Providence (Avatar Press)
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 2017. The story is both a prequel and sequel to Moore's previous stories Neonomicon and The Courtyard, and is part of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
Providence #1 cover, by Jacen Burrows
|Publication date||May 2015 – April 2017|
|No. of issues||12 (of 12)|
|Created by||Alan Moore|
|Written by||Alan Moore|
William A. Christensen
|Act 1 Limited Edition||ISBN 1592912818|
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The series is set in 1919 and centres on Robert Black, a gay 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".
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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 being collected into individual volumes:
- Providence Act 1 Limited Edition Hardcover (collects Providence #1-4, Avatar Press, 160 pages, May 2016, 978-1592912810)
- Providence Act 2 Limited Edition Hardcover (collects Providence #5-8, Avatar Press, 176 pages, June 2017, 978-1592912926)
- Providence Act 3 Limited Edition Hardcover (collects Providence #9-12, Avatar Press, 144 pages, September 2017, 978-1592912933)
The series has met with critical acclaim, holding an average score of 9.3 out of 10 at review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup.
- "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.
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