A work of sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta is everything comics weren’t supposed to be.
Since I only recently saw the movie version of V for Vendetta, and completely loved it, I can’t help but write this review as a comparison between the two. The comic, while significantly different, is also excellent. The film, I think, is better at simplifying the themes of the work, and, of course, in wringing some more pathos out of the climactic scenes.
The comic is much better in filling in the complete picture. There’s a bit more detail about V’s past, and tons more about the government currently in power: its branches, the men who lead them, the wives who love or don’t love them, etc.
The characterization of Evey is a lot different, as well. I think I prefer the movie Evey, at least initially, but enough events are the same that she winds up in a similar place by the end of things. In fact, there’s more about Evey’s future in the GN that I wish the movie had showed. It’s cool.
So… this is an amazing story. I love both formats of it, but would probably recommend seeing the movie first so you’ll be unspoiled on surprises and such. I particularly liked that I saw it without yet knowing what actor was actually playing V.