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on 28 January 2013
After buying the absolute version of V for Vendetta I gave away my old trade paperback version to a friend. I'd not opened it for years, and when he took it and thanked me, he opened it up to take a look. I was shocked!
I'd just finished the Absolute version and even dropped David Lloyd a message (he's on Facebook) I was so impressed with it.
First, the size. It really helps the artwork stand out. You can appreciate so much more David's skill. He really is an artist. You know that of course, but perhaps not the type you would necessarily categorize as a comic book artist.
The colours are wonderful. The muted look to the book just adds to the atmosphere. The paper quality is also very good, chosen I think to show off to the best the pastel/watercolour look of this work, unlike the glossy brighter look of Watchmen or Dark Knight.
That is why I was so shocked, the old paperback version looks a gaudy mess compared to this. It really is that much of a difference. I felt a bit embarrassed giving it away.
The story after all this time is as sharp as anything. Much better than the film, though I felt they did a good job, the book is a lot more shocking. And by shocking I don't mean sexy/gory or verbally nasty. it's the actual shock of V describing the cage we are all born into.
If you like the book, think it's a good story, like Dave lloyd's work....any of those, please take a look at one of these versions. If all you've seen is the paperback you're in for a huge surprise.