2007: 55. V for Vendetta

“Good evening, London.  It’s nine o’clock and this is the voice of fate broadcasting on 275 and 285 in the medium wave... it is the fifth of the eleventh nineteen-ninety-seven.”

V for Vendetta, Alan Moore & David Lloyd

Remember, remember the fifth of november

The gunpowder treason and plot

I see no reason why the gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

So, against my better sense, it’s another good old fashioned dystopia clogging up my mind, though I can breathe little easier, since this one is set in 1997, and I guess we’ve at least managed to delay our horrible fate.  I grabbed the graphic novel of V for Vendetta from the library because I’d enjoyed the movie, and had also enjoyed some other Alan Moore novels.*  According to the internet cognoscenti the movie is total crap, and has no meaning, while the graphic novel is good and deep and all that jazz.  

I guess I understand this argument - particularly the end of the novel, where Evey takes action (in the movie, Evey is acted upon instead, which is gross Hollywood bullshit, for sure).  There is no doubt that the novel says something, while the movie is all flash with no underlying substance.  You can even understand why Moore turned his back on the film, though compared to the execrable League movie, the V for Vendetta film is a in completely different league.  

However, my problem was this - having seen the movie, which is absolutely visually gorgeous, the comic book was so blah that it couldn’t engage me.  The  art direction of the film took the pretty good images from the comic book and made them absolutely stunning on film.  And while that is a criticism of the movie, that it’s all flash and no substance, it made it hard to enjoy the comic book.  Or maybe, this is the way to enjoy this work - see the movie and absorb the gorgeous graphics, and then read the book, and get the plot, with the superior movie graphics in your head.  


Recommended for:  People who want to know what the fuss about graphic novels is about; people who found the film fascinating, but suspected there was no there-there; Guy Fawkes day fanatics.


Date/Place Completed: 4/26/07; D.C.

Categories: Graphic Novel; Fiction; Library Book


*Loved The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, found Lost Girls to be so embarrassingly banal that I didn’t finish it.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017