2012: 44. From Hell

"Bloody shambles this last six years."

From Hell, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

You probably know that From Hell is Alan Moore's (and, of course Eddie Campbell's!) graphic novel about  the Jack the Ripper murders.  It's funny - I read this through, and it didn't do much for me.  It's all black and white, the art manages to be both sketchy and grossly graphic, and all in all I thought, well, no thanks (though even on the first read through I thought the solution to the murders was elegant - probably not true, of course, but interesting as all heck).  What I mean is, I liked it, but I didn't really get it.  

But then, I read the notes at the end - and re-read the book along with them, and all of a sudden I was blown away by it.  There was so much research and thinking in each panel, and I understood parts that previously had seemed murky and obscure.  Don't get me wrong - I'll never love the art (either its style or its grue), but I really dug how weird and twisted and thought out the whole book was.  If you like true crime/Victoriana, and you can stomach the gore, I really recommend this one.

Oh, and it is nothing like the crappy Johnny Depp movie they made.

Categories:  Fiction, Graphic Novel, Library Book

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