V for Vendetta (Comic)

Since I already talked about the movie I’m going to use this to talk about the differences in the adaptation.

  • V, while still extraordinary, doesn’t have the level of skill he has in the film.
  • V is not a freedom fighter, he is an anarchist
  • V takes control of a government computer, giving him more of a reason to be so on top of things
  • Final V thing, he kills his targets in more interesting ways in the comic
  • The story itself is set in 1997 and not in the 2020s
  • Evey is a prostitute in the comic, not a radio worker
  • Evey’s father was the only political activist, not both of her parents
  • Evey is abandoned by V instead of her leaving him voluntarily
  • Adam Sutler’s name is Adam Susan in the comic
  • He’s a lot less of a “Hitler-light” character
  • There are multitudes more supporting characters and subplots
  • Finch is more of a government official than he is in the movie

This can go forever, but the comic is really good nonetheless. The characters are more built up, but that’s a given with the format. If I had to choose, I would go with the comic over the movie, but they’re are both good alternate history tales. If you like a story about a shadowy, eccentric assassin than this is a book for you.

Writer: Alan Moore

Artist: David Lloyd

Rating: Full Price

 

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V for Vendetta (Film)

imageV for Vendetta is a 2005 action/thriller starring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, and Stephen Fry. In the future year of 2020 the UK is ruled by the fascist group, the Norsefire Party. Non-whites and other “undesirables” are put into concentration camps. On November 4th, Evey (Portman) is attacked by fingermen, the fascist’s secret police. She is rescued by V, (Weaving) a freedom fighter fighting the government. After destroying Old Bailey, a criminal court building, he tells Evey to meet him again on November 5th in one year. As V battles the government, Scotland Yard’s chief, Finch, (Rea) begins investigating and tries to stop V.

This film is…alright. I don’t know something about it I couldn’t really get behind. It starts off really strong, with Weaving and his amazing performance as V. He was eccentric and his “V” monologue was impressive. Near the end, however, I lost interest in him. His scenes started becoming repetitive where he scared and then killed someone. Evey is alright, but there’s a scene where she asks if V killed some people that are seen on TV, and gets annoyed at him even though she saw him kill a bunch of people before. Besides V, Finch is my favorite character. He’s the only “villain” who isn’t a caricature and actually is competent.

Speaking of caricatures, Sutler (Hurt) is this amalgamation of all evil government characters. In most of his appearances he is on a giant monitor in a boardroom of shadowy people. He makes the original story’s moral conflict a lot more one sided against the government. He doesn’t even really affect the plot and disappears quick.

I did enjoy the fight scenes in the movie and the explosions are top notch. The music is also really good. There’s a scene near the end with a ton of dominoes that must have taken a long time and props to the people that made it happen. I do like the ending to this movie a lot more than the comic’s ending.

Rating: 74% – 6 piece chicken meal

 

The Alan Moore Marathon

I’m back with another marathon, this time it being a mix of movies and comics. I’ll be looking at the works and adaptations of acclaimed comic writer and artist, Alan Moore. Moore’s works, beyond the ones in this marathon, include Swamp Thing, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Batman: The Killing Joke. The Marathon will run from February 7th 2016 to February 11th 2016.

Day 1: Constantine (Film)

Day 2: V for Vendetta (Film)

Day 3: V For Vendetta (Comic)

Day 4: Watchmen (Film)

Day 5: Watchmen (Comic)