Searching the website of my city library I found V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. I have heard of this graphic novel as a cult work and I really wanted to read it.
Obviously there is much more information than in the film and everything makes sense. Here we find out where V comes from with his Guy Fawkes mask, his cape and his hat. We better understand the context and why revenge occurs.
1998. London, a brutal and totalitarian state that was formed after a war. A masked guy with a cape and hat appears and begins to kill high-ranking government officials.
I do not count more because I do not want to spoil. But during the reading we will discover who he is and why this revenge. Why is he always one step ahead and why he seems to have superhuman qualities.
Everything ties in with two other main plots. That of a colleague and that of the investigator who pursues them. In addition, we have the subplots of each of the high positions that he goes for.
It must be remembered that this volume is a compilation made by the authors, the originals were many numbers
One of the things that I really liked are the authors' texts explaining how the idea came about and all the alternatives they were thinking about, character sketches, possible environments, and much more.
Without a doubt, the moment that has most impressed me is finishing book 2 of The Cabaret of Vice, when after some intense and wild chapters, when it seemed that there was no justification for his actions, V says:
Is happiness worth more than freedom?
And that phrase that is still making me think gives meaning to everything that happens. Really, which is the right phrase at the perfect time. I'm not proposing that the end justifies the means, but rather that you get to see the character's intentions, without going into a debate whether they are correct or not.
But if we go a little further, perhaps we should ask ourselves if there can be happiness without freedom. Because this question implies the answer that no, that happiness is not important if we do not have freedom.
And if we go even deeper, we would have to ask ourselves what happiness is and what freedom is.
V for Vendetta is something similar to a referent of Anarchy, one of the topics covered in the graphic novel.
I have read "a lot" about democracia and the same about freedom, but nothing about anarchy, and the concept that I have like everyone else who has not investigated is that of chaos. Let everyone do what they want. So I keep reading and researching more about anarchy pending.
This is an important theme in the play, perhaps more than we think, because it made Alan Moore disengage from the film by not talking about the anarchy part.
- So many riots and riots, V ... is this anarchy? Is this the land of do what you want?
-Not. This is the land of take what you want. Anarchy means "without leaders," not "without order." With anarchy comes the age of the Ordunng, of the real order: that is, of the voluntary order.
The age of ordhng will begin when the incoherent cycle of the verwirrung that you are listening to ends.
Equality and freedom are not luxuries that can be put aside as usual. Without them, order is bound to reach depths difficult to imagine.
The film and the play
As we have commented, there is the original comic consisting of 10 books, the compilation to a single volume like the one I have read, also made by the authors and then the 2005 film that revolves around the gunpowder conspiracy of 1605.
It has been a long time since I saw it for the last time and from what I remember, although the main facts are similar, many data that I consider important we never get to know, such as the origin of V.
I have to see it again, now that I have fresh reading and will give my opinion with more criteria.
Remember an important point. Alan Moore disassociated himself from the film adaptation. He did not want to appear in the credits for not agreeing with how the anarchy was treated in the film.
The roses that V delivers are Violet Carson which is a kind of salmon color that owes its name to the actress Violet Carson, of course, known from the British series Coronation Street
At one point in the comic they use the aeronautical alphabet or icao phonetic alphabet, which is a system created to be able to give greater certainty to aeronautical radiocommunications. It is used to transmit any type of information, especially when it comes to numbers or terms in which their correct writing and understanding is vital.