Providence (Avatar Press)
Providence #1 cover, by Jacen Burrows
|Publication date||May 2015 – present|
|Number of issues||8 (of 12)|
William A. Christensen
|Act 1 Limited Edition||ISBN 1592912818|
Providence is a twelve-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Jacen Burrows, published by American company Avatar Press from 2015 to 2016. The story is both a prequel and sequel to Moore's previous story Neonomicon and part of HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
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Alan Moore heavily researched the series - in a six month period he acquired "nearly every book of [Lovecraft] criticism that’s been written".
|“||But what Providence is, is an attempt to write – at least, my attempt to write what I would consider to be a piece of ultimate Lovecraft fiction, in that it will be fiction, it will be a continuation of Neonomicon, it will in a sense be a prequel to that book, but it will also – slightly – be a sequel as well. It will be dealing with the world of Lovecraft’s American-based fiction||”|
The series is set in 1919 and centres on Robert Black, a Jewish writer initially working in New York as a reporter for the New York Herald. Black takes a leave of absence from his journalism career, with the intention of writing a Great American Novel using "the “Outsiders”, perhaps “occult Outsiders”—whom he is on the trail of across New England—as a metaphor for social outsiders".
The series has met with critical acclaim, holding an average score of 9.1 out of 10 at review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup.
The series is being collected into individual volumes:
- Providence Act 1 Limited Edition Hardcover (collects Providence #1-4, Avatar Press, 160 pages, May 2016, 978-1592912810)
- "Alan Moore’s Providence Revealed". Avatar Press. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Ó Méalóid, Pádraig (April 16, 2013). "Interview: Alan Moore on Providence, Jerusalem, League and more – Part 1". Comics Beat. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
- Talbot, Nick (31 August 2014). "All About Alienation: Alan Moore On Lovecraft And Providence". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "Alan Moore Writes A Gay, Jewish Protagonist For Providence To Address Lovecraft’s Prejudices". Bleeding Cool. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "Providence". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- Providence at Avatar Press
- Providence at the Grand Comics Database
- Providence at the Comic Book DB
- Fischer, Craig (February 3, 2016). "Providence: Lovecraft, Sexual Violence, and the Body of the Other". The Comics Journal.
- Moore, Alan. "Alan Moore Talks About Providence". PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016.
- Whittaker, David (June 19, 2015). "“Leng. We’re All on Leng”: Alan Moore’s Providence and the Cthulhu Mythos". Sequart.