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Alan Moore , Eddie Campbell
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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout Comics / Eddie Campbell Comics; Ninth Printing edition (30 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861661419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661411
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 squalid, 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 exquisite 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 inconsequential 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 more 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

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An unflinching recreation of Jack the Ripper's mutilation of five Whitechapel prostitutes in 1888 is the core of this graphic novel. Jack acts as "midwife to the 20th century", delivering the next 100 years of Holocaust, serial killing and media rapaciousness as he extracts his last victim's heart.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try to remember that it's just a story... 9 Aug 2001
Format:Paperback
With this book Alan Moore regains the crown as the greatest graphic novel writer. For so long untouchable in his field, recent works by Neil Gaiman had placed him firmly in my mind as the new number one. Until now. Don't read "From Hell" as an accurate investigation into the Whitechapel murders, read it as what it is, a wonderful fantasy. Unlike what another reviewer has claimed, this book will expand your knowledge of the Ripper case, by debunking most of the popular theories around today, including its own. If you're a fan of graphic novels don't miss this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly humourous - Horror, Harlots and Heraldry 31 July 2000
Format:Paperback
That this book is described as 'Comics- Humour' says everything about the way comics/ graphic novels are still viewed by the mainstream . This is a work that is as far away from the world of 'Whizzer'n'Chips' as it's possible to get . Moore, one of comicdoms finest evr writers, is joined by the equally brilliant Eddie Canpbell, and together they take us on a dark journey to the very depths of the human psyche . That the central idea is one of the dodgier Ripper theories should not get in the way of the appreciation of this work . A carefully constructed web emeshes us, and we are pulled into the lives, and sad, horrible depths, of the victims . It is too often the case that studiers of the crimes treat the victims as commodities - Moore and Campbell make them human beings. By the end, even the murderer himself has become a pathetic figure, his death as pointless as those of his victims . This is no comic, it is perhaps the first truly great work of graphic art.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALAN MOORE IS A LEGEND 5 Oct 2003
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Format:Paperback
No amount of hyperbole can do this book the justice it deserves.
Quite simply it is stunning, gob-smacking, fantastic, gripping, repulsive, compelling, hilarious, shocking, chilling...(add any extra superlatives you like)...
Impossible to summarise just how much of an effect this book had after the first time I read it. You won't so much read From Hell as experience it, it is just that good.
If you've seen the film and were not impressed please ignore it, the book has so many layers that can be peeled back and enjoyed with repeated readings.
Also do take the time to read the comprehensive appendices at the back that detail the considerable amount of research that has been made in the production of what I feel is a modern masterpiece.
One warning, it's not for the faint of heart, containing a chapter that I feel is more violent than any film I've ever seen.
Another triumph by Alan Moore, can the man do no wrong?
In conclusion, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it.
(I am not a representative of the Alan Moore fanclub either).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a great piece of literature 15 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Many others have commented on the sheer brilliance of 'From Hell' as a graphic novel; in my opinion, makes it truly great is the two Epilogues. The story itself is as good as everyone here has said, and more. Moore's humanity and sympathy for the Whitechapel killer's victims shines through in his treatment of the killings, whilst being a fascinating insight into the origins of the 20th century. (And if that sounds worthy, it also has hefty amounts of sex, death and violence). The tenth chapter, covering the death of Mary Kelly, is stunning to read despite the horror of what was done to her. Moore is known for his willingness to think himself into different situations and characters; very few authors would have had the courage to imagine themselves as the Ripper, attacking his victim's corpse. Still fewer would have dared to try to understand the killer, to show why he did what he did.
But the two epilogues transform this already-impressive book into something even better. The first is a set of notes on the book, where Moore goes through it almost page by page, telling us what it was like to visit these places, explaining why he chose to have this character do this and inserting his own sardonic comments (describing himself on one occasion as 'making a living out of wrapping miserable killings up in supernatural twaddle'). Reading this is as close as most of us will ever get to understanding what it is like to try to write a piece of literature. The second, where he presents a potted history of 'Ripperology', is a savage and very clever attack on all those, including himself, who have made a living out of devising ever-more fanciful theories about the killings. The ending, in which Moore describes a visit to the 'Ring O'Bells' pub during his research, where he saw a stripper working there and wondered what had changed since the Victorian era, is simply one of the best endings I've ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Jack The Ripper Book 31 Oct 2001
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Format:Paperback
The most important thing about this book is that it isn't really a Jack The Ripper story at all. It's about the way that incredible events echo and have repercussions through the years and it's about the birth of the twentieth century.
What I found really fascinating was the way that Alan and Eddie managed to use the facts and theories that have been kicking about for years and pull them all together into this astonishing narrative. It's not an attempt to give the definitive answers to the mystery of Jack the Ripper, it's a work of fiction using facts where it can to reveal a far more interesting story.
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Published 1 month ago by Tracey Hinks
5.0 out of 5 stars The best graphic novel I've read for quite some time...
The best graphic novel I've read for quite some time...although some of the sexual scenes may offend, it's a fantastic read and well worth paying out for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James (UK)
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this
Just read this. It is excellent. Great words. Great art. Generally great. Did I say it is great? It is
Published 3 months ago by J likes books
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating horrible and quite true
You'll either love this book or hate it. Which is perhaps part of the author's point. More often than not, the truth is not what we are looking for.

I loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Stevie Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best!
Absolutely and completely the single finest adult cartoon strip that I have ever had the pleasure in reading... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars Book of cartoons very disappointing
The book was entirely cartoons and for me impossible to read on my kindle. I found the whole experience very disappointing. Should be more clearly labeled
Published 6 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars from hell
this was added to my kindle.its set as a comic script so sometimes the speech bubble went outside the margins,but overall i enjoyed this book,it focuses on the ripper murders,yet... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Alan Moores best work
From Hell is Alan Moore's own reimagining of the Jack The Ripper Murders, creating a vivid, violent and dark version of the events and people behind and surrounding the Ripper... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Trebell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is up there with Watchmen!
This is an absolutely amazing graphic novel, it is one of the many reasons why Alan Moore is THE greatest comic book writer of all time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matthew Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars "Shall man be given marvels only when he is beyond all wonder?"
I got this recently for my Kindle, I read the book years ago so it was nice to be able to compare the two. Read more
Published 9 months ago by manbearpig
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