V For Vendetta is most widely known in common culture for the 2006 movie, which spawned the infamous mask worn by the activists of Occupy Movement and the symbol of the hacktivists group Anonymous. However the whole cultural phenomena started with the serialised graphic novel published by Vertigo, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd.
The post-apocalyptic story set in a Britain of the 90s, where fanatical religious fascism has taken over the country, in the form of a fascist party called the Norsefire. In amongst this totalitarian system rises the enigmatic V, a anarchist revolutionary who dons the Guy Fawkes mask. His aim, to bring down the government who had destroyed his life. Mixing the Guy Fawkes story with elements of the Phantom Of The Opera, and allusions to the Enid Blyton kids story book The Magic Faraway Tree. V is a very theatrical character, enhanced by his Shakespearian iambic pentameter style of speech.
As with Moore's seminal work Watchmen from 1986, the plot is dense and complex. Full of clever cultural nods, wordplay and literary references. As with Watchmen, V For Vendetta took the humble comic book to a whole new level of serious adult literature. Spawning one of the most iconic cultural phenomena of the 21st century.