V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. The book is set in an imagined dystopian United Kingdom which has just come out of a nuclear war and is being ruled by a fascist party that has eliminated all its rivals and established a police state. The main protagonist, called simply ‘V’, is an anarchist revolutionary who targets this government in an attempt to bring it down.
The book begins with the members of the state secret police trying to rape a young sixteen year old Evey Hammond. ‘V’, who sports a Guy Fawkes mask saves her. ‘V’ has been trying to overthrow the government and he begins by getting rid of a pedophile priest and mentally deranging the propaganda broadcasting personality. A little into the story, we soon realize that ‘V’ was once a victim of a cruel chemical experiment performed by the government. Everyone other than ‘V’ perished in those experiments and he was bestowed with exceptional reflexes and a high threshold for pain. ‘V’ routinely sabotages and murders people who had been involved in the chemical experiments. V sets in motion a chain of events that will ensure that the people get what they want and the government is overthrown. Will V manage to take revenge on everyone who was involved with the experiments?
V for Vendetta is a tale about ideological good and the evil. The new edition of the book was published in 2008 by RHUS and is available in paperback.
- The book was adapted into a feature film of the same name in 2005.