Writer Of Wrongs wrote:
Lloyd's art gets hurt because a lot of the usual habits of Moore, the small panels, the lack of size variety between them, the choice of the color palette. Moore has deffinitely improved now, but back in the 80's he had a lot of troubles with page distribution.
In point of fact, Lloyd was the initial driving force behind V For Vendetta
, having specifically been commissioned by the editorship of UK Warrior
comic to devise a new character/strip for the publication; Lloyd himself suggested Moore be his collaborator hence the writer came on board at the chosen artist's behest. Under such circumstances, I would imagine that Lloyd pretty much had artistic free reign (he devised V's distinctive appearance and suggested the absence of traditional speech bubbles) and would have formatted the artwork as he saw fit. Furthermore, V For Vendetta
was originally drawn and printed solely in black and white in Warrior
, only being 'colourised' by DC when reissued and then concluded three years after original publication.
In criticizing Lloyd's choice of art style, I am by no means discounting the man's talent or his role as a pivotal creative force in the crafting of the character of V or his heavy contribution to the development of the story. In fact, the design of the character of V is brilliant, and Lloyd's cover art very attractive.
I am aware that DC colorized the original art, and the reason I took so long to read the book was because I have been trying to find a copy in the original black and white. I think keeping the book in black and white would have helped the art, but it wouldn't have help Lloyd's choice of "too thick" lines and a style that looked like it was drawn in haste with little care.
I don't think Moore can be blamed, because Gibbons had to deal with the same idiosyncrasies and crafted a seamless product.
To me, in order for a graphic novel to be a tour de force, the story and the art must be both equally exceptional and complement each other. Watchmen, Maus, Marvels, Palestine - to name a few, fit those criteria. V for Vendetta does not.