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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 309

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

We’re taking a quick break from New Frontier for the fifth of November with the notable introduction of a character who has an affinity for that date…

V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, opens with the following…

I’d say the explosion is “the” moment, naturally.

Great sequence as a whole, though!

What a way to start a series!


A truly magnificent series. I remember waiting anxiously for the next issue of Warrior magazine to come out every month back in the early 80s. I always read this first followed by MarvelMan/Miracleman. And there were so many other goodies in that mag! And all in black and white ! Great times.

Yeah, this was the series that started it all for me. Suddenly, comics weren’t just about Uncle Scrooge or Donald Duck anymore. It isn’t as polished as Watchmen, but has imo a more potent message.

For me, the moment is when V quotes the Bloodied Captain’s speech from Macbeth Act I, Scene ii. I played that role once– it’s a great speech from a character who only appears in one scene.

Who WAS that chap in the Guy Fawkes mask? An outstanding series!

I’m glad you posted this. I forgot it was Guy Fawkes’ Day yesterday until I turned off my computer, so I didn’t mention it!

Damn. I hate the re-coloured version… it always felt better in black and white…

Otherwise, yay!

Tom Fitzpatrick

November 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

Which explosion did you mean?

Not that it matters. The entire series is a great read.

Too bad the movie was badly handled (not by the actors).

The Crazed Spruce

November 6, 2009 at 7:43 am

I actually thought the movie was okay. The book was better, though.

i would also go with the look of shock on the goons faces when V comes a calling and takes them down for nice to see V for Vendeta wind ujp on this list. and the actors at least tried to make the movie version work

I also thought the movie was pretty good. No where near the level of the sourcce material, but still a good movie. I was very pleased that they resisted the temptation to show V’s face at the end. I thought for sure they’d do that. One of my favorite things about this story is that we never really get to see or know who V is.

am i the only one that is reminded of Elisha Deshku when looking at the woman in some of the panels?

i loved the movie, even tho’ there were substantial changes. also, every time they said ‘conservative’ i just mentally replaced it with ‘liberal’. such a better movie that way

It’s been a while since I read V. Looking at these pages, I’m struck by what’s happened to my own expectations about layout and page design. These pages have 8-10 panels each, and of course I know that V was done in short dense installments. But it still surprises me to have the first appearance of the rhyme be in a tiny panel, close-up on one eye, and to have the explosion at Parliament be just one slight-bigger panel. This is the opposite of “widescreen”– fair enough, that was a layout movement that started in the late 90s. But Watchmen and Dark Knight both had regularly-doled-out splash pages for big dramatic moments, and I think of V as part of that group, so it surprises me to remember what the layout’s really like.

I thought the movie captured the comic about as well as a movie could, certainly much better than Watchmen.
Obvious as it was, I dearly loved V’s v v v v v v introduction in the film.

The moment here for me also is the “should ever be forgot” explosion.
Listen to John Lennon’s “Remember” for another memorable reference to the 5th! of November.

I think the movie was one of the better Moore adaptations.

I love Lloyd’s art, but man this has to be one of, if not Moore’s most maudlin and self-indulgent works.

I’m reading the trade right now… This story really rocks and it’s funny how it feels a bit like reading a novel as there’s so much text and dialog. The art felt a bit weird at the beginning but it’s fine after getting used to it.

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