>What A Night!
There is a secret America.
One hidden, parallel, with our own.
Robert Black is on a mission to find it.
And it will shape our past, present, and future.
Providence #1-6: First Half Over
And here we go...
Part 1: Cold Breeze
Just love this series and we're going on a bit of a long hiatus, so let's get it out there.
Haha, no problem.
Quite honestly one of the best representations of the Necronomicon.
Everything Alvarez says drips with referential subtext
Time and fevers heal all wounds, Robert.
The common place book is essential, even though it might strain the eyes.
I'm trying to transcribe it, and will hopefully be done by the time #7 rolls around
wherein The Dream At Red Hook
After I got through them a first time, each other time has been way easier.
I actually find them somewhat more entertaining than the actual issues.
Robert's train of thought can be spookily hilarious.
I've heard speculation that the woman in the background on the second and third pages of this issue is Johnny Carcosa's mother.
Which I am okay with being true.
I find Burrow's art extremely personable, but I get your point haha. It reads much like a good Lovecraft homage short story, as if the comic is adapted from it.
The four methods is a very great way of tying some of the more disparate stories together
Torn limb from limb...that's pretty hardcore.
wherein The Darkness Within Salem
You miss more and more with each issue.
It's not just recaps, it's context, foreshadowing, and overall fleshing out.
It's like skipping the text parts of Watchmen
Burrows might not be among the top of Moore's collaborators...but he's firing on all goddamn cylinders here.
Best Innsmouth look.
He's a connoisseur.
It took far longer to understand "Stella Sapiente" than I care to admit.
He has very curious dreams
Nice save Black.
So much fish and icky sea creature worplay
wherein The Athol Terror
Reminiscent as hell of the original Roger Corman movie.
His entire look is a delight.
It's a bit too smart, isn't it? Maybe it's just me, but pages devoted to characters talking about literature and Jung and Yazidi theology feels sort of a bit much. I mean, I get Moore is into this Occult bullshit but I dunno. Miracleman didn't have this issue, y'know?
I don't know. I see your point, but I think it's meant to be in the same vein as Lovecraft's own story.
Characters namedropping then highly readical theories on psychology and space...simply in passing.
I feel it fits the reconstructionist nature of the story.
None of which detracts from...well, what is really going on.
It's dressing with a purpose.
he is The Gate
he is The Way
he is The Key
He's just a strapping young lad
Now we're back at the start.
There he goes down the road.
>I feel it fits the reconstructionist nature of the story.
I get you, and I'm into that, but there's just something about it that doesn't sit right with me. I love the reconstructionism of Maus, for example. But here I dunno. I didn't like Neonomicon either to be fair. Still, it's an interesting read, so thanks for the storytime.
This is just...awful.
Oh, man, I HATED Neonomicon. One of the worst Lovecraft comics ever written.
But I mean, Lovecraft himself loved to litter his stories with references to Alchemy, Jung, burgeoning Quantum Physics...all of it.
I mean, it's due justice. And doesn't really detract if you breeze past it a bit.
>Oh I get it - all the occult stuff is a, uh, metaphor for... communism?
Close. It's a metaphor for the general "outsider'.
Like Black and his homosexuality, it's all about being on the fringe of accepted society.
Sounds like a familiar story does it?
wherein The Nightmares In The Boarding Room
We've finally made it to Arkham.
And these last two issues are a delight.
I know the series isn't perfect, but it does seem to continually top itself.
Didn't even try, Moore
I know that Jeffrey Combs has become the iconic face - but he'll always be blonde to me
I didn't pay close attention the first time, but Burrows actually did some legwork in making the Witch House thoroughly....non-euclidean.
The Meteor....again, took me way too long to realize it's significance outside of "The Colour Out of Space"
You're very important, Mr. Black
This is just...profane
Will Mr. Black be the latest victim of the maniacal Dr. North?
Lovecraft is very real, he's
Randolph Carter, don't you know?
wherein The Girl At The Threshold
Tsk, always leaving leftovers Dr. North.
Armitage looks appropriately badass
Haha, Wizard Wheatly had his penchant for pins even back then.
Time to read from a very special book.
Haha - that's exactly it.
I don't know, if this book gets a good following - I can see The Book of the Wisdom of the Stars becoming a semi-iconic variation.
I mean...look at it
Ooh....break out the decoder ring.
Now you remember the whole
getting ripped limb from limb by invisible djinnbit
And now we get to the breaking point
It's about time Mr. Black.
But you're way too deep.
It's like a maze, you don't even know you're trapped until it's too late.
Yeah, that jumped out rather overtly.
Wonder what the purpose is.
You ready to read the most abridged version of the Necronomicon ever?
It's a real trip.
Is this comic based on Lovecrafts stuff? Because he was an anti-semite, and the characters of a dark and secret book being close to Hebrew might be a reference. Or maybe it was a coincidence. Or maybe the artist is a lapsed jew who likes to have fun.
>Because he was an anti-semite,
Well, I was kinda thinking outside the obvious haha.
The aklo letters being hebrew does seem like a kind of dark joke in that vein.
I wonder if it might also just be that the letters do look, well, coool.
Of course, his wife was one, and while he may have been a bit of a man child in some respects...he never filed the divorce papers.
God, the language of Hali's Book is good.
The funniest bit is that after so many things doing the whole "strange aeons" couplet over and over....
This variant on it
>the Eternal knows not cease nor change, and death dies if the aeons be measured strange?
Now YOU can also write unspeakable and unholy spells in your own home.
I love how it says
Kind of gives you hope. Don't it?
You've found your secret america, Black.
And it is all yours.
Coming Feb. 2016:
THE END, for now.
As always I hope someone out there enjoyed this.
Yeah, you're right. Of course, Moore (I think rightly) doesn't think he was afraid of scientific discovery at all. Just thought of the outside context of it all.
Something that the allegory pinpoints really well, wow.
>I once wanted to write a story where the dream world was literally underground, but never got around to it.
This is a hitting a little too close to my unfulfilled literary aspirations.
part of the whole point at the time was for Howard and his circle to consistently slip in the fictional writings with the legitimate ones, which back in the days before the internet made it hard to separate fact from fiction. Especially among readers that weren't aware these different writers were all sharing ideas. See lots of references about Jung, look him up at the library. See lots of references about the Al Azif, ask around, a couple people have heard of it but they all say different things, maybe one of them suggests you mean Ismail al-Jazari's al-Jāmi. Then in trying to track down other mentions they buy up the books of the rest of Howard's peers. Sort of an early AR game
At least watch the fucking movie, if you're too lazy to read the short story.
Haha yeah there's that too.
Lovecraft even considered releasing an "abridged" Necronomicon - which would have stoked those flames.
I'm still going to get the HC, I mean maybe not on my open shelf because of the more lasivious scenes - but it's rather good and that deserves a buy.
She really is repulsive. But she is the mother of one of the most entertaining incarnations of Nyarlothotep, so that gives her some points. Wonder if he'll get a cameo.