Just missed getting Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta included in the August readings. This is book 47: just five more to go!
I missed getting this one in for August because, honestly, I wasn’t too into this one. I had problems following the political sniping among the characters not named V because I wasn’t always sure which characters were which. I also found some parts to really drag. The plot felt a little disjointed, too. And after watching the movie, I was even less impressed with the graphic novel. If the movie had come out while I was in high school, I know I would’ve totally been into V for Vendetta. But seeing it now, as an adult who is also living in the United States–in Baltimore–while Trump is president, the anarchist message delivered by V is really…naive. And the way V goes about implementing his vendetta, it’s just so…Batman-esque. And I don’t see how that could ever be a good thing.
I’m not sure if the movie version is a good movie, but it’s a much tighter, concise, and focused version of V For Vendetta. The only thing that really surprised me about the movie version was the end when the ranking military officers give the order to stand-down as the crowd came towards them. Given post-Freddie Gray America, I found that…refreshing.