But From Hell, which I now had the chance to read in English, makes most other comics pale by comparison. It is so rich, so detailed, with so many layers behind the simple "Jack the Ripper" story, that two readings are the MINIMUM.
Basing his story on the Stephen Knight royal conspiracy theory, Alan Moore proceeds to narrate a disturbing story, in which the killings, purportedly performed to hide the scandal of an unexpected royal baby, are implemented as a grand Masonic ritual to ensure male dominance over the female aspect of society, well explained by Sir Gull during the tour of London's monumental landmarks, in which he explains Netley, the dumb carriage driver, his insane but ambitious agenda.
Several famous characters do appearances in the background, from Oscar Wilde to William Blake, even Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man), not to mention the funny meeting with Aleister Crowley, already depicted as someone who shouldn't be treated lightly, despite being, at the time, just a plump kid sucking on a candy cane.
Along with Alan Moore's script, Eddie Campbell's nervous drawings are the best possible choice for a story set amidst the grim poverty that afflicted London's East End at the end of the XIX Century.
This is a such a powerful work that anyone who isn't disturbed by the human mind potential sickness should read it. Twice.
Oh, and of course the movie is crap....Continua