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V for Vendetta (1982) Alan Moore's antihero 'V' wears a Guy Fawkes mask - a symbol since adopted by Anonymous and anticapitalist protesters worldwide. This thinly veiled attack on Margaret Thatcher's Britain owes a lot to George Orwell's 1984, but its chilling vision of a totalitarian future still rings true - it was made into a Hollywood film in 2005.

The 10 best graphic novels

Cambridge don Robert Macfarlane, chief of next year's Booker Prize judges has said that he would be 'open' to the idea of graphic novels competing. "I wouldn't see it as a problem," says Macfarlane, "Charles Dickens ran his  chapters heavily illustrated when they were published." But can comics really compete with the written word? Here are 10 that try.