2 Feb 2012

COMICS: FROM HELL by Alan Moore and Eddie Cambell

From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Cambell is without a doubt one of the most gripping graphic novels you will EVER read. Although the Johnny Depp movie was kind of hit and miss this book is flawless.

The book is based on the true story of Jack the Ripper the first ever recorded serial killer who murdered 5 prostitutes in the autumn of 1888. Even to this day the identity of the killer is still unknown and is still very topical 124 years later.

The book goes along with the royal conspiracy where Queen Victoria ordered her surgeon Sir William Gull to carry out the murders to silence the women who had knowledge of a secret which could place the Queens grandson into a huge scandal.

The book is a work of fiction but with how historically accurate the details are you kind of forget that this is a comic book and really believe that with every page you turn you are getting closer and closer to the truth behind the most famous unsolved crime of all time.
The book is illustrated using only black ink and the illustrations are absolutely breath taking and really do a superb job bringing the 19th century London to life.
The book also pulls no punches when it comes to sex, foul language and violence. There are detailed illustrated scenes of full penetration sex, mutilation and tons of swearing. The book really gives you a realistic account of how brutal and savage times were in the poverty stricken streets of Whitechapel were during this time.
All in all From Hell is a must have for any graphic novel fan and anyone who considers them selves a "Ripper-ologist" (a term described for people who know about the case in great detail) or just anyone who wants to read something which you cant put down. From Hell does an amazing job blurring the line between fact and fiction and by the end you will find it hard to believe its a work of fiction.