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V for Vendetta Turns Ten

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This year we celebrate the tenth birthday of the film V for Vendetta, based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore. Moore is more than cantankerous when addressing the cinematic adaptations of his work, and movies like Watchmen, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen explain his ill-temper.

That said, for me, V is the exception and probably the best adaptation of Moore’s work we’re likely to see for some time. The movie was as faithful an adaptation as one might imagine and it brought a huge audience to the book’s examination of fascist psychology and propaganda. The book is one of Moore’s best, but I doubt that the Occupy Movement and Anonymous would have adopted the iconography of the Guy Fawkes mask if the image hadn’t been so widely exposed by the film.

That said, let’s give the author his last word. Here’s Moore talking about V

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The New Watchmen Comics

Before WatchmenWhose side do you take with respect to the new Before Watchmen prequels: Alan Moore (against) or Dave Gibbons (for)? From Wired:

Everything old at DC Comics is new again, again. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ canonical miniseries about superheroes and power — and their horrific abuses — is being predictably rebooted as a prequel franchise.

Just don’t call it a reboot, said Before Watchmen series editor and Wolverine and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein, who also served as Moore and Gibbons’ original Watchmen editor in the 1980s.

“To me, a reboot is what DC is essentially doing with the New 52, which is changing costumes, origins, relationships, essentially looking at old characters through new eyes,” Wein said in an e-mail to Wired. “What we’re doing is filling in a lot of the blank spaces in a story that has already, to some degree, been told. There were still a lot of gaps in the histories of Watchmen‘s characters, and events only mentioned in passing or touched on briefly in the original story.

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