wish will live should this future ever come to pass. The story is fascinating, breathtaking, touching, fast-paced, thrilling, depressing, gripping and very dark. On the other hand it has lighter moments whenever V is doing something that doesn't make sense or so we think at first which appears to be borderline funny.
What I loved best about the story was the atmosphere created - by the words as much as by the stunning artwork: My favourite part was and still is Valerie's story and how it was told. With the right kind of strength that gives others hope and strength in turn. I loved this one so much that others will probably not stand a chance. Thus, I'm back to square one: Anyway, this was a wonderful reading experience and I'm glad I dipped my toes in this to me unknown land. Guess what I'll be watching tonight!
Nov 05, Mohammed Arabey rated it liked it. The 5th of November One of a very long waited to-read that been sitting on my shelf for so long.
Yet both have its own high points and low ones More on that on the full review. View all 6 comments. Reto Book Challenge: Todo el mundo es especial. Todo el mundo tiene su historia para contar. Feb 19, Sud rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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 V for Vendetta is superb. In this world we are introduced to V. The story is about V and his attempt to bring down the government. Um he didn't. He was found guarding the Gunpowder, arrested and managed to fall off the scaffolding, before being hanged, and promptly broke his neck.
He is joined inn this by Evey Hammond. Evey was nearly raped and killed by a group of Fingermen, when she is rescued by V. Her metamorphosis from meek to her "reincarnated" mindset near the end of the story is quite remarkable. As far as V- he is something more than human. I shall not spoil the rest of the story or the plot for you-especially if you are unfamiliar with what happens.
The plot of the angst driven anti-hero fighting a fascist government is really not that original, but what sets this book apart is Alan Moore's prose. It is quite simply beautiful. It flows smoothly and compels the reader to pay attention to each and every word-a rarity in comic writing.
This is Moore at his finest though Watchmen and Swamp Thing are also of similar quality using Shakespeare and other famous authors to give V's speech a measure of class and culture that serves up memorable lines. This is a story that can be read merely for the writing itself. The art is quite decent especially considering the time. The art complements the dark story line. The colors are muted and only a few colors are used. The entire feel is a mix of dreary, depressing and yet sinister all at the same time.
Quite in keeping with the nature of the government in the tale. If you are looking for a great story, phenomenal prose that will stay with you after finishing the book and most of all- the salient points it makes about people and their particular relationship with their government, self-development and concepts of what is freedom make this a deep book.
Unlike most comics, this not only entertains-but it gives food for thought. It paints a stark warning of the price people will pay for "security". This is not a fun tale, though there is a great deal going on and is meant to be more of an engine to drive the thoughts of readers.
There is a lot of subtle things such as V- is it V for Vendetta? Each chapter of this tale has a word that starts with "V" as its title. There is something to be said also for "Evey" V? A superbly written tale. That's the best summation for this magnum opus from the mind of Alan Moore. Even people who have no use for comics, should read this one.
The prose alone makes it worth it.
Highly recommend to anyone for with a love for the written word. Do yourself a favor and do not let the movie be the reason you know this tale- read the original, far deeper, far darker version. View all 5 comments. Oct 17, Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves: In times of darkness and great need, we look for a hero.
Book 1: The backstory and a particularly intriguing story of freedom versus justice emerges in this postnuclear apocalyptic story.
Tick-tock, times up for some very bad people. I also recall why my farmboy friends are not stupid. I had a machete and gasoline, and they The things you learn playing in the shed.
Book 2: The saga continues, but this time we see Evey and her trajectory. There In times of darkness and great need, we look for a hero. There is an intersection with V and the past and how they have led to now. This is the mindfuck stage and entertaining when you see where it leads. Book 3: The future is here. The baton is passed. Do you take it? I actually found this more cogent than the movie version. While the cinema was beautifully shot, this showed the transitions better, albeit in a longer fashion rather than a few cuts.
The power and depth of V as an entity and the use of letter is sketched out better. I liked the movie, but this was superior.
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Apr 30, Evgeny rated it liked it Shelves: 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 The plot of the graphic novel is well-known, so I do not think I will go into many details. The guy escaped and is now planning his revenge on the people who were in charge in the camp as well as the whole government system which made it possible for such camps to exist.
