The man from Room Five
V for Vendetta
Alan Moore's classic graphic novel stands head and shoulders with other works of classic literature. His vision of a fascist society, based on the 1980s conservatism of the Thatcher administration, rings even truer in the current neo-con dominated America. We are a nation getting wire tapped, spoon fed sound bites, and the voice of dissent is lost. V brings the hope of ideas to a group of people who are imprisoned in their own society. He's cryptic, poetic, and has gone from hell and back to 'set us free'.
"Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations, Evey, and it is much, much louder than they remember."
David Lloyd's art in V-- shadows, expression, pace are the perfect fit with Moore's words. The lead character V, wears a mask the whole time, but Lloyd manages to portray emotion.
And V is funny, when he confronts the pedophile bishop with "Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a man of wealth..and taste.". Sympathy for the devil, after the politicos use the church as their bloody pulpit against V? Great!
As a librarian, my profession is one of the few that has been fighting the fight for intellectual freedom. This is my heart. I can handle disagreement or dissent, in fact welcome it-- but don't tell someone they don't have the right to say their opinion. Even if such opinion is derided, ridiculed, by those with a larger and louder forum. I don't think anyone should be denied access to information, or the opportunity to express their opinion.
Any hint of censorship, or a majority boot heel on the neck, hell- I'm there.
I liked the V for Vendetta film, and it was basically true to the source material. But just as Saga of the Swamp Thing, Moore's layers can't be direct to film. Now that Lost Girls book he just did-- has anyone gotten a lookie-loo? 15 years working on a pornographic book, that's commitment.
Recent reads: DMZ 5, S loves MJ 9, 52, Girls 16,Catwoman, BOP 97, Walking Dead 30. Some thoughts soon