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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 sualid enigmatic world of Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders of 1888 Weighing in at 576 pages From Hell is certainly the most epic of Moore's works and remarkably and is possibly his finest effort yet in a career punctuated by such glorious highlights as Watchmen and V for Vendetta Going beyond the myriad existing theories which range from the sublime to the ridiculous Moore presents an ingenious take on the slaughter His Ripper's brutal activities are the epicentre of a conspiracy involving the very heart of the British Establishment including the Freemasons and The Royal Family A popular claim which is transformed through Moore's exuisite and thoroughly gripping vision of the Ripper crimes being the womb from which the 20th century so enmeshed in the celebrity culture of violence received its shocking visceral birth Bolstered by meticulous research that encompasses a wide spectrum of Ripper studies and myths and coupled with his ability to evoke sympathies in such monstrous characters Moore has created perhaps the finest examination of the Ripper legacy observing far beyond society's obsessive need to expose Evil's visage Ultimately as Moore observes Jack's identity and his actions are inconseuential to the manner in which society embraced the Fear It's about us It's about our minds and how they dance Jack mirrors our hysterias Faceless he is the receptacle for each new social panic Eddie Campbell's stunning black and white artwork replete with a scratchy dirty sheen is perfectly matched to the often unshakeable intensity of Moore's writing Between them each murder is rendered in horrifying detail providing the book's most unnerving scenes made so in uncomfortable yet lyrical moments as when the villain embraces an eviscerated corpse craving understanding; pleading that they are wed in legend inextricable within eternity Though technically a comic the term hardly begins to describe From Hell's inimitable grandeur and finesse as it takes the medium to fresh heights of ingenuity and craftsmanship Moore and Campbell's autopsy on the emaciated corpse of the Ripper myth has divulged a deeply disturbing yet undeniably captivating masterpiece — Danny Graydon


10 thoughts on “From Hell

  1. says:

    An outstanding achievement I'm in deep awe of the many components that make up this complex riveting work of ART First off the illustrations are opaue shimmery raw and delicate fierce and even bittersweet The Jack the Ripper story involves different angles they're all portrayed here in inspiring detail Stories sub stories like molecules and atoms arrive at a fever pitch several times in the narrative it really is a roller coaster of the macabre of the surreal and of authentic late 20th century artistry From Hell may actually belong in a frickin' museum


  2. says:

    This was #17 for Jugs Capes I hated every goddamn minute of itI 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 hated the bleakness I even hated the massive heft of the goddamn book itself which was impossible to hold comfortably in any position especially outside on my stoop especially on the subway especially anywhere except I guess sitting in a massive velvet armchair in some vast dark wood paneled drawing room where rich white men drink sherry and chortle over their monocles Or something like that I don't fucking know Alan Moore is a very insane man and although I was blown away by Watchmen this book made me never want to read anything else he's written ever again I'm not totally sure I even finished it although I do think I remember some very unsatisfying closing scene with two old dudes on a bluff talking about how no one ever found out what they'd done? Did that happen? I don't fucking know it's two years since I read it and I think I blocked most of it out Fuck this book is what I'm saying


  3. says:

    Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell is an extraordinary creation difficult to encapsulate for someone like me who strives to epitomize the essence of a work in a relatively short review As Walt Whitman once said of himself From Hell is “large” 576 pages and does “contain multitudes” and—like any thing large and multitudinous—it is full of tantalizing contradictionsOn the surface From Hell presents in the form of an illustrated narrative the historical events of the 1888 1891 Whitechapel murders adhering to the facts as precisely indicated in an extensive series of notes except for an occasional fictional invention also scrupulously acknowledged in the notes On the other hand the tale it tells is improbable and fantastic in which Sir William Gull ueen Victoria’s physician and high ranking Freemason executes each of the “Ripper” murders not only to conceal the sexual indiscretions of the ueen’s grandson Prince Albert Victor but also to perform a magic ritual a pageant of ceremonial violence designed to suppress feminism and exalt patriarchy to uell socialism and promote capitalism to forestall the chaos Gull foresees that is coming to blight the century to comeYet in the wake of Gull’s magic historical contradictions are revealed In one of the books most powerful—and memorably realized—seuences Gull takes us and his coachman Netley on an occult tour of the urban geography of London crowding our minds with historical anecdotes precisely limning for us the pentagrammic map of the ceremonial violence to come Yet in spite of his precision Gull’s calculations are off When after murdering and methodically dissecting his final and victim he is granted the vision of a late 20th century business office Gull realizes he has failed to bring about the advent of an Apollonian age no nothing remains in the future but unemotional phantoms fiddling with strange electronic devices ”What spirits are these labouring in what heavenly light? No this is dazzle not yet divinity Nor are these heathen wraiths about me spirits lacking even that vitality It would seem we are to suffer an apocalypse of cockatoosmorose barbaric children playing joylessly with their unfathomable toys Where comes this dullness in your eyes? Has your century numbed you so? Shall man be given marvels only when he is beyond all wonder? With all your shimmering numbers and your lights think not to be inured to history Its black root succors you It is INSIDE you Another contradiction is in Moore’s and artist Eddie Campbell’s treatment of the women who are the “Ripper” victims The depiction of the murders themselves—particularly their climax the murder of Mary Kelly which takes up an entire chapter—is horrific and merciless explicit and graphic Yet one of the most moving aspects of Moore’s book is his detailed presentation of the day to day lives of these women their comradeship and their recreations their fears and hopes for the future Moore and Campbell never forget for a moment that Gull’s ceremonial pawns are also real human women In fact Moore dedicates the work to them You and your demise of these things alone are we certain Good night ladies “Of these things alone are we certain” the phrase calls to mind another of From Hell’s contradictions Moore’s scrupulous adherence to the facts in the case gulls the reader into thinking that Moore himself must be scrupulously recreating a scenario he believes to be true and yet in the final pages of his work—”The Dance of the Gull Catchers” a history of “Ripperology”—he adopts a pose of profound skepticism The complex phantom we project That alone we know is real The actual killer’s gone unglimpsed might as well not have been there at all There never was a Jack the Ripper Mary Kelly was just an unusually determined suicide Why don’t we leave it at that?


