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V for Vendetta: New Edition Paperback – 27 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; REPRINT edition (27 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762278
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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It's probably the most openly political of Moore's works, as well as being the most idealistic. --No. 9, SFX Best Eve

A work of passionate individuality and morality, a work of outrage and hope. --The Comics Journal

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To understand 'V For Vendetta', you have to understand the times in which it was written. Britain of the 1980s was wracked by recession and with discontent against the Conservative government. Hanging over this was the ever-present Cold War mentality.

The premise of this book is that the Conservative government are voted out (as Moore expected at the time, but which didn't come to pass) and the new Labour government insists on nuclear disarmament. So it is that when the Cold War becomes World War 3, Britain is uninvolved, but not unaffected.

As nuclear fallout affects the weather and radiation causes widespread death a fascist regime rises to offer England stability and order. The price for this is the internment and execution of blacks, homosexuals, liberals and all those who don't conform to the fascist ideals. The future Moore paints is a bleak and painfully believable one.

However, one man decides to destroy this new order so that freedom can be rebuilt from the rubble. The man is known only as V. When it comes down to it, V is the greatest element of this book. He's cultured, witty, mysterious, charismatic and ruthless. Also, David Lloyd's design of the character as a man dressed in a smiling mask and Guy Fawkes costume is inspired. My favourite bit of the book is when V sneaks into the home of a child-abusing bishop and confronts the corrupt clergyman with a Rolling Stones quote; 'Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste'.

There are numerous other characters integral to the story; the widow Rose, forced to become a stripper; the Leader, an insane fascist in love with Fate, the computer which effectively controls England; as well as the various heads of the Party.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2016
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An excellent graphic novel by the greatest graphic novelist of them all!

This story was first issued in the early 1980's, as part of a British comic book called 'Warrior'. It was concluded in the late 1980's, after 'Warrior' had ceased operating and DC Comics had taken over the title.

The story is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic (alternative history) Britain in the 1990s. A fascist state has arisen, led by the Norsefire party. Opponents of the state are rounded up in concentration camps and exterminated. A revolutionist - and anarchist - named 'V' (dressed in black and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask) has designed a complex and elaborate plan to bring down the government, and to convince the people of the need to rise up and rebel. As this plan is put into motion, V meets a young woman, Evey Hammond, who joins him on his quest.

This is an excellent book. The titular character and protagonist - V - is a great anti-hero. The political ideas invoked in the story, centering on anarchism and fascism, are dealt with in a sophisticated manner.

This graphic novel serves as the basis for the 2006 film, which I thought was well done.

I fully recommend this item for those interested in reading political-orientated fiction.
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The classic story by Alan Moore. The story of Evie and how she meets V in a dystopian Britain under the jackboot of a tyrannical right wing dictator. V rescues Evie from the Finger and helps her to throw off the shackles of the party and become free. This is the book that inspired the Guy Fawkes mask we see in protests worldwide, a meme that unites those struggling against state control and the oligarchs and corporations who avoid taxes while our public services are slashed to fund them.

La lutte continue!
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First Graphic Novel I have ever purchased.
I am an avid reader of books, and frankly, I thought my Comic Books days had long gone. As a nipper in the 1960's I loved the occasional Batman or Superman American Comic Book I received as presents, but this was about it.
However, being a great fan of the excellent film of V for Vendetta - which really struck chords for me - I noticed all the great reviews for the original Graphic Novel, so thought I would give it a bash.
Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Graphic novel in one sitting, and of course it is very different from the film in very many good ways.
Recommended.
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I expected a lot of this Graphic Novel, but it was even better. This one really blew me of my socks. What we get to see is an alternative timeline in which Germany actually won World War II and where England has turned into a fascist state. People live very cautious and affraid because everything they say or do is being monitored, and they've been overly restricted by their own government. Then oneday a mystic figure appears and he rocks the city. He murders people of importance, he blows up government buildings, and nobody knows a single thing of who he is or why he does the things he does, except that he's codenamed himself V. Meanwhile V takes a little girl under his wing who he teaches things about his history, about herself and about what is happening. But over time the government is getting closer too. Along the story more and more is explained about who V is, about what moves V, about the real consequences the war has cost and about the value of a free will. All this is illustrated very appropriatly by David Lloyd in a bit of a cinematic style. This makes the flow of the story even better. For me personally this is the best Alan Moore Graphic Novel I've read so far and I would easily recommend it to everyone who is looking for something more than superheroes. Even when you're normally not that much into comicbooks this could very possibly still be one heck of a ride for you ...
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