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From Hell by Alan Moore
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Jan 24, 08

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Read in January, 1999

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, the highlight has to be Moore's detailed appendices that chronicle his dogged research in and around London. Moore became obsessed with making From Hell as accurate in every detail as possible.

This is the best example of what graphic storytelling can achieve. A masterpiece in a storytelling genre that is often compelling but rarely brilliant.
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