V for Vendetta

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During this especially turbulent Fifth of November, revisit the classic graphic novel that influenced a generation of anarchist stories and political movements during the late 20th and early 21st century. In the dystopian near-future, England is one of the few countries remaining after a devastating world war. However, it no longer resembles the England we know; it’s become a fascist dictatorship that thinks nothing of concentrating its power by murdering its own citizens. Then a mysterious figure in a mask and cape begins killing government officials, one by one. Is V motivated by the greater good, or by personal revenge? Is he a hero, or a terrorist?  Is evil done in the name of defeating evil become a good act? In Alan Moore’s signature dark style, there are no clear answers, only a call to think for yourself.

V for Vendetta

In the 1980s, Britain was involved in a catastrophic nuclear war that destroyed most of the world, leading the Norsefire party to rise to power in the 1990s and form a fascist police state.  Having eliminated all of its political opponents and anyone considered “undesirable” to their society in concentration camps, the government feels secure that it has absolute power — until the mysterious V appears, bent on taking the system apart by taking his personal revenge, one politician at a time.