7. V for Vendetta (Quality Comics, DC/Vertigo)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: David Lloyd
Since its publishing debut in 1982, V for Vendetta has been adapted into a major motion picture (in 2005) and served as the symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. When the title first came out, there was nothing else like it. Bringing to mind a combination of Batman and 1984, V for Vendetta took an unflinching look at the dangers of an all-powerful government and the lone hero out to end its domination. At the center of it all was the faceless V, a hero known for wearing his now-iconic Guy Fawkes mask.
V is an intellectual read with dense literary allusions and social commentary. Writer Alan Moore brings sharp observations into his depiction of this domineering government, and it’s hard not to draw parallels to the work of Orwell or Huxley. And while the character of V himself does illicit a certain superhero flavor into the narrative, Moore never devolves the story into a series of action set pieces. The book is about plot and character, and it's paced more like a novel than a movie.