Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth…

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

by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon (Illustrator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,941403,516 (4.06)58
Title:Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas
Authors:Garth Ennis
Other authors:Steve Dillon (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (1996), Paperback, 200 pages
Collections:Your library, Favorites

Work details

Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 58 mentions

English (39)  French (1)  All languages (40)
Showing 1-5 of 39 (next | show all)
Gritty, for mature readers. Picked up in the last section, so moving on to collected book 2. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Jun 18, 2016 |
Reviewing all volumes here.

Jesse Carter, a preacher in a church in Texas is possessed by Genesis, a child of an angel and demon that makes him more powerful than the God himself. Meanwhile the almighty has abandoned heaven as a result of this unholy consummation between heaven and hell. Jesse now has the word of god which he can use to make anyone obey him by simply commanding them to do so, even the lord himself. So blessed with his newfound power he sets off on a quest to find God and make him answerable for all the injustice he allows to happen in the world.

Filled with Texan machismo, expletives in almost every dialogue, angels, demons, vampires and Holy Grail this book combines mythology with modern day lives into a supernatural story. The series has ample doses of badass action sequences with the hero walking-away-from-explosion kind of stuff. The premise looks promising but the plot fizzles out by the end. First volume does a good job at drawing you into the story but then it starts to get boring after the fourth volume with some sparks of excitement here and there. Also it gets very corny with a lot of wishy-washy philosophy on love, life and what’s fair. Quite ironically, though a preacher, Jesse is a Texan brute with i-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude and detests getting preachy but can’t seem to help himself from doing just that.

The series has some interesting characters with Cassidy being the most intriguing of them all. Cassidy is a hundred year old indestructible vampire who befriends Jesse on his quest and becomes his best buddy. But he is morally ambiguous with almost no sense of right and wrong. For instance he truly values their friendship but can’t stop hitting on his friend’s girlfriend despite having an abusive past towards women in his life which forms another dark part of his otherwise friendly, fun-loving persona. The gun toting Saint of Killers is an amusing character too. He is a man with a horrendous past who was expelled even from hell and is basically invincible. No one can kill him and no one is safe from the blaze of his guns. He becomes the centerpiece some good action in the comic and has a very badass appeal about him. Then there’s Arseface, a dumb teenager whose face looks like an arsehole because he shot himself through his face following in the footsteps of Kurt Cobain, his role model. As a result of this deformity Arseface speaks unintelligibly and inadvertently turns into a top selling rock star. The author uses his character to mock the popular music industry and the celebrity culture that rolls with it. Arseface is a hit despite his fans not understanding a word of what he sings. He is worshipped despite being hideous and dumb. It makes for a very good satire.

But the story gets very frustrating towards the end which is a big disappointment in itself. To play with the idea of a God descending from heavens to a world with modern society is a slippery slope that should be handled in a balanced manner. On one hand you don’t want to get too supernatural and throw all logic into the bin and on the other the story shouldn’t try to concentrate so much on rationalizing everything that the story simply loses its appeal. But worry not for Garth Ennis will bomb you with something else entirely as he ends the tale in a very Meyeresque fashion by making god look like a mushy, teenage, attention seeking idiot. Beneath the garb of all the expletives, masculinity and brashness this has the feel of a young adult book with a cheesy love story.

The one thing that deserves a resounding applause is the art work throughout the book. Steve Dillion does an awesome job at complementing the brawny and brutish persona of characters with his illustrations and creates a very dark and terrific impression.

Go for it if you love supernatural stuff with gods, vampires, angry characters and action. The first four volumes and the sixth are quite cool and recommended, but whether or not you will like other parts depends if you can handle some mawkish stuff. ( )
  Adarsh_Nargundkar | Jun 12, 2016 |
Reading this comic made me feel sick and a bit dirty. Ennis seems to feel that by adding as much violence, bodily fluids, rape and gore as possible, he'll achieve a gritty, realistic feel. Instead, he just makes himself look like a sick-minded poseur. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I'm assuming Mr. Ennis wrote this while he was in a asylum? Yea, yea I know I'm a little late to this party but usually supernatural horror isn't my thing. It IS my wife's thing so I got it "for her" as a gift, and as long as she already had it, I decided to read it (please don't compare me to Homer buying Marge a bowling ball with HIS name on it - I hate bowling).

So I'm definitely hooked but I do have to say this feels pretty dated by now. It bears the stench of the 90's. For me that's okay because I was 26 when it came out, just curious if younger kids will have a problem with it. Also I'm not really a fan of Fabry's artistic style. I get it that they wanted a kind of rough, dirty, style to complement the rough dirty happenings in the book but I tend to like the smoother, shinier comic styles or the totally painted stuff.

