Queer Dystopia

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  • V for Vendetta
  • Author: Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  • Publisher: Vertigo
  • Year: 1988
  • Country: UK
  • 286 pages

By November 5th, 1997, war and plague have reshaped the earth in this political graphic novel. In the post-holocaust of the 1990s, Britain has pulled back from the world to save itself and has become a fascist state. The entire British populace is under constant surveillance, and the absolute power has corrupted absolutely. On this historic day, a man named 'V' rises up to give hope to the people. Dressed in mask and costume to resemble Guy Fawkes, he blows up Parliament after saving a girl named Eve from violence and rape.

His call to the British people is to take back their country from this rule, while he helps by taking down the central leader and his sects (named after parts of the body, such as Finger, Nose, and Voice). V is a vigilante, for certain, but he is also the only hope that the people held under a conservative, fascist regime have.

Qvamp says:

While this graphic novel was set in England, folks from the USA will be able to relate to it very well. It very clear that there are people out there that try to gain in power and control by using a nation's fear against it, and that these people often start with the victims of society. Alan Moore makes it very clear that in today's age, one of the easy targets is gays and lesbians, as GLBT folks are rounded up and put into concentration camps for the purpose of cleansing the country and removing all those that are different. One of the most pivotal points in this novel has the viewers hear from the queers and how it was to be attacked and destroyed; and this understanding changes the main characters.

Sometimes difficult to handle, this novel is extremely adept at showing an outcome that most queers fear, and work hard to prevent from happening again.

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