Thursday, December 10, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

I just picked this new series back up and revisited it recently after having read it many years ago. Now that the show is coming next year on AMC, I wanted to refresh my memory about the storyline and revisit some of my favorite comic characters in Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy.

Preacher served as one of my first introductions to graphic novels right after the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, which I'll have to revisit at some point too. The topics, characters, and strange scenarios that get depicted throughout Jesse Custer's strange religious adventure were groundbreaking to me at the time and I think a lot of readers were astonished at what appeared on the page when they were first released. His power to make anyone obey after being joined with the angel/demon hybrid known as Genesis made for some interesting situations. 

The minor characters really steal the show and it seemed every new edition had a great new villain to take on Jesse or foil Herr Starr's nefarious plans. Arseface is one of my favorites. Knowing what was going to happen this time around really help me see some of the genius in the setups that were built to drop at the end of a series. It seemed like nothing was off limits for their imagination and I appreciate that in a work of fiction. 

The drawing were so amazing, some of the best in a graphic novel and I loved all the various settings from Texas to New York to New Orleans to France and LA. It is a beautiful book and for that reason alone, I would recommend any fan of hardcore action and genre bending fiction pick it up. 

The trailer for the show looks promising though I'm not sure how it could live up to these amazing comics. The only problem I had with the story was I thought the ending was a bit anticlimactic and wrapped a bit too nicely though I think at the end of a comic run, it can be difficult to power through. I look forward to the show and reading other works by these authors!

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