From Hell

February 12, 2010

My wonderful girlfriend (I have to say that because she is and because she’s sat next to me) bought me From Hell for Christmas. It’s been something that I’ve been meaning to read for a while after borrowing it from a friend and failing to read it.

After failing to read it the first time I went into my local Comic shop, Gosh Comics (they’re awesome) and had a conversation with someone there about Alan Moore and his inability to write anything bad. It was at this point that I admitted to not finishing From Hell and was chastised for it. It was actually a little more complex than this and I came away feeling a little stupid.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, I have to say that I think From Hell is probably the best Graphic Novel I’ve read. I didn’t think I would like the artist style at first, a sort of haphazard mess of etchy lines. It really pulls you in though, from the quieter moments to the grusome hacky slashy ripper moments, it all comes together really nicely. Eddie Campbell is an exceptional artist and I have to say I’m looking forward to reading Alec a lot.

The rest is also really great, it drags you in and I think it helps that I’ve grown up and live in London. Being able to recognise parts of London in Campbell’s art and relate to all the places the murders took place. Learning about Hawksmoor’s churches and wondering how much of the whole thing is fact and how much is thought up from Alan Moore’s magnificent mind.

I’m really looking forward to reading the appendix and doing a bit of research into Hawksmoor, the murders and the masonic cut on the whole thing.