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Monday, November 21, 2005



A Few Thoughts on Preacher Vols 1-3

I'm not really sure where to even start w/ this (or how deep to go).

When i got back into comics, i started hunting around trying to compile a "best of the best" list of must-read comics i missed during my hiatus. One of the titles that kept coming up was Garth Ennis's Preacher (of which i had never even heard before then). Although the synopsis i got from the recommending parties never sounded all that interesting, the first trade happened to be called "Gone to Texas", and shit, i'm a Texan by birth so what the hell right? Ha.

I just finished the third trade this afternoon and to be honest i'm still kind of in shock. This is one of the most irreverent comics i've ever read (well maybe next to Kirkman's Battle Pope); but man is it a fun, fun read.

So what's it about? I guess you could loosely describe Preacher as a throwback style "good vs. evil" tale about God's abandonment of his creations; mutiny, confusion, and indecision among the Angels in Heaven during his absense, and one man's efforts to hunt down the Almighty and confront him about it all (no matter what stands in his way). And you know what? While that sounds all good and well (and resonably summarizes the overall story), there's so, so much more...

The "Preacher" (Jesse Custer) isn't really much of a preacher (after the first few issues at least); he rides w/ the love of his life and an uber-memorable Irish vampire named Cass (w/ occasional vists from the Duke, John Wayne... Seriously).

A one-of-a-kind being spawned by the forbidden love between an Angel and a Demon (named "Genesis") has body-snatched Jesse and hooked him w/ a nifty power, known simply as "the word". The Word gives our ass-kicking Preacher the uncanny ability to utter commands others are powerless to obey - as long as they understand them).

Our man Jesse isn't w/o his enemies (of course), including one of the coolest baddies ever written - the "Saint of Killers", who can best be described (in every way) as Clint Eastwood from Hell, w/ a much, much quicker and deadlier draw and about 10x's as ornery. I mean this guy is the bad-ass of all bad-asses as far as i'm concerned.


There's a slew of other wild, wild characters, from a small town sherrif w/ a son who blew his face off in a suicide attempt, members of the mysterious "Holy Grail" organization (protecting Christ's bloodline all the way into the present), to Custers' evil incarnate grandmother and hillbilly cousins. I mean Ennis litterally pulls no punches w/ his cast in this book - that's one thing i can promise you.

So what's a well-rounded character w/o a mysterious and systematically unfolding past? Ennis has us covered in this department for sure, as the Preacher's got one hell of a wild history, slowly unfolding through the first few trades, ultimately building one of the most memorable characters (and backgrounds) in any comic series i've ever read. This sordid tale is not for the feint of heart for sure... but damn interesting, funny, and down right unique.

Let me conclude by saying that there's so much more to this story than i can possibly get into here... but one thing's for sure - I'll be damned if this is like anything else you've ever read. And though it may be for mature audiences only - it's a great ride (through the first 3 volumes at least), and i can see why many consider this title a "classic".

PS - Ennis does seem to have a bit of a weird obsession w/ deviant sexual behavior and inbreeding. Doesn't bother me THAT much but it's a bit unnecessary at times for me... personally. Don't let that take away from what a great story this is overall tho.

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21 November, 2005 19:16, Blogger zilla said...

PS - Ennis does seem to have a bit of a weird obsession w/ deviant sexual behavior and inbreeding. Doesn't bother me THAT much but it's a bit unnecessary at times for me... personally. Don't let that take away from what a great story this is overall tho.

 

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I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

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