Is From Hell Now Part Of Valiant Universe Continuity?

From Hell is probably my favourite graphic novel to date. The quality of the comic all gets jumbled up in the time I was reading it, the revelations about how stories could be told, and that I was living near where the comic was mostly set at the time, and I find myself rereading it most years. I have a page up on my office wall, and exhibited that page at the Harrods Comic Art exhibition I curated a few years ago.

Even walking around London, past certain churches, monuments, public squares and bridges, I find myself flashing back to Eddie Campbell's portrayals of those scenes, and The Shard building seems to take new significance in the light of Alan Moore's architectural analysis.

So I have a kind of From Hell radar sense. But anyone with a cursory glance at the book might do a double take if they are flicking through today's Archer & Armstrong #16 and the church of the Murder Saints, alongside other famous killers.


Well, that would be Royal Physician and Jack The Ripper, William Gull, in the fashion portrayed by Moore and Campbell. Now, Moore has stated that he doesn't believe Gull was the Ripper, just that it made for the best story.

Well, now From Hell is in Valiant Universe continuity… whether it wants to be or not. Here's hoping Gull's  time travelling spirit makes an appearance in Harbinger, knocking over a vase or something.

Or maybe not.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.


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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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