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Providence Act 1 Final Printing HC (edition 2017)

by Alan Moore (Author)

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Title:Providence Act 1 Final Printing HC
Authors:Alan Moore (Author)
Info:Avatar Press (2017), 160 pages
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In 1919, Robert Black, a young journalist who wants to be a writer, decides to investigate the “concealed country” inside, or, to use the book’s metaphor, underneath the USA. He gathers material by gathering information on an occult society called the Stella Sapinete and the alchemical text, called in English “The Book of the Wisdom of the Stars.” His journey takes him from New York City to the docks of Salem to an isolated farm in north central Massachusetts.
This is a graphic novel and most of it is told in paneled drawings. But the reader is also favored with the contents of Robert Black’s commonplace book: his musings on what he (and the reader) experienced, his feelings, bisexual and otherwise, his dreams, documents he picks up on the way, the most memorable being the parish newsletter of the Church of St. Jude.

And, as you must have been waiting for, he includes his ideas for novels and stories. Like so many of us, he has no trouble thinking of great ideas, he just can’t figure how to provide the flesh and bone. He has the most success with an idea about a doughty young investigator following a trail of clues until he uncovers a horror that devours him. He shakes his head in his notes. Of course, the writer and the reader would want the character to continue to the end, but any believable character would turn tail and run the moment he realized where he was headed. The only reason he wouldn’t would be if he was in denial about the weird stuff he was seeing and if he became too invested in solving the mystery to quit. Yes, Robert Black thinks, that would solve his problem.
At which point, like most of my fellow readers, I hooted and sneered. Poor little character, who has read Guillot and Robert Chambers but never heard of H.P. Lovecraft. By the time this collection has ended, our hero has encountered one of the master’s few heroes and nine of his vilest villains. He has been in a super-cooled apartment and an underground lair complete with altar and demon and a waterfront full of people who look like fish and a deranged inbred family who talk to an invisible son and nothing has clicked.
Robert Black is not a very admirable young man so I have no reservations about watching him stick his head in the mouths of fiends. I do like how the great Alan Moore is making Lovecraft’s universe his own and I do like how he and artist Jacen Burrows are reimagining his people(s). ( )
1 vote Coach_of_Alva | Jul 10, 2017 |
nestles around Neonomicon to expand, elucidate, and deepen the narrative, converting this project to major work in the Alan Moore Works catalog. ( )
  macha | May 20, 2016 |
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