May 18, 2009
Alan Moore’s most underrated graphic novel tells the story of V, a mysterious anarchist who works to destroy the ruling totalitarian government, while profoundly affecting the people he encounters along his journey. He is a freedom fighter seeking to effect sociopolitical change while simultaneously pursuing his own violent personal agenda. As a part of the grand finale of his plan, he wants to blow up the parliament building as a throwback to Guy Fawkes. However he doesn’t want to kill all the parliamentarians – there are people who are sympathetics to his cause. The three main issues on which V opposes the government are right to privacy, freedom of information and civil rights. 20% of the MPs support him on the first issue, 15% on the second and 25% on the third. V also knows which of the parliamentarians side with him on each of these issues. The rest of the novel deals with the protagonist running complex mathematical programming and simulation models to determine the most optimum time to blow up the parliament building so as to kill the least people sympathetic to his causes. The name of the novel? V for Venn-Data, of course.