Monday, December 20, 2010

"V for Vendetta" Review

Remembering the 5th of November

V for Vendetta

Originally a ten-issue series that was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, "V for Vendetta" follows the story of Evey, a young woman making her way in a dystopian future, and a strange masked man named "V," who wages war against the new political state in Britain.

My first exposure to this material was through the film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski brothers. The film was a faithful adaptation, though it did lack some of the major key plot points that change the importance of the material. Then again, an adaptation can never truly be the same as the source material in order to work on screen.

The graphic novel focuses more on Evey's "training" for a very important task that she's going to have to take up in the story. I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone, so we'll leave it that the story takes a much stranger turn after the bombing at the end of the story. The graphic novel also puts more on the general public as having to decide how the world is going to work now that they realize they don't have to be controlled by the powerful state anymore.

I did enjoy the graphic novel overall, Moore always delivers an interesting story, but at times I felt like it dragged on a little bit. I do enjoy the ending of the graphic novel more than the film, and recommend anyone who really liked the movie adaptation to read the comics and gain a bit more insight to what Moore was trying to convey with the story.

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