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Providence Act 1

(Providence #1-4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a tru ...more
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 160 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Avatar (first published May 1st 2015)
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A story walking between reality and dream.

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review.

This TPB edition collects “Providence” #1-4, BUT the review that I am doing is covering the whole 12 issues of the maxi-series..

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrator: Jacen Burrows

Letterer: Kurt Hathaway


The first thing that I got amazed that I read the first comic book issue of this maxi-series was to find,
David Schaafsma
Providentially Speaking

Alan Moore’s series Providence is a dense and complex literary work. And after reading things from Moore like Top Ten and Swamp Thing, it feels at least initially tonally subtle and almost subdued, thanks in part to the elegant drawing of Jacen Burrows and the muted lovely coloring of Juan Rodriguez. As with Moore’s most ambitious works, it is meticulously researched; if you have no acquaintance with either the ideas or works of H. P. Lovecraft, if you know nothing about N
Sam Quixote
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows reunite to follow-up their Lovecraftian horror comic, Neonomicon, with a prequel of sorts: Providence - and it’s not half bad!

Set in 1919 New England, journalist Robert Black decides to write about a supposedly cursed book, Sous Le Monde (“Under the World”), which seems to kill everyone it comes in contact with. Black’s research sends him on a trail into the blighted netherworlds of the unspeakable darkness…, y’know, HP Lovecraft stuff!

You’ll definitely enjoy Provi
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Oof! I was excited to read this. Alan Moore's take on H.P. Lovecraft. Sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, it was a real slog to get through. The entire book consisted of two people talking, interspersed with 10 pages of indecipherable handwritten prose at the end of each issue. I gave up on the prose after the first 2 issues when I realized it's just a recap on what I had just read from the narrator's perspective. Jacen Burrows's art is great, but completely wasted on the setting of the book. (Hey ...more
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One of the weirder, more complex works by Moore in a while.

What I did like: the history, the horror, the finely detailed artwork, the creepy characters, that persistent feeling of dread and the world being against you, the conspiracy and mystery and occult.

What I didn't like: 30 pages of barely legible prose, the agonizing pacing. I understand this is mystery and classic horror, but damn.

I will definitely read on, but Moore needs to quicken the pace and excite me more.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: avatar, comics
Well, shit.

I do generally like Alan Moore's writing. Watchmen, of course, is a masterpiece, and V for Vendetta was very influential for me, even if, as a comic, it didn't age particularly well. Killing Joke is an all-time classic. Swamp Thing — early volumes, at least — is a very imaginative series with a lot of great stories to tell.

That said, the man does like to get up his own ass. The last volume of Miracleman, the final couple of volumes of Swamp Thing, every volume of League of Extraordina
Jedi JC Daquis
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ooh a Jacen Burrows and Alan Moore book! Why not? Having read Neonomicon years ago, Providence provides another healthy and more detailed dose of Lovecraftian mythos to readers who are craving for such, seamlessly amalgamated to american witchcraft culture.

Providence is definitely not a read for everybody. It is not for easy reading. Providence requires some sitting and an ample amount of rest in between in order to fully digest what the material offers to its readers. As the back cover says, Pr
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
I have always enjoyed Alan Moore's writing. Providence is yet another of his truly interesting books. Eschewing sci-fi, Moore decides to tackle the horror genre by telling a tale of a reporter looking into events that are a true homage to H.P. Lovecraft.

Moore meant Providence to be a fusion of research into the America of 1919 and Lovecraft's concepts. Beautifully illustrated and with a wonderful story to back it up, this is a wonderful read. The strangeness of these places and the characters wh
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Ewing
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I re-read this in preparation for the imminent final issue. It's still one of my favourite comics of the last few years, and my favourite thing Moore's done for well over a decade. His encounter with Lovecraft creates a space where he can indulge his most Moore-ish habits and interests - magic, the nature of creativity, spotting patterns and connections, prolix stylistic pastiche, formal comics game-playing, and more - in ways that feel more productive and thematically appropriate than they some ...more
Jerry Jose
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I officially forgive Moore for Neonomicon. This love letter for the horror of unknown is classy, layered, well inked and filled with passing references to the mythos and influences, starting from it's title. Though Moore brands the series, both as a sequel and prequel to The Courtyard and Neonomicon, I found the early 20th century Providence eerily similar to Lovecraft’s actual historical city, and in slow terraformation with his fictional world.

