Prison What exactly is prison Is it just the confinement in which we are placed after crime Or is it somethingCan we become imprisoned without being aware of it Can we even imprison ourselves Perhaps even to the state Alan Moore depicts these questions in this scary graphic novel that is set in some crazy right winged London that reeks of fascism and corruption It s a dark, eerily real place it is a place that might have actually been in an alternate history Just like inWatchmen Moore shows us an alternative past that is stark and weirdly possible The people struggle under an oppressive regime they have no voice they have no liberty or identity they are in a monumental prison of both body and mind And, worse yet, because of the mass propaganda campaigns, intimidating armed troop patrols, and lack of freedom in general, the people are not fully aware of their own oppressive plight They re ignorant and led along by the voice of power and authority They have no free will This is where V comes in In the guise of a shadowy villain, the costumed rogue represents pure anarchy His way of thought, as he himself admits, would lead to nothing but chaos But, anything is better than fascism, right Well, you d think so but V is far from the morale crusader he identifies himself as Despite his form of vigilante justice, he is not morally good What he inflicts on his prot g is nothing but damn nasty yes, it opened her eyes to the prison of life, but in order for them to be opened he had to inflict great cruelty Do the ends ever justify the means Anarchy is the complete lack of authority over the populace, which is what V is striving for, but he is acting with the power and ruthless of the very thing he is trying to overcome Indeed, what he exacts is a form of manipulative control, which is the very thing he is trying to destroy through his wave of terrorism He is certainly a dark and complex character Perhaps his ethos is even slightly self defeating and contradictory I don t think he s any better that what he is trying to destroy, but perhaps that s the idea Perhaps, Moore is trying to suggest that corruption is the very essence of human nature, and that nobody is beyond it I think V is less a man than an ideal He represents something much bigger than himself, which is signified by his legacy But, what this thing is destructive and extreme his idea is not necessarily something beneficial to mankind I much preferred Watchmen to this it was less political and focused on human nature rather than the complex nature of politics I think the right reader could take a lot from this, but for me, I thought it was too bleak There s little in the way of redemptive themes here 2.
5 stars V for Vendetta V for Vendetta Complete , Alan MooreV for Vendetta is a British graphic novel written by Alan Moore The story depicts a dystopian and post apocalyptic near future history version of the United Kingdom in the 1990s, preceded by a nuclear war in the 1980s that devastated most of the rest of the world 2015 360 .
I struggled for a long time with the growing notion that conservatives simply aren t funny At first it seemed a silly idea, since conservatism draws from sources as varied as progressivism all levels of intelligence and wealth, all kinds of people from all walks of life yet none of them are funny.
Certainly they can tell jokes and be charming, but not satirical, not biting Subversion doesn t come naturally to them, and it should have been clear why Conservatism relies on ideals, on grand heroic notions which are to be believed in Progressives or Liberals rely on deconstruction of these notions, which is in itself a subversion.
That might not entirely explain the sad discrepancy between Doonesbury and Mallard Fill, but it s a start I feel like this difference in mode is also to blame for some of thecommon critiques of Alan Moore s work.
He s recently achieved notoriety as a Hollywood Gold Standard and as the scowling, bearded mascot of rebranding Comics as Graphic Novels despite the fact that Moore, Gaiman, and I all prefer the original term As a product of this new visibility, he has been discovered by new readers, some of whom dismiss him as a subversive anarchist.
I agree that he is subversive, and that he is interested in exploring violent anarchism in his works, but he has too much subtlety to be saddled with the views of some of his characters Critics can quickly identify attacks on their ideologies, but seem less skilled at seeing how an apparent progressive like Moore simultaneously attacks his own representation of the agents of change.
Rorschach in Watchmen is a parody of the superhero staple of morality by violence or is it the other way round , a parody the film version completely fails to recognize Likewise, V is meant to be flawed, fraught and difficult, and Moore invites us to question his philosophies and methods.
