10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch.
Preacher - It rocks all the remaining taboos in our society. This book is sick, and should be banned immediately. The very notion of the Grail, lead by the grotesque AllFarther D'Aronique, inbreeding the descendants of Christ for two millenia, and the horrendous depiction of the new messiah are heresy and blasphemy of the highest order. If ever there was a good argument...
Published on 10 Mar 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Too Much American Jingoism For My Tastes
I have been quite enjoying the series so far (in volumes 1 & 2) but this one dragged a little and the level of American Jingoism reached a nauseating crescendo; the final page made me want to vomit.
This is definitely the weakest of the three so far. I haven't read any further having been rather put off the series a number of years ago when I first collected...
Published on 5 April 2011 by Adrian Bates
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch.,
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This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)Preacher - It rocks all the remaining taboos in our society. This book is sick, and should be banned immediately. The very notion of the Grail, lead by the grotesque AllFarther D'Aronique, inbreeding the descendants of Christ for two millenia, and the horrendous depiction of the new messiah are heresy and blasphemy of the highest order. If ever there was a good argument for the burning of books, this piece of depraved filth is it. I loved every page of it. Comics don't get any better than Preacher, and Preacher don't get any better than this. More Please - 5 stars isn't enough. All that and I didn't mention Frankie the Eunoch - it's characters like him that Ennis does best. Pure genius from cover to cover.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearification of the Grail,
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This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)This book (volume 3, which collects #18-26) picks up the tale right where the last issue in "Untill the end of the World" left us, with Jesse going on his way to rescue Cassidy from the Grail. Before the actual rescue operation begins we first get a little intermission-window-tale (#18) where Jesse meets a man at the airport who tells him a story about the time when he used to know Jesse's father in Vietnam. Not really an important factor for the rest of the story, but plenty entertaining. After that (#19-24) the search for Cassidy is on and you get to read a tale that makes the intentions of both the Grail as Starr a lot clearer (which was indeed a little neccesary). Starr however is expecting Jesse and waiting to ambush him, and the Saint of Killers is also on his trail again. Starr himself isn't having an easy time either since the allfather of the Grail comes checking up on him, a sign he thinks that they suspect something about his little scheme. With that we get to meet "the greatest treasure of the Grail" (who isn't exactly how you expect him to, to say the least) and Jesse meets a creature who learns him more about the Genesis entity. This is really a very good part of the story and, I dare say, the most important part of the TPB for those who are following the main story. Off course it's also filled with humorous little sub-plots you would never have thought of yourself in a million years, like we're growing used to from Ennis it seems. Finally the last part of the book (#25,26) handles the origin of Cassidy. It shows how and when exactly Cassidy became what he is now, how he learned to live with it, and how come he's in America now (being an Irish bloke). This little part falls a bit out of line in the Preacher saga sometimes (makes you think of Heartland, for those who've read it) when Garth makes clear how he feels about Ireland.
Like I said, a lot more about the Grail and their goals becomes clear now which really comes to the good of the series. It gets really clear what each player is in it for and what they hope to achieve. The bizar humor stays at the good level it's been for a while now, keeping the series a laugh-riot along the way of the great story. Dillons art is as good as before, clear and expressive without taking the attention of the story too much. A worthy successor after "Gone to Texas" and "Untill the end of the World"
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every issue.,
This review is from: Preacher TP Vol 03 Proud Americans New Edition (Paperback)This one picks up where the last one left off. Basically Jesse is on route to get Cassidy from the Grail. We get more backstory on the Grail, God pops up again, so does the Saint of Killers, we meet another angel, we get Cassidy's backstory and much more carnage than we have seen in any previous issues.
While I feel that Preacher progresses much slower than any other comics I read I've never once felt it's dragging on or boring. It just takes it's times and there is no rush to the story whatsoever. I'm enjoying it immensely and I find it's getting better with each issue.
I will be picking up 4 as soon as I have some more cash and I can only hope that Ennis keeps up the riveting storylines that I've became so used to with his work.
Another winner for me. An easy 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Preacher:Proud Americans,
This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)Simply fantastic! The artwork is amazing and the story development throughout is gripping obviously following on from the previous Preacher and leads perfectly in to the next
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Too Much American Jingoism For My Tastes,
This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)I have been quite enjoying the series so far (in volumes 1 & 2) but this one dragged a little and the level of American Jingoism reached a nauseating crescendo; the final page made me want to vomit.
This is definitely the weakest of the three so far. I haven't read any further having been rather put off the series a number of years ago when I first collected them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Preacher Vol. 3,
This review is from: Preacher TP Vol 03 Proud Americans New Edition (Paperback)"Preacher" Volume 3 is definitely the best of the first four or so volumes of the series. After the somewhat disappointing "Until The End of The World," this collection brings the quality back to the top in style.
The plot follows on from the end of Volume 2 with Cassidy in need of rescue from Jesse and Tulip. This collection brings the organisation known as the "Grail" to light and we have more than one big revelation during the course of this book.