Every issue of the series so far, opened and close
Gianfranco Mancini

"L'abitatore del buio", "L'orrore a Red Hook", "La maschera di Innsmouth", "I sogni nella casa stregata", "L'orrore di Dunwich".

Se avete letto uno o piú di questi racconti di Lovecraft, "Il Re in Giallo" di Chambers o altre storie dei "Miti di Cthulhu", dovete assolutamente leggere questa graphic novel.
Una vera e propria lettera d'amore dedicata al solitario di Providence, dove personaggi ambientazioni ed atmosfere lovecraftiane vengono destrutturate e rielaborate da Alan Moore in maniera eccels
Amy (Other Amy)
They's a hindrance, thuh both of 'um. On'y reason they's heeyuh is cuz it's haow the story's gotta be. In the 'deemer story, s'gotta be thuh crazy granpappy, un' thuh whaht-faced wummum, un' thuh bad-lookin' bwoy. Thet's whah ah ain't wamin' tuh yu. Yur aht uv a diff'run' story awlduhgethuh.

In the end, I have to agree with Willard Wheatley . (view spoiler)
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed Moore's Lovecraft-related works to date, and here, he's going all out, with a series that seems like an intermingling of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (though with a focus on the characters of Lovecraft's stories) with the detailed history of From Hell. Main character, Robert Black, is a struggling journalist in New York who fancies himself a bit of a writer, and as he stumbles upon a series of increasingly strange incidents, he gets drawn deeper and deeper into a creepy ...more
Berna Labourdette
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Obviando la parte de fan absoluta de Moore, esta es una obra maestra. No sólo por cómo integra Moore la mitología lovecraftiana (personajes, historias, situaciones) a una historia mayor, el cuidado que pone en ir construyendo una historia de iniciación que no sea un mero pastiche para fans de Lovecraft, sino también en el esmerado arte que ocupa Burrows para representar un horror que siempre en las historias fue velado y que ahora despliega a toda página (ojo en especial con la maravillosa forma ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, avatar
Do you like H.P. Lovecraft? Do you like Alan Moore? Than this book is for you!

I enjoyed this first volume more than I thought I would to be honest. I wasn't really sure Alan Moore still had it in him, but I was proven wrong. This book is really well done and a fun read for fans of Lovecraft's more mature readers. This isn't a quick read though. Be prepared to read Robert Black's dairy and other material similar to Alan Moore's style of books with-in comic books. You can skip them maybe, but they
Mattia Ravasi
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series review

Clearly the work of someone who has absorbed every minutiae of Lovecraft's plots and cosmology, and all the complexities of his worldview. That a few of the series features (those journal entries, the last few chapters) do not fully convince me does not mean I am not in awe of this project.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A tremendous read that won't be for everyone, mostly due to its slow pace and abundance of non-illustrated text, both of which are essential for this story to be told. I certainly have not come close to reading all of Moore's work, nor do I like everything I have read, but this series looks to stand among his strongest work, made even more so by the outstanding artwork of Jacen Burrows. This is a very adult-oriented book, one you have to take your time with, but also one that's a rich reading ex ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Providence is another of Alan Moore's excursions into Cultural-History-by-way-of-Genre-Fiction. Instead of the Cold War-era American superheroes of Watchmen or the Victorian-era adventure figures of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, we get Post-WWI America and the Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Each issue in this volume is a riff on a different Lovecraft story ("Cool Air," "The Horror at Red Hook," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," and "The Dunwich Horror").

