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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." 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
Paperback, 576 pages
Published 2007 by Knockabout Comics (first published 1999)
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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
Hannah  Messler
May 17, 2008 Hannah Messler rated it really liked it
Uh-oh, I think I like comic books now . . .
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
Jan 29, 2008 Belarius rated it it was ok
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'
J.G. Keely
Ripperology is a mess of theories and conspiracies, an impossible puzzle which obsessive writers turn into narratives that tell us more about the author than about crime or murder. Moore knows this as well as anyone, pointing out in his afterward that the whole thing has become a silly game, a masturbatory immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with discussions on the levels of Star Wars canon or Gandalf's particular racial background.

I read this not with a notion that by the end I'd come t
Aug 05, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is the house that Jack built".......ends the first chapter.

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

Mar 23, 2015 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
I bought this digitally from comiXology back in 2013 when it was on sale. I can't remember how much I paid for it (probably around 3/4). And then it sat on my iPad for over year, unread and taking up space. One day, I decided to give it a go.

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
Bradley Timm
Feb 25, 2011 Bradley Timm rated it it was amazing
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
Jason Pettus
Apr 22, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
Jesse A
Sep 11, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
Finally a Moore I enjoyed. One of the most dense graphic novels I've ever read.
Ambitious, insightful, affecting, intricately mysterious, unnerving and unflinching in its brutality. This is the Jack The Ripper tale to end all Jack The Ripper tales.
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.
Sep 07, 2007 Richard rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Carol Storm
Jun 09, 2015 Carol Storm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone can write a book that's pointless and stupid, but to write a graphic novel that's over 500 pages long and stays pointless and stupid till the very end . . . that's a real achievement.

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
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
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
Dec 11, 2015 Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5
Po dvanácti letech znovu vyšel komiks Z pekla Alana Moora a Eddieho Campbella. Kniha, která byla beznadějně rozebraná, patří k základním dílům moderního grafického románu. Neodolal jsem tužbě zjistit, jestli je ta pověst zasloužená, nebo ne.

Komiksový svět má asi málo větších legend než Alana Moora. Ten je podepsaný pod takovými díly, jako V jako Vendeta, Strážci nebo Liga výjimečných. Pokud někdo podává svou prací nepopiratelný důkaz o tom, že komiks nemusí být pouze pro děti, je to právě Moore
Me acabo de dar cuenta de que no había valorado esta maravilla.

Creo que es indiscutible que Alan Moore es un genio de la novela gráfica, y en esta en concreto el dibujo de Eddie Campbell complementa su trabajo a la perfección.

La historia de Jack el Destripador siempre me ha provocado cierta fascinación, y he leído ya varios libros sobre el tema. Esta novela gráfica, aunque desde luego tiene mucho de ficción, recrea el Whitechapel de 1888 y el Otoño del Terror a la perfección. Y la teoría que A
Oct 25, 2013 Offuscatio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un trabajo impresionante.
Jan 12, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore is one of the smartest comic book writers of our time, if not the best. From Hell is another example of his genius. I can't say this is his best comic book because everything he does is great, but this is one of his smartest comic books that I have read. It's well resurrected and has enough reading material that makes this feel like a novel and not a graphic novel.

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
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
Mar 11, 2008 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2008 Conor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comics
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
Dec 02, 2009 Kandice rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2009 Aaron rated it it was ok
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
Sep 17, 2010 Leslie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Paul Nelson
Apr 27, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
From Hell is Alan Moore's take on probably the most infamous serial killer ever, a tome of a book at 570+ pages, which includes detailed research, various theory's and sources for all the plot points.
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
Oct 20, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grafický román pro opravdové fajnšmekry z časů viktoriánské Anglie konce 19. století Z pekla je velice náročné čtení. Žádá si od čtenáře zvýšenou pozornost a znalost kulturních narážek, aby dokázal vnímat všechny vrstvy této verze tajemných vražd Jacka Rozparovače a román si naplno užít. Komplexnost knihy dokazuje i čtyřicetistránkový (!) epilog na konci knihy dovysvětlující pozadí příběhu a společnosti tamní doby. I proto ve mě kniha bude rezonovat ještě dlouho a dokážu si představit, že se k p ...more
Rory Wilding
Apr 30, 2016 Rory Wilding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although he has been radical with his comic book work, Alan Moore has been dragged into the mainstream due to the fact that films have been made, based on his comics. This started with the 2001 loose adaptation of From Hell: Moore and Eddie Campbell’s graphic exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders. What we got from the Hughes brothers’ film is a visually impressive but predictable “whodunit” slasher. In the case of the source material – originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 a ...more
mark monday
Sep 01, 2013 mark monday rated it really liked it
Shelves: comikon
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, there's not a trace, hmmmm of red
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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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

As a comics writer, Moor
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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.” 26 likes
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