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From Hell by Alan Moore
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Feb 24, 2010

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Read in January, 2010

I have this patience problem with graphic novels. I keep finding myself racing through the word balloons and neglecting the artwork. So when I say I have now failed to love three Alan Moore graphic novels, I accept some of the blame.

That being said I have twice now enjoyed film adaptations of Alan Moore graphic novels more than the print versions they are based on. (From Hell and V for Vendetta). I find the films easier to follow and more efficiently constructed. Moore throws a lot of characters at you, not all of whom are especially important. He and his collaborators could afford to trim the stories a bit. I’m happy they do research and really work to deliver something complex and epic. Still, they could afford to snip here and there.

Unless you are a patient reader (see above), you may get halfway through and find yourself confused about what’s really going on. Such was my experience reading V for Vendetta and From Hell. Really got into the movies. Picked up the graphic novels and just never became engrossed.

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