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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
Simply brilliant. Incredible detail, storytelling and the scratchy artwork fits perfectly. So dark. This is s breathtaking piece of work.Published 5 months ago by wjanthony
c est pour un ami, il a adoré, c est long, sombre et bien agencé, y a beaucoup de texte, c ets en noir et blanc et faut s y connaitre en anglais quand mêmePublished on Dec 19 2012 by Eretzvaju
In light of the applause given to this particular author, the Freemason research - "a couple of Ph. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Philip Livingstone
The pages can get quite ugly; ink splotches, grotesque dissections et al. All this was very necessary, but the story, however, was homogenous- it was a dark and intelligent epic,... Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Kay A. Ching
Alan Moore's incredible "From Hell" is wonderful for many reasons. The first is Alan Moore, who all of this can be blamed on. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Ellen Pellnat
You really don't realize just how amazing this book is until you get to the end and read the appendices. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Amazon Customer
I was a big fan of the Watchmen and Top Ten, though I haven't enjoyed all of Moore's work nearly as much. So I picked up this collection without overly high expectations. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003
Firstly, if you're new to comics, stay well clear of this little baby. Secondly, if all you've ever read is comics, stay well clear of this little baby. Read morePublished on June 18 2003