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Preacher TP Vol 04 Ancient History New Edition [Paperback]

Various , Garth Ennis
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27 April 2011 Preacher
While technically the fourth book in the Preacher series, Ancient History isn't part of the main Preacher story line and doesn't even use any of the main characters (Reverend Jesse Custer, his girlfriend, Tulip, and his vampire buddy Cassidy). Instead, this collection of side stories delves into the freakish, perverse, and downright mythic supporting characters. The main feature is the 106-page demonic Western featuring the "Saint of Killers." In many ways this guy--and the spirit of the ruthless frontier he represents--is the soul of the Preacher series. Writer Garth Ennis said, taking all of the characters of the series into account, "I felt one more character was needed to round out the cast: someone who would directly represent the Old West, who had walked straight out of history, and who brought with him the horror and terror of those times." If this is the soul of the book, then its heart is the "Story of You Know Who," a reference to the character Arseface, whose self-imposed shotgun wound to the face has left him rather disfigured. This boy's abusive family is so overblown, his tragedy so all-encompassing, that a lesser writer would let this swerve into complete silliness. Ennis's talent is to pull pathos out of such outrageousness. He succeeds here again. --Jim Pascoe

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Cmc edition (27 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894053
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not neccesary 9 July 2001
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars History lessons are fun 14 Sep 2010
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice bit of backfill. 4 Feb 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, secure purchase. Highly recommended A+ 27 Jan 2012
By Siy
Very fast delivery time, exactly what it says on the tin.

Very good seller, not a scratch on the book.

Highly recommended to anyone who is looking to buy graphic novels etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad and Arseface 15 July 2009
By Owen Hughes VINE VOICE
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Without giving away any spoilers, "Ancient History" collects 3 stories, one of which is the limited series "Saint Of Killers" which is probably the strongest story out of all 3.

The other two stories are about Jody & TC, and about Arseface (or "you-know-who"). Neither are particularly crucial to the overall story arc of Jesse and his pursuit of God, but add some depth and history to a few fringe characters.

Saint Of Killers, however, is a great read and is probably worth buying the tpb for alone. He's definitely one of the "cooler" characters in Preacher, and his back story is no less interesting than you'd expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mythology 23 July 2007
By Singwah
Garth Ennis forewards this issue. He speaks of growing up with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and of a long desire to add his own hero to the Western canon. In Saint of Killers he may just have managed to add a gunslinger who can stand toe to toe with them all. The first page of the elderly pizza owner recounting the tail - having grown apart from his hot shot lawyer son floored me.
The other two character preludes were entertaining, but it's the saint, barrel still smoking that walked away with me after the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was surprised by how much I liked this seeing as it is a detour for Preacher. It was fun to see something different from the main story arc, and it was great to actually enjoy... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2007 by Ghost Dog 808
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for something somewhat different
Honestly, this book is far more interesting than many of the others in the series, considering it is generally thought of as "filler". Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2007 by R. J. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get a little sidetracked
I don't know about anyone else, but I found volume 4 of the PREACHER library to be a nice change of pace, and an enjoyable little sidetrack away from the main storyline. Read more
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Published on 18 Jun 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
Continuing in the PREACHER tradition, 'Ancient History' is a hilarious and sometimes shocking look at some of the background characters from the previous books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One third brilliant, the rest okay.
In these days of supersteroidheroes, Preacher is a welcome breath of air, plot, and dare I say, profanity. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars The best spaghetti western of all time and more!
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