Review: From Hell

From HellFrom Hell by Alan Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something to be said for the rough style of this graphic novel. It goes quite well with the subject matter. There’s also a bit of – “oh, the gore’s it’s not so bad if it’s in black and white” like Hitchcock’s Psycho. And, like Psycho, there’s the added benefit of us being able to suspend more disbelief because it’s in black and white. Hitchcock used syrup or chocolate, I can’t remember, for the blood. Similarly, we can get caught up in the story and the gore without being taken out of it with the blood being the wrong color. Also, as I’ve mentioned on some of my reviews here and on , color affects the way you interpret the comic – is it more cartoony or realistic. I remember a few years back hearing someone having issues with a sci-fi comic because the palette was all wrong. All that said, the lack of color and the rough drawings sometimes made it hard for me to keep track of who was who.

I’m sure, like most of his other stories, the movie is a departure from his comic vision, but now I’d like to give the movie a viewing.

I don’t know if this goes without saying, but this book is not for kids – it has profanity, explicit sex, and crazy violence.

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