  4. says:

    Uh oh I think I like comic books now


  5. says:

    I'd read The Watchmen and found it to be genius; V for Vendetta I liked very much as well a pretty powerful and angry political allegory though much less complex and have read others by The Greatest Alan Moore But this is one of my favorite works of his It is massive incredibly ambitious an erudite work of scholarship and passion and yet it also feels like one of the most personal of his works I have read thus far And yet it all took place a century and ago The Jack the Ripper story in Moore's personal fictional view highly influenced by his favorite theoretical Ripperologist Stephen Knight whose theory was largely dismissed and derided in the very process of Moore and Campbell's long construction of this remarkable tome Before we go too far we have to mention the amazing art by Eddie Campbell matching the scope and passion of Moore's enthralling epic conception So how could From Hell be amazing and enthralling since the perspective it takes is now largely dismissed? Because it is a terrific story told terrifically Whether it is true or not it is compelling It may be a tad long one of the Moby Dicks of graphic literature but I was truly engaged with it throughout And though in black and white it is still graphic that serial murder thing envisioned throughout One reason it is interesting is that it is not a whodunnit primarily; we know who Moore thinks did it from the beginning as opposed to the terrible Hughes brothers film version with Johnny Depp and Heather Graham which maybe would have been an okay flick if it weren't also called From Hell which then makes a complete mockery of Moore's version of events and his literaryphilosophical perspective on the world Most book versions of the Jack the Ripper non fiction and fiction make a case propose a theory and Moore does this too as I've said but not in true crime fashion Moore provides literally HUNDREDS of pages of footnotes to show he has been researching this from every possible angle for several years but finally plot or whodunnit is only a part of his interest He reaches far beyond that to what the Whitecastle Murders seem to portend for the twentieth century in terms of Evil Mad Violence Genocide Catastrophic Wars sort of the End of Modernism of the Enlightenment Hope for the Future And the occult always for Moore so much of what he understood abut that time was a discussion of the occult; see his Providence about H P Lovecraft and feminism why the killing of all these women by a man as if it were an entree to a century of serial killing of women and class all backgrounds for him throughout and usuallyHe even admits his own crazy obsession with such events is his way of trying to make meaning of life and death and culture and media and politics and history Finally he admits we will never know whodunnit and he admits that that is not the point for any of the Ripperologists The point is obsession Or the desperate need to understand to make meaning out of the shards of a single puzzling event And cold cases are always the site of obsession A new tv series based on Michelle McNamara's I'll be Gone in the Dark The Hunt for the Golden State Killer 0ver 50 rapes than a 100 burglaries 13 murders from 1974 86 comes out in summer 2020; see my review of her book it's just one of many studies of obsession over a serial killerFrom Hell is macabre It is real life horror an early serial killing to welcome us to an age of ever increasing serial killings and multi media obsessions with them It takes a tale of murder and spins it into a rich work of art and historical meditation Comics greatness without uestion


  6. says:

    This is the second graphic novel by Alan Moore that I've read He is a very prolific writer but sometimes he's a bit too over the top for my taste It was OK in V for Vendetta though I must admit to liking the movie a bit better because it was grounded With From Hell once again I've seen the movie before having read the graphic novel and although the movie features Johnny Depp and a lot of opium I liked that one better as wellWhy? Rather simple the movie was a mystery with the watcher having to investigate along with the inspector Here we get the solution to it all right off the bat and it seems like wasted potentialThis graphic novel tells the story of the murders committed by one of THE most well known serial killers of all time Jack the Ripper There are many theories out there I actually have a Mammoth Book about it because I find it so intriguing and some of those theories are a bit out there One particular conspiracy theory revolves around one of ueen Victoria's heirs having fathered a child and married a commoner which was inconceivable back in the day funnily enough it still is rather unusual with the remaining royals nowadays which made Princess Diana become such a star rolls eyes Anyway since Albert is the heir to the English throne this is unacceptable and ueen Victoria orders her physician to handle the subject And let me tell you he wasn't gentle about it view spoilerAfter having put her in a madhouse he messes with the poor woman's brain so that she really is confused hide spoiler


