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Sir John Gielgud plays Clive Langham, an author contemplating a vicious novel about his worthless relatives as he lies sick in bed.
But they are not the monsters he perceives them to be, and they try to nurse him back to health. John Gielgud as Clive Langham. Dirk Bogarde as Claude Langham. Ellen Burstyn as Sonia Langham. Denis Lawson as Dave Woodford. Cyril Luckham as Dr. Kathryn Leigh Scott as Miss Boon. Milo Sperber as Mr. Anna Wing as Karen. Peter Arne as Nils. Tanya Lopert as Miss Lister. Samson Fainsilber as Old Hairy Man. Joseph Pittoors as Old Man. Providence is a lot of fuss and fake feathers about nothing.
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Stella Dallas Super Reviewer. The tragic secret at the center of Providence 4 is that renegade magician Garland Wheatley has impregnated his own daughter in an attempt to create a prophesized herald for the Cthulhu world to come. A flashback depicts Garland Wheatley mounting his daughter Leticia, and the result is John-Divine, a creature whose existence remains hidden to Black. Like so much of Providence , this dual discourse originates with Lovecraft.
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre , , xxi. The cause of the cosmic horror in Providence is an elaborate occult history, heavily borrowed from Lovecraft, which Moore reveals to the reader through fragmentary clues. The Kitab is revised five centuries later by an alchemist named Ahmad ibn Ali ibn Yusuf Al-Buni, and then translated into Latin and English in the 16 th and 17 th centuries. In issue 1, Dr. Alvarez lives in freezing temperatures to stay alive, while in issues 5 and 6, Black meets Dr.
Further, the success of some of these life-prolonging methods is proven when an uncomprehending Black meets some of the figures associated with the Stella Sapiente, who have by lived for centuries. Annesley would even eat prudish social reformer Anthony Comstock.
Anselm, Black meets one final original member of the Stella Sapiente, Etienne Roulet, leading to a scene that returns us to the issues of sexual violence discussed at the beginning of this essay. Here are two panels from the disturbing scene:. One purpose of the scene is closure: The migration of souls puts Black in the literal body of the Other. Does it trivialize rape? Does Black deserve such a devastating punishment?
And does it need to? I can understand that a rape survivor—or someone connected to a rape survivor, or a sensitive reader—might prefer to avoid Providence , or might criticize Moore for the frequency of sexual violence in his scripts.
Leticia is another rape victim—she "don't remember" much about sex with her father until Garland Wheatley is possessed by some malevolent, Kabbalah-derived spirit. Perhaps this power is from Malkuth , the corrupted physical sphere, the one furthest away from Keter and true transcendence. The more merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The science, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
On the other hand, Moore believes that language and, by extension, media like comics that include words can magically transform human consciousness and influence the world. Should artists follow their inspirations, no matter how perverse or taboo, or should they be aware of the real-life ramifications of their dreams made manifest? These questions and controversies are expressed, of course, through aesthetic form. After reading Moore for over three decades, I'm familiar with both the innovations he brought to the comics medium and the devices he re-uses in various works.
A sepia-toned flashback to a happier time in Black's affair with Lillian. Lillian is shown from behind as he enters the exit garden in Bryant Park, and in extreme long shot—his face a Scott McCloudian smiley-face abstraction—as he sits in the suicide chamber, waiting for poisonous gas to kill him. This strategy is borrowed directly from From Hell , where Moore and Eddie Campbell use hide-a-face staging in two instances: In a flashback to , Haddo, ailing in his original body, requests a private meeting with one of his disciples, the young Kosmo Gallion.
Any predictability on the panel-by-panel level is offset by the thematic audacity and complex world-building of Providence. The tunnel and pool is where, eighty-eight years after the events of Providence , Lamper is murdered and Brears is raped. They end up together in the showers. There are six issues left, and I'll write about Providence again when the series is done. What brought him back for me anyway was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and its sequels, though I never thought the artwork was up to the stories.
Of course, with six amazing, slow-building issues so far to reach its current point, Providence will probably trump that by the end but there really is an incredible amount of depth to them, which only amazes me further when I get round to reading the annotations of each issue.
The question of the legality of Lost Girls and now Providence is an interesting one for sure. It was in the publishing mainstream. It was such a high-profile item that the entire North American literary and arts community would have been up in arms if a bookseller had been prosecuted.
The proof, though, is in the pudding: I am enjoying the usual Alan Moore touches like the Common Place excerpt and the pages from the Suydam over-priced pamphlet. The two problems I have with Neonomicon—sorry if you covered these in the second half of your essay— are the handling of Perlman. It is just too unbelievable, even in a horror story with monsters and cumshots.
The other problem is in the Salem hotel as Merrill changes in plain sight of her partner. How I feel in a few more issues may be a Different story all together. Perhaps his experience as Elspeth will teach Black greater empathy, and provoke him to grow past knee-jerk Lovecraftian prejudices.
This is a matter of power, obviously. In fact, this entire scene reads like a metaphor for Moore using rape and deflecting accusations of misogyny: Further, that last line about it teaching Black empathy—if true—reflects further that Moore just uses rape wantonly.
Having your character be raped to teach him a lesson is wrong, period. Rape is not a lesson. He passes as straight and Christian. The rapist wizards are the real outsiders here.
Black is portrayed as a prick not just for being kind of cold, but for actively working to keep his sexuality private from his professional life. Does that make him a hypocrite? Do you know what would happen to someone who was a gay Jewish man being out in this time? But Moore is more interested in saying it makes Black an unaware d-bag than recognizing why Black has to do so. In terms of technique, he is absolutely a nuanced and talented writer. He needs to show how well researched he is on every page.
Any anger here is not directed at you. That said, I understand your point that rape should not be used to teach a lesson. My favorite line from Staiger: Are they just lines on paper, are they powerful but irresponsible images, or somewhere in between?
And do you think people are afraid to critique Moore for the rapes and sexual violence in his work because of how he responds? Alex, I disagree with you. Wade rapes Black simply because he is en evil bastard that wanted a quicky with the herald.
The rape is present here more to characterize Wade, than to characterize Black. And reading a lot of comics Forum in English or French language, my feeling is that people like you that think he overuses rapes, are the more numerous and vocal about it, and the community that defend Mr Moore artistic standpoint are few by comparison.
By the way, I find your essay very interesting in the way it sums up some of the theme developed by Moore the 4 to 4 ways to cheat death , that kind of eludes me reading Providence one issue at a time. One slight piece of info missing. The issue with a horror comic is to create a sense of horror!
Why does this even need to be critiqued from a feminist perspective? Rape is plenty horrible, and the psyche of the criminal and the victim only have to be engaged to the point of producing the aesthetic of horror in the audience. That is the point. To generate the sense of fear and disgust that is horror. Add to this the existential moral crisis at the heart of Cosmicism, that all the evil and all the good we do, are ultimately meaningless in the face of an infinite and indifferent universe.
Your email address will not be published. The fleeting intimacy of Robert Black and Tom Malone. John-Divine's point of view. The reverse shot of John-Divine's point of view.
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