Book Review: V for Vendetta – Alan Moore & Dave Lloyd [TSS]

Title: V for Vendetta
Author: Alan Moore & Dave Lloyd
ISBN: 9781401208417
Pages: 296
Release Date: May 1, 1990
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

The year is 1997, and England is a fascist state.  There is no such thing as privacy or personal freedom.  Minorities and homosexuals have been eradicated from the population.  One man, masked and caped, has taken it upon himself to change the face of society.

Review:

Though the reputation of graphic novels and memoirs has been changing recently, generally speaking, they aren’t widely read.  However, I think amazing things are happening within this genre, so I’ve taken it upon myself to start reading more and trying to understand how the genre has developed over the past twenty years or so.  I was very impressed with V for Vendetta; it’s a complicated story that is incredibly thought-provoking.

V for Vendetta accomplishes amazing things within its pages.  Conventional wisdom leads to the conclusion that “comics” can’t convey the same depth as literary fiction, but this book proves those naysayers wrong.  First, there’s the character of V.  He is such an intriguing character, with so many layers and an incredible level of complexity.  Is he crazy, or is he possibly the last sane man left in England?  His skills suggest that he hasn’t experienced a break with reality, but at the same time, is it possible to do the things he does and not be slightly insane? 

There’s also the question of morality – is V “good” or “bad”?  While he is fighting for freedom and justice, his methods are somewhat barbaric.  Do the ends justify the means in this case, when he seems to be fighting for the greater good?  And is that actually what he’s doing, is the welfare of the English people what’s driving him or is this some twisted form of revenge?

There are many questions this book poses, so many amazing points of discussion.  If your book club isn’t averse to violence and is open to new formats and genres, I would highly recommend picking this book.  After finishing it, I’m itching to discuss it with someone because I know I wasn’t able to grasp everything, and there are so many possible interpretations of what happened.

V for Vendetta is an incredible work of dystopian fiction that tackles many important subjects.  The artwork is well done, the dialogue is captivating (especially V’s speaking style), and it’s an engrossing work that I couldn’t put down.  If you want a graphic novel with the heft and power of literary fiction, look no further.  V for Vendetta is what you’re searching for.

Comments

  1. I definitely have to get a copy of this one. I saw the movie and would like to take a deeper look. I have been enjoying quite a few graphic novels that have been tackling a diverse number of important issues in creative ways.

  2. I definitely have to get a copy of this one. I saw the movie and would like to take a deeper look. I have been enjoying quite a few graphic novels that have been tackling a diverse number of important issues in creative ways.

  3. I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel ever since I saw (and loved) the film. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel ever since I saw (and loved) the film. Thanks for reminding me!

  5. I’ve seen the movie and absolutely loved it. Honestly had no idea that it was a book lol

  6. I’ve seen the movie and absolutely loved it. Honestly had no idea that it was a book lol

  7. I always thought the movie would be too much for me, so I avoided it. I had no idea there was a graphic novel. This is probably more my speed.

  8. I always thought the movie would be too much for me, so I avoided it. I had no idea there was a graphic novel. This is probably more my speed.

  9. I’ve bought into the genre hook, line and sinker. They are usually quick reads, but emotional and intense. I just love it. I’ll add this one to my list. I didn’t see the movie, but I wanted to. It would be fun to enjoy both.

  10. I’ve bought into the genre hook, line and sinker. They are usually quick reads, but emotional and intense. I just love it. I’ll add this one to my list. I didn’t see the movie, but I wanted to. It would be fun to enjoy both.

  11. All I can say is Wow — you sold me. I’m going to order it right now.

  12. All I can say is Wow — you sold me. I’m going to order it right now.

  13. V For Vendetta is awesome, I read it earlier this year! I liked how different it was from the movie. I thought the book provided a good look at anarchism, a political philosophy I don’t exactly know a whole lot about. It’s definitely a worthy book club read.

  14. V For Vendetta is awesome, I read it earlier this year! I liked how different it was from the movie. I thought the book provided a good look at anarchism, a political philosophy I don’t exactly know a whole lot about. It’s definitely a worthy book club read.

  15. I saw the movie, but from what I understand the book is quite a bit different. I don’t read many graphic novels, but I do have a couple on my shelves and would like to get the chance to try them. Great review! It sounds like this might be a book I should invest in. Thanks!

  16. I saw the movie, but from what I understand the book is quite a bit different. I don’t read many graphic novels, but I do have a couple on my shelves and would like to get the chance to try them. Great review! It sounds like this might be a book I should invest in. Thanks!

  17. Have you seen the movie? I’d love to see what you think of the adaptation. I haven’t read this graphic novel yet, but I presume it follows the same lines as the movie. I really love complex characters like V where their motivations are good, but there is a darker element to their actions.

    great review

  18. Have you seen the movie? I’d love to see what you think of the adaptation. I haven’t read this graphic novel yet, but I presume it follows the same lines as the movie. I really love complex characters like V where their motivations are good, but there is a darker element to their actions.

    great review

  19. I have to ask: have you seen the movie? The movie to me stands out in my mind as AMAZING. And while it didn’t make me rush to the book store to dig into the graphic novel (I’m definitely one of the naysayers that you mentioned in your review), I do continue to hold the movie up there as one of my favorites. But your review has definitely piqued my interest in the source as it does seem to have a lot of depth, something I wouldn’t expect from a graphic novel.

  20. I have to ask: have you seen the movie? The movie to me stands out in my mind as AMAZING. And while it didn’t make me rush to the book store to dig into the graphic novel (I’m definitely one of the naysayers that you mentioned in your review), I do continue to hold the movie up there as one of my favorites. But your review has definitely piqued my interest in the source as it does seem to have a lot of depth, something I wouldn’t expect from a graphic novel.

  21. Serena & Jennifer – I have seen the movie and loved it! It’s what really piqued my interest in the graphic novel. I was surprised at the fact that, though they did change the storyline a bit, all the questions and depth are taken directly from the book.

  22. Serena & Jennifer – I have seen the movie and loved it! It’s what really piqued my interest in the graphic novel. I was surprised at the fact that, though they did change the storyline a bit, all the questions and depth are taken directly from the book.

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