Preacher Book One
Collection: Preacher issues #1-12
Publisher: Vertigo; an imprint of DC Comics
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Dillon
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth, Pamala Rambo
Letters: Clem Robins
In light of the awesome AMC series, Preacher, I thought we would talk about the comics that gave it birth. Jesse Custer aka Preacher, was created by Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon, was published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics in 1995. The series ran for 66 issues, 5 one-shot specials and 4 issue limited series called, Preacher: Saint of Killers. That’s 75 issues all together and a whole lot happens in those 75 issues – so don’t worry about AMC’s amazing Preacher series running out of material. Today however, we are going to focus on the first of the 2009 collected editions of this series, Preacher Book One.
First we have to discuss the spectacular artwork by Steve Dillon. It is some of his best work in my opinion. He really, as my football coach used to say, left it all on the field. Dillon seems to use more detail in this comic than in his other works and it turns out amazing. Dillon really brought Ennis’ characters to life. In that I mean that this is how I see Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip – no matter what they look like on TV. The faces have so much to read in them, emotion and intensity are all there in spades. Speaking of spades, let’s ta;k about an ace, letterer Clem Robins. His letters are not only a perfect guide through the panels of the comic, uniform, well spaced and easily read, if it were not for his ingenuity, Custer’s “Word” powers would have fallen flat in this comic. But instead, under Robins’ careful guidance, Preacher’s Genesis powers come across boldly and powerfully.
Ultra-violent, irreverent and profane without reservation or apology, Preacher is not for the easily offended. Garth Ennis writes an intriguing tale full of great, informative and character building dialogue. His characters, while shocking at times, are unique to Preacher. You’re not gonna find these types of characters anywhere else. This is one of Garth Ennis’ best and most original works. Nice pacing, on-spot action and surprisingly even heartfelt at times, Preacher is not a book tom be missed.
Preacher follows the journey of Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare and the hard-partying vampire, Cassidy, as they go on a search for God. Jesse sees the pain and suffering of the world and believes that the fugitive God Almighty needs to answer for it. From the ashes of a church in a small town in Texas to the mean streets of New York to the backwoods of Louisiana Jesse and his friends are on a quest for the divine. But they are not the only ones on this path. Every evil and twisted thing Heaven and Earth can assemble is set to meet them on the road.
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Written By: Michael Nunneley