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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
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V for Vendetta (1982)

by Alan Moore (Writer), David Lloyd (Illustrator)

Other authors: Tony Weare (Illustrator)

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Series: V For Vendetta (1-10)

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V for Vendetta is Moore and Lloyd’s response to the upswing in conservatism in 1980s England, still in the Cold War. They took this idea to the conclusion that after a nuclear war (supposing that England survived, that is), England would turn fascist right quick. The hero (anti-hero?) V serves as a thorn in the side of the government, blowing up buildings and killing off high party officials. He takes in a girl named Evey (so glad they aged her up for the movie, because her story line is a bit less creepy if she’s a young woman rather than a teenager, but only a bit) whom he rescues from attackers on the street. V is no mere anarchist though: he has big plans for Evey and for England. Mr Finch of the Finger (law enforcement) works to discover V’s back story in order to find out who he really is.
Having seen the movie several times before I ever read the book, I can’t help but make a few comparisons. In the movie, V is far more dashing and sympathetic, like an anarchist Errol Flynn (thanks in part to Hugo Weaving’s amazing voice). In the book, he’s far more disturbing. This isn’t a criticism, by the way. I think Moore wanted V to be disturbing. That’s the point: V is not really a hero, but a villain in his own right, who is willing to do terrible things to fight for what he believes is right (don’t all villains?). The fact that he is fighting against something even more terrible than he is, is what casts him as the hero of the story, not his own actions. It’s this exploration of the moral grey area that makes this a great story and one that (mostly) holds up almost 30 years later. ( )
2 vote Jessiqa | Jul 3, 2018 |
3.5 stars. ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
Moore is a bit out there with his anarcholibertarianism, but it's impossible do deny the importance of a book like this in 2018. It's not just the eyes of governments upon us (thank you, Snowden), but large data companies who were once tech companies, like Google, Apple, and Facebook. Read this in conjunction with something by Kevin Mitnick. ( )
1 vote neverstopreading | Mar 13, 2018 |
I preferred the movie. Sorry, Alan. ( )
  plumtingz | Dec 14, 2017 |
Comics collection
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Moore, AlanWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weare, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craddock, SteveLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crain, DaleDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobbs, SiobhanColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitaker, SteveColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...
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Good night England. Goodnight Home Service and V for Victory. Hello the Voice of Fate and V FOR VENDETTA. --introduction
And it's no good blaming the drop in work standards upon bad management, either...though, to be sure, the management is very bad. We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'no.' You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company
It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing... One loud noise, and it's gone.
Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. 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.
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Please do NOT combine the novelization of the movie V for Vendetta with the graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Lloyd.
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Uma poderosa e aterradora história sobre a perda da liberdade e cidadania em um mundo totalitário bem possível, V de Vingança permanece como uma das maiores obras dos quadrinhos e o trabalho que revelou ao mundo seus criadores, Alan Moore e David Lloyd.

Encenada em uma Inglaterra de um futuro imaginário que se entregou ao fascismo, esta arrebatadora história captura a natureza sufocante da vida em um estado policial autoritário e a força redentora do espírito humano que se rebela contra esta situação. Obra de surpreendente clareza e inteligência, V de Vingança traz inigualável profundidade de caracterizações e verossimilhança, em um audacioso conto de opressão e resistência.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930289528, Paperback)

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 U.K. 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 coloring here in the graphic novel sometimes blurs David Lloyd's fine drawing. But these are small concerns. Skillfully 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. --Mark Thwaite

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:35 -0400)

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In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself "V," a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression.

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