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One eye and one ear down...
on 10 May 2004
This volume of the PREACHER saga is where the REAL fun begins for me! In the second half of this book, creators Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon intro my fave character: Herr Starr, the head enforcer of the world's most powerful covert organization! I consider him the most interesting and colorful 'heavy' ever to hit the four-color medium! His no-nonsense attitude and blunt & acerbic words as he tries to track down Reverend Custer make for some of the funniest moments in comics! His penchant for unbelievable misfortune also begins here: in this volume he loses an ear in a firefight at a high-society orgy, and involuntarily experiences the- um, joy- of the love that dare not speak its name for the first time! The loss of one's body parts & dignity doesn't get much weirder (or funnier) than this!
But, let's not forget the first half of this illustrated tome, where we get an inside look at the Rev's past, from his being raised by a ruthless and sadistic 'family' to his eventual breakout from this nighmarish clan. Then there's the capture of the Irish vampire Cassidy by Starr & his mercs, which sets up the events chronicled in the next volume of the PREACHER TPB series. Yep, it's kinda like 'The Empire Strikes Back' of comics: a really compelling and wonderful adventure that alla sudden leaves you hangin'! But, unlike 'Empire', it has lots more naughty language, gory ultraviolence, naughty bits, and substance abuse. And it's not based in outer space, or 'a long time ago'. And the main hero's a bit tougher than that teenaged blond kid from that desert planet. Come to think of it, there really aren't that many similarities 'Preacher Vol 2' and ESB, are there...?
Anyway, time for me to fall back to Earth. If you've already read the first PREACHER TPB (if ya haven't, it's available at www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1852867132/qid=1084205556/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_2_1/026-1744450-1571658) and you feel like continuing the adventure, then I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed with this installment. It's got everything you've come to expect from the previous book, and then some!