From Hell

From an essay published in Post Road magazine, exploring Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's dark and dreadful graphic novel, From Hell, which posits a fictional solution to the Jack the Ripper case: 

"From Hell is horrific, but to dismiss it as simply a horror comic is to miss the point. Through numbing words and bleak pictures, Moore and Campbell paint a sweeping and resonant portrait of the times. My reference to the prostitutes as “poor working women” is made without irony. This novel is as much a numbing, socially-conscious paean to the plight of these destitute women as it is a speculative, true-crime narrative. Much is made of the staggering number of East End women who had no option but to prostitute themselves, and of the sheer hopelessness inherent in their line of work."