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Previous part,
http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4057465.html

It's roughly 100 years since the last part of the story, and after nearly a thousand years Xanadu has returned to England. And considering she's decided to settle in Whitechapel in 1888, you can probably see where this is going...

Xanadu has settled in the parish of Whitechapel, and is attempting to stop the recent wave of 'orrible murders that have plagued the impoverished women in the area. Her attempts involve both her developing a friendly relationship with the people in the area as well as trying to use her magical skills to divine the culprit.

While she's out on her nightly patrol, having sent a little girl back home to her parents before she befalls the murderers (and worse) that prey on young street children of the time period, she bumps into an old friend...







Ignoring the Stranger's cryptic remarks, Xanadu approaches the man inspecting the murders (Inspector Abberline) to offer her assistance (something that allegedly did happen in the initial investigation by the way) and things progress in the usual fashion. The Dear Boss letter, the formation of Viglance Committees (vigilante groups formed to hunt down the murderer/potential scapegoats) and misleading rumours are all present though the Stranger seemingly doesn't help matters much.

Indeed, he magics up the "Juwes" message onto a wall knowing specifically that the policeman above Abberline will have the message erased to keep the populous attacking Whitechapel's large Jewish community. When Xanadu challenges him about this, the Stranger said that he didn't do it because he was racist, he did it because he needed to add more confusion to the mix and prevent the murderer from being arrested for just a little bit longer.

A little while later, when the fifth and final victim (an Irishwoman called Mary Kelly who Xanadu was on good terms with) is killed, the sorceress finds herself arriving too late to prevent her friend's death.







The Stranger then finds Jack the Ripper, and makes him fall through an open man-hole, where he's then eaten alive by rats in the sewers.

This "justice" against the lunatic tool of fate inflicted by PS remains unknown to Xanadu though, whose love/friendship with the Stranger has now been poisoned by his inactions here. So she makes a moppet of him, wrapping it in a piece of his cloak that she managed to snag when he wasn't looking...



The Stranger's actions don't really cause the creation of superheroes in this issue, it being more fallout from Nimue's actions in the last issues. Kind of makes you wonder if the great disaster PS was warning Nimue about was actually the birth of Jason Blood's half-demonic dictatorial son and NOT the fall of Camelot as Nimue thought...

Also puts her and Etrigan/Jason's relationship in a weird light in Demon Knights.

Date: 2012-10-23 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
I don't know about the rest of you, but the Stranger's outfits might be my favorite part of this. I love that they're all just updated versions of the same basic thing, that sort of thing amuses me.

Date: 2012-10-24 03:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
Right there with you.

Date: 2012-10-23 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Though this isn't a particularly bad example, I do wish that writers would just leave Jack the Ripper alone as a plot device, it's just very, very tired and overused.

Date: 2012-10-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
I say the same thing about Zeus being someone's father.

Date: 2012-10-24 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jeyl
Wonder Girl?

Date: 2012-10-24 02:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
Jason Stratham
.... sexy zeus? :D

i did not even see that until now... now i can' unsee it... i am not sure i dislike this problem :D

Date: 2012-10-24 05:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azure_flame_god003
How about vampire Jack the Ripper?

Date: 2012-10-24 09:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
I really enjoyed Anno Dracula and actually liked the book's handling of the Dracula canon and the Jack the Ripper plot was awesome.

I really was enjoying it till the end...that was...Something.

Date: 2012-10-24 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
god i am reallylvoing this series :D thanks for this :D

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