A nice dose of the flu these last couple of weeks has kept me from reading much more than comic books, and this hefty collection by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell occupied me for a while.It's a retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders as a series of masonic rituals conducted by an insane royal physician trying to cover up the misdeeds of Queen Victoria's grandson. Taking a total of sixteen episodes, the book follows victims, killers, and investigators through a bewildering number of London locales. As the magical theme progresses, the locales become even stranger, mixing nineteenth and twentieth century cityscapes alongside grisly murder scenes. Alan Moore's story is well-paced, and his physician is an intriguing character, but I'm not convinced that this is the great graphic novel other reviewers have claimed it to be. The prime fault is Eddie Campbell's art which is workmanlike and even striking at times, but more often so sketchy and crudely drawn it seems he simply forgot to go back over the panels. Still, if you don't mind the cover price, it's a fairly entertaining work if a bit pedantic with its appendices. Iain Sinclair's novel White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, however, covers similar territory in a much more intriguing manner.