Moore always gives his characters motives because his characters operate by their psychology their history, their disposition, their experiences But in V , Moore is giving us a background to establish a motive, which is why we might end up on V s side beyond the David and Goliath trope.
Moore gives us this motive so that he can communicate his ideas clearly We see that V s actions are accountable personally, which leads us to ask whether they are accountable socially, morally, or ethically It is, after all, a story concerned with the nature of politics, power, subjugation, and resistance Like a philosopher hashing out his ideas, Moore explores his theme by setting limits to focus the hypothesis.
Whether V can be excused or praised outside his personal motivations is another argument, but the fact that Moore has isolated and located this argument at a point in narrative space shows his thoughtful, deliberate mastery of the form.
Like Watchmen, the film version mostly strips out this layer of complexity, and is content like the majority of action films or violent dystopias to let this personal struggle be the end of the moral question, thus reducing V to a violent hero or antihero This idealized personal morality is common not only in action movies, but in cape comics and conservatism yet focusing on a wholly personal response precludes observing how politics works, or any grand social scale which is necessarily defined by the impersonal The personal is simply not important, not viable, and in the end, gets lost in the mix The billions of personal elements counteract one another into a kind of Brownian Motion, stirring without direction, while the real forces of power move above them and alongside them, shaping the world.
Think of all the people acting out their personal moralities, proud as peacocks You hear people talk about turning off the water when they brush their teeth despite the fact thatthan ninety percent of water use is industrial People buy free range organic despite the fact that the money still goes to the same five companies and the term organic is entirely unregulated People get self satisfied about their Prius when five shipping tankers produce as many tons of emissions as all the cars in the world.
It is not that these personal beliefs cannot change things, in fact they often come to the forefront, but this change is momentary and complex, and hence, no great theory could be made to predict it, so it cannot be harnessed, only taken for granted by the forces of power Thepeople act personally, thethey will be taken advantage of, impersonally.
It isn t surprising that critiques of Moore tend to focus on these personal, symbolic journeys, but that s simply not how Moore operates Sympathy for his characters should be mistrusted, just as we must mistrust Milton s Satan even with all his charm, it is the utmost foolishness not to recognize him for who he is.
You don t have to look hard to see these little subversions these clues that something isn t right but you do have to look There is a fast paced, exciting, complex plot atop it all, and it s easy to get caught up in Alan Moore s stories Unlike some authors, Moore won t spell it out for you, but calling him an Anarchist is an oversimplification.
In interviews, Moore has said that an Anarchist state is one where the powerful rule the weak by fear and force of arms, noting that this describes every government and nation in history, no matter what florid terms are used to make such governanceappealing Moore may use V to present the ideal of the Anarchist, but we must remember he doesn t believe in ideals.
Which is why Alan Moore is funny When you are quite sure that he is being serious, you can be certain that he is being funny After all, the surest sign that we have ceased to think clearly about something is that we can no longer laugh at it So remember if you aren t laughing, you aren t thinking and if you aren t thinking, then you definitely won t understand Moore My Suggested Readings in Comics Me is 21 yo and has no idea what tf V for Vendetta is about My friend hands me her personal graphic novel in disgust I pity you
Remember, remember the fifth of November This TPB edition collects the original 10 comic book issues, then divided in the graphic novel in three chapters.
Creative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrator David Lloyd VALIANT VERICITY Remember, remember The fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgotIt s one of the first sentences that came to mind when you think about the masterpiece by Alan Moore David Lloyd And certainly something quite easy to remember each year on the infamous mentioned date.
However, the most powerful quote that sticks to my mind is People should not be afraid of their governments Governments should be afraid of their people.
That quote resumes the very power of this majestic story.
The story of one man.
One man who can be everybody Everybody is special Everybody Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain, everybody Everybody has their story to tellAnd the story of V is one very powerful to tell Good evening, London I thought it time we had a little talk Are you sitting comfortably Then I ll begin VIGOROUS VOCALITY This is my favorite graphic novel ever One of the first impacts when I read reading this graphic novel the first time, it was when I realized that you don t start to read in the beginning of the story.