The artwork is even better than before. Steve Dillon's style seems to get stronger as time goes on. It's amazing to believe that they were able to release a comic of this quality every month when it was first out, and the 9 issues collected in "Proud Americans" are among the best.
We're treated to some wonderful back story of many of the secondary characters, including the Saint of Killers and Genesis itself. The most unusual part of the book is Cassidy's retelling of the Irish War of Independance and Easter 1916 Rising, which, while quite far removed from the story itself, fits wonderfully well with the atmosphere of what has gone before.
As usual, we're given plenty to laugh about and more than a fair share of the trademark "Preacher" violence, with more absurd characters doing their thing and crazy situation after messed-up moment galore.
If you liked the first two parts, this will make you love "Preacher" even more. It's a huge step forward from the 2nd collection and even surpases the first part. It's Ennis at his writing peak and Dillon as wonderful as ever. The perfect installment of a truly amazing series.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preacher the man,
This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)I believe this is one of the best graphic novels about in this day and age. The story of Jesse and his amazing abilty for a cross between good and evil outstands me. I do believe the writers and artists deserve a pat on the back and a drop of the old bourbon. The charcters are well detailed and very well put forward.
I first started to read the novels out of my public library and always eargly awaited the next one to pop up. When it did i thought i was in heaven so to speak
I hope this will continue as well as the marvel comics did and if you like your graphic novels hot and gory this is the one for you. BUT, you have to read from the beginning to truly understand Jesse's well being and how he came about.
As my old mate Jesse Custer would say.
"Until the end of the world"
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Houmoruos and exciting. Love, death and a lot of violence!,
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This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)This book starts with a story from Vietnam. It is about Jesse Custer`s father and this story gets really nasty, like in the other "Preacher" books. Then Jesse gets a picture of his father by a former friend of his.
We then get to meet the Allfather,who is an enourmous bloke who leads a christian sect! Here, we also meet Herr Starr, who we can learn much more about in later Preacher stories.
The best part of the story is when the Saint of Killers comes into it. He sure lives up to his name! In this issue he also meets Jesse Custer.
At the end Cassidy tells the tale of how he became a vampire. Cassidy is my personal favourite charachter and I loved this story.
What do I think about this comic book? I was brought up by Christian parents, and I want my children to have another kind of life experience then I had as a child. Actually, if I get children I will teach them to despise the Christian morality. I will teach them to like things like sex, death and rock`n roll. To put another way, I will teach them to read "Preacher"!
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A pretender, not a contender,
This review is from: Preacher: Proud Americans (Paperback)The Preacher series get rave reviews all over Amazon. As a big fan of comics I decided to give them a try based on these recommendations, but was really disappointed by what i found. First complaint is the language. Page after page of unnecessary and repetitive swearing; i am no prude and appreciate the use of profanity to a fairly high tolerance, but the repeated and often pointless use of it in this book was actually distracting. I swiftly became inured to it, and in fact started to tune out to what was going on. There are frequent hyper violent sequences (i have never seen so many people shot in the head in a comic series) that are merely held together with profanity. If this was an infrequent structure it would be more bearable, but it is far from that. Much of the story follows this pattern.
There are some good characters in this tale, but their development remains strangely stunted and one dimensional; characters like Cass and the Allfather D'Aronique are drawn larger than life and have potential to be fascinating but this potential is rarely fulfilled, and fairly ludicrous characters like Jesse (a man whose voice is literally the Word of God but who chooses to usually use his fists - and always wins despite the odds) and Herr Starr fill the storylines with a blandness and lack of believability that strains the readers credulity.
The storylines are the biggest problem however; what starts off as a grand and ambitious story arc (the abdication from heaven of God in the face of a new creation spawned of Angel and Demon) seems to zigzag wildly, with hugely important events and themes covered in such a cursory and unengaging way that the overall story meanders horribly. After a while i found i was just reading fairly mundane events from Jesse and Tulips life that seemed punctuated with significant moments that went nowhere. Ennis's previous work has been mediocre in my opinion and this was no different - well before the conclusion of the story he appears to have lost interest and the resulting conclusion to the book is almost an afterthought, and highly unsatisfying. Even the scarcely credible strands of plot could have worked with a bit more thought and effort but as they are, they just stink.
Some of the artwork is great however, and Glenn Fabry's cover art is fantastic throughout.
So in conclusion i thought Preacher was a really poor example of a comic. They rely throughout on Ennis's ability to shock the reader with violence and profanity, and this wears off really quickly, revealing a disjointed and underwhelming story with badly realised characters punching their way through a tiresome storyline. Some good potential with story and characters is wasted in favour of yet more sex and violence. If you are a 14 yr old boy who thinks Natural Born Killers was the best film ever made then this is probably for you. If you like something a bit more cerebral with a plot and proper characters, go and buy something by Alan Moore or Frank Miller, or any of the other great writers out there.
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Preacher: Proud Americans by Garth Ennis (Paperback - 10 Oct 1997)
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