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Book Title: V for Vendetta #9|
Date of issue: November 5th 2012
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The author of the book: Alan Moore
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.20 MB
Edition: DC Comics
Read full description of the books V for Vendetta #9:[I read [book:V for Vendetta] as a series eleven installments, of which ten are the actual story and one a summary of the creative process, so this will be one review repeated across each. I have individual marks for each installment, explained in part in the volume chronology (see the spoiler.)]
V for Vendetta is Alan Moore's take on dystopia; here, the hero takes on the totalitarian regime set in the UK. As such, this graphical novel is part of a topical list that includes Zamyatin's We, Huxley's Brave New World, and Orwell's 1984.
The book focuses on V, who fights against the totalitarian government. In the mid- to end-1990s, UK is one of the few surviving states; the other major powers have annihilated each other in a nuclear war. (This scenario has been popular with sci-fi writers from the mid-1950s, with books such as Brian Aldiss's Hothouse and movies such as On the Beach as prominent examples.) UK has been saved by the anti-nuclear policies of its ruling Labor party, but had to give up in the process---we don't learn why---all personal freedom and rights. As Labor quickly turns into a fascist party, labor camps are used to exterminate whoever the leaders deem undesirable, and the citizens live from day to day. In this setting, V is the modern hero who, having understood the structure and survived the murderous attempts of the government, attempts to topple the regime. Through ruthless action mixed with acts of genuine kindness, V will give spark to the revolution.
* 0 of 10: The story of the creation of this series. Joint idea. By design rather than in one flash. Title imposed by the editor. 5/5
* 1 of 10: Explosion. Rescuing Evie. The Fate machine is introduced. Shutting the Voice. 4/5
* 2 of 10: Explosion (Palace of Justice.) The reverent. 4/5
* 3 of 10: The doctor. The camp. The Fate machine is more present. Cliched. 2/5
* 4 of 10: Mysterious. Setup for later ploy. 3/5
* 5 of 10: V on air. Guy Fawkes in the newspaper (Daily Mirror, tabloid.) Evie in a love story. 3/5
* 6 of 10: Evie is captured and tortured. Realistic. 4/5
* 7 of 10: Evie is set free. Watchmen/Justice League episode. 1/5
* 8 of 10: Explosion (TV Tower, Jordan Tower.) The Nose is dead. Alternative ploy. Fate is corrupt. 3/5
* 9 of 10: LSD episode. Alternative ploys. V is wounded. 1/5
* 10 of 10: Alternative ploy. V dies. V resurrects. explosion (Westminster area.) Unclear ending. Cliched. 3/5
Overall, I was rather unimpressed with this graphical novel. I found the story rather cliched and linear, despite attempts to spice it up through alternative ploys. The depiction of V is artificially mystical, whereas everyone else, from the crowd to the state apparatus, receive sparing attention. Last but not least, the graphical novel format hinders the reader, as most of the dialogue stems from similarly-faced, similarly-dressed characters. (This also helps in understanding the disorientation of the crowds.)
Overall, I can recommend neither the movie or the graphical novel. There's much better material on the topic, out there.
Read information about the authorAlan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.
As a comics writer, Moore is notable for being one of the first writers to apply literary and formalist sensibilities to the mainstream of the medium. As well as including challenging subject matter and adult themes, he brings a wide range of influences to his work, from the literary–authors such as William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Anton Wilson and Iain Sinclair; New Wave science fiction writers such as Michael Moorcock; horror writers such as Clive Barker; to the cinematic–filmmakers such as Nicolas Roeg. Influences within comics include Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby and Bryan Talbot.
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