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Charming and Appalling Wonder: Alan Moore’s Providence Ends Deep in the Heart of Lovecraft Country

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that ST Joshi appears as a character in the final issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. And yet, I was. Which just goes to show: never underestimate the ability of the Wizard of Northampton to keep his audience on its toes. Oh, and yes. Providence ended last week. After a brief delay, issue 12 finally hit the stands, and… This is most likely going to get a bit SPOILERY, just so you know. So if you’re uninitiated… if you [...]

The Multitudinous Mister Black: My Poor Reading of Providence (Hopefully) Redeemed

March 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

  So Alan Moore’s Providence… …has been kind of a vexing title for me. My reading of it has been a comedy of errors, from my underestimation of it in its earlier issues, to my many wrong ideas about where the story might be going, to (perhaps most embarrassingly) my mistaken belief that it was ending with issue ten. Well, now it really is ending, with the TWELFTH issue, which is due out this week. (EDIT: And the parade of mistakes continues! It looks like issue 12 got [...]

A Very Lovecraft Apocalypse: Alan Moore (Doesn’t) Bring Providence to a Close

August 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

So I was going to devote this week’s column to whittling down this giant stack of unreviewed funnybooks I’ve got sitting on my desk, a full month’s worth of comics I just haven’t gotten around to talking about. But then Alan Moore released a new issue of his meditation on HP Lovecraft, and well… That’s worth a whole column on its own… Providence 10 by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows Before we begin… I have a confession to make: I read this issue, and [...]

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Providence

June 2, 2016 // 3 Comments

So last night I fell asleep reading the new issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence. It’s never a good idea, reading that book before bed. When your brain is tired. Impressionable. About to launch off into several hours’ worth of subconscious meandering. Not because it’s scary, necessarily, but because, especially at this advanced point in the run, I’m keeping so much of its theme and plot and ties to HP Lovecraft biography and bibliography in my head, [...]

Just Another White Guy Talking About Feminism and Race

April 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

What an embarrassment of funnybook riches last week: Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One, the comics debut of journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates on Black Panther, and the latest issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. So… That’s a comic about a feminist icon, a comic about the first black super hero, and a comic about a massively influential horror author who never wrote about women and was a noted racist. Sometimes, these things just write themselves… Wonder [...]

Pickman’s Proletariat: Alan Moore Examines the Politics of Lovecraft

February 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Providence 7 by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows So I’ve come to the realization that I’ve been a bit lazy in my reading of this series. I mean, I knew there were greater depths to be plumbed. I just wasn’t plumbing them. In part, that’s because I’ve been hesitant to analyze it too deeply before it’s done. That would be like getting halfway through The Sound and the Fury and stopping to write a treatise on Faulkner’s use of the idiot man-child. But if [...]

Sex and the Starry Wisdom: Alan Moore’s Providence Hits a Disturbing New High

December 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

So I took a week off for Thanksgiving, with the full intention of writing up a big fat review of multiple comics for the week after, but then one of the books that came out Thanksgiving week drew me into its undertow, and I’ve been trying to write my review of it ever since. It’s complicated, and ugly, and compelling. The more I wrote, the more I saw in it, so I re-wrote, and re-wrote again, my opinions and impressions changing almost daily. I’m afraid that some of [...]

The A-List: Catching Up on Late Summer’s Best

September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

So while I’ve been vacationing and discussing the state of the funnybook business, the funnybooks themselves have been piling up. I’ve got a couple months’ worth of backlog sitting on my desk here, and it’s time to clear that out. So, without further ado… CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!! Providence 3&4, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows As Alan Moore gets deeper into his story here, the structure of the thing becomes clear. He’s giving us a tour of Lovecraft Country, [...]

Funnybooks in Brief

July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks. Bit of a time crunch, and my brain’s been insisting I write fiction instead of non. So this is gonna be quick. Ultra-mega-seriously-to-the-point quick. Which is a shame, because I read some very nice funnybooks this week. Like the haunting Russian Olive to Red King, the new OGN from Kathryn & Stuart Immonen. It came out a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to reading it this past weekend, and man. MAN. This is the Immonens’ best work, a [...]

Cool Air and Yellow Kings: Alan Moore’s Providence Debuts in Style

June 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Taking a quick detour from our magnum opus on Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers to talk about something that’s more along the lines of our usual fare… Providence 1, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows Any new book by The Wizard of Northhampton is kind of a big deal, but here we have what may constitute a major publishing event: the beginning of a new Alan Moore series of a depth and structure we haven’t seen since From Hell. That’s what he’s saying about it, anyway: [...]