  7. says:

    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 HellAt 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 ueen 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 the deeds in Whitechapel Nor whether Druitt was sacrificed to keep the peace and maintain power dynamics Nor whether Sickert was involved Nor whether industrialized fin de siècle London was our clearest real world dystopiaWhat matters is that Alan Moore's writing and Eddie Campbell's artistry uncover a deep emotional and philosophical truth about the reverberations of the smallest actions in the world The smallest and the biggest What matters is that they recognize that their tale is nothing than a tale told from their perspective What matters is that they painstakingly researched anything and everything that had to do with that autumn in East London that they rode every ripple from the epicentre no matter how far it took them in time and space that every decision they made was conscious and that the sum of that conscious work offered a hyperreality of that definitive event in the life of London that encapsulates the beauty of our existence within the ugliest of events That is the truth they uncovered the beauty of living in the ugliest of circumstanceTheirs is an astounding achievement that transcends the graphic novel medium It is not simply the greatest graphic novel ever written though it is that it is also one of the greatest five stories I have ever read I would put it up there with Hamlet and Gravity's Rainbow and The Outsider and Wuthering Heights forgive me this list I've not read some others that are undoubtedly great and perhaps deserving of my praiseFrom Hell is not for the delicate of heart I demands work It demands that you stare at the horror and not simply turn the page with a desire to get past the horror because Moore and Campbell demand that you engage with the horror and cut deep to the bone to discover what it is that makes us terrible and wonderfulThe changes this masterpiece superior to Watchmen and The Killing Joke and V for Vendetta have wrought on storytelling on the comic form and even on me are unclear at the moment But they will be real and with the benefit of hindsight they will be traceable to From Hell


  8. says:

    I'm torn on this one I mean sure it's Jack the Ripper and Alan Moore and it's supposed to be this grand masterpiece but to me it just feels mostly like some kind of disjointed hodge podge collection of personas that simultaneously lift up and denigrate both the East Side women and everyone else nearly randomly until much later in the comic when things finally tie together into a mystical extravaganza that is both surprising and feeling rather out of placeWhat do I mean? Well throw out the movie version for starters Keep the bits about William Gull REALLY emphasise the importance of Masonic conspiracy theories and the connection to the crown and then after you're thoroughly grounded in all the blood and gore and the feeling like nothing really matters top it all off with a dose of Alan Moore's odd explorations in the human psyche andor WOW mysticismFortunately I've read Jerusalem From Hell goes there serving as a freaky introduction to life without time magical incantations demons and the power of location upon magicThis part is worth all the apparent slog of most of the rest of the comic At least for me but I love literature of ideas and oddities and complex plotsWill people hate me if I was rather bored with long segments of this story? That I only really started perking up to it with Gull's becoming Virgil? Still in the end I really liked it and I thought it was rather cool how all the well researched conspiracies tied it back in I did however have a hell of a time with reading the text It hurt my eyes


  9. says:

    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 landscapeFrom 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's conception The murders are of course the central events of the book and are depicted as an elaborate Masonic ritual by the killer with pages and pages of Masonic theory to boot but devotes considerable time to even the minor characters a sort of pantheistic character study of an entire societyThere is little doubt that From Hell is a great work from a strictly literary perspective Its devilish intricacy and boldly experimental approach make it a pioneering achievement At the same time it is not an enjoyable read Setting aside for a moment its most uncomfortable moments most notably a gruesomely detailed depiction of every step involved in the Ripper's most famous killing large patches of the text are dull and technical Other tangents presumably included for completeness seem superfluous and distract from the central focus of the storyMaking matters worse is the artwork of Eddie Campbell which can kindly be called pen and ink impressionism and less kindly be called chickenscratch Apart from robbing much of the story of the shading a black and white style needs to really breath it also often makes it extremely difficult to recognize characters Readers must depend on gross physical characteristics weight facial hair outfit to keep track of which character is which in many casesIronically the best part of the book is an appendix comic essay called The Dance of the Gull Catchers which explores the difficulty of studying the history of the killings Moore and Campbell also provide an exhaustive overview of which parts of the story are fictionalized and which have some basis in reality an exceptionally rare move in historical graphic fictionOn the back cover Moore states For my part I am concerned with cutting into and examining the still warm corpse of history itself This we can all agree he has done The sad truth however is that this examination while epic and masterful still isn't especially rewarding to watch


  10. says:

    This is the house that Jack builtends the first chapterFROM 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'sWhile 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 for thoughtBut BEWAREVisually morbid and x rated illustrations of various sexual acts including autopsies and dissections are pictured throughout the storyBang tails whoresBlackmailTreasonand scandalous activities combined with the evil doings of the Freemason Brotherhood come together to tell Jack's bloody story of butchery 45 Stars