Guest Post: Is Providence Moore’s Riposte To True Detective?

By Edward Saul

Providence #11 Portrait variant, art by Jacen Burrows
Providence #11 Portrait variant, art by Jacen Burrows

Excitement abounds for we enthusiasts of Alan Moore, HP Lovecraft and Weird Fiction, as the crashing denouement to Providence looms overhead. Considering that the exact release date for Providence #11, let alone #12, is aptly unknowable, now is the prime time for speculation. Such speculation should not, of course, be limited merely to theorizing on what happens next, but could also stretch to the overall motives and meanings behind the series, and how that might predict what happens next.

This can be logical and precise, based on the evidence presented; those of us eagle-eyed readers, for instance, had by the release issue #3 or #4 realized that Prof. Alvarezs comparison of Robert Black with that other Herald reporter who found Dr. Livingstone was subtly foreshadowing Blacks inevitable encounter with Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Equally, it is also possible that such theories become outlandish, echoing the excesses of 9/11 truthers in their drawing together of thick black lines between distant, disparate dots. Or, rarely, there might be a happy medium between the two.

I put it to you, fellow readers: Providence isnt just about Lovecraft, his fiction, its meanings and its impact. Its also a riposte to True Detective Season 1.

Stay with me here.

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Providence Is Out! Basic Issue One Annotations Posted

Providence #1, Page13, panel 2 detail - art by Jacen Burrows
Providence #1, Page13, panel 2 detail – art by Jacen Burrows

We’re still figuring things out and adding more detail, but we’ve published our basic annotations for the first issue of Providence.

Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ new H.P. Lovecraft comic Providence #1 was released two days ago, on Wednesday May 27. It’s the first chapter of a twelve issue series. Providence #1 references plenty of Lovecraft short stories, of course, mainly “Cool Air” and “The Horror at Red Hook”, plus Lovecraft antecedents including Robert W. Chambers’ 1895 book The King in Yellow and even Edgar Allen Poe’s Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 short story “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.”

The Providence #1 annotations page is here. Links to all Moore Lovecraft annotations, including Providence variant covers, Neonomicon, and much more, are found on this index pageContinue reading