Gray, Maggie: "‘Fascism knows only one superman: the state’. Alan Moore's V for Vendetta vs the Iron Lady." In: Object 10 (2008).
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Keywords: "V for Vendetta", Lloyd. David, Moore. Alan, Politics, United Kingdom
This paper considers the characterisation of British fascism found in the Alan Moore and David Lloyd comic ‘V for Vendetta’, and how their depiction of a future fascist state as a realistic possibility corresponded with contemporary perceptions of Thatcherism from the left and resonated with contemporary anti-fascist mobilisations, specifically Rock Against Racism. It also analyses the dynamic contrast of fascism and anarchism which is a core structural theme of the work and how that related to historical and contemporary anarchist struggles. Finally it considers notions of cultural resistance both within the narrative and in terms of the comic itself as a counter-hegemonic intervention through popular culture. This paper places the work in the context of the specific practice, politics and aesthetics of the anthology in which it originally appeared from 1982, the independent publication Warrior, and traces its significance to the historical development of British comics. Moore and Lloyd’s self-reflexive subversion of the conventions of the superhero is situated in relation to the historical development of that genre and more broadly in correspondence to the Situationist concept of detournement. The paper also looks in detail at how the comic subverted stylistic and semiotic conventions and narrative techniques.
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