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Not Your Average Saint

I can't claim to know a lot about religion. My time spent in Sunday school and in various pews is far in the past. But I'm relatively certain about one thing when it comes to Catholicism: There are saints for everything. You can pray to the saint of travelers, the saint of sailors, the saint of animals, and yes, even the saint of dental diseases (it's St. Apollonia, in case you're curious and/or in need). But Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's PREACHER has a different sort of saint, one you won't discover in your Patron Saints 101 class—The Saint of Killers.

No Shortage of Villains

What does it mean to be a villain? Is it about intent? Is it about actions? What if those actions are terrible but driven by a righteous belief? These are questions I ask myself anytime I read a new story. I ask questions about the heroes, too. Sometimes—often, actually—I find the line between the hero's and villain's qualities to be thin. They both share traits in the same categories, and that's definitely been the case with Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's PREACHER.

Bitten by Cassidy

It's been about three weeks since I first picked up PREACHER. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon have managed to consistently make me lose track of time with their words and images. They've also made me contort my arms into interesting angles as I've read the comic in coffee shops and other public places. Some panels aren't meant for the eyes of young passersby. Maybe most panels. And maybe I should limit reading PREACHER to the comforts of my couch.

The Sky Is Bigger in Texas

After months of anticipation, Preacher exploded onto screens last Sunday. The premiere episode of AMC's adaptation of the comic by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon established a key difference from the source material with the final scene: Jesse Custer, a.k.a. Preacher, decided his purpose was to stay in Annville and save the souls of its citizens, of his flock. He doesn't know what happened to him or that he possesses the Word of God—he might suspect something is off, but he isn't fully aware. Not yet.

Cover Reveal:100 BULLETS DELUXE EDITION BOOK FOUR and HELLBLAZER VOL.5: DANGEROUS HABITS NEW EDITION

 

The Houses of Trust and the Minutemen prepare for the impending war in the deluxe edition of the acclaimed series 100 BULLETS collecting issues #59-80.

 

What Vertigo titles do you recommend giving this holiday season?

I’d recommend the latest issue of SCALPED cuz nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a gritty crime comic about a meth-addicted, under-cover FBI agent with a heroin junkie for a girlfriend, a murdered mother, and a pretend job as an enforcer for the local Mob boss who would not hesitate to kill him if he found out the truth. God bless us all...everyone!” –Will Dennis

Reverend Jesse Custer goes to Texas

In yesterday’s post we had a great quote by Garth Ennis. Speaking of Ennis, PREACHER, one of the most celebrated Vertigo titles ever, will be available in hardcover for the first time next month. Book One includes a new intro by Ennis himself, titled ’The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread’ and a pinup gallery of art from issues 50 and 66. Read the first issue here. And now for the pinups. Below, are a few that are included in this special volume.

Taking it to the ‘STREET’

Just days away from publication and GREEK STREET has people (well, not just any people, some of the most renowned names in comic history) yelling its praises from the US and across the pond from London. Ah, London, the setting of GREEK STREET and all its glorious inhabitants. “Sex, death, ambition, revenge and a reminder that some stories are too true and too dangerous to ever die. GREEK STREET crackles with Promethean fire.” —Grant Morrison “A mind-bending mashup of ancient myth and modern mayhem!” —Dave Gibbons, artist of WATCHMEN
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