(urth) Alan Moore

Allan Anderson rubel at goosemoon.org
Mon Mar 16 23:54:55 PDT 2009

On Mar 16, 2009, at 11:37 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:

> Son of Witz wrote:
>> On Mar 16, 2009, at 10:06 PM, brunians at brunians.org wrote:
>>> Alan Moore is or is not the author of 'From Hell' and 'V for  
>>> Vendetta'?
>>> Yes indeed Gene Wolfe's work is overtly political. I find it  
>>> interesting
>>> that politics is almost never discussed on this list. I would  
>>> welcome a
>>> discussion of the politics of Wolfe's work.
>> "V for Vendetta" is much more politically charged than Watchmen, in  
>> that "V for Vendetta" is making a case for anarchism
> I wouldn't go quite that far; V wants to get rid of *that*  
> government, not all government. VFV's more of a militia promotion to  
> me.

I think the sequence where V **SPOILERS!** breaks down Evey with all  
the mindgames isn't just about opposing the British Fascism of the  
comic's alternate future, but about personal liberation from the cul- 
de-sacs society can push you down. He's trying to awaken her to an  
anarchistic taste of freedom. There are different sides to that  
anarchy, as are shown at the end when Evey says something about her  
mentor being the V of destruction, while she would be the one of  

As with a lot of Moore's stuff, though, V's a disturbing and messed up  
figure! I very much doubt that Moore wrote V or Rorschach with the  
hope that people would come away from a reading thinking, "wow, I  
wanna be like those people". They are the ones who dare to do what we  
dare not, but they're also insane, more like a maverick bomb than way  
of life.

What do you mean about the militias? I'm not sure I get that.

On Mar 16, 2009, at 3:29 PM, Son of Witz wrote:

>  Also, I hope no one ever tries to make a New Sun movie in 2.75  
> hours. How strange and confusing it would be. Like Watchmen has all  
> the trappings of Super Hero comic, New Sun has all the trappings of  
> Sword and Sworcery novel, yet neither are truly examples of the  
> forms they seem to take on, and are instead quite strange beasts.  
> The marketing of both is misleading.

Hey, that's an interesting comparison -- both take a pulpy container  
and fill it with something more than we expect. What's the purpose of  
this choice? Love of the genre? A chance to divert the charge these  
settings and characters carry? A ready audience to be corrupted?

n.p. Zappa, "Pick Me, I'm Clean"

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