Feb 27th 2013 By: Joseph Hughes
While it may not have ever reached the same level of recognition as Watchmen
or V for Vendetta
, Alan Moore's From Hell
-- his collaboration with artist Eddie Campbell, which speculated on the possible identity and motivations of infamous 19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper -- is considered by some to be the writer's greatest work. Now, he and Campbell are revisiting the legendary comic, as Top Shelf Productions has announced The From Hell Companion, set to arrive in stores this spring.
Developed by Moore and Campbell over the course of a decade, From Hell was originally serialized from 1989 to 1996, before later being collected. The From Hell Companion, published by Top Shelf in collaboration with Knockabout Comics, will chronicle much of what took place between writer and artist during their 10 year collaboration. The new collection is set to include a selection of Moore's scripts and sketches for the book, plus annotations, commentary and illustrations by Campbell, and more.
From Top Shelf's website
"Here for the first time are a set of pages, including some of Moore's greatest writing, which have never been seen by anyone except his collaborator. Joining them are Campbell's first-hand accounts of the project's decade-long development, complete with photos, anecdotes, disagreements, and wry confessions."
While the selling point for most will almost certainly be the never-before-seen pages of script from Moore, the commentary from Campbell will likely serve as an equally -- if not superior -- entertaining and enlightening addition to the book. Fans of the creator's work on his Alec
series know that Campbell is an extremely capable writer in his own right, and his insight on this seminal work is certain to be engaging.
The From Hell Companion
is due in stores this May. Top Shelf has also provided a preview, which you can check out below.
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