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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 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.[2][3]

Providence #1 cover, by Jacen Burrows
Publication information
PublisherAvatar Press
FormatLimited series
Publication dateMay 2015 – April 2017
No. of issues12 (of 12)
Creative team
Created byAlan Moore
Jacen Burrows
Written byAlan Moore
Artist(s)Jacen Burrows
Letterer(s)Kurt Hathaway
Colorist(s)Juan Rodriguez
Editor(s)Jim Kuhoric
William A. Christensen
Collected editions
Act 1 Limited EditionISBN 1592912818



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".[4]

Publication historyEdit

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

Collected editionsEdit

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Alan Moore's Providence Revealed". Avatar Press. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ Talbot, Nick (31 August 2014). "All About Alienation: Alan Moore On Lovecraft And Providence". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Alan Moore Writes A Gay, Jewish Protagonist For Providence To Address Lovecraft's Prejudices". Bleeding Cool. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Providence". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved February 22, 2016.

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