It’s difficult to guess where Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows will take Providence after just one issue and about a dozen upcoming covers. As various people have been said to have said, prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Or even about the near-future-past of the futuristic fictional past.
We’ve been trying to keep our Providence annotations grounded in what is already in the comic, without a lot of speculation about what’s next. We’ve been starting to see some ideas of what’s possibly to come in the comments of Providence #1 annotations… so we figured open up a discussion here at this post.
At the risk of expecting that I will look foolish later, I’ll kick it off with a two of my personal observations and questions… [Warning: SPOILERS!]
- The seemingly halfway-easy predictions: “So much of this is made of books” (Providence #1, Page 32.) I think that the Arab book will lead Black to Robert Suydam, which wraps him into H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Horror at Red Hook.” The Red Hook dance hall church, in nearby Brooklyn, is on the Providence #2 cover. Then it looks like Innsmouth (of Lovecraft’s story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth“) is in store for Providence #3, based on these two covers. The path from Red Hook to Innsmouth potentially goes through the “J. Edgar Hoover circus freak” photo (image here – from The Courtyard #1, P22,p2) which could be one of the Deep Ones come to Red Hook from Innsmouth. Then I wonder how it all ends up getting to Providence, Rhode Island.
- I’ve been going back and forth on what’s going on Providence #1 Page 26 – the second to last comics page. It’s the last page we see Robert Black, where he says “I… uh… I-I know that he [Russell] read Sous Le Monde.” I initially interpreted this as Robert Black’s naivete and superstition. He was ignoring that he had just dumped Russell, thinking that Sous Le Monde had killed Russell. This would make for a slightly supernatural ending for an otherwise not necessarily at all supernatural issue #1. After reading Raúl Moreno’s comment, though, now I think it looks more like Black is being “knowingly dishonest” (see P21,p4) and lying to try to throw his newspaper colleagues off from looking for a motive for Russell’s suicide, because this could lead them to discovering Black’s closeted homosexuality. I put the question out on Reddit, and respondents thought it’s possible that both of these are true…
Readers – What do you think?