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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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Rating:*****
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Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis

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The story was somewhat interesting, but then a little more than half-way through it felt like it changed in some way. The story didn't flow smoothly into the new story line of a serial killer... on top of the whole angel/demon/genesis/vampire thing. It did have some great funny laugh-out-lines in it though, most of which I would probably not repeat, but still made me laugh and show my Sweety. There was also some great artwork that really captured the moment, as well as some good facial closeups of characters that I felt were done well. All in all I rated it as ok. It's not one I'd buy or go looking for, and I don't feel the need to continue reading the series.

It is beginning to feel common place that graphic novels or comics for adults tend to be overly violent, graphic, contain an overabundance of language and nudity/sex. It's almost like they are trying to prove a point that hey! comics aren't just for kids! I'll admit, some of the scenes were interesting, but mostly it felt like too much.

Elements of the story that interested me, made me laugh, intrigued me...

-The premise that God left and the Preacher is now looking for Him and wants to make Him accountable, as well as make him reveal to His people that He left them.

-The running bad coffee and what it tastes like made me grin.

-The cops son who tried and failed at killing himself and now has an "arse face."

-The whole vampire story thrown in (Cassidy).

-The opening was probably the most interesting to me, when the Preacher enters the bar and starts telling everyone's dirty secrets.

-One of the fight scenes where the Preacher has two fingers stuck in someone's nose and literally rips the tip of the nose off (this is where Cassidy gets stabbed in the eye and they find out he is a vamp).

-The Preacher's new ability to tell people what to do, and they have to do it.

Ok, so maybe if I have time later I'll continue this series... if only to see what arse face does to avenge his father's death/suicide (you have to read the story to see how that came about!)

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  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
The story was somewhat interesting, but then a little more than half-way through it felt like it changed in some way. The story didn't flow smoothly into the new story line of a serial killer... on top of the whole angel/demon/genesis/vampire thing. It did have some great funny laugh-out-lines in it though, most of which I would probably not repeat, but still made me laugh and show my Sweety. There was also some great artwork that really captured the moment, as well as some good facial closeups of characters that I felt were done well. All in all I rated it as ok. It's not one I'd buy or go looking for, and I don't feel the need to continue reading the series.

It is beginning to feel common place that graphic novels or comics for adults tend to be overly violent, graphic, contain an overabundance of language and nudity/sex. It's almost like they are trying to prove a point that hey! comics aren't just for kids! I'll admit, some of the scenes were interesting, but mostly it felt like too much.

Elements of the story that interested me, made me laugh, intrigued me...

-The premise that God left and the Preacher is now looking for Him and wants to make Him accountable, as well as make him reveal to His people that He left them.

-The running bad coffee and what it tastes like made me grin.

-The cops son who tried and failed at killing himself and now has an "arse face."

-The whole vampire story thrown in (Cassidy).

-The opening was probably the most interesting to me, when the Preacher enters the bar and starts telling everyone's dirty secrets.

-One of the fight scenes where the Preacher has two fingers stuck in someone's nose and literally rips the tip of the nose off (this is where Cassidy gets stabbed in the eye and they find out he is a vamp).

-The Preacher's new ability to tell people what to do, and they have to do it.

Ok, so maybe if I have time later I'll continue this series... if only to see what arse face does to avenge his father's death/suicide (you have to read the story to see how that came about!)

( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
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 |
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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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