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Vertigo Book Club: A Preacher Fan Comes Home

I had never read a PREACHER comic when AMC’s Preacher TV series premiered. I had heard about it from friends, and I once had a roommate with an extensive comic book collection who maintained that Preacher was her favorite comic of all time. I placed it in my mental to-read list, but that’s as far as I got. I had no idea what it was about, but when I heard a description for the AMC show, I did a figurative double-take.

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A priest wanting to connect with God isn't unusual. That sort of comes with the job. A priest wanting to locate God for the sake of giving him a stern talking-to and maybe a punch in the face? That's not exactly common. Then again, the phrase "not exactly common" applies to many of Jesse Custer's actions...

Preacher is the infamous acclaimed series that gathers congregations of readers around the wayward preacher Jesse Custer, who—after absorbing the supernatural creature known as Genesis—finds himself with the ability to make people do what he says. So he takes his new power and hits the road, intending to have a word with the Almighty about the state of the world. With his quirky new pal Cassidy—who just happens to be a vampire—and his old girlfriend Tulip by his side, Jesse travels the United States, looking for God in all the wrong places.

As he makes his way from one corner of the country to another, Jesse just may discover there’s a lot more to life than he ever realized. However, not all of it is good, and when his uncompromising methods set him at odds with many of the world’s most depraved individuals, some bizarre cult-like organizations, and one ornery evil saint, you have to wonder…when it comes to finding a God who’s abandoned us, does Jesse Custer even have a prayer?

Putting Preacher to Rest

Seven weeks ago I stepped onto a new path, and that path was called PREACHER by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. With the AMC television adaptation kicking off, I was curious about the similarities and differences in comparison to the comic, and honestly, I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Anytime PREACHER came up among friends, nearly everyone commented enthusiastically about how much they enjoyed the series when it came out and how I should brace myself because, "Man, it gets weird."

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.

Reading the Scripture: A Preacher Discussion

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 editor Tim Beedle to join me in reading Book Four (Issues #34–40). It didn't take much convincing.

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.

It's Time to Head to Church and See Preacher

Whether it's on the page or screen, Preacher is an experience unlike any other. In a new series of posts, writer Amy Ratcliffe wades into the comic series which inspired AMC's new show, hitting the road with Custer, Tulip and Cassidy, and taking us all along for the ride.


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