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Preacher Book One TP Paperback – 25 Jun 2013
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"Just about the best thing to come along since comics started finding their way into books."--The Washington Post"Features more blood and blasphemy than any mainstream comic in memory. Cool."--Entertainment Weekly "The most intense adult comic in ages."--Spin
"It will restore your faith. In comics." --The New York Daily News
About the Author
Irish-born writer Garth Ennis is the acclaimed author of the PREACHER graphic novel series, and also has written numerous JOHN CONSTANTINE -- HELLBLAZER graphic novels, as well as THE AUTHORITY, THE BOYS, WAR STORIES, PRIDE AND JOY and other titles.
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The warning first - you won't recognise much of the plot here. The comic is richer, stranger and much more foul mouthed than the TV series.
And congratulations! The comic is richer, stranger and fouler by far than the TV series!
I've heard very good things about this series for quite a few years. So many from a dear friend,
that I was surprised how he could keep himself from spoiling too much of it. About 6 months ago,
I decided to purchase the first 5 TP's and start reading.
I will try to keep this as short and spoiler-free as I possibly can.
At first I was a bit neutral to the story because of the enormous amount of swearing. Then I
realised that it is a part of personality of the characters portrayed, at those situations. Most of us
that come in to this comic are aware of Ennis hatred of organised religion and I imagine religion at all.
There are points in the story that somehow reveal an inert drama of Ennis's personal struggle with
religion, church and "Preacher's" of different iritterations. I suppose that in some way is what makes
theses stories so good.
Personally, as a Christian, I am in no way offended as I imagine some might be.
I love these stories and just recently started to read the second TP. The art is fantastic and
although I know it has received a lot of negativity,I find it to be perfect for the story.
This edition has a very good and sturdy binding and should hold for many readings, but in truth,
as a collector of Absolute Editions, I would love it to be collected in that format. The oversized
pages with extras would be fantastic and I know I would gladly pay for it.
The first four issues is an origin story of sorts and sets up the character's relationships perfectly. The next three is a murder mystery story about a Hannibal Lecter-ish serial killer. It also focuses on two New York detectives who're on the killer's case. It's like Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs meets a weird religious fugitive.
It's issues #8-12 that are the best by far. When Tulip and Jesse are captured by Jesse's "family", he must explain to Tulip why he deserted her years prior and how he became devoted to God. These issues make me forget I'm even reading a comic. It features such sad situations that it feels like a TV show. Ironic really, seeing as this comic has become a show. The writing is incredibly realistic and specific vocabulary to whoever's talking. The art also perfectly reflects this. I think the best part is showing angels swear in Heaven. That image just humours me.
Overall: Great first book and definitely recommend (for audiences of 15+ at least).
I decided to start purchases these graphic novels after falling in love with the Preacher series on Amazon Prime Video. I’ve only recently started reading graphic novels but was introduced to them through Ennis’s “The Boys” and have been loving every moment of both The Boys and Preacher. The writing is great and the artwork is amazing, and often brutal! Definitely well worth the read.
My delivery box did arrive damaged with minor damage to the book itself, but nothing worth taking away from the product itself.
I also can't decide if this is a criticism of all religion or Bible-Belt Christianity or spirituality in general.
Perhaps it's asking a legitimate question about "Where is God? Is he anywhere?" ...
Or just maybe it's only a ripping fantasy yarn with a spiritual-esque backdrop.
Whatever: I took it as a great story told by a great story-telling team.