Written By Alan Moore Art by Jacen Burrows Hardback
It is for a very good reason that Alan Moore is such an icon and regarded as the best proponent of comics in the UK if not worldwide, and Providence is Moore at his best. The protagonist is Robert Black, a reporter who quits his job in preparation for the writing of his first novel ‘Marblehead: An American Undertow’. He takes a cross-country trip trying to track down a copy of ‘Hali’s Booke of Wisdom’, an ancient tome said to drive men mad. This brings him into contact with various members of the secretive occult group the ‘Stella Sapiente’, many of whom will doubtless be familiar to fans of Lovecraft.
Moore’s great skill is in bringing those unnamable horrors out of the shadows, commenting on the man, his work and his times. The dichotomy of HPL being the quintessential outsider yet being horribly intolerant of anything he considered to be “other” – whether race, religion, gender or sexuality – is something Moore is confronting here with bracing conviction, nuance and thoughtfulness. This limited print hardback collects issues 1-4 of the series.