V for Vendetta


The latest comic book adaptation to hit the theatres, V for Vendetta, is kicking some serious ass.

For those that find themselves liking it, perhaps against their will (just as a new generation of ‘serious’ comic book readers was created by the success of ‘Sin City’, earlier), it’s well worth checking out the original series. It’s a great read, if a slightly difficult one, and goes a long way towards proving the point that comic books aren’t just men in tights (TIGHT tights) breaking brick walls with their thumbs…

In the same vein, and by the same writer, is Watchmen, generally regarded as one of the best three comic book series of all time. Tthe other two being ‘Dark Knight Returns’ – by the same writer that did ‘Sin City’ , and the entirety of the Sandman series (by Neil ‘Mirrormask’ Gaiman).

Watchmen was a shocker when it came out – as it looked at our aforementioned TIGHT-ed friends in a whole new light. Dark Knight Returns did the same thing, but did it using Batman. Those that enjoyed the ‘new’ dark tone of Batman Begins should definitely try the latter…

I’m certainly not proposing that 90% of comic books aren’t crap – indeed, they are. But that’s not so disimilar to any other form of entertainment (movies, TV, real books, etc…). There are, however, some really fascinating, mature and enjoyable ones out there – and with the success of films like ‘V for Vendetta’, you’ve got a socially acceptable reason to start reading them…

2 Comments so far

  1. PFC (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    TIGHT tights?

  2. Jared (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 11:46 am

    We’re men, we’re men in tights /
    We roam around the forest looking for fights / We’re men, we’re men in tights /
    We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that’s right!

    (Robin Hood: Men in Tights)

    For some reason, this is the only part of that godawful movie I can remember.

    And, in part of the chorus, they all yell ‘TIGHT tights’ in a falsetto.

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