V for VendettaGraphic Novel - 1989
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"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."
"This is not the land of Do As You Please, this is the land of Take What You Want."
“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me "V”
“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.”
“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
And it’s no good blaming the drop of standards on the Management, either… Though, to be sure, the management is very bad. In fact, let us not mince words… The management is terrible! We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is a plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I can admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines You could have stopped them All you had say was “NO.” You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company.
Also, please don’t think I’ve forgotten about your outstanding service record, or about all of the invaluable contributions that you’ve made to the company… fire, the wheel, agriculture… It’s an impressive list, old-timer. A jolly impressive list. Don’t get me wrong. But… well, to be frank, we’ve had our problems, too. There’s no getting away from it. Do you know what I think a lot of it stems from? I’ll tell you… It’s your basic unwillingness to get on within the company. You don’t seem to want to face up to any real responsibility or to be your own boss. Lord knows you’ve been given plenty opportunities… We’ve offered you promotion time and time again, and each time you’ve turned us down. “I couldn’t handle the work Gov’nor’ you wheedled. “I know my place.” To be frank, your not trying are you?
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Violence: There is not as much violence as in the movie, but it's defiantly still there.
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"Good evening, London." It's nine o'clock and this is The Voice of Fate... It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...
"The people of London are advised that the Brixton and Streatham areas are quarantine zones as of today. It is suggested that these areas be avoided for reasons of health and safety...
Police raided seventeen homes in the Birmingham area early this morning, uncovering what is believed to be a major terrorist ring. Twenty people, either of them women, are currently in detention awaiting trial...
The weather will be fine until 12:07 A.M. when a shower will commence, lasting until 1:30 A.M...
Have a pleasant evening."
A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.
Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.
"Remember, remember the fifth of November..."