Monday, 21 October 2013
Dredd And V III
At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, we had an embarrassment of riches:
a short film about Judge Minty;
a feature film about Judges Dredd and Anderson;
Judges Lemmy and Bane patrolling the Festival;
Dredd creators, Wagner and Ezquerra, present and approachable;
V for Vendetta on sale, screen and stage (something for everyone here - I had bought the comic and seen the film but had not yet seen the play).
In the feature film, two Judges would not have been so distracted by a couple of armed kids that they would let their prisoner jump one of them. Anderson was inexperienced but not Dredd.
A Judge's gun explodes in the hand of a bearer with the wrong ID. That makes sense.
Back to Dredd's opposite number: Codename V. In the play, V tells Evey, "'Anarchy' means 'without leaders,' not 'without order.'" I think he is wrong. I kidded a couple of people that, after a talk, I would stand up and make a political speech instead of asking a question. But a political argument is certainly appropriate after reading or seeing V For Vendetta. That is what the text invites us to do. So:
"monarchy" means "one ruler";
"patriarchy" means "male rulers";
"matriarchy" would mean "female rulers";
"anarchy" means "no rulers."
A ruler is able to enforce his will whereas a leader gives a lead which we are free to follow or not; it's our decision. V is certainly a leader and, equally certainly, not a ruler. No society is without leaders. Each of us gives a lead, which may or may not be followed, every time we say, "I think we should...," "Why not...?" or "Let's..."