I'm giving it 4 stars because I loved Cassidy and the originality of the story. Also liked Officer Tool a lot and some of the dialogue was hilarious.

I'm wondering whatever happened to the sheriff's deformed son? If he comes back don't tell me. They named him Arseface so I think he's coming back for revenge. ( )
  ragwaine | Sep 6, 2015 |
N.B. This is a comment on the entire series. Generalized story spoilers follow.

The more I read of this series, the more I found hard to enjoy. Ennis' writing style carries a lot of frustration with it, and a lot of it is born of the series' time. It ain't as timeless as the classics of similar length (e.g., Sandman), and part of why is Ennis spent too much of the '90s channeling the voice of a million other snarky 20-somethings channeling the voice of Bill Hicks. (Update: The series even ends with a Bill Hicks quote about the themes this series wished it covered....)

By the 'Dixie Fried' arc, it's pretty clear all 3 of our heroes are dumb, self-obsessed assholes with really confused morals. That arc and vol. 4 ('Ancient History'), a collection of spin-off stories, were the ones to really break it for me. Earlier, the occasional anti-feminist, anti-PC rant shared between our heroes felt like jokes poking light-hearted fun at all sides--but that feeling completely vanished in Vol. 5. This series shifts between light-hearted lampooning of all sides to didactic moralizing so frequently that you can't really keep up with whether Jesse's latest speech is genuine or farcical in its condescension. In the 'Dixie Fried' arc, Ennis moves to make Tulip a strong female character by taking that phrase too literally, having her pick up a gun and drop a lot of F-bombs and repeat how she doesn't need coddling on far too many pages and for far too much of the dang story...only to break down over and over again because she can't live without a strong man telling her what to do. Eck. (Having finished the series, my final opinion is that Ennis was just naive and ignorant of feminism (which may itself simply be a product of the time), and his message, while hopefully feminist, is ultimately condescending and gross.)

By vol. 5, Cassidy loses all personality and just obsesses over Tulip like a lovesick puppy for literally years of this comic's run. All the while she drags both him and herself through the dirt, creating some godawful melodramatic dialogue and action. With literally a single line from Cassidy, the direction of the story swerves wildly away from Jesse's powers and God--an interesting, if barely-developed angle that never feels legitimate for this very reason (& that its commentary on religion reads like the musings of a grumpy teen...)--towards the shallowest sort of melodrama about a couple shitty people driven only by blind, unbelievable love and really stupid views on friendship and honor that were clearly filtered through small-town Texas stereotypes.

Jesse Custer also turns into the grossest sort of Mary Sue, frequently stopping to look into the reader's eyes and twinkle out these obnoxious, didactic, stupid speeches about how the world really works (Bill Willingham, yeah? or, see Bill Hicks again)--which no one ever questions, because even when a character like Jesse Custer does wrong, he's still doing so with a good heart who wants nothing better than to save ugly or 'dumb' people, or--of course--sexy babes who fawn over how perfect he is.

Well...it seems it's too easy to fall into a ramble when thinking about Preacher's wealth of flaws. Aside from these issues (& the many unsaid), the series is still fun, and I was so swept up that it only took me a couple weeks to read the whole series. It's just too bad the negative crap completely eclipsed what was so enjoyable after the third collection.

Series rundown:
1. Gone to Texas - 6/10
2. Until the End of the World - 8/10
3. Proud Americans - 7/10
4. Ancient History - 5/10 *
5. Dixie Fried - 4/10
6. War in the Sun - 5/10
7. Salvation - 6/10
8. All Hell's A-Coming - 4/10
9. Alamo - 5/10

* Vol. 4 is a collection of specials not connected to the main plot. The 'Saint of Killers' 4-part miniseries was actually quite a good imitation of the western myth, and the last thing I really enjoyed from the Preacher series; it's just that the subsequent one-shot specials included alongside it and in later volumes are never worth anyone's time, never add anything to the narrative world that hadn't been said before, and sometimes even detract from established character development or plot (see most notably: 'Tall in the Saddle'). ( )
3 vote alaskayo | Aug 9, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 39 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (4 possible)

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
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
It was the time of the preacher... ♫
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
59 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.06)
0.5 1
1 7
1.5 2
2 25
2.5 7
3 82
3.5 29
4 220
4.5 28
5 212

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 109,109,475 books! | Top bar: Always visible