There is barely any new material in it for us die-hard Providence fans, but this week saw the first collected editions of Moore and Burrows’ Providence. The limited edition hardcover Providence Act 1 costs $19.99. It is limited to 6666 copies.
Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence already had the cover posted at the miscellaneous Providence covers page. Many Cinema Purgatorio Kickstarter backers have received a special Willard Wheatley variant cover edition for Act 1. That cover is also posted at the miscellaneous covers page.
The collection preserves the issue-by-issue pagination by taking the individual comics’ back cover Lovecraft quotes and placing them on the back of each cover page (though these cover images are now chapter pages.) Page-turn reveals, including the peacock feather seller at the end of the second chapter, remain the way Moore and Burrows engineered them.
The back cover of Act 1 does includes a heretofore unseen Jacen Burrows illustration of the shed where the invisible John-Divine Wheatley resides. On the wall, of course, are the crayon drawings that appear interspersed in issue four’s Commonplace Book back matter.
We have not done a painstakingly detailed comparison, but we did spot one very minor correction in the new edition. In Chapter 1 P15,p1, the word balloon has been shifted upward two stories. We had noted this on our nitpicks page – so, perhaps, someone at Avatar Press read through those? Though they only changed that one nitpick, apparently. Avatar fixed a handful of Joe’s Crossed Plus One Hundred nitpicks when that collected edition came out last year.
How about you, our sharp-eyed readers? Have you spotted any other differences, corrections, revisions in the new collected edition?