From Hell (From Hell #1-11)
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
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
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
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 read this not with a notion that by the end I'd come t ...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 turns ...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
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
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
From Hell is about the Jack the Ripper. Saying it's about Jack the Ripper isn't the full story, it's much more. It not onl ...more
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
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
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
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
For a Jack the Ripper enthusiast this is a wonderful piece of fiction exploring one of the more prominent suspects and naming the one that I think all the conspiracy theorists would love most of all. After all you couldn't make a better story than one with Royal scandal and the intervention of the Q ...more
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
That said ...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
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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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