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From Hell, Vol. 2 Alan Moore

From Hell, Vol. 2

Alan Moore

Published 1993
ISBN : 9781568620176
8 pages
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 About the Book 

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 Campbells 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 Victorias grandson, goes to work telling the story with relish from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer--the Queens physician. His characterization is just as vibrant as Campbells- 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 Campbells thesis, From Hell is still a great work of literature. --Rob Lightner