Thursday, February 5, 2009
From Hell by Alan Moore
You may remember that Johnny Depp movie by the same name, and you can see where the visuals came from. From Hell by Alan Moore is roughly 500 plus pages of linear, sequential graphics that you have to check out. Seriously, From Hell is a massive book and it's an immense story that is well written and quickly sketched with minimal color, mostly black and white and is the size of a small dictionary. This book is cheap, considering how much content you get, and if you have seen this book in person, You know what I'm talking about.
Here is a review of From Hell by Alan Moore from amazon.com:
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
From Hell by Alan Moore is a solid book. Seriously, you will never see another graphic novel or the industry the same way again. This is a serious notion of comic book stylings and proves once again that you can get solid literature out of graphic novels, if you know where to look. This is not childish, or kids stuff, this is well written material presented with graphic drawings. A major source of inspiration and writing, you will love it, as I love it too. Alan Moore is a genius when it comes to presenting classic writing, style, and literature into a format that usually doesn't get any credit.
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