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V for Vendetta (Graphic Novel)

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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A Visual and Literary Masterpiece

V stands for Vengeance, Victory, Violence, but most importantly, V for Vendetta. Alan Moore's classic is one that needs to be read by every single comic book geek standing on this planet. It is a graphic novel that must be read by whose who want some social commentary, ...
V stands for Vengeance, Victory, Violence, but most importantly, V for Vendetta. Alan Moore's classic is one that needs to be read by every single comic book geek standing on this planet. It is a graphic novel that must be read by whose who want some social commentary, awesome action sequences, great art, or just read about really interesting characters. There isn't much to say against V for Vendetta, in fact, I can't think of something to say against it. It is hard to review a book that I love, but I'll give it a try and I hope it turns out spoiler-free.
Alan Moore is a man who loves social-criticism and he really love to play around with controversial topics like anarchism, totalitarianism, prostitution, sex, rape, and nudity (whoever knows who Dr. M is, will know what I mean). He is a very wise man that always tries to criticize governments and society as a whole. He creates these really cool and complex characters and the ones he created for this novel are V and Evey. V is a mysterious man who wears this mask that covers his face and Evey is a young girl whose parents were killed and now she lives alone in poverty and has only one way to pay for her necessities, prostitution. V goes on a personal mission to destroy this totalitarian British government named Norsefire. The story is set in a fictional time after the events of a violent Nuclear War. The book tells us to "Remember, Remember the fifth of November", we really don't know what happened that day until several pages in. This line has a compelling story line that goes with it that I won't spoil.
The characters are well made, the story is rather intriguing, what else can be said about this masterpiece is the question. The answer is simple, the art style is great. I really love the contrast between dark and bright colors that is used throughout the novel. It really adds to the dark and mysterious themes, events, and characters that Moore created. The combination of the dramatic art-style and the awesome dialogue is just great. Sometimes drawings can say much more than written descriptions and in this book, this extraordinary thing happens (another great example of this is Maus by Art Spiegelman that I also recommend). By just seeing the colors, the drawing technique, and the shadings used we get the idea of the overall mood of the situation. So who made this artistic masterpiece? A guy named David Lloyd did.
In conclusion, V for vendetta is a masterpiece. It should be read by every single comic book geek and literature lovers in this world because of the strong narrative and its art style. When you finish this book I recommend you to read Alan Moore's other novel, Watchmen and see the film version of V for Vendetta written and produced by the Wachowski Brothers because both are made using the same style and mood but.

posted by Tuna_Envelope on January 18, 2010

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1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Waiting for even a decent story from Alan Moore

What didn't go wrong? 1. Predictable 2. Main character bores enemies to death (kind of like Freddy Krueger) 3. Sub par artwork. 4. Takes a little too long to reach the story's conclusion.

posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2008

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    Good Story, but...

    The plot and story line were well written and very interesting... that being said, I did not enjoy the artwork in this book at all. The way it's drawn makes all of the male characters look almost exactly the same, making it difficult to keep the characters straight. Also, the panels are very dark and shadowy, which I understand adds to the dystopian quality of the story, but I personally did not like it that much. Also, some of the lettering is unclear and hard to read, but besides these minor stylistic annoyances, it was a good book, and an interesting read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    For fans of the film...

    If you've seen the film, you know V as the guy in the mask kissed by Natalie Portman. If you read the graphic novel, you'll realize V for Vendetta tells so much more than the shallow, sterilized movie version could ever show. I was a fan of the graphic novel long before the movie came out, and V for Vendetta is simply a phenomenal read. This is much more than the simplistic 'fight for freedom' rehashed in literature and 'unforunately' employed in the film. V is not only a terrorist, but a manipulative genius who orchestrates torture, brainwashing, and vengeful assassination down to the last detail. An ideological clash between anarchism and fascism leaves little room for the comfortable, moderate liberal democracies we know and love. It isn't as complex or mature as Watchmen, but few things are. Still, if you're prepared to think long and hard, V for Vendetta is a wonderful piece of literature.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    V for Vendetta isn't good as Alan Moore's Watchmen but it still provides a strong narrative with an even stronger political agenda. This one is not to be missed by anyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Good story

    The art in this graphic novel is not my favorite, but the story is solid, and, being typical Alan Moore, a little dark and very political. Definitely the kind of story that keeps the reader invested and asking questions both about the plot and the real world through the entire read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    R for Review

    A poignant look at race, politics and human nature.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Fantastic

    Not quite Watchmen but what is. Simply a good read for comic fans. Illustrations could have been better, many characters look awkwardly similar. But all in all, V's a good read, and don't let the movie fool you, the comic is actually entertaining, hollywood has never done Moore justice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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