V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

“Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There’s only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.” – V in V for Vendetta

            In my books, there isn’t a more iconic quote than this. You come to realize that the strength of an idea surpasses the one of ten thousand men after going through this beautiful graphic novel. How do you kill an idea that travels faster than man? How do you kill an idea that you cannot hold in your hands? Ideas build the foundation of progress. Ideas help insure that we don’t repeat mistakes. Ideas are every humans sword and shield. The moment that an idea manages to create doubt to our reality and instigates rationality in a captured mind, a person becomes enlightened and sees new purposes, new beliefs. V for Vendetta was published through 1988 and 1989 and was written by Alan Moore along with illustrator David Lloyd. Not to mention additional art help by Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds. This story follows V, an unbelievably charismatic anarchist who seeks to overthrow the fascist government that rules a future United Kingdom’s. Wearing the famous Guy Fawkes mask, he also vows to seek vengeance upon his once-were captors and goes on to teach Evey Hammond, his protégé, a lesson to remember.

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Batman The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

“Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.”– The Joker in The Killing Joke

                Where does a person begin when their minds are blown and their bodies are numb? Alan Moore is a God among us. Any comic reader has the hair on their skin rise at the simple mention of this God’s name. He does not fear to push boundaries. He does not fear to bring to light ideas taboo to the eyes of others. He does not fear to take on one of the most notorious villains origin story in comic book history. The Killing Joke, published in 1988, remains to this date a one-shot story that’s bound to be read by any superhero fan. Giving readers an in-depth look inside the mind of the Joker at his finest, this graphic novel gives us the chance to understand madness like never before.

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