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greengills, November 19, 2010 (view all comments by greengills)
Bloody Good.

This easily swept my graphic novel top 5. Never thought We3 would be replaced but a slasher about jack the ripper and masons trumps any story about animals taking revenge on their cruel master/government.
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nindubsar, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by nindubsar)
This was the first graphic novel I have ever read, and now I'm hooked! I'd heard that Alan Moore is worth reading for wonderful attention to detail in his plots, but never thought a "comic book" could have a real plot. Woah was I wrong, and a whole new world has opened up for me.

This book is a sort of spiritual exploration of the horrors that was Jack the Ripper - everything researched and with footnotes, which satisfied the OCD in me for sure. The pictures are at times warm and glowing, and at others icy cold, but always emotive. Without giving anything away, the main characters are very human and easy to get involved with. The women who are killed are treated as women, satisfying the feminist in me, rather than victims who had it coming. Instead Moore explores the fact that the women had families and why they were so hard up on their luck at the time of their murders. I came away with a whole new view of Victorian England and a deeper understanding of the class struggles at the time. I'm sending a copy to my aunt!

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nindubsar, December 7, 2009 (view all comments by nindubsar)
I don't give much of anything a 5 out of 5 rating, but I've been telling everyone I know to get hold of this book. It is an entertaining spiritual exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders - great for anyone wanting to travel to Victorian London through a well-researched nicely-drawn classic graphic novel. Give it a try!
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Blake, April 18, 2008 (view all comments by Blake)
Moore and Campbell's work is astoundingly good in this volume, crafting a literary tale unique to the medium of comics and sequential art. The comic is everything that the film wasn't, an erudite fictional examination of the world and circumstances during which the Whitechapel murders took place. Though Moore based the plot principally on one of many contentious theories about the identity of Jack the Ripper, the book isn't about that, so much as it's about the character of the principle actors in the drama, and their attempts to live in a tumultuous era that Moore sets up as the gateway to the horrors and wonders of the 20th century.

Campbell's art sometimes feels cramped by the density necessary to convey Moore's plot, but his art seems to become more precise and focussed as the narrative continues. The black and white style of the book lends it a stripped down feel, laid raw by Campbell's style. This helps add a hefty emotional weight that would be lost with the high-production color values of mainstream comics.

In addition to the work itself, Moore supplies an appendix of notes to the reference material he used to meticulously craft the setting and dialogue of many of the historic scenes (taken virbatim from historical accounts when possible). He and Campbell have a second appendix, a brief comic about the armchair historian quest to discover the identity of Jack the Ripper, and the unlikelihood that it will ever come to fruition.

A fantastic work, and worth checking out both for fans of great comics and fans of great literature.
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Product Details

Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Top Shelf Productions
Campbell, Eddie
Moore, Alan
Campbell, Eddie
Paddington, Australia
Graphic Novels
Horror fiction
Graphic Novels - Horror
Horror comic books, strips, etc
Jack, the ripper
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
vol. 17, no. 3
Publication Date:
April 2000
Grade Level:
10.5 x 7.5 in

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"Review" by , "Like the best of Moore's nonsuperhero work (and as a comics writer, the author of Watchmen simply has no peer), Hell is a dark, mythology-saturated journey into Britain's magical antediluvian essence....Moore's writing is complemented by Campbell's often staggeringly effective black-and-white renditions of stiff-backed Victorians swimming against the tides of history."
"Review" by , "Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell is one of the most intricate and disturbing works that the field of graphic novels has yet produced....The graphic novel is essentially a feminist work, in which the Ripper murders are the logical outcome of the sexual repression of Victorian England. The novel is loaded with graphic, shocking scenes....It's Moore and Campbell's intention to tear down the wall that separated the powerful and the impotent in Victorian England by linking all that was most revered in that society to its most ghastly crimes, saying in effect that the Ripper killings were simply the most extreme examples of that society's everyday crimes....Rendered in inky black-and-white panels, the graphic novel absolutely shuns the picturesque nostalgia which is always a danger with period works."
"Review" by , "Alan Moore's masterpiece, with some of perfect collaborator Eddie Campbell's finest illustration. An essential edition for the shelf of anyone with an interest in the comics form."
"Review" by , "I thought I knew about Jack the Ripper, and I bet you thought you did, too. From Hell will show you that you don't know jack about Jack. Legendary modern comics writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell have created a massive graphic tome exploring fact and theory alike about the Whitechapel murders of 1888. It's a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction, detailing the course of events that led up to the murders and the results of the cover-up that followed. In the creators' journey, they travel from the highest levels of royalty to the most clandestine depths of the Freemasons' secret society and point out all the regular people that got squashed along the way. Not content to stop at your basic re-creation, Moore and Campbell also add elements of mysticism and bend the fabric of time to study the course of murder throughout history and in our own era. And if the main story wasn't gripping enough for you, Moore provides an exhaustive appendix, footnoting each scene and explaining how he drew his conclusions. The writing is scintillating and addictive, and Campbell proves to be the perfect collaborator, using scratchy lines and heavy doses of ink to capture the darkness of the period. Once finished, you'll want to read it again to pick up on the clues you missed the first time"
"Review" by , "As ambitious and affecting as anything ever rendered in pictures and word balloons, From Hell combines an intricate mystery, insightful social criticism, and unflinching brutality capable of unnerving the most desensitized pop audience....From Hell is the only graphic novel since Maus to rival its ambition and historical depth....Open From Hell and you may involuntarily draw back — it feels like the dark, sooty atmosphere of Moore and Campbell's Victorian London could seep into your own living room. Campbell renders From Hell in a scratchy, drippy black and white, with each panel seemingly drawn using a blend of London's chimney ash and tabloid ink. With no campy sound effect balloons, From Hell unfolds in an eerie silence, its pauses worthy of Harold Pinter."
"Synopsis" by , Legendary comics writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell have created a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper. Detailing the events that led up to the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed, From Hell has become a modern masterpiece of crime noir and historical fiction.
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