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Providence Act 1 Final Printing HC Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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But I am giving this hardcover presentation of the first 4 issues of Providence THREE STARS for a couple reasons that have nothing to do with the story, script, or artwork.
My concern is the hype in the solicitation, that this is "limited edition" and that it won't be collected again until the "far distant future." Because of that, what is a $20 book released on May 3 2016 is currently solicited between $40-$100 on May 27 2016 because Amazon at this time has sold out of their copies. I am hoping to save some people from being scalped.
Folks, this is a great story, but it's only 4 issues of a 12 issue series. There is no bonus stuff of any sort. None of the variant covers are re-printed. No script notes, annotations, introductions, nothing to warrant paying more than $20. Yes, it has the backmatter included with the single issues, but the backmatter is crucial to the story. The solicitation hypes that this is "limited" to 6,666 books. But come on. That's about par for the course for most independent publishers, and Avatar is no exception.
If you have the single issues, then wait. If you don't have the single issues and can get this for $20, buy it. Anything more than this? I think you're better off waiting for the inevitable collected edition.
On a personal note, another reason to wait for the collected edition is this story is so compelling that you'll be frustrated that only 4 issues are in here. I would rather wait until the collected omnibus but the shipping schedule for the 12 issues mini series has been inconsistent, so who knows when the story will be completed? This is a painful wait.
One more aside: Whoever wrote the "about the author" note on this Amazon page has the wrong Alan Moore. They wrote "Alan Moore has designed and created everything from books to businesses. He has a unique grasp on the forces that are reshaping our world and how to creatively respond to them. Working on six continents, Alan has shared his knowledge in the form of board and advisory positions at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and The Coca Cola Company, workshops and speaking as well as teaching in institutions as wide ranging as MIT and Reading University s Typography Department, Sloan School of Management and INSEAD. He is the author of four books on creativity, marketing and business transformation including 'No Straight Lines: making sense of our nonlinear world' (2011). He still works as an artist. He tries everyday to lead a life as beautifully as he possibly can."
WRONG ALAN MOORE!!
EDIT ON 6/1/2016
Only five days after I wrote this review the prices have skyrocketed. Aside from Amazon's reasonable price -- pity that they are out of stock -- the cheapest copy available for sale is a Used-Good edition for $132.99. And the highest price for a New edition is $2,342.74. Give me a break.
If this is indeed the final printing for this volume you have to get it. A great addition to any collection at a low price.
EDIT - After reading through this volume my 5 star review stands, but with the recommendation that you find a blog or something that elaborates on all the connections between what's happening here and in other Lovecraft stories. You really need a PhD in all things Lovecraft to understand this, it seems. Some connections are more like references or riffs - for example chapter 3 is similar to Shadow Over Innsmouth but not literally the same - while others appear to involve real characters and plot points from other stories that, unless you know those stories really well, you'd completely miss. For example - chapter 4 is apparently a prologue to the Dunwich Horror. I admit that I don't have nearly the level of Lovecraft knowledge to catch these on my own, but it only adds to my appreciation for Moore's work to see more clearly just how complex this project was.