No, the plan of V is so carefully crafted that when the government think that he started, he is already finishing it V You re almost finished, aren t youIt s very likely that by now, you may have watched the film and it s a very good adaptation I liked it a lot and it s one of my favorite movies Are there differences Oh, yes But, honestly, as a hardcore Alan Moore s fan, I think that the changes are good thinking that film is a different format than comic book and therefore, some things can be changed and still delivering the same powerful message There s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill There s only an idea Ideas are bulletproof.
However, if you are a truly V for Vendetta s fan, like me, you must read the graphic novel at some point, or you will be missing a lot VEHEMENT VITALISM Knowledge, like air, is vital to life Like air, no one should be denied it.
It s a wonderful joy to watch how Alan Moore put everywhere the letter v , in the titles of the chapters just to mention an example.
Also, David Lloyd is a very creative partner of Moore, making into art many original concepts like a chapter made entirely in the form a music sheet.
Wonderful concepts that you only can get in the format of a graphic novel VENDETTA VALIDITY If I take off that mask, something will go away forever, be diminished because whoever you are isn t as big as the idea of you.
I am a huge fan of Alan Moore s work and I have the luck to find a lot of his work, not only the quite known examples like Watchmen and this very graphic novel V for Vendetta but also his entire runs of Swamp Thing, Top Ten, Tom Strong, Promethea, Fashion Beast, along with great issues like For the Man who has everything, The Killing Joke, Whatever happened with the Man of Tomorrow, etcand I loved to read everything and I have to say that my favorite work by Alan Moore is this graphic novel V for Vendetta.
I think the strongest issue that convince me to realize that V for Vendetta is my own personal favorite graphic novel but also my own personal favorite work by Alan Moore is because it s that each little detail on the story was so carefully done, so carefully thought, so carefully presented.
And that s the beautiful irony of all Since this is a story about chaos, but it s done with a precision where nothing is left to chance Everything is where that s supposed to be Noor less than needed to tell the story.
And threrefore, My own personal opinion is that this is his masterpiece in the middle of an universe of masterpieces written by Alan Moore.
Not only is a strong political story but also an impressive artwork.
Also, the terrorist known as V is one of the best characters ever made in literature What was done to me created me It s a basic principle of the Universe that every action will create an equal and opposing reaction.
That will be all You may return to your labors.
For all of the criticism heaped on movie versions of novels and other literary works well deserved in many cases , there are times when the filmmakers get it very right e.
, Lord of the Rings, the Princess Bride, Schindler s List The Graphic Novel, in particular, is a format that lends itself well to adaptation and, in the right hands, can often IMPROVE on the source material Examples of this, IMHO, would include From Hell, Road to Perdition and Sin City To that small but distinctive list I would add V for Vendetta as I thought the film version was superior to the print That s not to say the graphic novel is not good Alan Moore deserves a lot of credit for this ground breaking, original story Had I not seen the movie prior to reading this, I would likely have been farimpressed with it However, as it is, I couldn t help feeling that the film did a better job of conveying the oppressive nature of the fascist society envisioned in the story The stellar cast assembled for the movie didn t hurt either While reading, I often found myself thinking to myself that I preferred the film s vision of the narrative Without spoilerizing, one example of this is that I thought, in general, the character depictions were vastly enhanced, largely due to the superior casting I mean seriously, the movie had.
NUFF SAID I also think the movieclearly defined the central plot, allowing the underlying message of the story to be delivered withpower As for the climax, the movie s was golden, and I thought the addition of the public s participation was inspired To be fair, the GN had its share of moments of advantage as well, enough to make reading it worth while even if you have seen the movie V s confrontation with the Voice of London was muchelaborate in the graphic novel, and V s back story is expanded upon and givendepth Both of these are interesting and well done Still, overall I found the movie was superior and I think my rating of the GN suffers a bit, unfair or not, as a result Thus, a good read and one that I recommendjust make sure to see the movie as well 3.