V for Vendetta Paperback – Apr 1 1995
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V for Vendetta is, like its author's later Watchmen, a landmark in comic-book writing. Alan Moore has led the field in intelligent, politically astute (if slightly paranoid), complex adult comic-book writing since the early 1980s. He began V back in 1981 and it constituted one of his first attempts (along with the criminally neglected but equally superb Miracleman) at writing an ongoing series. It is 1998 (which was the future back then!) and a Fascist government has taken over the UK. The only blot on its particular landscape is a lone terrorist who is systematically killing all the government personnel associated with a now destroyed secret concentration camp. Codename V is out for vengeance ... and an awful lot more. V feels slightly dated like all past premonitions do. The original series was black and white and that added to the grittiness of the feel while the colouring here in the graphic novel sometimes blurs David Lloyd's fine drawing. But these are small concerns. Skilfully plotted, V is an essential read for all those who love comics and the freedom, as a medium, they allow a writer as skilled as Moore. The graphic novel contains all the V series plus two additional stories concerning V that were originally considered "interludes". This edition also contains an essay from Moore dating from 1983 explaining the creation process. For any comic fan it's a must-have. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–The date is November 5th, 1997. War has ravaged England, entire races have been eradicated, the entire British populace is under constant surveillance, and the absolute power is absolutely corrupt. On this historic day, a man with a strong resemblance to Guy Fawkes (in action and dress) blows up Parliament. The bomber, a masked character named V, saves a girl named Eve from a violent crime and takes her under his wing. Moore's dystopian, fascist version of England, ruled by one central leader and his sects (named after parts of the body, such as Finger, Nose, and Voice), is systematically dismantled by the enigmatic V. Readers must ultimately decide if V is a mad anarchist/terrorist or a freedom-fighting avenger for good. Originally published in 1989, V has been reissued as a hardcover book with never-seen-before sketches and two new vignettes. This story is slated to be released as a major motion picture in 2006, and demand should intensify as the movie trailers come out. Combining alternate history with moral questions about freedom and identity, this book would work well in a school setting; and while there is some slight nudity and violence, they fit well within the framework of the story.–Jennifer Feigelman, Plattekill Public Library, Modena, NY
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Good evening, London. It's nine o'clock and this is the voice of fate broadcasting on 275 and 285 in the medium wave...it is the fifth of the eleventh, ninteen-ninety-seven. Read the first page
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Replete with Guy Falkes regalia, V seeks to bring about an end to the Norsefire party through a series of assassinations, bombings, and kidnappings. At first, they appear to be revenge against everyone who worked at the prison camp where V was held. Instead, the plot turns out to be more complicated and planned out than anyone could possibly imagine. V doesn't strike the Norsefire at their body, he strikes for their heart - and never misses. He has a contingency plan in the form of 16 year-old Evey Hammond, a girl he rescues from corrupt cops when she is forced into prostitution by her intolerably low wages.Read more ›
These are the ideas presented in this very intruguing and fast-paced story. One of comic writer ALAN MOORE's greatest works, "V for Vendetta" is a story that will compell and haunt the reader.
After a devastating nuclear war in 1988, England is brought back together by the facists who have banded and formed the new government that rules with an iron fist. The concentration camps have been set up, and out of them comes a mysterious and almost insane vigilante. "To tell the truth, I do not have a name," he says. "You can call me 'V.' He cavorts about London wearing his Guy Fawkes costume with its smiling paper-mache mask. V sets about his grisly work of vengeance upon the people who wronged him and the system that killed his former self. "I am the Devil, and I come to do the Devil's work." But he has much more up his grey sleeve, as he tells the girl he rescues from police brutality.
Full of believable characters and a gripping plot, V for Vendetta is a look into the human soul, on what drives a man so far, until he pushes himself farther...
V For Vendetta is set in Britain a decade after a limited nuclear conflict, which thanks to the Labour party removing American missiles from British soil ensures that Britain is not targetted. However the climatic conditions caused by the war end up plunging England into famine and chaos. One party promises an end to anarchy and a return to order, 'Norsefire'.
They are supported by desperate citizens. After they gain power they round up all the blacks, all the asians and gays, all the beatniks and radicals... and kill them. For their belief is in a unified uniformity. Orders are given and followed, no deviations, with a little (very little) bread and circuses thrown in for measure. The horrible absence of any faces other than white faces and the eradication of all culture seen as unfit really shocked me. Moore has always been concerned about Britain's tabloid press and its undercurrant of racism and 'moral values'. It is a concern I share. At a time when hatred for asylum seekers is being whipped up to new extremes by the far right press this is a timely warning.
In this nightmare Britain about four years after the 'final soloution' a terrorist begins to wreak havoc in London. He wears a Guy Fawkes mask and calls himself 'V'. He is after blood. Who is he, or more importantly, what is he? V begins a struggle for the heart and mind of England, a heart and mind that have become complacent and corrupted under the horrible 'better the devil you know' complacency that we are sadly famous for.Read more ›
I really appreciated the background developed by Moore regarding both V and the political events that have followed the nuclear war. I have also enjoyed the dialogues related to fascism and anarchy, and the mystery surrounding everything that V does. However, I do not understand where the author was going with the Leader of the fascist government. I would have expected this character to be more important, scheming and combative. His infatuation with Fate, the computer system, left me clueless. I wasn't too convinced either by the relevance of the character of Rose Almond. The episodes where she was involved appeared weaker to my eyes. The bottom line probably is that V is such an original character, developed by Moore and illustrated by Lloyd so fantastically well, that the other characters were outshined and appeared weaker from a story perspective in my opinion. The end result is that I will remember more this graphic novel for its main character than for the story itself.
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V might be a just a letter, but when it stands for Vendetta the name becomes a lot more powerful.
At first glance, V appears to be an anarchist, desperate to free the UK... Read more
so much better than the movie. A warning to what could happen if we don't hold the power that be accountablePublished 14 months ago by J. R. Martinez
It is dark, gritty, and a wonderful story by Alan Moore. The only downside is the novel is a bit on the short side.Published 15 months ago by Alexander Wilson
Awesome graphic novel. Everyone should read it. It should be apart of every schools curriculum. Five out of five stars.Published 19 months ago by Alex
I love the movie, I must have seen it 15 times, but had never read the original graphic novel. My first kindle was just a regular kindle and would not support comics. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bootsy Bass
A brand new book which is what I want. It takes a long time for shipment. But I'm satisfied with this bookPublished 24 months ago by Dongshu Li
This is one of those must reads in the comic world. While you may love it, or not enjoy it at all, it's something for everyone to try at least once. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2013 by Wade A