V for Vendetta originally hit the scene over 30 years ago in humble black & white, (before it was colorized in future republications). Yet somehow, this haunting standalone story continues to resonate with us, without any tacked on story continuations or reboots. Its movie adaptation hit the market to box office success, and its iconic imagery remains a primary symbol for underground change.
What is it about this small 10-issue story arc that continues to speak to us? With all of the changes that have occurred in society since the 1980’s, and all the modern works of fiction commenting on the current state of surveillance and government control, why does V for Vendetta remain core reading? And anyway, is V really the kind of hero we want to look up to?