Friday, November 19, 2004

I stayed home from work yesterday to work on my novel and during a break I finished V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (which some misguided cataloger decided to enter in our catalog as having been written by "Steve Moore"). Written in the early 1980s, it imagines a future England of the late 1990s that survived a nuclear holocaust during WWIII in the 1980s and became a fascist state. The main character, V, is a result of a medical experiment that occurred at a British concentration camp (all the usual suspects were carted off like the Nazis did in their fascist regime). V escaped and made it his? her? mission to not only get revenge on those who ran the camp, but also to bring about the fall of the government and wake the people up from their passive state. There are large and difficult concepts at work in this book - fascism, anarchy, privacy, hypocrisy, the role of government and the responsibilities of the public. Is V a terrorist or a hero? How much freedom do we have to give up to ensure our safety? And is safety worth the price of our civil liberties?

Alan Moore is acclaimed as a master of this medium and for good reason. He elevates the discourse and consistently transcends the genre. I've read that he is nearly singlehandedly responsible for turning graphic novels into a respected and valid art form and the more books I read of his, the more I believe that this is the truth.

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