This is one of Alan Moore's first graphic novels. When making comparisons to Watchman (which I couldn't help doing) it's easy to spot. It's nowhere near as complex. Plus the art work is inferior. It's not as detailed and I could ignore the art to concentrate on the story without feeling that I was missing out. Only the face of V himself really stood out which was probably the point.
Still, it's a dystopian story which is what I like. Very similar in style to 1984 in terms of 'Big Brother is watching'. Here though you get to see what happens when one man switches those cameras off. Definitely interesting. I have only two real complaints in that regards. I think more could have been made about the history. It was mentioned a few times that there was a war which resulted in the fascists taking control. Apart from brief mentions, including mentions of racial cleansing, there wasn't much else. Watchmen did that part better. I also found that I easily mixed some of the characters, they were so interchangeable. Only one or two had real depth. Again this was something that Watchmen did better.
Despite my complaints I did enjoy it. Whilst the art work was poor the story itself was superior to the first few graphic novels I tried. Only when compared to Watchmen (from my small graphic novel reading experience) does it come up short.
I've seen the movie and liked it well enough. I assumed the graphic novel would be edgier and more brisk perhaps. My graphic novel reading experience is next to nil but I think I might give Watchmen a try.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen the movie although I am sure I have the DVD somewhere. Watchmen is definitely superior to this one.ReplyDelete