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Providence: Act 1

– tekijä: Alan Moore

Sarjat: Providence (Act 1)

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Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.… (lisätietoja)

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This was, like Neonomicon before it, just okay.

Once again, Moore is phenomenal at stitching together various Lovecraft stories, then weaving them into the characters he presents, or into the history, or sometimes even just walk-on cameos. So, it's fun to pick out all the easter eggs, even if some of them, once again, are just tossed in for the sake of one more easter egg.

But we're also still treated to awkward info-dump conversations. Strangers meet and become best friends in moments, and bend over backward to help each other. Maybe it was a much more polite generation that constantly opened their homes to complete strangers and then trusted them to be in the home by themselves. Maybe.

And there is a remarkably constant undercurrent of sex running throughout the story that often feels thrown in just so Moore can put a checkmark beside things like, straight sex? Check. Homosexuals? Check. Tits? Check. Dicks? Check.

Seems a little gratuitous at this point.

But what of the story? Well, the premise is solid: a young, ambitious, idealistic man—possibly gay, possibly bisexual—sets out to discover the alternative America and write about it.

But after some of his experiences, I don't understand how there can be an additional eight issues of this. Why doesn't he simply run screaming back to New York, thumb tucked firmly in mouth (okay, okay, I know. It's hard to scream with your thumb in your gob, but you catch my meaning).

So, it's an interesting, if hyper-sexualized reimagining of Lovecraft's mythos, but for now, I remain a touch underwhelmed. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
They's a hindrance, thuh both of 'um. On'y reason they's heeyuh is cuz it's haow the story's gotta be. In the 'deemer story, s'gotta be thuh crazy granpappy, un' thuh whaht-faced wummum, un' thuh bad-lookin' bwoy. Thet's whah ah ain't wamin' tuh yu. Yur aht uv a diff'run' story awlduhgethuh.

In the end, I have to agree with Willard Wheatley . That is, Wilbur Whateley from [b:The Dunwich Horror|20877339|The Dunwich Horror|H.P. Lovecraft|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|49451783]. I can't decide if the slight tweaking of names and places from Lovecraft's arsenal throughout this book is pleasantly persuasive or really, really annoying. I'm leaning toward the latter. Robert Black goes traipsing through the conglomerate world of Lovecraft's stories, pursuing a story that is arguably interesting in its own right, making observations of Lovecraft's world that would arguably be interesting in their own right, but Mr. Black unfortunately opens his mouth diary commonplace book, and it spoils the interesting parts entirely. (I was going to subject you to excerpts of the excerpts of pamphlets that Black also crams into his diary which spoil the interesting parts even more, but I've decided I don't have the energy.) That said, there's enough promise here that I'm going to try the next collection in the series and see if it gets any better. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
Alan Moore heeft mij nog nooit teleurgesteld. Het is bijna angstaanjagend wanneer ik een nieuw boek van hem oppak want wie weet is dit het boek dat mijn opperste bewondering voor deze auteur aan gruzelementen gaat helpen. Maar nee. Ook bij deze graphic novel is dat weer niet gebeurd.

Providence speelt zich af in het begin van de twintigste eeuw in wat op Amerika lijkt te zijn. Alle omgang tussen de hoofdpersoon en anderen voelt ongemakkelijk. Het is dan ook gebaseerd op de ideeën van HP Lovecraft. Samen met de kriebel die voortdurend onder je huid kruipt bij het lezen van Alan Moore zijn werk, kan het niet anders dan dat het boek mij achterlaat met een onaangenaam gevoel. Je kunt je dan afvragen waarom ik mijzelf dit aandoe. Het is het verhaal dat zo intrigeert dat ik dit onaangename gevoel voor lief neemt.

De tekeningen van Jacen Burrows zijn aan de ene kant klassiek wat beeldverhalen betreft. Het zijn de uitgesproken gezichten die het bijzonder maken. Deze fascineren en maakte dat ik bijna niet heel goed durfde te kijken naar de soms wel erge mismaaktheid.

De tekeningen worden afgewisseld met handgeschreven dagboekfragmenten van de hoofdpersoon en fragmenten uit boeken waarnaar gerefereerd wordt. Het maakt het verhaal nog meer levensecht.

Het pijnlijke is nu alleen dat dit deel een van drie delen is en ik deel drie wel op de kop heb weten te tikken maar dat deel twee nergens meer te krijgen lijkt te zijn. Ik blijf nog doorzoeken maar ik had niet gedacht dat ze zoiets moois als dit wat nog maar twee jaar oud is nu al niet meer uitbrengen. Superirritant. ( )
  Niekchen | Sep 14, 2019 |

Collecting the first four issues of Alan Moore's Providence series, itself apparently both prequel and sequel to his Neonomicon (which I haven't read) and very much tied in to the Lovecraft mythos (with which I am familiar but not expert). It's the story of Robert Black, a young New York journalist in 1919, Jewish and gay and hiding both, who travels to Rhode Island to investigate a mysterious cult. (But this is not our 1919, exactly.) Each of these four issues ties to a specific Lovecraft story - "Cool Air", "The Horror at Red Hook", "The Shadow over Innsmouth" and "The Dunwich Horror"; I knew the last two but not the first two.

As you expect with Moore, it's a layered text with many knowing references to 1919, 2015, Lovecraft and occultism in general, not to mention sexuality and race. I don't think I had come across Jacen Burrows before, but he successfully conveys 1919 both in our reality and when the moments of Lovecraftian horror come. I enjoyed it but did not really get into it enough to feel that I want to get into the rest of the series. ( )
  nwhyte | Mar 11, 2018 |
In 1919, Robert Black, a young journalist who wants to be a writer, decides to investigate the “concealed country” inside, or, to use the book’s metaphor, underneath the USA. He gathers material by gathering information on an occult society called the Stella Sapinete and the alchemical text, called in English “The Book of the Wisdom of the Stars.” His journey takes him from New York City to the docks of Salem to an isolated farm in north central Massachusetts.
This is a graphic novel and most of it is told in paneled drawings. But the reader is also favored with the contents of Robert Black’s commonplace book: his musings on what he (and the reader) experienced, his feelings, bisexual and otherwise, his dreams, documents he picks up on the way, the most memorable being the parish newsletter of the Church of St. Jude.

And, as you must have been waiting for, he includes his ideas for novels and stories. Like so many of us, he has no trouble thinking of great ideas, he just can’t figure how to provide the flesh and bone. He has the most success with an idea about a doughty young investigator following a trail of clues until he uncovers a horror that devours him. He shakes his head in his notes. Of course, the writer and the reader would want the character to continue to the end, but any believable character would turn tail and run the moment he realized where he was headed. The only reason he wouldn’t would be if he was in denial about the weird stuff he was seeing and if he became too invested in solving the mystery to quit. Yes, Robert Black thinks, that would solve his problem.
At which point, like most of my fellow readers, I hooted and sneered. Poor little character, who has read Guillot and Robert Chambers but never heard of H.P. Lovecraft. By the time this collection has ended, our hero has encountered one of the master’s few heroes and nine of his vilest villains. He has been in a super-cooled apartment and an underground lair complete with altar and demon and a waterfront full of people who look like fish and a deranged inbred family who talk to an invisible son and nothing has clicked.
Robert Black is not a very admirable young man so I have no reservations about watching him stick his head in the mouths of fiends. I do like how the great Alan Moore is making Lovecraft’s universe his own and I do like how he and artist Jacen Burrows are reimagining his people(s). ( )
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Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.

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