I am about to say something which might get me banned from all social websites with book discussions. Here it goes: The novel feels like anarchist propaganda with some pictures and disjoint plot-lines thrown in. The movie had a good plot with side plots going nowhere removed and the main characters being more interesting Evey in the novel feels like an empty shell, no so in the movie.
I already mentioned some parts of the plot being nothing but filler. Let me not get started on anarchy itself: In fact, from the humanity experience it was not much better that fascism for which is was a proposed cure in the novel. The latter does not even make a good case for anarchy. There were several really outstanding moments which saved this comic from receiving otherwise well-justified 2 star rating; I count 3 of them out of the top of my head.
I was warned by my friends about this novel hi, Wendell! View all 7 comments. Aug 04, Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just showed you the bars.
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: I love you. Pacifism gets the hardest hit; the fact that V is seen as a terrorist goes on to show that. V creates an anarchy like situation and dies. Moore won't tell you what kind of government is better but simply that one must not give in to a order full of injustice; and that such order should definitely be broken.
It shall result in Anarchy but that is not necessarily a problem. Anarchy always result in new order; to be retained if good and to be destroyed again if found unjust. And, of course hats off to David Lloyd for illustrations. View all 3 comments.
Nov 05, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can think of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. For that reason, I never read the graphic novel that inspired the movie, for fear that it would fall short. Until today, that is. Bigots and fear mongers will always twist tragedies to their own ends, and will always seek to eradicate anyone who looks different or acts different or thinks different than they do, and will do their best to cow the remainder of the population into submission.
In both V for Vendetta and , those bigots and fear mongers succeeded. But V for Vendetta gives us something that does not; it gives us hope. Because ideas are bulletproof, and the Thought Police and Norsefire can only reach so far. They can beat us down and even kill us, but there is an inch of us they cannot touch without our consent. Even in death, that inch, our integrity, is ours and ours alone. They cannot take it, as they cannot take hope. There was one thing that was added to the movie that I missed in the book: Here it is below: In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate.
This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
One thing I liked better about the graphic novel was the growth of Evey. Natalie Portman did a wonderful job in the movie, but I felt like the Evey present in the final scenes of the graphic novel was stronger, harder, more fully developed. Do I recommend the graphic novel?
Is it better than the movie? Please, consume them both. Aug 20, Kim rated it did not like it Shelves: So I read this book because people seem to think it is this great political tome and V is this great revolutionary character.
No, the plan of "V" is so carefully crafted that when the government think that he started, he is already finishing it. You're almost finished, aren't you? It's very likely that by now, you may have watched the film and it's a very good adaptation. I liked it a lot and it's one of my favorite movies. Are there differences? Oh, yes! But, honestly, as a hardcore Alan Moore's fan, I think that the changes are good thinking that film is a different format than comic book and therefore, some things can be changed and still delivering the same powerful message.
There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof. However, if you are a truly V for Vendetta's fan, like me, you must read the graphic novel at some point, or you will be missing a lot.
Like air, no one should be denied it. It's a wonderful joy to watch how Alan Moore put everywhere the letter "v", in the titles of the chapters just to mention an example. Also, David Lloyd is a very creative partner of Moore, making into art many original concepts like a chapter made entirely in the form a music sheet. Wonderful concepts that you only can get in the format of a graphic novel. I think the strongest issue that convince me to realize that V for Vendetta is my own personal favorite graphic novel but also my own personal favorite work by Alan Moore is because it's that each little detail on the story was so carefully done, so carefully thought, so carefully presented.
And that's the beautiful irony of all. Since this is a story about chaos, but it's done with a precision where nothing is left to chance. Everything is where that's supposed to be. No more or less than needed to tell the story. And threrefore, My own personal opinion is that this is his masterpiece in the middle of an universe of masterpieces written by Alan Moore. Not only is a strong political story but also an impressive artwork.
Also, the terrorist known as "V" is one of the best characters ever made in literature.If a writer wishes to explore political themes in the framework of an interesting and compelling story then I am fine with that, but I personally do not enjoy stories that are only about politics.
Perhaps, Moore is trying to suggest that corruption is the very essence of human nature, and that nobody is beyond it. Amidst interrogation and torture , Evey finds an old letter hidden in her cell by an inmate named Valerie Page , a film actress who was imprisoned and executed for being a lesbian. Second, fuck you Alan Moore, really, we're sexualizing the rev now? Sutler is outraged at the skit. Finch gets the police to get everyone out of the broadcasting room into the hall.