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.
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It's been about a month since I started reading Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's PREACHER, and I've continued to be captivated by the weirdness of the world and characters. The pages can be enjoyed alone, but I've found myself wanting to discuss the "what the hell" aspects of the latest plot twists with someone. To that end, I convinced DCComics.com editor Tim Beedle to join me in reading Book Four (Issues #34–40). It didn't take much convincing.
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.
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.
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.
We’re spreading the gospel of Preacher in today’s new episode of DC All Access! Just in time for this Sunday’s premiere, we get the good word from Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and the rest of the cast and crew of AMC’s small screen adaptation of Preacher, the acclaimed Vertigo comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Never read it? Well, never fear because we're also giving you a chance to win a complete Preacher graphic novel set. Check it out!
THE WAKE #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by SEAN MURPHY
1:25 Variant cover by ADAM KUBERT
On sale MAY 1 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 10, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
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