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Preacher Book Five Kindle & comiXology
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If you've got a truly great character on your hands, they'll thrive in totally new settings around totally new characters, and that's exactly what happens in Salvation, the first half of this book: thought to be dead by his erstwhile buddy Cassidy and lover Tulip, Jesse Custer sets up shop in a small town and quickly establishes himself as sherriff in the best run of issues since the series began. Preacher continues to work an an ode to Americana littered with ruminations on masculinity, morality and the foundations of decency and villainy, but it takes a little time off here from its overarching plot of Jesse tracking down an abdicating God to make him atone for his sins. The last five issues see things get back to normal, with a pair of issues devoted to Tulip's childhood and adolescence, another story about Jesse's father in the war and the long-awaited and emotionally charged reunion of our long-separated lovers. Also, Jesse gets a dog, which is always great. Definitely, the best of Ennis' work that comes to mind is contained in these pages.
Like I mentioned above, this edition has a new introduction by series editor Axel Alonso, in which he discusses Preacher's success as an exploration of America, religion and superheroism. Glenn Fabry's original TPB covers for volumes 8 and 9 are reprinted at the back, too. The dustjacket is a nice matte finish of the pictured artwork, and its spine is perfectly synchronous with the other five volumes in the series. The book's cover underneath is a subtle black, but sadly the first four volumes' gold lettering has been dropped. The binding is glued but at south of 350 pages that's not really a problem. Lastly, this book is not oversized like some of DC's other Deluxe hardcovers - it is only just taller than a regular TPB. Regardless, these books are absolutely gorgeous, and both the nicest format for this classic series so far released and the closest thing to a definitive presentation we're ever likely to get. Though Amazon's prices are particularly crazy on some of the volumes, I've seen many copies in high street stores so it may be worth looking around for whichever volumes are out of print.
***As ever, I keep an eye on the comments section, so if you'd like to know anything about the book please ask below.***
It was previously released in 9 volumes (you can buy them for a similar price on eBay) in a somewhat matte finish, the current series which has a shinier gloss finish looks better to me. Or you can save up to buy the amazing super-sized Absolute version - volume 1 is out for about £60, you can pre-order volume 2 and volume 3 is not ready yet.
Book five contains issues 41-54.
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