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Limited edition of 1000, signed by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell on the flyleaf. Original black cloth with blind decoration and lettering; black ribbon marker. Contains 14 chapters, epilogue, maps, and two appendices. Quarto, 20 x 26 cm, unpaginated.
A meticulous graphic telling of the Jack the Ripper case, following the infamous Royal Conspiracy Theory but involving variou...more
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Published December 1999 by Graphitti Designs, Inc. (first published January 1st 1994)
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Hannah  Messler
Uh-oh, I think I like comic books now . . .
oriana
This was #17 for Jugs & Capes.

I hated every goddamn 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
Brad
A story doesn't have to be factual to be true, and I don't think I have read a truer story in any form than Alan Moore's From Hell.

At the heart of the tale is Jack the Ripper. It is the truest telling of Jack the Ripper that I've ever read. It matters not a whit whether Dr. William Gull is actually Jack the Ripper. Nor whether Queen Victoria set the ball rolling with her orders. Nor whether Abberline actually fell for one of the prostitutes. Nor whether the Freemasons had their hands all over th...more
Belarius
Jan 29, 2008 Belarius rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Alan Moore Fans
From Hell is a brick of a book by legendary author Alan Moore. It presents one theory (since discredited) about the Jack The Ripper killings, and in so doing presents us with the story from every conceivable angle. The result is an exhaustive (albeit fictional) account of a sweeping slice of Victorian landscape.

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
Bradley Timm
I find this book to be criminally overlooked; whether its relevance to the god awful adaptation by the Hughes Bros. has anything to do with it or not.

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
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

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
Jessica
Around junior high I became fairly obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case, and read a number of the attempts over the years to solve the case. I never read anything all that persuasive that seemed to tie all the little ends together quite as well as From Hell, which of course has the added advantage of artistic license and can invent conversations and whole scenes. However, Alan Moore's exhaustive and witty annotations are not to be skipped -- he lays out in minute detail the source material for...more
Matt
I don't really know how to review this book, but I feel I need to. First off, it's the first thing I've read since Salem's Lot at age 13 that gave me nightmares. They weren't specifically related to Jack the Ripper, but I can't honestly say the mindset I was in afterward didn't put me in a nightmare-mood.

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
Conor
The Jack the Ripper mythos is, as Moore tells one in the appendix, so convoluted with theories as to be almost nonsense. From Hell is not an attempt to tell it like it was, but rather a piece of fiction in which Moore uses the murders as a way of channeling something much closer to Crime and Punishment: the psychology of a mass murderer. But, where as Dostoevsky's hero takes theory and alone makes it into murder, Moore's Dr.Gull is encouraged every step along the way. Instead of finding emptines...more
Kathryn
I was surprised that I didn't like it. Alan Moore, Victorian London, Jack the Ripper ... still, with all that, I had a hard time getting into it. I didn't like the art or even the lettering. Surprising how great a difference that made. Tiny panels, cramped print, murky and smeary black and white art: it just felt like a monotonous palette, at once over-detailed and sloppy. I could see using a limited palette, perhaps with accents of red, but the art itself or the reproduction needed to be crispe...more
Offuscatio
Un trabajo impresionante.
Schuyler
Forget Watchmen of The Dark Knight Returns. Those two titles are often suggested as an entry-point to comics as literature. The problem is that both works are incredibly metatextual, self-referential, and post-modern takes on the superhero mythos. To truly appreciate either work, the reader must be familiar with the tropes and history of the superhero genre.

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
Aaron
I'm very aware of the implications of criticizing the canon. Bazillions of you have already come through and gushed all over this dark, difficult graphic novel and through the weight of reputation alone, I feel like I should give it at least six or seven stars. I am reminded of a (now ex) girlfriend who told me Aguirre, Wrath of God was "boring" (which it is, but it's still great), or the dude who thought Gremlins was "stupid" (which it is, but it's still great). I guess I found From Hell hard t...more
Richard
Sep 07, 2007 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strong stomaches, open minds
Dense and rewarding graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated in pen and ink by Eddie Campbell. The actual plot is gripping - especially from the middle to the end - but the story is also used as a jumping off point to discuss architecture, the nature of time, class, Masonry, and the transition from the Victorian to the modern era.

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
Jayme
Jack the Ripper, as a topic, is incredibly saturated with theories, fictions, and a few facts. Alan Moore did a phenominal job of plowing through all that crap and picking out the plausible threads and weaving it into a really interesting story. This book is listed as an historical fiction, but I think Moore's classification as pseudo history suites it much better.

I've read in a few reviews that people haven't loved the artwork, but I'm going to have to strongly disagree here. This is an incredi...more
Sean Seger
Do not base your idea on the 2001 movie based on this work. That movie is a travesty when compared to its source material. This is Alan Moore's masterpiece. The story is sprawling and detailed, though never losing sight of its focus on Jack the Ripper. Eddie Campbell's black and white artwork really enhance the story. The dark images really add texture to the story. And, above all it, actually makes a compelling argument for what is, in reality, a goofy theory on who Jack the Ripper is.

