From Hell (From Hell #1-11)
I fucking hated every minute of it.
I hated the cramped, schizophrenic writing that made my eyes cross. I hated the stark, sketch-y drawing that were so vague you couldn't ever tell who was who. I hated the gore and the period-"appropriate" racism and classism. I hated all the characters—the flippety-gibbet women and the cold cruel calculating men and everyone in between. I hated the inexplicable worlds-within-worlds twistiness of the myriad occult subplots. I h...more
From Hell is dense, multi-layered, and overflowing with an obsessive connect-the-dots tone that fancifully associates the events to everything from Aleister Crowley's childhood to Hitler'...more
There's an interconnectedness to time in From Hell that I thought was really interesting, which takes full advantage of the graphic novel format. Conversati...more
Here is what I consider to be Alan Moore's personal best work. When I finished "From Hell" I had a profound, inescapable feeling that I just learned something very important about mankind and human nature on such a level that it was difficult to quantify. The work is at once clinical, unsympathetic and uncomfortable, yet these reactions are so int...more
The truth about this book is that the Ripper murders are almost tangential to the point of the work itself. The story, which is largely fictional though based on fact, is about the cover-up con...more
So in what I think is a first since opening CCLaP last year, I got a chance recently to not only read a book for the first time but also watch a movie based on it for the first time in the same week; in this case, it was the "Jack The Ripper" conspiracy tale From Hell, with the original 1999 graphic...more
This book is a much better introduction to comics as literature for a newcomer to the medium. Moore's writing is intricately layered, matche...more
From what I do remember (or think I remember), this was one of the best Re-Jack stories and investigation ever done. Moore went above and beyond in his research and speculations.
Add the mystical element, and I for one am not that great of believer in mysticism, but in this case, Moore makes it seem completely credible.
Some have critisized Cambell's artwork as being "bad". However, I would venture to say that his...more
Moore's writing is characteristically dense, wrapping multiple character arcs and Very Big Ideas About Reality around one of the world's most famous murder mysteries. He gives voice to many sides of class, gender, and insanity in this book while gripping his reader tightly and not letting go even in his...more
From Hell is a black and white comic series, detailing one theory of the identity of Jack the Ripper. In a nutshell. And yet, it is so, so much more than this. It is a chronicle of the times, a cry of outrage a...more
My main problem, shared by other readers, is with the artwork. In theory it is great and creates an appropriate at...more
First off, I think the art is great. I read a complaint referring to it as "chicken scratch" and bemoaning the lack of any grayscale shading. I actually think that Campbell's art is perfectly paired with the subject matter. This is a depiction of part of London's history, so it makes sense that the art would resemble pen-and-ink newspaper drawings. While the grayscale cell shading is immensely popul...more
È una grafic novel ambiziosa e merita una rilettura. C'è dietro un lungo lavoro di documentazione che ha permesso un'accurata ricostruzione dei "fatti" e delle ambientazioni.
Delle qualità dell'opera hanno parlato in molti, per cui mi concentro sulle riserve.
1) I disegni. Sono sicuramente meno oscuri dei disegni di V per vendetta, tuttavia restano oscuri. In moltissime vignette non si distinguono i volti, se c'è una cosa che odio è il tratto vago e sciatto, che non ti permette di...more
it's also a pretty dense read. it takes a bit of time to sort out the various characters and their agendas. the artwork, while atmospheric, minimal and interesting, is an occasional obstacle when it com...more
I loved the way the story is told. It moves so fast an...more
In truth it is a revolutionary feminist take on the Jack the Ripper tale, detourning the Ripper conspiracy theories to turn the narrative focus towards the misery of London's female working-class. Rather than a monolithic, conspiratorial evil, the Freemasons are portrayed as slightly archaic and plagued wi...more
As much psychological study as social critique, From Hell recounts the story of Jack the Ripper, as he trolls the dark streets of London's Whitechapel district murdering -- and utterly eviscerating -- 5 prostitutes over three months. The Ripper murders were never solved...more
|Graphic Novel Rea...: Official 16th Book Club Discussion: From Hell by Alan Moore - April 2013 (may contain spoilers)||6||47||Apr 24, 2013 03:25AM|
Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces)...more
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