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V for Vendetta [Hardcover]

Alan Moore , David Lloyd
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Oct. 21 2005
V for Vendetta - soon to be a major motion picture - is one of the accomplishments that cemented Alan Moore's reputation and now returns in a stunning new edition. Originally published in 1990, V for Vendetta is a frightening and powerful story about the loss of freedom and individuality in a totalitarian England. Written against a background of third term Thatcherism and tabloid rants against minorites, this is a work of startling clarity...Everything that comics weren't supposed to be. A terrifying portrait of totalitarianism and resistance superbly illustrated by artist David Lloyd, this edition includes 8 new pages featuring early sketches and art by Lloyd.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici. April 4 2004
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Written in the early 1980s, V for Vendetta tells of an England in the then near future of 1997-8. A limited nuclear exchange devastates much of the world while England is directly unaffected. However, the enormous economic and political ramifications of the conflict hurl the nation into anarchy. Out of the ashes arises the fascist Norsefire regime. Sure they restore order to the fallen country, but this is clearly a case of the serum being more lethal than the poison. This new government sends blacks, homosexuals, Jews, and other minorities to death camps. The culture of the pre-War world is now deemed as evil and subversive. A corrupt police force is implemented with the authority to murder suspects if they wish instead of adhering to ideals such as due process. The average citizen is forced to work for starvation wages, and sometimes to crime just to survive. Freedom, democracy, and privacy are as archaic concepts as the world being flat. Then comes V, whose motto is the title of my review. Translated from Latin it means: "By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe."
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Graphic Novel June 22 2014
By Alex
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Awesome graphic novel. Everyone should read it. It should be apart of every schools curriculum. Five out of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! April 23 2014
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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. When I got my 10 inch tablet it was perfect for comics. This is a well drawn well thought out story. It differs to a degree from the movie, but the same message is there. Its hard to argue with a 9.99 price as well. Good value for a superior product.
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A brand new book which is what I want. It takes a long time for shipment. But I'm satisfied with this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read book Dec 7 2013
By Wade A
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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. Another one of Alan Moore's wonderful pieces from back when, if you're looking for something to read, or just want to get the premise of those mask's you see all over the internet, pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Beautiful Nov. 1 2013
By Crystal
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Loved it! You have to read it to understand because it's an index rifle feeling reading a book that is enlightening and terrifying all at once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Expected July 12 2013
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I already own a copy of this book, but was looking to purchase another one for art project. Not wanting to cut up my own copy, or pay the full price for a brand new copy, a used copy met my needs perfectly. The book I received had definitely been read several times over, and had worn corners and slight wrinkles but is more than usable for my needs, and is in good enough condition to be a feasible option for anyone just looking for a copy of the book to own and read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic May 23 2013
By Szabuza
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If you like the movie, you'll like this comic book even more.
Great character and a interesting plot that will make you keep reading.
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