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DC comics/Vertigo 1988
Alan Moore/David Lloyd
Superb graphic novel from the hallowed beard of
Alan Moore, lushly illustrated by David Lloyd. V tells the story
of a young woman's apprenticeship into Anarchy, set in a post-war
Britain. Moores characters
usually go well beyond the typical remit for comic books and this
is no exception.
V as the personification of the Anarchist spirit
is a perfect vehicle for making the personal political in this rich
tale. The unremitting darkness in the story's detail is balanced
by the strength and breadth of V's character, who is bent on revenge
against the established Order and takes to teaching an orphan the
ways of revolt.
This is an endearing read for all ages.
The Wachowski brothers, who brought us the Matrix trilogy, made
a movie version of V. It has split opinion - some (including the
author) feel it watered down the politics of the graphic novel too
much, while others found it a strong enough dystopia in its own
terms which reflected post-War On Terror Britain. A trailer is available
to download online.