Having proved himself peerless in the arena of reinterpreting superheroes, Alan Moore turned his ever-incisive eye to the squalid, enigmatic world of Jack the Ripper and the Wh ...more
It was really slow from time to time. …moreVery much so. Its one of those rare books that I didn't really like but can say that the author did a good job.
It was really slow from time to time. (less)
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 hated ...more
Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell is an extraordinary creation, difficult to encapsulate for someone like me, who strives to epitomize the essence of a work in a relatively short review. As Walt Whitman once said of himself, From Hell is “large” (576 pages) and does “contain multitudes,” and—like any thing large and multitudinous—it is full of tantalizing contradictions.
On the surface, From Hell presents, in the form of an illustrated narrative, the historical events of the 1888-1891 Whitecha ...more
Why? Rather simple: the movie was a mystery with the watche ...more
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
What do I mean? Well, throw out th ...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
FROM HELL by Alan Moore is a monster of a hard cover (comic) book depicting the gruesome Whitechapel murders committed by the notorious Jack The Ripper and investigated by Scotland Yard in the late 1800's.
While a work of fiction, this book includes a greatly expanded and detailed Appendix with factual notations as well as educated speculation (from the author) for each chapter and a period map of London giving the reader much food...more
I read this not with a notion that by the end I'd come t ...more
I just ...don't even understand the point of it because all that stuff you find o ...more
From Hell tells a story on a vast canvas. That canvas is the Victorian Era of London. This book is n ...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
I think one should approach this not as a comic, or even a graphic novel, but as a prose novel. It's a very dense read, and requires a lot of your time and attention. But I don't say this as a criticism. Once you get past the first 100 pages or so, it tur ...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
I didn't read the appendix/Commentary though. I feel that a clock looses a bit of its lustre if you open its face and see the mechanisms and cogs at work. ...more
The metaphisycal twist was strange but not unexpected from an author like Moore.
The only thing I didn't fully appreciate were the drawings. I understand it's a precise stylistic choice I'm looking at, but when you have an hard time understanding who's who in a novel this complex, then you've got a problem. ...more
I am so not surprised that this moron wrote the book WATCHMEN was based on. That movie was hands down the worst thing I've ever seen. After the opening credits of Bob Dylan singing "The Times They Are A Changing" while random super heroes get busted, I knew I was in for something truly awful. A story so mean ...more
Well, that was that. From Hell is overflowing with sublime images, there is also a strident lyricism to the prose, My appreciation for both was hampered by my bullshit alarm ringing incessantly. There's this London school of the subversive, to which Moore belongs: Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd are also practicing partners. They parse and weave, finding anecdote and parallel in the accrued centuries of history alon ...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
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
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As a comics writer, Moor ...more