I think I may have misread. As for V for Vendetta being bland I think it is just the style of its time. It was originally published back in 1982, so it is definitely showing its age. I will say this though Alan Moore is probably one of the best authors in comics, but that is just a personal opinion. I would also suggest to look at The Killing Joke by him. I know it is not what you are looking for, but it is just one of the best Batman stories of all time. Hell, anything by Alan Moore is gold.
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V for Vendetta is probably a controversial subject. It is a big love hate by many. You are either for the view, or not. A quite political piece of work by Alan Moore.
Yeah the timing make sense. I only had to judge it with a quick breeze through. I was at my half price books looking to burn a coupon in which I saw it there and just breezed through it. I am sure I would like the content, as I kinda like the artsy stuff that makes you think. After all that I ended up picking up a Death Note manga for my brother. I almost bout a TMNT trade as well, but they seemed kind of pricey (after I got home I found out I could pick it up any where for those prices).
I do have the Invincible Ultimate Collection 1 HC on hold at half price books for their Sunday half off coupon. I am reading reviews on that and its supposed to be amazing for a straight up hero comic. I read that was the writer of the Walking Dead as well. Walking Dead Compendium is officially on my to buy list as well. I have a couple of series that I need to buy trade for first before I buy it though.
Anyways, I am curious if any one else here reads the goon comics? I got my first trade in today, and I did not put it down. The dark humor is perfect, and the little fake ads in between are hilarious. There is an ad for a "Psychic Seal", a mega body building pill that terrorists hate, and my favorite "Billy Lobotomy Kit" complete with a "Removing the vile Minions of Satan through cerebral dissection manual". The whole concept is genius as well