V For Vendetta by Alan Moore
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 8 July 2012

V For Vendetta

Author: Alan Moore
Artist: Alex Lloyd

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason, Why the gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot”
Terrorism, fascism, anarchy, anti-heroes and vaudevillian villians encompass London in this twisting, twirling, tightrope, time-bomb tale rightly considered on of the best comic books of all time.rnrnA response over concerns of the Thatcher government's conservative policies regarding surviellance and sexuality Moore raises the spirit of Guy Faulkes (who tried to blow up parliament in 1605) to rebel.rnrnThe protagonist known only as V appears as an apparition in black, his face, masked by the smiling venetian style mask of Guy Fawkes contrasts his cloak. We don't see his body but we learn that he was burnt long ago in a fire at an internment camp he was put in when the fascist government came to power and certain "undesirables" were removed from society.

V's vendetta then is not only to get revenge on those who did this to him but also bring down the cause of the problem, the government and subsequently bring freedom through chaos.rnrnThe government uses it's propaganda machine and fingermen to hunt down V but ultimately, V is not their enemy as he says:rnrn“There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof. Farewell.”

Moore's writing is as tight as a conductor, he sets every piece in place just as his methodical leading man arranges the dominos of his plan. There is always a peaceful calm before one of V's storms until he finally ignites his final impeding crescendo.rnrnStylistically, the bright colours against a black canvas gives the artwork by David Lloyd an almost Caravaggio on acid feel which reflects nicely the heightened nature of V's character and Shakespearean speech.

The comic has action and mystery wrapped in classical music blarring over the tops of roofs and a stylised cinematic feel. Expertly written, thoughtfully paced and adds to the dystopian genre as much as it borrows.