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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (27 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894053
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 2001
Format: Paperback
While this volume of the Preacher Graphic Novels has nothing to do with the continuity of the title itself, it's still a pretty nice easy-reading book. Nothing special (certainly when you compare it with the rest of the Preacher books) but not a waste of time either. In here are the first three Preacher Specials, two oneshots ("The Story of you-know-who" and "Good Old Boys") and a miniseries ("Saint of Killers"). In "The story of you-know-who" we get to see how a normal boy, who is living in less than normal circumstances, winds up becoming a disfigured boy named Arseface. This story is to me personally the best one in the book (with very nice art by Richard Case). Tragic, yet not too much, so that it doesn't get sentimental but stays bizar. "Saint of Killers" is the one with the most relevance to the Preacher series itself. Here it's shown how the character we now know as 'Saint of Killers' was once a mortal man and how he was pushed over the edge so that eventually he became the replacement of the current Angel of Death. While this one has the most to do with the Preacher series itself, it's a shame to know it has the least good art in the book (Steve Pugh). Not horrible, but compared to the other art it's a little bleak. Note here that people who love graphic violence will have a ball with it since it's probably THE most brutal Preacher story out there. The third part is "Good Old Boys", a story about Jody and T.C. taking place between Jesse's escape and them recapturing him (see "Untill the end of the World". This one is the least relevant to the Preacher series and in al honesty is just a filler. A story where the overall brutality of T.C. and Jody is displayed. Not a bad read, but not a great one either.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2010
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"Ancient History" is sort of a sidenote to the main story of Custer and Co. as this book (the fourth in the series) contains back story for the Saint of Killers, Arseface, and Jody and T.C.

The best of the bunch is the Saint of Killers' story. From late 19th century wild west, cowboys and injuns, to the gates of Hell and beyond, we see how the Saint became the cold blooded killing machine he is in the main story. Carlos Eszquerra supplies some fantastic drawings for his part in the story, the Hell sequence. His Devil is brilliant and you find out his first name too. The story takes up a full half of the book and is perfect reading for upcoming Hallowe'en celebrations. That is, read it by candlelight with a drink and ignore the brats at the door.

Arseface's backstory isn't that great. If you've read the first book (and why haven't you?) you'll know he looks the way he does because of his own actions and some other details. It's elaborated on more here but doesn't really provide that compelling a story.

Jody and T.C.'s story is a satire on action films and has a fun story of the pair taking apart an international mobster's hitforce in the swamps of the South. Some really creative deaths in this part of the book.

It's a great addition to the brilliant story of "Preacher", fleshing out the supporting players for the reader and providing some excellent reading for a couple of hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
Well, it seems like Mr Ennis can get away with writing about anything these days, without fear... This book is a collection of tales relaying the history of the supporting cast of "Preacher," which you need to buy. Don't even think about not reading the main series. It's also a good laugh, if you can apply that term to a book with so much violence the painter surely had a bulk order for red. Top of the line art, some merciless parody in store for a few films, and neither hide nor hair of our heroes from the rest of the story. I mean, even Kurt Cobain gets more of a mention than the preacher himself.
Most of all, this a book about myths and legends. It says so in the foreword. Most people have seen a western, or a film about the deep South of the USA, and Garth Ennis plays on this very well, letting your mind fill in the details, so he can get on with the story. As to the story of Hugo Root's son.. well, "uguh uyuh uguh duh, suh." Mr Gump would never have approved. But I did.
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Honestly, this book is far more interesting than many of the others in the series, considering it is generally thought of as "filler". It begins with a truly gritty tale of The Old West, one that I feel is better realised than any Western you'll see.

The Saint Of Killers is absolutely one of the most striking points in the Preacher series, and this dips deep into his story. From being a soldier, a husband and a father, this book follows his journey to taking The Angel Of Death's position as Saint Of Killers.

Although the first story is the most enjoyable, the second and third are excellent as well. We see the strangely touching story of 'Arse Face', and a brilliantly violent little adventure starring T.C. and Jodie, who are played as anti-heroes rather than The Bad Guys. Which is fun!

Also interesting about this book, Steve Dillon had nothing to do with it, so you get to enjoy Ennis's wonderful world of Preacher as seen through the eyes of a few different artists, each really amazing in their own right.

Of course, if you're looking at these reviews, and you've bought the previous instalments, you'll get this anyway. But, just in case you were having any doubts: BUY THIS BOOK NOW.
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