Dans une interview pour le site Comicsbeat, le scénariste Alan Moore lève le voile sur sa prochaine série Providence que publiera l’éditeur Avatar Press.
Selon l’auteur, il s’agit de sa fiction la plus pointue sur l’œuvre de l’écrivain Lovecraft et elle servira de suite et de prologue à sa précédente mini-série Neomicon sur laquelle il collaborait déjà avec le dessinateur Jacen Burrows.
Durant l’interview, l’auteur compare la mini-série à Swamp Thing pour sa narration gothique, à From Hell pour la recherche historique et à Watchmen pour le contexte.
Sortie du premier numéro dans le courant de l’année 2014.
[quote=“Alan Moore”]But we’re going more for Lovecraft’s New England fiction, and a couple of the New York stories. We are kind of connecting these up intro what I think is an ingenious whole, even though I say so myself as shouldn’t, and it’s – and what we’re also doing, as well as answering all the problems, all the questions raised by Neonomicon – even if the readers hadn’t noticed that those questions had been raised – we’re going to be detailing this hopefully fresh view of Lovecraft’s universe, or at least its American component, and we’re also going to be working not only from Lovecraft’s published fiction, and his poems, and his letters, but also from his biography. I think that there’s a way that there could be a sort of parallel world biographical strand in this, that is never the less researched so thoroughly that it could have happened. It could have happened. I mean, the research on this has been – this is the most demanding research I’ve done easily since From Hell.
It’s the thing that – with Providence, what I am doing is, I’m looking as much at American society in 1919 as I am looking at Lovecraft, in terms of my research, and I am connecting up Lovecraft’s themes, and Lovecraft’s personality, to a certain degree, with the tensions that were then incredibly evident in American society. So, there’s that element of it, but the amount of research that I’m doing into America 1919, into the gay culture of America 1919, into the way that American society was just beginning to cohere around that point, and the research upon the actual places, because this is set in a real America – there’s no Arkham in it, there’s no Innsmouth, but there are real locations which I believe are coherent sites for the Lovecraft stories that I’ve connected them to. Which means that, for example with issue four, I’ve been accumulating a huge wedge of reference material relating to the town of Athol in Massachusetts. I know more about Athol than probably people living there do. We’ve got the entire history of the town, its current situation, maps from different periods – I am doing my best to make this absolutely authentic.[/quote]
Le site de l’éditeur: avatarpress.com