Synopses & Reviews
Alan (Watchmen, V for Vendetta
) Moore and Eddie (Bacchus, Alec
) Campbell finally collect From Hell
, wherein they exhume the rancid body of the Whitechapel murders, using fiction as a scalpel they cut open Jack the Ripper's crimes and show the glittering entrails for the world's delight.
Basis for the motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.
"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." Richard Gehr, The Village Voice
"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." Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"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." Warren Ellis, creator of Planetary and Transmetropolitan
"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" Jamie S. Rich, Oni Press co-founder and author of Cut My Hair
"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." Curt Holman, Salon.com
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.