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V for Vendetta Televised Speech – Original Comic Strip Scans

V For Vendetta Comic Book Speech

A provocative speech by the principal character in the ‘V for Vendetta’ movie (directed by the Wachowski brothers)  was used by Ron Paul’s supporters to raise record breaking funds for his election campaign.

In the movie, ‘V’ exhorts his countrymen to join the revolution against a tyrannical government, with his “Remember, remember the 5th of November” speech.

The movie was based on the ‘V for Vendetta’ comic book series by the acclaimed writer Alan Moore.  The writer dissociated himself from the movie, as he felt that the movie adaptations based on his works were not up to the mark.

I have scanned the original black and white strip containing the speech from my treasured Warrior comic magazine (No. 16), a great British comic book series, which, unfortunately, had a very short run.

 

 

 

 

 

The speech in the comic is completely different from the one in the movie. The  strip makes no mention of the 5th of November or any other date for that matter. ‘V’ is a also a complete bad-ass in the comics.

So, what do you think of Moore’s version? Any better?

9 thoughts on “V for Vendetta Televised Speech – Original Comic Strip Scans

  1. Hi. I like both versions of the speech. The movie one is a little more EPIC, I suppose but this one is really clever.

    The entire metaphor of the human race being an employee is really well done, The images in the background when V is talking are good, I think they should have worked that into the movie, instead of just the”oh so theatrical” red curtain. I do admit that if I hadn't seen the movie I wouldn't quite get the comic, the whole being on TV then the world's reaction and the switching back and forward between the two.

    Thanks for posting it. Really refreshing

    Maddabelle

  2. I liked the book better, indeed, refusing to see the movie after a trailer cued me in to the differences.
    Mostly because I feel like the movie is making a half-assed attempt to humanize V and make him less of a dangerous madman (which he is) and more of a leader of the people (which he really isn't, even if he does at times lead people).

  3. I haven't read the book, unfortunately, so I can't compare them. But I mostly liked the film. Yeah, you're right. In the end, there is this absurd monologue of Evey about V being everyone and sometimes the story is presented pretty weakly but the idea of the plot is ingenious. Great job, Alan.

  4. I think it must be much the same as many of Heinlein's stories to movie deals. I love Heinlein but the movies rarely have anything to do with the writing other than seeming happenstance where it seems they are intersected only insofar as character names and such. However, there are some instances when if you can separate the two, you can enjoy them both. Just as two paintings of the same model may both be beautiful in their own way while being completely different pieces of work.

    Love the original story for its merits and understand the movie is a totally different work and base it on its own merits and not on the merits of the original. If you do that every time with all movies, they will rarely, if ever stack up to the books.

  5. The speech in the book was so much better. They probably changed it in the movie because they knew people wouldn't get it, which is too bad…but thanks for posting this!

  6. The speech in the book was so much better. They probably changed it in the movie because they knew people wouldn't get it, which is too bad…but thanks for posting this!

  7. Hi! I totally agree… What made me read the comic is because of the epicness of the movie so it's also kind of a marketing strategy for the graphic novel… The movie and the comic are somehow amazing in different ways but the weak points on the film that I found were easily answered when I read the graphic novel and also after researching a little on the analysis of the comic…

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