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Preacher Vol. 4: Ancient History

by Garth Ennis, Richard Case (Illustrator), Carlos Ezquerra (Illustrator), Steve Pugh (Illustrator)

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The introduction alone made me want to watch about a dozen westerns. WESTERNS! ( )
  ancameme | Feb 9, 2014 |
Nothing against the side stories in this volume, about the Saint of Killers, Arseface, and Jody and T.C., but I mostly just wanted to get through them and continue on with the main story. The four-part Saint of Killers origin story is the main attraction here, in my opinion. Arseface's origin, well, he's much more fun as Arseface and let's leave it at that. Jody and T.C.'s story is a send-up of action film conventions and is some crude but pointless fun. ( )
  lithicbee | Dec 22, 2010 |
Again - awesome. ( )
  Anagarika-Sean | Sep 25, 2010 |
"Preacher" is a graphic novel series that follows the footseps of the three very different characters - Jesse Custer (a former Reverend and vassal of the mysterious entity Genesis, which may be more powerful than God), Tulip (once a flame of Custer's), and Cassidy (a vampire), as they get into adventures in Jesse's search to find God.

Volume Four of this series is a compilation of back stories for several characters who have appeared in the series. We have The Saint of Killers, Arseface (does LibraryThing have a swear block or not?) and Jody and TC, who were bodyguards of Jesse Custer's mother. However, the preludes are best appreciated with the background knowledge of the first three stories.

The first two stories (the Saint of Killers and Arseface) are both quite well-done, and are well-worth reading. They both expand upon the characters of the series, they change our understanding of the characters. They also feature much of what is enjoyable of the previous books of Ennis's gaphic novel series - the dark humour, and the explicit violence. Both of these are worth five out of five stars.

However, the third story, "Good Old Boys" is something of an anomaly here. The two characters of the third story are dead, so their back story (particularly since it does not involve any other novel characters) is irrelevant to the current progression of the story. Another major contrast to the first two stories is that there is no character development - Jody is a cunning and vicious thug at the start of the book, T. C. is still a depraved sadist, and nothing has changed at the end of the book. And, although "Good Old Boys" seems to be a satire, it doesn't say anything particularly interesting or insightful about the type of story it satires, nor is a satire fitting with the rest of the stories that have occured in the series. The story that is told here is quite different to the rest of the stories in this series, but the difference is not of any interest.

Unfortunately, the third story in this comic brings down the rating of this book when the first two comics were both quite worthy reading. ( )
  rojse | Dec 1, 2009 |
Again - awesome. ( )
  Anagarika | Nov 3, 2009 |
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Case, RichardIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ezquerra, CarlosIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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His son was at N.Y.U., and that mad the old man happy, though he could feel the world between them growing wider every day.
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Do NOT combine this with any other volume of Preacher. It is far too ambiguous to be combined with anything.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 156389405X, Paperback)

While technically the fourth book in the Preacher series, Ancient History isn't part of the main Preacher story line and doesn't even use any of the main characters (Reverend Jesse Custer, his girlfriend, Tulip, and his vampire buddy Cassidy). Instead, this collection of side stories delves into the freakish, perverse, and downright mythic supporting characters. The main feature is the 106-page demonic Western featuring the "Saint of Killers." In many ways this guy--and the spirit of the ruthless frontier he represents--is the soul of the Preacher series. Writer Garth Ennis said, taking all of the characters of the series into account, "I felt one more character was needed to round out the cast: someone who would directly represent the Old West, who had walked straight out of history, and who brought with him the horror and terror of those times." If this is the soul of the book, then its heart is the "Story of You Know Who," a reference to the character Arseface, whose self-imposed shotgun wound to the face has left him rather disfigured. This boy's abusive family is so overblown, his tragedy so all-encompassing, that a lesser writer would let this swerve into complete silliness. Ennis's talent is to pull pathos out of such outrageousness. He succeeds here again. --Jim Pascoe

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:48 -0400)

Collects the comic book specials "Saint of Killers, "The Story of You-Know-Who," and "The Good Old Boys" featuring small-town reverend Jesse Custer, who is possessed by a half-good, half-evil entity, journeys across America battling enemies and obstacles in search of answers from God.… (more)

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