Betrayal, Freedom and Justice: Forces of Order, Why V Embraced Anarchy (excerpts from Alan Moore and David LLoyd’s ‘V for Vendetta’)

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Without a doubt, if you were to ask any comic book aficionado to put together a top five comic book creators list, Alan Moore would be in every list. Some even consider him to be the greatest comic book writer of all time.

“When waiting for a train at London’s Victoria Station in 1984, Gaiman noticed a copy of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore, and carefully read it. Moore’s fresh and vigorous approach to comics had such an impact on Gaiman that he would later write; ‘that was the final straw, what was left of my resistance crumbled. I proceeded to make regular and frequent visits to London’s Forbidden Planet shop to buy comics’.” – Neil Gaiman: Journalism, early writings, and literary influences

Neil Gaiman – 3 books that have changed my life

Alan Moore has touched many hearts, and his creation that has influenced more people than any other is his masterpiece ‘V for Vendetta’, which he co-created with David LLoyd.

Aside from inspiring many across a wide spectrum, the tale told in this series has given birth to a social movement that has instilled fear in the hearts of the intelligentsia of the ruling class as well as encouraging those who have succumbed to authority and accepted governance to question their obedience.

V for Vendetta: The Revolutionary Speech (HD)

Below you will find three pages from Book One, Chapter Five of V for Vendetta. They provide a glimpse into the mindset of one of the most famous fictional terrorists in human mythology, and as to why he declared war on injustice and embraced anarchy (click images to enlarge).

NOTE: Spoilers below.

As for how V defines anarchy, the following excerpts provide further insight.

7 Comments on "Betrayal, Freedom and Justice: Forces of Order, Why V Embraced Anarchy (excerpts from Alan Moore and David LLoyd’s ‘V for Vendetta’)"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm |

    This goes to the developing thesis is that the goal should be enagement, not supremacy. It’s a fight about the ability to continue fighting rather than settling at one final posistion. The most disturbing characteristic of our age is the level of consensus, not dissent.

  2. emperorreagan | Jun 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm |

    V for Vendetta is probably my second favorite work of fiction of all time.

    • What’s your first?

      • emperorreagan | Jun 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm |

        Probably Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, the first PKD book I read. With V, I felt like it helped me make sense of some of my political thought. With Flow My Tears, I felt like my perspective of the world shifted a little bit after I read it.

        • Thanks, I’ll check it out.

        • I really need to read more PKD.

          As it stands, Dune is the only work of fiction I’ve read that tops V For Vendetta outright. Kind of surprised that V produced the more watchable movie though.

  3. erte4wt4etrg | Jun 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm |

    Yeah I picked it up from the library one day, alot of darker and deeper than the movie that’s for sure. I don’t think I’d read a comic before that point that was that mature and complex

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