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Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas (edition 1996)

by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon (Illustrator)

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Title:Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas
Authors:Garth Ennis
Other authors:Steve Dillon (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (1996), Paperback, 200 pages
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Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis

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This was probably the easiest five stars I've handed out to a comic collection. From the insane violence combined with the wildly original story, the first volume of Preacher did exactly what it was supposed to do: hook me and leave me begging for more.

Following it's unexpected escape, the dangerous offspring of an Angel and a Demon bonds with Jesse Custer, a lone Texan minister. Now with the word of God embedded within him, Jesse forms an alliance with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and a drunken Irish vampire named Cassidy as they embark on a journey to find God - and not in the "I'm saved/born again" sense but the "I'm going to kick your ass for deserting mankind" sense.

I'm going to try and give you my thoughts on the first volume but it would be hard for me to live up to the excellent review written by Kemper.

- I honestly have no idea where this is headed, which is awesome.

- The excessive violence and the profanity could be distracting IF the writing had been terrible (i.e. Die Hard 2). Thankfully, it's not. It never feels like Ennis is throwing all of this offensive material at you to get your attention, it fits right in with the setting and characters he's presenting.

- I will admit to being shocked on more than a few occasions. I'm not saying that I have this wealth of experience in "torture porn" films or explicit writing but I've seen my fair share of gore. That being said, some of the stuff contained in this book can be anything from downright frightening to gross.

I finished this late last night around 2 a.m. I have a few of the following volumes on deck so I'm hoping this is going to be something I'll breeze through. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
Accidentally possessed by a supernatural creature, ex-preacher Jesse teams up with his former girlfriend and an Irish vampire to journey across the US in order to find, quite literally, the God who has abandoned Heaven. I have to say, I was somewhat baffled by this in the beginning, but very soon begun to love it, mainly because, despite the blood and gore and violence, Jesse is inherently a very moral character (albeit with slightly iffy ethics) and he has a lot to say without getting preachy (no pun intended). It's very clever without getting pretentious and also extremely funny - the characters are really carrying their weight in that sense. Looking forward to continuing the series. ( )
  -Eva- | Jan 7, 2014 |
Not what I expected at all. I was suggested this graphic novel by a few people through the years and just never managed to pick a copy up until now. Very captivating, face paced and engrossing. I read it cover to cover in one sitting as soon as I managed to get going. Definitely picking up the next volume. ( )
  jakegest | Dec 24, 2013 |
Volume One introduces Reverend Jesse Custer (a small town minister who has merged with a half demon, half angel being called Genesis), Tulip (Jesse's gun toting ex-girlfriend), and Cassidy (a drunken Irish vampire). After a disaster in Texas, the three find themselves on the run from both the redneck police and a ruthless immortal called the Saint of Killers.

I was a bit torn on this one, because while I liked the concept and ideas and the plot, most of the character were unlikeable (lots of Texans spouting vile racism and sexism) and extreme brutality (some of which didn't seem to serve a purpose other than shocking the reader). Even the main characters I had a hard time liking and only began to find interest in what happened to them toward the end. The art I liked fine (and it suits the tone of the story well), but the structure at the beginning rang artificial. I think that if I didn't happen to already have Volume Two sitting in front of me, I might not have bothered with continuing. ( )
  andreablythe | Jun 9, 2013 |
Husband: "You should read Preacher, I think you'd really like it."
Me: "Oh yeah? What's it about?"
Husband: "...well, it's, uh, hmmm...it's a western?"
Me: "You can't blurb it for me?"
Husband: "Not really, no. Just read it."

A few hours later...

Me: "So lemme get this straight. We have Jesse Custer, the Preacher, who's been possessed by some sort of nigh-omnipotent heavenly power and has the spirit of John Wayne as his guardian angel, Cassidy, who's basically Shane McGowan the vampire, and Tulip, the mob-connected hit woman and Jesse's ex-girlfriend all off on a mission to literally find God?"
Husband: "Yup."
Me: "That's just insane."
Husband: "Maybe."
Me: "Be a dear and grab me volume two, if you would be so kind..." ( )
  Ridley_ | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Garth Ennisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, SteveArtistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fabry, GlennCoverssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hollingsworth, MattColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robins, ClemLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was the time of the preacher... ♫
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No more quittin'. I'm gonna get Gran'ma an' Jody an' the rest've that motherfuckin' vermin, an' I'm gonna stamp 'em into the shit they came from. An' then I'm goin' back to lookin' for God, an' when I find him -- he better have a fuckin' good excuse.
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Here's a book guaranteed to offend a bunch of people, not only because of its profuse profanity and graphic violence, but because it's the epitome of iconoclasm. Like a brutal accident, you can't watch but you can't turn away. The story follows an ex-preacher man, Jesse, who has become disgusted with God's abandoning of His responsibilities. So Jesse starts off into the wilds of Texas with his hitman girlfriend and new best friend (a vampire) to find God so that he can give Him a piece of his mind. Despite its superficial perversity, this book contains what may be the most moral character in mainstream comics. A cult hit in the making. Fans of Quentin Tarantino take note.--Amazon.com… (more)

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