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From Hell by Alan Moore

From Hell (original 1989; edition 2000)

by Alan Moore

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Title:From Hell
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:Knockabout (2000), Paperback, 572 pages
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From Hell by Alan Moore (1989)

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    Jack the Ripper by Rick Geary (yeremenko)
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    The Drowned by Laini Taylor-Di Bartolo (FFortuna)
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    Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: ALL psychogeography should be written as graphic novels - these two show why.

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This is a fictional graphic novel, suggesting one Jack the Ripper theory.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. It was ok, but there was a lot of info that had me wondering what it had to do with anything. I got bored during some of these parts. I also wasn't crazy about the artwork. There were some panels with no dialogue and it was hard to tell what was supposed to have been happening. I was impressed with the very extensive/detailed author's note at the end, though. Overall, I'm rating it ok. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 20, 2015 |
Eh, honestly for such a fascinating topic (Jack the Ripper), it was remarkably tedious. And, like, we get it Alan Moore -- life is terrible and the world is full of filth. I honestly found the appendix, where he talks about the real-life sources and theories that informed each chapter (and sometimes each page) more interesting than the work itself, which, since the identity of our killer is known from the get-go, and the actual crimes of Jack The Ripper very well documented (and the cover-up by the main detectives is the FRAMING DEVICE, for crying out loud), lacked much tension or suspense. It's like, "hey, he's going to kill another prostitute in a vile and horrifying way. Can't wait!" ( )
  winedrunksea | Mar 28, 2015 |
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  Saretta.L | Feb 7, 2015 |
If you like your graphic novels with a lot of endnotes, this is the one for you! Also, conspiracies, Freemasons, crazy hallucinations, blackmail, intrigue, and all kinds of other great stuff. Good stuff. And you know this is just a theory, right? They'll never figure out who the Ripper was, DNA evidence be damned! But this presents a rather plausible possibility, or at least a damn good story.

And that's my short and shitty review. ( )
  zenslave | Jan 13, 2015 |
This graphic novel was a bit too graphic for me. The subject matter, about a vast conspiracy being at the root of the Jack the Ripper murders, is fascinating and the research notes at the end of the volume really add to the book. I just found the murder scenes themselves to be too gory and gratuitous. I guess I'm a wimp when it comes to violence. In that regard, I much prefer implication to detail. Still, the artwork, (all black & white pencil sketches), is gorgeous and the brooding atmosphere of late 19th-century London comes to life on the page. There is no denying that the work is brilliant - but I much preferred Moore's Watchmen to this one - if only due to the subject matter. ( )
  ScoLgo | Nov 10, 2014 |
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It’s a disturbing, haunting book, and an astounding achievement.
It's an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century. This awful moment in the 1880s was, in Moore's view, the beginning of tabloid journalism, the end of empire, and, of course, the emergence of the first famous serial killer.
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.
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Au-top-sy (ô-top'se) n. 1. Dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death.

2. An eyewitness observation. 3. Any critical analysis.
[from Greek autos, self opis, sight: the act of seeing with one's own eyes]

One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.

Everything must be considered with its context, words, or facts.

"[Sickert's red handkerchief] was an important factor in the process of creating his picture, a lifeline to guide the train of thought, as necessary as the napkin which Mozart used to fold into points which met each other when he too was composing.


"She says he knew who Jack the Ripper was."


referring to artist Florence Pash, friend and confidant of Walter Sickert, as quoted to SICKERT & THE RIPPER CRIMES by Jean Overton Fuller
This book is dedicated to Polly Nicholls, Annie Chapman, Liz Stride, Kate Eddowes, and Marie Jeannette Kelly. You and your demise: of these things alone are we certain. Goodnight, ladies.
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Bournemouth, September 1923.



London, July 1884.

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0958578346, Paperback)

The mad, shaggy genius of the comics world dips deeply into the well of history and pulls up a cup filled with blood in From Hell. Alan Moore did a couple of Ph.D.'s worth of research into the Whitechapel murders for this copiously annotated collection of the independently published series. The web of facts, opinion, hearsay, and imaginative invention draws the reader in from the first page. Eddie Campbell's scratchy ink drawings evoke a dark and dirty Victorian London and help to humanize characters that have been caricatured into obscurity for decades. Moore, having decided that the evidence best fits the theory of a Masonic conspiracy to cover up a scandal involving Victoria's grandson, goes to work telling the story with relish from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer--the Queen's physician. His characterization is just as vibrant as Campbell's; even the minor characters feel fully real. Looking more deeply than most, the author finds in the "great work" of the Ripper a ritual magic working intended to give birth to the 20th century in all its horrid glory. Maps, characters, and settings are all as accurate as possible, and while the reader might not ultimately agree with Moore and Campbell's thesis, From Hell is still a great work of literature. --Rob Lightner

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:36 -0400)

Originally issued in serial form in Taboo, an anthology comic book published by SpiderBaby Press.

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