Moore uses the opportunity to groun
Charles Dee Mitchell
Alan Moore's inventive Lovecraft variations are just about done in by his narrative devices. The principle story, illustrated by the estimable Jacen Burrows, has Robert Black, a young reporter for the New York Herald circa 1920, set off in search of a suitably sensational story for his demanding editor. The quest will lead Mr. Black into Lovecraft territory from Red Hook in Brooklyn to the depths of New England. In the process, he leaves the newspaper to work on his undefined novel, which I imag ...more
James Armstrong
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
More recently, it's hard to ignore the fact that many (not all) of the authors that emulate Lovecraft not only fall into the trap of writing hackneyed pastiches but also (perhaps as a result of the publishing industry) use the 'Lovecraftian mythos' buzz-phrase to piggyback off of and increase their readership. Add to this the over-saturation of Lovecraft's creations into popular culture - everything from Cthulu on South Park, to cute Shoggoths on t-shirts or as cuddly toys - and you have a gener ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had too much coffee a few hours before going to bed last night, so of course, awake at 2, I turned to reading this. It seemed more focused than some of Alan Moore's previous work, and the blend between comics and written narrative was fascinating. It does have a mood and menace that reminds me of Lovecraft, with only occasional scenes of horror displayed in relation to the narrator's bisexual exploits and his attempts to write a novel about underground occultism in New England. The visit to th ...more
Rjurik Davidson
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Years ago I first read Alan Moore's early work, and I recall the visionary intensity of it, the structural and narrative ingenuity. Miracleman, Swamp Thing, V of Vendetta, Watchmen -- I'm a big fan of these. His later work, for me, lacked the same vitality, and somewhere along the way I stopped reading him. For me, this fell somewhere in between the two eras. It's, so far, pretty standard Lovecraftian stuff: a journalist who is led on a trail into the occult secrets of New England, hidden books ...more
Elizabeth A
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, graphix
The works of Alan Moore are hit or miss for me, and this one is a miss. I think this is partly my fault, as I don't know or understand the works/memes it's paying homage to or building upon, so it's probably just me. There are some cool aspects to this comic series. I quite liked some sections of the story and the art is good throughout. However, I really did not like the stories within stories in this one. While I'm usually a fan of journals, in this case, the journal pages were in a font that ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore y H.P. Lovecraft en la misma coctelera es una oferta demasiado tentadora como para dejarla pasar. Moore capta la esencia de los Mitos de Cthulhu y los lleva a su terreno. Las extensas cantidades de texto marca de la casa añadidas al final de cada capítulo crean una intrahistoria que se complementa perfectamente con las viñetas para añadir una mayor profundidad a los personajes principales.
Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
Me ha encantado. No coge simplemente las historias de poe sino que las consigue hilar todas y pasar de una a otra de una forma increíble.
Los dibujos alucinantes.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Alan Moore tackles Lovecraft and adds new layers of history and mystery to the mythos. A deconstruction that is as exquisite as it is deliciously and insidiously satirical and menacing.
Quentin Wallace
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is being touted as "the Watchmen of horror", and while I wouldn't go quite that far it is one of the rare comics that pushes the boundaries between pop entertainment and literature.

This comic series is Alan Moore's take on the Lovecraft Mythos, but rather than just write a patische he is taking a different approach and building this story around Lovecraft's work directly. A writer is researching a book and searching for the Necronomicon even though I don't think the book has been called tha
Simeon Berry
The Lovecraft call-outs are pretty wonderful, but the handwritten script of the interpolated diary entries is hard to read, and almost entirely superfluous, as they mostly recapitulate events which were just shown graphically. It makes me sad, because half of the book is wasted with these tiring and soppy meanderings. My heart sank whenever I turned the page and found another leaden, indigestible mass of prose.

Moore's ear for the diction of Lovecraft's universe--the creepy rural dialects, the f
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

As a comics writer, Moor

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