Providence (Avatar Press)

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Providence #1 cover, by Jacen Burrows
Publication information
Publisher Avatar Press
Format Limited series
Publication date May 2015 – present
Number of issues 8 (of 12)
Creative team
Writer(s) Alan Moore
Artist(s) Jacen Burrows
Letterer(s) Kurt Hathaway
Colorist(s) Juan Rodriguez
Creator(s) Alan Moore
Jacen Burrows
Editor(s) Jim Kuhoric
William A. Christensen
Collected editions
Act 1 Limited Edition ISBN 1592912818

Providence is a twelve-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Jacen Burrows,[1] 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.[2][3]

Publication history

Alan Moore heavily researched the series - in a six month period he acquired "nearly every book of [Lovecraft] criticism that’s been written".[2]


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".[4]


The series has met with critical acclaim, holding an average score of 9.1 out of 10 at review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup.[5]

Collected editions

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)


  1. "Alan Moore's Providence Revealed". Avatar Press. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Talbot, Nick (31 August 2014). "All About Alienation: Alan Moore On Lovecraft And Providence". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Alan Moore Writes A Gay, Jewish Protagonist For Providence To Address Lovecraft's Prejudices". Bleeding Cool. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Providence". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved February 22, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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