Editor's Note: The following story was originally published on November 5, 2009, but in what's becoming an annual tradition, we're posting it again to mark the occasion of Guy Fawkes Day. And what better way to view Guy Fawkes than through the smirking lens of "V for Vendetta," one of our favorite comic book tales? Enjoy! -JW
Do you remember, remember, the fifth of November? Aside from being the day after the New York Yankees won the 2009 World Series, it's also widely known as Guy Fawkes Day—a day that has some significance not just for our revolutionary-minded readers, but also for comic book fans in general thanks to V For Vendetta."
Guy Fawkes, a 17th century revolutionary, attempted to blow up England's Parliament building on November 5, 1605, in what is now commonly referred to as as the Gunpowder Plot. After getting caught, tortured and subsequently executed by British authorities, Fawkes' efforts and likeness became immortalized through parables, rhymes and other such stories—including comic books.
Moore's "V For Vendetta"—the graphic novel that inspired James McTeigue's 2005 film starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman—focuses on a vigilante named V that's taken more than a few cues from the long-deceased Fawkes, including the constant use of a mask resembling Fawkes' face. Like Fawkes, V works to overthrow a government that he deems thoroughly corrupt, systematically targeting many of England's landmarks including the aforementioned Parliament.
"V For Vendetta" boasts no shortage of memorable dialogue, but the words that most readers seem to remember involve that fateful day of November 5th...
Remember, remember the fifth of November,?
The gunpowder treason and plot,?
I know of no reason?
Why the gunpowder treason
?Should ever be forgot.
While some people celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with acts of anarchy in tribute to the eponymous revolutionary, I prefer to spend the holiday by reading Moore's classic graphic novel or rewatching the film adaptation. If you haven't experienced either version of "V For Vendetta," there's no better time to immerse yourself than today—after all, it's a lot safer than strapping a flamethrower to your wrist and pursuing a day filled with vandalism.
Are you a fan of "V For Vendetta"?
How do you plan to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day? Stay out of trouble by sticking to the comments section and Twitter!