V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta - Siobhan Dodds, Steve Whitaker, David Lloyd, Alan Moore This was definitely one of the best graphic novels I have read. A good example of what can be done with the graphic novel format to tell a story. Also a good example of the dystopian genre. I wish I would have had it available when I was teaching high school as an alternative or addition to reading Orwell's 1984. I think the students would have appreciated it, and it probably could have sparked some more discussions. Leaving that aside, I can definitely see how this story is still very relevant. It should be a warning sign. It's not just the tyrants; it's the idiots and neglectful people who put them in power. In a way, it's those ignorant and clueless people who would rather sacrifice freedom for an illusion of peace or order who are really dangerous. Freedom does have a price, and it is vigilance. However, it is not as simple as politicians and hawks make it sound. Anyways, I highly recommend this one. This particular edition includes two additional short stories that did not make it to the original run of the series and an essay by Moore discussing the development of the work. Both elements add to the story, but you can certainly enjoy it if you just read the series.