I am a visionary. A veteran and orchestrator of every significant war mankind has ever had. And I will continue to shape the world for the war of tomorrow.
After running in Taboo 2—7 —Moore and Campbell moved the project to its own series, published first by Tundra Publishingthen by Kitchen Sink Press. The series was published in ten volumes between andand an appendix, From Hell: The Dance of the Gull-catchers, was published in The entire series was collected in a trade paperback and published by Eddie Campbell Comics in ; trade paperback and hardcover versions are now published by Top Shelf Productions in the United States and Knockabout Comics in the UK.
The annotations are followed by an epilogue in comics format, The Dance of the Gull-Catchers, in which Moore and Campbell expand on the various theories of the Ripper crimes and the likelihood—or rather, the near-impossibility—of the true identity of the culprit ever being established.
Queen Victoria becomes aware of the marriage and has Albert separated forcibly from his wife, whom she places in an asylum.
Her father believes the child to be his through an incestuous relationship with his daughter. After Queen Victoria learns of the blackmail attempt, Gull is once again enlisted, this time to silence the group of women who are threatening the crown.
Gull, a high-ranking Freemasonbegins a campaign of violence against the four women, brutally murdering them with the aid of a carriage driver, John Netley.
As the killings progress, Gull becomes more and more psychologically unhinged, until he finally has a full psychic vision of the future while murdering Kelly. The story also serves as an in-depth character study of Gull; exploring his personal philosophy and motivation, and making sense of his dual role as royal assassin and serial killer.
Later, Gull forces the semi-literate Netley to write the infamous From Hell letter which lends the work its title. Following this, several people write letters to the police claiming to be the murderer, and the nickname " Jack the Ripper " becomes a household name.
Gull has a number of transcendent experiences in the course of the murders, culminating with a vivid vision of what London will be like a century after the last murder. It is implied that, through his grisly activities, male dominance over femininity is assured, and the 20th century is thus given its dominant form, though Gull finds it disgusting nevertheless.
Inspector Frederick Abberline investigates the Ripper crimes without success until a fraudulent psychic, Robert James Leesacting on a personal grudge against Gull, identifies him as the murderer. Gull confesses, and Lees and Abberline, shocked, report the matter to superiors within the police, who cover up the discovery.
They inform both Abberline and Lees that Gull was operating alone, and gripped by insanity. Gull is tried by a secret Freemasonic council, which determines he is insane; Gull, for his own part, refuses to submit to the council, informing them that no man amongst them may be counted as his peer, and may not therefore judge the "mighty work" he has wrought.
A phony funeral is staged, Gull is imprisoned under a pseudonym "Thomas Mason", and the Freemasons frame boarding school teacher Montague Druitt as a suspect, killing him and making it look like suicide.
She is apparently able to see his spirit and abjures him to begone "back to Hell". Women had power over men once, Gull believes, and the irrational, Dionysian unconscious mind once dominated the rational, Apollonian conscious mind.
Moore cites writers such as Marilyn French and Robert Graveswho argue as the fictional Gull does that women held both political and religious power prior to the rise of patriarchal religions such as Christianity. All time co-exists, and it is only the limits of our perception that make it appear to progress.
Sequences of related events can be seen as shapes in the fourth dimension: Moore had earlier explored similar ideas in Watchmenwhere Doctor Manhattan perceives past, present and future simultaneously, and describes himself as "a puppet who can see the strings". Also, they prefigure a lot of the horrors of the 20th century.
He notes that the s saw the Mahdi uprisings, the first time the Western world had to face militant Islamic fundamentalism ; physicists were beginning to make discoveries that would pave the way to the atomic bomb ; and the growth of both Zionism and anti-Semitism.
The period of the killings coincides with the conception of Adolf Hitler and the final scene alludes to the outbreak of World War II. After the final murder, during which Gull has an extended vision of s England, Gull says, "It is beginning, Netley.
For better or worse, the twentieth century. I have delivered it. During one murder, scenes from the killing are interspersed with scenes from a nearby meeting of a socialist club, addressed by William Morriswhere a portrait of Karl Marx comes to dominate the scene.
In his appendix, Moore sardonically expresses regret that England never had a revolution as France did. Just about every notable figure of the period is connected with the events in some way, from "Elephant Man" Joseph Merrick to Oscar Wildefrom the Native American writer Black Elk to William Morristhe artist Walter Sickert to Aleister Crowleywho makes a brief appearance as a young boy in short trousers, sucking on a candy cane, and lecturing the police about magic.
According to his notes in his appendix, Moore was somewhat inconsistent with how "historically accurate" the events within the graphic novels are. On one hand, he revealed that he had actually written an entire scene where Abberline gets into an argument with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley ; he rewrote it after research revealed that Buffalo Bill had left England by the time of the murders.
On the other hand, again according to his own notes, he had William Morris appear in London on the night of one of the murders, although historical records show he was out of town that night. Morris, however, does not interact with any of the characters, but is simply seen reading his poem "Love Is Enough", while Gull murders Elizabeth Stride in the alley below.
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