That said...more
Chris
I avoided this for years because a)it is so freakin' expensive, and b)I was initial turned off by Eddie Campbells's art. When I finally broke down and bought it, however, I was stunned. I'm a huge comic fan and have read dozens of graphic novels, but this changed my ideas of what it is possible to do with the medium. Campbells dark, sketchy art perfectly complements Moor's intricate, gothic tale as he blends insane levels of detailed research (see the expansive appendix), historical conjecture,...more
Denae
Beautiful, at times tragic, at times it borders on funny. Alan Moore again works his magic in this tale. It brings together a lot of research and historical complexities, as well as popular speculation and urban legend, and binds it all into a terrifying and wonderful tale.
Kandice
This may have taken V for Vendetta's top spot in my heart as far as graphic novels go. Well...maybe a tie.

I've read quite a bit of JTR lore. This is by far my favorite. We're all familiar, in some way, with his spree, so actually seeing it depicted in pen and ink made it so much more real. Less academic. Campbell does not shy away from his subject matter. I've read Moore's "notes" on illustrations for other GNs, so I know how exacting he can be, but still, Campbell is so incredibly graphic, it g...more
Leah
Words escape me. Alan Moore is an evil genius, a researcher-extraordinaire, a mad poet. His work goes so far beyond what a reader expects of whatever medium he's working in that it becomes pointless to call it a 'comic' or a 'novel' anymore (see my review of Voice of the Fire as example).

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
Leslie
I wish I could give 2 1/2 stars for this because while I appreciate this graphic novel as an artistic endeavor, I really did not like it. I really had to struggle to even finish it.

I really wanted to like it. I love Jack the Ripper speculation and I've always loved comics, so I had hoped this would be right up my alley. Sadly I was disappointed. I will admit that Alan Moore wrote a great story. The sheer amount of research he must have conducted about London in 1888 and Masonic ritual must have...more
hcelvis
London 1888: Der berühmteste Serienmörder der Geschichte treibt im Stadtteil Whitechapel sein Unwesen: Jack The Ripper, wie ihn die Presse nennt, ermordet Prostituierte und weidet sie bestialisch aus. Soweit die wahre Geschichte, was allerdings wirklich passiert ist, konnte bislang nie einwandfrei nachgewiesen werden. So gibt es einige Theorien, mal mehr mal weniger skandalös, politisch motiviert und intrigant. Alan Moore und Eddie Campbells umfangreicher Comicband From Hell, benannt nach dem Ab...more
Laura
I contemplated giving this one a five, but declined. It's deeper than Watchmen, in a way, but I didn't enjoy it in the same way. Who knows. Perhaps I'll come back and change it in a few days.
The art is fantastic. Moore has probably never written better. The only problem I had was with telling some of the characters apart; however, I got used to it in the end.
The chapter where Gull drags Netley around town, lecturing him about the ancient magic of symbolic architecture, was seriously creepy; the...more
Paul
It's been a few years since I last read this so the memory might be a little vague.

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
Matt
May 11, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a darker Dickens story
This book is sprawling. The size of a phone book, it follows one theory of the Jack the Ripper murders while simultaneously building the world of Victorian London around it with meticulous detail.

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
Karan Gupta
I bought this book in a blind sale, not at all aware that it was a graphic novel. And since I had never tried graphic novels before, I was not particularly inclined to start off with this one as soon as it arrived. Therefore it stayed in my book shelf as I finished one book after the other but could not get myself to pick up this one. Until one fine day, I did.

From Hell was known to me as a Depp movie. One that I did not particularly remember, but had a faint recollection of. I knew it was about...more
mark monday
Oh, the shark, has, pretty teeth, dear....and he shows them, pearly white
Just a jackknife, has macheath, yeah.....and he keeps it, out of sight
When the shark bites, with his teeth, dear....scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, though, wears macheath, yeah..so there's not a trace, hmmmm of red
Lloyd
So I'll begin my review of this magnificent work with a portion of the Twitter post I did upon finishing it:

Wow. Just... Wow.

This book has utterly blown me away.

It's the incomparable Alan Moore's sort of fictional theory of what could have happened pertaining to the events of the murders of a killer who became known as Jack the Ripper.

I don't want to say too much here at all. To reveal any but the slightest bits of the plot would just be pure sin. Moore entangles the Royal Family, Masonic consp...more
awesomatik.com

Dieser Schinken über Jack the Ripper und den "Autumn of Terror" ist wohl alles andere als ein Geheimtipp. Geschrieben vom legendären Alan Moore (Watchmen, Swamp Thing) mit phänomenalen Zeichnungen von Eddie Campbell (Alec), ist "From Hell" die Geschichte vom ersten medial gehypten Serienkiller. Hunderte von Büchern wurden schon zu diesem Thema verfasst aber die Faszination bleibt ungebrochen, weil die Identität des Mörder bis heute nicht gelüftet werden konnte. Jeder Autor hat seine eigene Theor...more
Dan
I feel the reason why Alan Moore is so damn successful in the graphic novel genre is not just because of his experimental and unabashedly irreverent take on pretty much everything under the sun but, the simple fact that he refuses to condescend to his readers. EVER. Alan constantly challenges us. He understands that we live in a chaotic, insane, and utterly absurd existence (anyone that says otherwise is delusional) and his writing never shies away from this- not just letting it seep into his wr...more
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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) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt...more
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“I shall tell you where we are. We're in the most extreme and utter region of the human mind. A dim, subconscious underworld. A radiant abyss where men meet themselves. Hell, Netley. We're in Hell.” 16 likes
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Simply to participate.”
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