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Providence (2015) #11

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Reading this issue of Providence, I expected a lot of things. Moore didn’t do any of them. Even when he hinted at maybe doing something in the direction of an expectation, he didn’t do it. He weaves this beautiful closure to everything he’s been doing not related to the Lovecraft. And he gets to the Lovecraft too a little bit, but it’s less subtle. It’s not forceful, but it is more obvious to the reader. The other things, as they relate to Robert Black specifically, aren’t obvious to the reader or to Black. But the comic isn’t just about Robert Black’s story, it’s about Lovecraft and the Lovecraft world and what Moore’s doing with this series. Providence is about Providence.

Moore takes the pomposity associated with Watchmen, pomposity he never intended that comic to sustain, and he applies it to Providence. Providence is big. Alan Moore’s comics for Avatar are downright cinematic and this issue of Providence is a CinemaScope epic complete with musical accompaniment. I should probably listen to the song.

Yeah, listen to the song and read it again.

But the point is that Moore does something big and unexpected. He’s got an entirely different finish for Providence than he suggested. And given the importance of the commonplace book, it was definitely meant to be awesome, but also be distracting. Moore has distracted the reader just as Black has been distracted. It’ll be interesting to read it through again.

Great art from Burrows, of course. A perfect issue of Providence, which is just about as perfect as a comic can be.

2 responses to “Providence (2015) #11”

  1. Matthew Hurwitz

    The oddest thing about this issue is that it never really has a “scary” scene. Issue 1 doesn’t either, but it’s setting things up.

  2. V Wiley

    By giving us an “ending” to Robert Black’s story with one issue to go, Moore gets even more ambitious than I could of imagined. Should of suspected it, and in the meantime, he’s made me even more anxious for the “ending” of a series that manages to outstrip it’s premises.

    While many other comic writers don’t have the chops Moore does (not their fault), I just wish they could be just a fraction as ambitious as he is.

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