Book Reviews

Preacher Volume 1 by Garth Ennis

What Da Cover Says: One of the most celebrated comics titles of the late 1990s, PREACHER is a modern American epic of life, death, love and redemption also packed with sex, booze, blood and bullets – not to mention angels, demons, God, vampires and deviants of all stripes.

At first glance, the Reverend Jesse Custer doesn’t look like anyone special-just another small-town minister slowly losing his flock and his faith. But he’s about to come face-to-face with proof that God does indeed exist. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Jesse now possesses the power of “the Word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters. He begins a violent and riotous journey across the country in search of answers from the elusive deity.

What I Says: I am one of those annoying people who has done things the wrong way around, I watched and loved the series before I found out it was a graphic novel and because of that there is no way of reading this volume without comparing it to what I saw on the TV.

I didn’t enjoy the graphic novel much, it feels very disjointed, more a collection of adventures there is no smooth transition between the events and for some reason things don’t seem to be explained very well. The spiritual force known as Genesis has escaped and some heavenly beings…not quite angels…are trying to get it back, they talk to a cowboy and then that’s them done for this volume….this left me thinking what’s the point? The characters on the TV were miles better, Tulip is rubbish, Ruth Negga truly made the character her own.

Jesse feels very whiney, Cassidy though still rocks, I thought he was awesome in both book and TV, Ennis and his team have created a brilliant character here. The plot and scenes are violent and shocking and some of the subject matter will make a fare few people raise an eyebrow.

The graphics are top notch, it is amazing how old these books are now and they don’t look at all dated, some brilliant looking full page scenes and everything is laid out well so that it is easy to follow. Trying to decide if I’m going to continue on to volume 2 as I’m just going to keep comparing and picking at faults. If you are interested in this series then I highly recommend reading this before turning on the TV, I think the whole thing always works out better if you do these things in the right order.

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