Friday, September 09, 2005

V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

With the movie coming out soon, I thought I’d reread the original source. The (anti)hero is a stylish terrorist in a Guy Fawkes mask named V. The villains are the fascist government of England. Anarchy versus fascism—nothing subtle here! A terrorist is certainly an unlikely hero these days, but in comparison to the fascist state it seems almost reasonable. The authors didn’t take the easy way out either and have V be a terrorist with a heart of gold; many innocents and bystanders get hurt here.

Comparisons to 1984 immediately jump to mind while reading, not in the least because it is set in a future that is now in our past: 1996. Interestingly, while the dates are all dated, the content still carries a powerful meaning in today’s world. Libertarians will read this graphic novel and cry out that this is slowly happening here in America. Republicans should take note of the excesses of power and loss of privacy and be warned. Democrats will miss the point entirely, as usual. :)

Not as good as Watchmen, but still excellent.

First Sentence:
Good evening, London.

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